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Barrier Free Living | 2022 National Crime Victims' Service Awards

Barrier Free Living (BFL) was founded in 1981, with a mission to provide services to the D/deaf and disabled community. Over time, BFL realized that many of their clients had a history of victimization by members of their family or significant others. Specialized services to assist these individuals were lacking; thus, BFL made domestic violence a focus of its mental health program. Eventually, it evolved into the agency’s primary focus. BFL helps people through three innovative programs: Secret Garden, Freedom House, and BFL Apartments.

BFL’s ability to provide effective responses to underserved populations and produce systematic change through advocacy is remarkable.

BFL received the Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services. Visit the OVC Gallery for more information about her work to support victims of crime.

Date Published: April 29, 2022