Center of Hope opened its Safe Clinic in Columbia in September.
For many years, Center of Hope near the town square in Columbia has been a place domestic abuse and sexual violence victims could turn.
There are a variety of services available for people 16 and older from Maury, Giles, Lawrence and Wayne counties such as a 24-hour crisis line and therapy.
In this part of the state, only Maury Regional Healthcare and Vanderbilt in Tullahoma have nurses on-call trained to administer rape kits.
Now, Center of Hope has nurses ready to go to help someone who needs a sexual assault examination. These confidential exams are done at a clinic off-site.
Also at the Safe Clinic, patients have the choice to get law enforcement involved or hold off.
Those in our rural areas deal with the highest rates of domestic violence and now they have another outlet for their needs.