About Forbes House

As Lake County's only Domestic Violence Shelter, Forbes House opened for battered women and their children in 1980. Grants from the Lake County Mental Health Board, Western Reserve Junior Service League, and the Forbes Foundation paid for the renovations of the home.

In 1989, with the assistance of the Lake County Commissioners, Forbes House received HUD funds for the purchase and renovation of its current building. On April 16, 1990 Forbes House moved to the new shelter. As a result, we were able to increase our capacity from 17 residents to 30 residents.

In 2012, Forbes House provided:
  • Information or assistance for 2321 Crisis Callers,
  • Housing for 88 women and 61 children, amounting to 6604 total bed nights,
  • Legal intakes or Civil Protection Order assistance for 342 women,
  • Transitional housing for 16 women and 22 children,
  • assistance for 66 support group members.

For more than 30 years the Forbes House mission has been "to relieve the trauma resulting from domestic violence, to assure access to safe and caring environments for its victims, and to foster an end to domestic violence through education, prevention, and advocacy".

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Our thanks for finacial assistance from
United Way of Lake County .


Forbes House is also funded in part by the Lake County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board.