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

8 Confidence Boosters to Improve Your Self Esteem

Maybe you’re recovering from a domestic violence situation, or you’re working up to leaving an abusive partner. Either way, you might be experiencing a blow to your self-esteem. It’s not your fault—batterers often use callous and devious tactics to rob survivors of their confidence in order to maintain power and control over their partners. Low self-esteem is a major cause of depression. It can show itself in many ways, such as defeating self-talk (“I’m a failure at everything... 

When You Cant Afford to Leave An Abusive Partner

Without financial independence, many survivors feel trapped It seems simple enough—if you’re with an abusive partner, just leave. Walk out. Start fresh. Save yourself and your children. One reason survivors stay: They may not be able to feed and care for their children, or themselves, if they leave. Take a look at these estimated national averages: Full-time daycare for an infant: $972 a month One-bedroom apartment: $769 a month One [thrifty] month of groceries for a family of four:... 

Farm Credit Services Awards Bright Horizons

Farm Credit Services of America awarded Bright Horizons a $2,000 grant to purchase food for our shelter in Norfolk and in O’Neill.  Farm Credit Services of America started the grant program in 2013 and have awarded 394 grants so far. Thank you for all your support!   Pictured are Holly Drueke, Katie Williamson, Amanda Schluns, and Megan Mitchell.  Read More

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

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