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SHCC is hosting two events during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The featured guest at these events is Kit Gruelle, a survivor of domestic violence who has worked as an advocate for battered women and their children for almost 30 years. As a renowned community educator, she has trained scores of advocates, criminal justice professionals health care providers, clergy, legislators, educators, and often guest lectures at colleges, universities, medical and law schools, schools of social work and public heath, and departments of sociology, women’s studies, and psychology on violence against women and children.  

She is the subject of Private Violence, an intimate and compelling documentary on domestic violence that has premiered at the Sundance Festival and been featured on HBO.


Get Help

The Shelter Home of Caldwell County (SHCC) provides emergency and support services for victims/survivors of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault and their children.

If you or someone you know needs help, many organizations and professionals are available to provide counsel and support. The first steps are to see a doctor with any physical injuries and report a crime to law enforcement officers. SHCC provides victim advocacy service to help you navigate the system or find shelter. 


The decision about when to seek help is a very personal one, and there are many reasons why people may not be ready or may not want to reach out. A partner may threaten to harm or kill if abuse is reported. A victim may hesitate one moment or one day too long—hoping for change. We must make every effort to provide clear and efficient avenues to reach out before it is too late.
— Lisa Clontz / SHCC Director