In addition to in-kind donations, we rely heavily on the help of our volunteers. They’re a critical part of the day-to-day functioning of our organization, performing a variety of tasks such as direct work with clients, hotline advocacy, administrative work, shelter maintenance, translation, and much more. You can see a list of volunteer positions below. […]

Our Mission

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Bright Horizons is dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault through empowerment, education, social action, and support services. We provide newsletters,support and specialized services.



To address the problem of domestic violence in our community, it takes the whole community. Although we at Bright Horizons are dedicated to providing quality programs and services to women, men and children who are victims of abuse, we simply cannot do this work alone. In fact, with every minute that passes, victims’ need for […]


Bright Horizons began in 1976 with one woman opening her home for abused victims in the Norfolk area. As time went by she realized that there was a lot more that could be done to help victims of domestic and sexual violence. She worked to establish a non-profit corporation and, on January 26, 1978, the “Norfolk Task Force on Domestic Violence” and its Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Secretary of State of Nebraska and covered Antelope, Boyd, Holt, Knox, Madison, Pierce, and Stanton counties. The need for shelter and services continued to grow at a steady pace. On January 16th, 1991 a five bedroom, three bathroom home was purchased for emergency shelter and office space.  In August of 1992, the agency applied for and received approval to change the name to “Bright Horizons Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” or, in short, Bright Horizons.  In 1995, Bright Horizons recognized the need for a satellite office therefore opening an office in... 

Recent News

Survivor Story: Ron Blake -‘I found my own, unique way to take back my life.’

One December night six years ago, while Ron Blake was asleep in his Phoenix, Ariz., home, three men broke in, held him down and sexually assaulted him. One of those three men was Blake’s life partner. Blake says his partner had struggled with alcohol addiction and that he could be physically and emotionally abusive when he was drinking. At one point, the two of them had separated but they got back together. “I stayed, because I thought I could help him,” he says. “It’s tough... 

You Are No Less Of A Man For Having Been Assaulted

Our society creates an atmosphere that erases the experiences of non-female survivors of sexual assault. This piece originally appeared in The Daily Mississippian. Fourteen years ago, I didn’t know what was happening to me. It happened over and over for years, and I didn’t know how to stop it. I was sexually assaulted by a peer for three years as a child, and those years of assault still impact me today. I don’t remember much about those dark times, but I remember feeling the... 

Will My Abuser Retaliate?

Whether or not you should expect violence to escalate after seeking a protection order. Domestic violence survivors seek personal protection orders (PPOs) to help protect themselves (and their families and, in some states, pets) from their abusers. Once in place, they are intended to limit contact between abuser and survivor and serve as a deterrent by making certain actions by the abuser illegal. But many survivors are rightfully concerned that seeking a protection order will only enrage... 

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305 N. 4th St.
Norfolk, NE 68701

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318 E. Douglas St.
O'Neill, NE 68763

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PO Box 313
938 E Zero St.
Ainsworth, NE 69210

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