JAMESTOWN, N.D. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today toured Mary’s Place, a new facility to provide emergency shelter, resources, and transitional services for victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Jamestown area. Following the tour, Heitkamp convened Mary’s Place staff, local law enforcement, health care professionals, and Jamestown leaders to discuss the needs of the community as it works to address domestic violence and provide shelter and services for survivors.
Like many other communities in North Dakota, Jamestown’s affordable housing opportunities have decreased— which exacerbates the difficulty in finding safe transitional or permanent housing for victims of domestic or sexual violence. After opening in June 2018, Mary’s Place now provides additional safe housing opportunities for victims in Stutsman, Foster, and Barnes counties.
Heitkamp talked about how critical it is to combat domestic violence at both the local and federal levels.
“Too many victims of domestic violence don’t receive the comprehensive support they need to escape the violence and permanently leave an abusive relationship,” said Lynne Tally, Executive Director, Mary’s Place at Safe Shelter. “Thankfully, the Jamestown community has graciously stepped up to help address this challenge, and Mary’s Place will provide temporary housing options and wraparound services that best support survivors in our area. We greatly appreciate Senator Heitkamp visiting the new facility today and working to raise awareness about the need for emergency and transitional housing and supportive services across North Dakota. As we work together to stop the spread of family violence, she continues to stand up for domestic violence survivors and their families in our state.”