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Women's Haven in need of volunteers

Women's Haven is in need of volunteers to help with their day-to-day operations and man their abuse hotline. (Source KSWO) Women's Haven is in need of volunteers to help with their day-to-day operations and man their abuse hotline. (Source KSWO)

DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -A non-profit organization in Duncan needs your help protecting victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Women's Haven has been around for 20 years. With a tight budget that runs off of grants and donations, the non-profit depends heavily on volunteers to run not only the day-to-day operations, but to man their 24/7 domestic abuse hotline. Without the volunteers, the services offered may need to be trimmed back.

Brenda Thompson has volunteered at Women’s Haven for the past six years and has always had a heart for volunteering and helping those in need. She says if everyone would help just one person, and not be so mean to one another, the world would be a better place. Thompson spends her weekends manning the crisis center's 24-hour abuse hotline, a task she says can be an emotional roller coaster.

"It makes me feel very good. It's upsetting sometimes in the middle of the night when somebody's in crisis, but I'm glad that I can help to get the person situated to a safe place," Thompson said.

Executive director Theresa Biffle says the road to recovery for victims starts with the call to the hotline. From there, the volunteer helps the victim decide if they want to relocate to family and friends, the Women's Haven or to another shelter. Biffle says if the Women's Haven wasn't there, victims would have to travel nearly 30 miles to get help.

"It would be scary for victims because they probably wouldn't leave because they would go so far," Biffle said.

Thompson and Biffle say despite the challenges of helping victims, they would offer this advice to anyone thinking about becoming a volunteer.

"They have very good training, we are trained very well. After a while it starts to come naturally. People would be surprised at what they can do," Thompson said.

"If you have a willing heart and you want to serve in the non-profit world and the type of services we provide, people are willing to do it,” Biffle said.

There is a process with becoming a volunteer. You have to fill out an application and they do perform a background check. After that, they provide you with 16 hours of training on answering the abuse hotline.

For more on how you can become a volunteer at the Women's Haven Crisis Center, call 580-252-4357.

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