Domestic Violence Project, Inc.
News at DVPI
We’d like to bid farewell to our current Executive Director, Melissa Pearce. Melissa will be leaving us Feb. 7, 2014, for a new opportunity. Melissa has been with us since 2008. She has moved our agency forward in increasing domestic violence awareness and providing avenues for treatment and support. We’ll miss Melissa and her vibrant personality. Join us in wishing her good luck!
Our Chief Financial Officer, Connie Kincaid, will serve as Interim Executive Director of DVPI while we search for our new Executive Director. Connie has been with us for 13 years and will perform an excellent job at guiding the agency during this time of transition.
- Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (DVPI), a private, non-profit organization established in 1978 is committed to providing a strong, comprehensive safety net for the families in our community. DVPI clients are welcomed by a caring and compassionate staff offering supportive services necessary to establish an abuse-free lifestyle.
The agency’s comprehensive programming serves to address many client needs and services including:
· A 24-hour confidential hot-line 330.453.SAFE (7233)
· Emergency shelter in
· Prevention and educational services
· Support and legal advocacy
· Renew Counseling and
· On-going and special topic support
Breaking the cycle of domestic violence begins with awareness and prevention. Currently, DVPI provides prevention education in schools, outreach, literature distribution, public awareness speakers and sensitivity training for a variety of community partners touching more than 15,000 individuals during 2011.
DVPI’s two, 24-hour emergency shelters offer a safe refuge for victims of domestic violence and their children, where healing can begin and hope can be restored.
Did You Know?
· Our hotline received 4,000 calls last year. Offering guidance for safety planning, crisis counseling and information - the lifeline people need to understand their situation.
· Annually, about 300 women and children reside in our shelters. Offering a safe, dignified refuge.
· Each year, nearly half of our nights in shelter are represented by children – 6500 last year.
· Our prevention education staff works in the schools and community. We teach Life Skills - an evidence-based curriculum - that increases use of healthy life skills as an alternative to risky or violent behaviors. We also teach healthy relationships and safe dating to junior and senior high school students.
· Our Renew counseling staff serves 500 people annually and are all licensed, clinical therapists. Our therapists treat root causes which greatly enhance the client’s understanding of their situation. Our art therapist works closely with children healing from domestic violence trauma.
· Renew is certified to provide alcohol and drug treatment, even without disclosed domestic violence.
· Court Advocacy is another critical service we provide with staff in both
· 25% of all women will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime.
· 1 in 4 teens is shown to be a victim of dating violence.
· Each year, domestic violence costs over $4 billion in healthcare costs and billions more in workplace absenteeism and lost productivity.
· 60% of victims cited job loss, including being suspended and fired, as a direct or indirect result of domestic violence.
· Pregnant women are more likely to be victims of homicide than to die of any other cause.
· 75% of domestic violence related deaths occur during or after leaving.
· Adults who physically abuse their partners typically enacted a first episode of dating violence by age 15.
Breaking the cycle of domestic violence begins with awareness!