Description of BRASS, Inc. Program

The Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc. is a regional domestic violence 26-bed shelter and program, founded in 1980 by a group of seven Warren County Citizens, to serve the community’s need to provide emergency shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence and their children. The Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc. is accredited by the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, and was one of the first six Kentucky domestic violence shelters to form the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The agency provides services to residents of the ten county Barren River Area Development District, and serves a large rural population. Counties of service include Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren. BRASS, Inc. also accepts referrals from across the state and nation.

Program Services Include:

  • Emergency shelter
  • Crisis intervention
  • Two 24-hour crisis lines
  • Comprehensive children’s services
  • Case management
  • Individual and group support counseling
  • Mental health counseling
  • Homeless and housing advocacy
  • Immigration and language advocacy
  • Legal advocacy
  • Agency advocacy
  • Medical advocacy
  • Referrals
  • Emergency financial assistance
  • USDA approved food pantry
  • Federal feeding program
  • Permanent Housing
  • Financial literacy/economic justice program
  • Rural Individual Development Account
  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Homeownership program
  • Community awareness program
  • Public education programs
  • Professional trainings

Advocates travel an average of 50,000 miles each year to make services accessible to rural victims of domestic violence who are often isolated from resources.

Child Advocates provide comprehensive services to both residential and non-residential children who have experienced violence in their homes.

BRASS - Anti-Poverty Programs
BRASS - Homeless Resources & Anti-Poverty Initiatives

The Agency is Involved in Several Anti-Poverty Initiatives:

  • Utilization of Americorps/Vista  Volunteers
  • Providing free federal & state income tax preparation for low/moderate income taxpayers.
  • Economic Justice programming/Economic Justice Institute
  • Rural Individual Development Accounts
  • Promotion of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • SOAR Initiative (Homeless and Disability Assistance)

The Agency “Gives Back” to the Community:

  • Employee Collections for veterans in local nursing homes
  • Employee Donations to Gary Raymer Scholarship Fund (BGPD)
  • Volunteering with United Way Speaker’s Bureau & Allocations Committees
  • Employee volunteers with United Way Day of Caring
  • Employee volunteers with SHOP & SHARE and FEED THE NEED
  • Participates in the VITA Free Tax Preparation Services Program
  • Service on non-profit boards

Anti-Poverty - BRASS Gives Back

BRASS, Inc. Program Brochures

For more details about our services, check out these downloadable informational brochures:

BRASS - Immigration


A housing program designed to meet the needs of Domestic Violence Survivors.
P.E.A.C.E Brochure
Child Domestic Abuse

BRASS Children's Program

BRASS offers programs to help children suffering the effects of domestic violence.
Children’s Program Brochure
BRASS - Anti-Poverty Initiatives

A Safety Plan for Kids

A safety plan to help keep kids safe from domestic violence.
Child Safety Plan Brochure