We are pleased to announce that our third annual “We Give Hope” 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.  The event will take place on the Greenway (755 Raider Dr.), across from Cleveland High School.  All proceeds will benefit the Family Violence Program/Harbor Safe House.  Here are some more details:

Cost to participate:

5K Run

$20.00 Student fee (grades 1-12)

$25 College Student fee

$35 Registration – Sept. 1st until day of race

$20 – 1 Mile Fun Walk

5K Race Course is USATF Certified and will be chip-timed.  Free extras include a t-shirt, goodie bag, snacks and drink and door prizes (given after the race).  Our door prizes are awesome this year!!

You can register at OR at 3680 Michigan Avenue Rd., NE


On June 2, 2015, Family Promise of Bradley County partnered with the Cleveland Police Department and the Family Violence Program to raise awareness for children who are facing a crisis or homeless situation.  The program received 60 bags filled with stuffed animals, blankets and books for children of all ages who have to come into shelter.  We would like to say thank you to both Jessica and Eva at Family Promise, for all their dedication and hard work on this project.

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Sexual Assault Self-Care Group

If you are a survivor of sexual assault please join us as we start a new 6-week psycho-educational support group.  The group will begin on June 11th, 2015 and meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  If you are interested in the group, please call either Jessica at 423-303-3522 or Angie at 423-303-3525.  You can also inquire of the location at this time.  You will need to come in for an initial assessment/intake before the group begins.  Some of the topics we will cover are, self-care, how trauma effects the brain, self-esteem, and lots more!  If you are looking for a place to continue your healing, this is it.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

On April 29th, we will be honoring victims/survivors of sexual assault by wearing denim.  The history of Denim Day goes back to 1992, when a 45 year old a driving instructor was accused of rape.  When he picked up an 18 year old girl for her first driving lesson, he allegedly raped her for an hour, then told her that if she was to tell anyone he would kill her.  Later that night she told her parents and her parents agreed to help her press charges.  While the alleged rapist was convicted and sentenced, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 1998 because the victim wore tight jeans.  It was argued that she must have necessarily have had to help her attacker remove her jeans, thus making the act consensual, (“because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them . . . and by removing the jeans . . . it was no longer rape but consensual sex”).  The Italian Supreme Court stated in its decision “it is a fact of common experience that it is nearly impossible to slip off tight jeans even partly without the active collaboration of the person who is wearing them.”  As of 2008, the Italian Supreme Court has overturned their findings, and there is no longer and “denim” defense to the charge of rape.

Why We Are Here

The goals of the Family Violence Program are:

  • Prevent and interrupt the cycle of domestic violence
  • Assist sexual assault victims/survivors in dealing with the effects of trauma
  • Increase program participant’s access to community resources
  • Increase program participant’s and the community’s knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault