Vincennes domestic abuse shelter expanding to help those in need

Refuge is an organization in Vincennes that has an emergency shelter for abuse victims. Its ran by a women who has experienced what many of these families have been through.

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 5:52 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2017 6:59 PM

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI)-Christina Detty has been through some struggles in her life. One of the biggest was being in an abusive relationship.

"I knew I couldn't live like that anymore. He had broken my back and he had broken my sons arm," said Detty.

Soon after she sought out help. It ultimately brought her to The Edge church in Vincennes. It’s part of the Three Nails Project. This is where she would begin her journey of helping others.

"There as a need for a shelter. They had someone donate a house and thy told them to do good things in the community. We had got to talking and they asked me to be the coordinator of it," said Detty.

That's when she founded Refuge. It's an organization in Vincennes that has an emergency shelter for abuse victims.

The shelters location is kept private to help those families seeking help. They do anything they can to help these families.

Including make emergency bags for families with help from the community. Recently The Vincennes Rotary Club donated over 700 items and helped assemble the bags.

"It was fulfilling not just for us but it was fulfilling for families, kids and everybody that came and helped put the bags together," said Shanon Otoole who is a board member of the rotary club.

This support still isn’t enough. They are currently now working on another shelter big enough to house around eight families.

They are just waiting for additional things like a furnace before they open their new doors but no matter how long it takes they are just ready to help anyone who is in need.

"We help as many women and children as we can. God will allow us to touch their lives and get them started on the right path, the safe path and to give them a future," said Detty.

Refuge is looking for donations and volunteers to help at the shelters. If you would like to get involved you can check out their Facebook page here. You can also email Detty at You can also find out more about the Three Nails Project at their website here.

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