Photo by Tracey Wolfe
RUTLEDGE – CEASE Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Inc. has officially opened in Grainger County.
In observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, CEASE held its ribbon cutting ceremony Monday, October 30 at its new location at 8730 Rutledge Pike, Rutledge, adjacent to Edde Chevrolet.
CEASE, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that serves Grainger, Claiborne, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins and Union counties. It was founded in 1980 in response to the need for safe shelter for women and children who were displaced from their homes because of domestic violence. In 1999, the program began responding to the need for crisis services and advocacy for victims of sexual assault. The program has two emergency shelters located in Hamblen and Claiborne counties, with a total of 26 beds between them.
CEASE’s mission is to “support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, enabling them to live violence-free lives, while striving to create violence-free communities through education and awareness.”
Cease offers a 24-hour crisis hotline for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; outreach services, including court and systems advocates; sexual assault response teams; shelters; and a rapid rehousing program providing temporary financial assistance for homeless individuals fleeing domestic violence.
The Rutledge office will be staffed with a domestic violence advocate and a sexual assault advocate. Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, trafficking, etc. can receive advocacy, counseling, education, information and support.
The advocates will work to raise awareness about the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault on victims, as well as the community as a whole.
For more information about CEASE, Inc., domestic violence or sexual assault, or to make a donation, go to www.ceaseabuse.com or call the office at (865) 302-1049.