Victims of domestic violence are getting help to make sure their children have presents to open Christmas morning.
KENNEWICK, WA - Victims of domestic violence are getting help to make sure their children have presents to open Christmas morning.
Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties says businesses, groups, and private citizens have donated toys for children of about three- dozen victims.
Tamra Taylor says many victims leave their abusive partners with only the clothes they are wearing.
"Sometimes they can't even afford the food for a Christmas dinner, so we can provide them with some food items, presents, sometimes a Christmas tree," Taylor says.
In a time of upheaval, especially during the holidays, Taylor says the family sponsorship program allows victims to maintain normal routines and traditions.
"That's really important, the normalcy of the Christmas season, the turning over of a new year, a new leaf to start a new life and to be safe and secure."
DVC offers emergency shelter and maintains a 24-hour crisis line. The center also provides legal help, support groups, resources and referrals, education, and children's services for domestic violence victims.
Taylor says in an average year DVS answers more than 11,000 calls to its crisis line and provides shelter to 165 women and 180 children.
Domestic Violence Services is always looking for sponsors. If you would like to help, call DVS at 735-1295 and ask for Tamra.