Bowling Green-Based Domestic Violence Shelter Helps Women 'Dress for Change'

May 6, 2018

Credit Barren River Area Safe Space

A Bowling Green-based domestic violence shelter wants to empower women who are trying to land jobs in office settings.

Barren River Area Safe Space—or BRASS--is holding its spring Dress for Change event through May 23. The shelter is giving women donated clothing and accessories they can wear for job interviews and while at work.

BRASS Executive Director Tori Henninger said women who are physically abused by their partners are also often victims of financial abuse.

She said many of the women who get clothing from Dress for Change haven’t been allowed to have their own money or go clothes shopping in many years.

“Sure, Dress for Change is about clothes, but it’s about so much more than that. Because it’s giving people the opportunity to maintain that self-sufficiency and not have to rely on someone else. We give them a very small portion of assistance in the grand scheme of things to make them realize the bigger picture.”

Henninger said seeing the results of the program through the years has been very rewarding.

“I’ve had some people who have come in to drop off donations and talk about how they’ve had to utilize the service before, and so now they’ve gotten to a point where they’re comfortable and want to give back.”

Those interested in the Dress for Change program can call BRASS to schedule an appointment.

An advocate will meet those requesting clothing at the shelter’s pop-up shop location.

BRASS serves domestic violence victims in the counties of Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson, and Warren.