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The V Word broadcast: RHART with Fatima Smith

Fatima Smith of RHART
Fatima Smith of RHART

Today Fatima Smith stopped by to give an update on the RHART program, a collaborative hospital accompaniment program comprised of local centers around the metro Richmond area.

You can listen to the show here

Through RHART, trained volunteers respond to area hospital emergency rooms to provide advocacy and support to individuals who have experienced sexual and domestic violence. RHART is a regional collaborative between Safe Harbor, Hanover Safe Place, and the YWCA of Richmond.  Volunteers respond to hospital accompaniment requests 24/7 and connect survivors with community resources and follow-up services. We provide services to anyone who has experienced intimate partner/domestic violence regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, gender identity or expression, faith, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity and geographic location. Our services are available in both English and Spanish, and all services are offered free of charge to anyone seeking help.  – Safe Harbor

Ways to Support DV Awareness #15 – change your online profile status to support your local shelter

On facebook?  Change your online profile status to link to your local shelter or statewide coalition

Virginia: The Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance

Richmond:  The YWCA

Henrico County: Safe Harbor

Fredericksburg: RCASA RCDV


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