Local domestic violence shelter throws out its rule book and tries something new

A local domestic violence shelter is one of six pilot shelters in the state to throw out its rule book and try a new type of management. Albion Bacon Fellows Center's new model focuses on individual case management, replacing the punishment and demerit system for violating rules. Now residents no longer receive demerits for actions such as missing curfew, drinking alcohol, and failing to clean their bed spaces. Instead, shelter workers are developing a stronger partnership with residents and gaining valuable time that used to be spent on demerit paperwork and enforcements. Next year, the pilot shelters will present their findings to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which will decide if the system should be implemented at other shelters.