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Survivors of domestic violence
By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
PAMPA – A $25,000 Texas Health and Human Services
Commission grant will help the Tralee Crisis Center give a voice
to survivors of family violence.
A non-profit victim services agency, Tralee Crisis Center
is located in Pampa and serves eight counties in the eastern
Texas Panhandle, including Childress and Collingsworth
Dee Dee Laramore, Tralee Crisis Center executive director,
said the grant will provide funding for legal services for survivors of family violence. It will be used to contract with
attorneys for consultation fees, legal representation and/or
court costs to provide victims access to legal assistance in
“This grant will give them a voice,” Laramore said. “They
feel so helpless because they can’t financially stand up for
These areas consist of obtaining protective orders, divorce,
child custody – both initial and/or modifications,
child support, child visitation, immigration issues, housing issues including landlord/tenant issues and foreclosures, debt,
credit and bankruptcy issues and other legal representation
including those that promote safety provisions for survivors
of family violence, Laramore explained.
“Cost is a barrier,” she said.
“We hope this grant has a significant benefit.”
Laramore’s 16-member team serves 350 new victims
each year. Some of them have bigger issues than what legal
aid can pay, and they can’t afford legal services.
Those who could benefit from Tralee Crisis Center’s legal
services funds can call 806-669-1131 from 8 a.m. to 5
p.m. Monday through Friday to speak with an advocate.
Tralee Crisis Center offers comprehensive services for
victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent
crimes. The center serves Carson, Childress, Collingsworth,
Donley, Gray, Hemphill, Roberts and Wheeler counties.
Services include 24-hour emergency shelter, crisis intervention, assistance with protective order and crime victim compensation applications, medical and law enforcement accompaniment, advocacy, emergency transportation, professional counseling and support groups.
To learn more about Tralee Crisis Center’s services visit its website at www.traleecrisiscenter.com or search Tralee Crisis Center on Facebook. The 24-hour hotline number is 806-669-1788 or call toll-free at 1-800-658-2796.