What To Do If You Need Help With Domestic Violence – Part One.
As we reported earlier this week, Janice McElhaney was a victim of domestic violence. The Teller reached out to a number of different organizations to learn what types of services and resources are available to people in Storey County who are dealing with this situation. This is the first in a series of articles talking to the people and organizations who can be resources when dealing with domestic violence.
We reached out to the Community Chest to learn what resources are available to Storey County residents. I often say that the Community Chest will take a dollar and turn it into $100 in service and value to the community.
I spoke to Amy Reha, Mental Health and Advocacy Coordinator, at the Community Chest Resource Center located at 175 Carson Street in Virginia City. She was kind enough to explain the wide variety of options available to people who need help.
“There are a number of options available to the residents of Storey County through the Community Chest. We have six counselors and three advocates on staff to assist our residents in dealing with a wide variety of issues. Domestic violence is a major focus, but our counselors also help with drug abuse, mental health, self-esteem, and other things people deal with” Reha explained.
Getting The Help You Need
When asked how someone experiencing domestic violence can get help, Reha told The Teller “The counselors can be reached in a number of places in the community. We have a Victim Services area on our website where people can contact us. Anyone can reach out to counselors available in the Storey County Schools, through the Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Department. Or you can simply walk into our office and talk to us. All services are free and available to those in need.”
“We encourage anyone who is experiencing problems to reach out. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to. Many people aren’t experiencing violence but have life situations that are overwhelming them. We can help with career placement, family counseling, drug abuse prevention. Reach out if you need help with anything preventing you from living rich and vibrant lives” said Reha.
The Community Chest
175 Carson Street
Virginia City, Nevada 89440
The Community Chest’s Staff Email Directory Is Here
If you need help with Domestic Violence, Family Counseling, Drug Abuse, please call or visit the Community Chest.
If you feel you are in danger, call 911 or go to the Storey County Sheriff’s Office.
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