Local nonprofit supporting victims of domestic violence


BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — A local nonprofit is working to help victims of domestic violence in a unique way

The Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter will host its signature event, Fresh StArt on Saturday, October 12.

Artwork created by survivors of domestic violence will be auctioned off, and while the art is a good way to raise money for the shelter, it also serves as an outlet for survivors.

“To allow them that time and that space to express themselves, and to be creative without any direction, without any influence, is really healing for them,” said development director, Stacy Seger.

The money raised will be used to fund the shelter which helps hundreds of people every year, including survivor Sharon Hawley.

“When you have that happen, you can’t put a price tag on it, to be able to go behind closed doors and have a family-like setting,” Hawley said. “You have the people that love you and care for you.”

Fresh StArt takes place Saturday, October 12 at the Peel Mansion in Bentonville from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

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