Phenix City Honors Crisis Center Founder

A Phenix City woman is being honored for her work with domestic violence and rape victims. Ruth Ann Powers helped start the Russell County Crisis Center more than twenty years ago.

In the 1980's, women who were victims of domestic violence or sexual assault in Russell County had nowhere to go, and no one to help them. "And I thought that's something we need to do. We've got to address the issue and do something about it in Phenix City," said Crisis Center co-founder Ruth Ann Powers.

That's when Ruth Ann Powers and other folks got together and started the Russell County Crisis Center. Now each year, the center helps hundreds of women get back on their feet. "We focus on independent living skills nursing, and education, and job training and things they'll need to be successful in a life away from violence," said executive director Heike Mueller.

This year alone, the Russell County Sheriff's office and the Phenix City police department have responded to 15 sexual assault calls, and more than 80 domestic violence calls.

"The crisis center is such a vital part of our community, especially the law enforcement community. It provides a service that's not provided by any other agency anywhere in Russell County," said Russell County Sheriff Tommy Boswell.

The crisis center has a hotline for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault to call if they need help. That number is 334-297-4401.