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

Lundy Bancroft By: Amanda Wallace

  . My first few weeks on the job back in 2008, I attended a conference in Kearney, Nebraska where I heard Lundy Bancroft speak.  I had no previous experience in being an advocate, other than witnessing, what I would have then called dysfunctional relationships amongst myself, family and friends.   After listening to Lundy present, I began to understand just how many tactics abusers use to gain control over their victims.  He greatly inspired me to be a better advocate and to listen... 

Executive Director Receives Award

Bright Horizons Executive Director Linda Olson  was named  the 2015 individual recipient of the Dr. Richard Raymond Public Health Champion Award at the North Central District Health Department Annual Banquet on Friday March 20.  Linda started working as a volunteer in the O’Neill Office in July of 1997. She was hired as a part-time advocate in July 1998.  In January 2001 she was appointed as the Program Director, and in May of 2006 she was appointed the Interim Director.  She... 

Can Abusers Change?

It’s a hotly debated topic with no easy answer. Can people change? Sure, we all change as we mature and grow older. And, we even change our unhealthy addictions, like drinking too much or doing drugs. But when it comes to abusers, the question seems to be more weighted. Even if he says he can change, will change, wants to change—can you trust him again? According to author Kathryn Robinson on The National Domestic Violence Hotline blog, “While people do have the capacity to change,... 

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305 N. 4th St.
Norfolk, NE 68701

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PO Box 1904
Norfolk, NE 68702

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O'Neill, NE 68763

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