BY GENA HUFF, Editor
Turning Point, a domestic violence/sexual assault help organization offering free services to victims, approached the Reform City Council at their May 1 meeting. The organization wanted to lease a building in the city recently vacated by Alfa Insurance.
Although Turning Point serves the Pickens County area – as well as Tuscaloosa, Lamar, Sumter, Marengo, Hale, Greene, and Bibb counties – it does not have a counseling office located in the county. Belinda Jones, Turning Point Director of Domestic Violence Services, said, “We are trying to expand our services. We are trying to get a satellite office and I thought of Pickens County because that’s where a bulk of our clients come to Turning Point. They have been in a domestic violence relationship, been sexually assaulted, and they come to Turning Point.”
“Last year, sad to say, back in 2017, we served over 7,000 victims of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Jones. “That’s a large amount of people we are seeing in West Alabama.”
Turning Point has a safe and confidentially-located shelter for victims, but, says Jones, when clients leave and need counseling and other services such as child and court advocacy, they do not have transportation to get to a location where those services can be received.
See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.