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

Kris’ House of Grace

Bright Horizons is excited to announce that we will be opening a transitional housing program, Kris’ House of Grace, in Norfolk this fall.  This is made possible through a working agreement with the First United Methodist Church of Norfolk. Kris’ House of Grace will be a transitional shelter where families that are  transitioning from either Bright Horizons’ emergency shelter or the Women’s Empowering Life Line’s residential program will be able to live for up to a year while... 

The Church’s Response

This July we have been focusing our outreach efforts to churches. Packets with informational material on our services and domestic violence/sexual assault have been sent out to churches in our service area. When a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault reaches out to a church for help, our goal is that they know how to respond. How can a pastor, other church leaders, or a member help someone in this type of situation? We asked the churches how can they challenge abusive behavior? Here... 

How You Can Help a Family Member or Friend

I have been asked on numerous occasions “what can I do to help my loved one/friend that is involved in a DV situation”.   Here are some good tips for being a good support system to that individual. Acknowledge that they are in a very difficult and scary situation, be supportive and listen. Let them know that the abuse is not their fault. Reassure them that they are not alone and that there is help and support out there. It may be difficult for them to talk about the abuse.... 

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Physical Address:
305 N. 4th St.
Norfolk, NE 68701

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1904
Norfolk, NE 68702

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

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