Increasing Safety for Ohio Families

Since 1988, the Ohio Domestic Violence Network has been leading our state’s response to domestic violence through a host of initiatives and efforts.

On the 20th anniversary of ODVN’s founding, it seems fitting to reflect on the progress made toward ending family violence in our state. The first shelter opened in Ohio in 1974.

Today, our statewide network of 72 domestic violence programs help victims of domestic violence everyday. These programs, along with ODVN, serve victims and their families and enhance the ability of local communities to increase victim safety and hold batterers accountable.

In addition to serving for the last 20 years as a statewide clearinghouse, a resource for battered women through its toll free hotline, and as a critical provider of technical assistance for programs and other professionals responding to family violence in Ohio, ODVN has:

  • Provided testimony, legislative education and support regarding numerous bills which impact victims of domestic violence in Ohio.
  • Undertaken important educational efforts including publishing major documents to support best practice for a variety of professionals such as, When Fear Has No Voice, Child Advocacy Manual; A Healthcare Providers Guide for Responding to Domestic Violence, and a Reference Manual for the Ohio Adult Parole Authority. ODVN also developed a survivor handbook, Information is Power: A Sourcebook for Victims of Domestic Violence and other issue specific brochures.
  • Created and implemented a Training Institute that annually offers essential courses such as Domestic Violence Advocacy Fundamentals, Justice Systems Advocacy, Crisis Intervention and Trauma, Teen Dating Violence Prevention, Ready, Set, Go: Fundamentals of Prevention, as well as a host of additional trainings for specific audiences ranging from batterers’ intervention specialists and health care providers to aging and law enforcement professionals.
  • Advocated for changes in public policies that directly impact families affected by domestic violence including statewide adoption of the TANF Family Violence Option, Governor Strickland’s Executive Order on Workplace Domestic Violence, and funding for the programs in Ohio that assist domestic violence victims.

This report includes a History of Domestic Violence Timeline, Facts, Statistics, and Research, System Reform Efforts in Ohio, Current Funding Realities, and Recommendations to Enhance Services.

To view or download a copy of Increasing Safety for Ohio Families, please click here.


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