Domestic violence victims often take many attempts to finally leave their abusers.
When Roane County victims decide to make that break, there is somewhere to go.
Avalon Center, a domestic violence and sexual assault program founded in Cumberland County in 1984, has a shelter in nearby Cumberland County.
The program also serves as advocates for neighboring counties that now include Roane.
“We were getting a lot of calls from clients in this area,” said Rachel Bruning, Avalon executive director.