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The New Horizons Crisis Center has been awarded a much-needed $15,000 grant by the Intermountain Health Care Foundation.

The money will be used for counseling support, referrals, a crisis line and other services for victims of domestic violence, rape, child abuse and violent crimes, according to Lynda Whitlock, New Horizons director.Headquarters for the area's New Horizons program is in Richfield, but it is conducted in the Six-County Area of Sevier, Sanpete, Juab, Millard, Wayne and Piute.

Whitlock said domestic violence affects everyone.

"The violence in our homes is contributing to the violence on our streets and is filling our hospitals and morgues," she warned.

A new "At Risk Youth" program has been in operation in the area for the past 16 months to benefit children who have been impacted by crime. It involves early intervention, stabilizing the child and helping build self-esteem, good character and health values.

The program focuses on stabilizing and educating members of the family in building self-esteem and offering general education in healthy family relations. It is designed to re-establish a healthy family environment, the director said.