Local Coalition Observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month


According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men will be victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. These statistics are overwhelming.  This is why we are highlighting the fact that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

One group that tries to combat this widespread problem is The Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  The Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence serves women, men, and children who are victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes in Ross County.  In 2015 they assisted 390 new clients through their services in crisis intervention, safety planning, case management, protection order, advocacy, and safe shelter.

Their shelter, Phoenix House, is a 24/7 safe house for victims of domestic violence so that their clients can remain safe away from their abusers.  In 2015 the Phoenix House provided shelter to one hundred adults and children.  The numbers for 2016 are on track to serve about the same.  The Director of the coalition, Mandy Sullivan-Dyke says, “we are here to serve the community whether they are involved or someone they know is involved, we are here to give advice to help them get out of their situation.”

Are you interested in supporting this organization?  Check out the upcoming events in Ross County.

Candlelight Vigil to remember victims of domestic violence
October 20, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Orchard Hill United Church of Christ – 105 Courtland Drive, Chillicothe

Run for Their Lives  5K Run/Walk
October 29, 2016
8 a.m. registration and race begins at 9 a.m.
Yoctangee Park – 19 Enderlin Circle, Chillicothe
Click here for tickets.

Not able to make these events?  The Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence accepts monetary donations as well as paper products, cleaning supplies and household goods.  Any donations can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8-4 at their office at 62 N. Paint Street in Chillicothe.

For more information call them at 740.775.5396 or follow them on Facebook.

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