Safe Haven, to close Oct. 31, is referring new clients to another provider

Milford. VIP will soon be Pike County's only provider of assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Safe Haven's executive director said the closure is an effort to avoid duplication of services.

15 Oct 2019 | 04:59

Two organizations that now serve victims of domestic and sexual violence in Pike County, Safe Haven and the Victims' Intervention Program (VIP), will be reduced to one by the end of the month.

"In order to reduce confusion, avoid duplication of services, and otherwise ensure that victims and survivors and the greater Pike community get their victim awareness education, prevention, and intervention needs met, Safe Haven will cease operations," says Christina M. Byrne, the organization's executive director. "VIP has hired three of Safe Haven's staff and is committed to maintaining the good work that Safe Haven has done in the community over the last 28 years."

Located at 402 Broad St. in Milford, Safe Haven of Pike County will continue to see clients through Oct. 31 but is referring new clients to VIP as they ramp up their services, she said.

The Victims' Intervention Program of Wayne and Pike Counties is based in Honesdale. Its 24-hour crisis hotline is 1-800-698-4VIP(4847) or 1-570-253-4401. For more information visit vipempowers.org.

VIP's services
VIP provides the following confidential services to women, men and children:
24-hour hotline
Crisis counseling
Individual counseling
Assistance with protection from abuse orders
Assistance with crime victim compensation claims
Emergency shelter
Emergency transportation
Accompaniment to court, legal aid, police, hospitals and social service agencies
Risk reduction workshops
Professional training
Information and referrals