Domestic violence center breaks ground on expansion project

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – A domestic violence shelter is celebrating the groundbreaking of its center expansion.

According to organizers, Hope’s Wings in Richmond has received a $200,000 grant to help pay for it.

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Officials say phase one of the expansion will include two more beds, and a training and education center.

According to researchers, one in four women and one in nine men are victims of domestic abuse.

Hope’s Wings domestic violence program has served nearly 1,000 women, children, and men in Madison County and surrounding areas.

“Being able to add onto that building and offer some more room is just overwhelming for us and exciting,” said Jennifer Lainhart, Executive Director.

Hope’s Wings says phase two will include transitional apartment housing.

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