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Advocacy Day 2024

More than 130 advocates including staff from at least 45 member programs gathered at the Riffe Center Wednesday for ODVN’s 2024 Advocacy Day. Advocates learned about pending bills and ways to communicate effectively with legislators.

ODVN's Fatality Report 2023

Ohio suffered 112 domestic violence fatalities in the year ending June 30, 2023, including 22 youth, according to our eighth annual count of DV fatalities. This is the same number for both adults and children, as last year’s report.

At least 120 participants attended ODVN’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month press conference in the Capitol on October 11. At least 90 participants attended virtually. ODVN presented its annual Domestic Violence Fatality Report, which counted 112 total intimate partner related fatalities, the exact same number as the previous reporting year. The report also found that — for the second year in a row — more children in Ohio died than in any year since ODVN began counting. Twenty-two youth and children were killed, including 5 babies. Eighteen of the children were killed by either their parent or stepparent.

Guest speaker and survivor Paula D Walters who survived a nearly fatal strangulation in 2006 and suffered a traumatic brain injury, spoke about her 12-year struggle to her TBI diagnosed.

This year’s event honored four elected officials for their support of increased funding for domestic violence services in the 2024/25 state budget and other legislative reforms. Gov. Mike DeWine and Attorney General Dave Yost received the Croucher Family Award for Outstanding Leadership. Sen. Nathan Manning and Minority Leader Allison Russo received Leadership in Policy Awards.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Recording

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ODVN’s purpose is to support and strengthen Ohio’s response to domestic violence through training, public awareness, and technical assistance and to promote social change through the implementation of public policy. ODVN maintains a commitment to the empowerment of battered survivors and their children as well as to the elimination of personal, institutional, and cultural violence.

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The Ohio Domestic Violence Network advances the principles that all people have the right to an oppression and violence-free life; fosters changes in our economic, social, and political systems; and brings leadership, expertise, and best practices to community programs.


By becoming a member of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN), you benefit over 70 local domestic violence programs statewide. It is critical we continue our leadership role in domestic violence advocacy and education across Ohio. Your concern and generosity help to ensure that this work will continue. 


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