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DVPI does not go door to door for solicitations of money or any other item. If someone comes to your home or business on our behalf, notify your local law enforcement immediately then notify us of the area in which you are located and a description of the person soliciting.

Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call your local hotline, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®

The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence


On Friday, October 2, 2015, Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (DVPI) will be hosting its 5th annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®” event, the International Men’s March to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. The event, held on the First Friday in October, will kick-off at Lynda Tuttle’s Art Center in Downtown Canton. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and the walk will commence at 6 p.m. We will end our Walk at The Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography.


There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and sexual violence.


Sexualized violence does not just affect women. It affects the men who care about them, their families, their friends, their coworkers, and their communities. Sexualized violence is an epidemic. Some of the statistics: More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. In Stark County, 30% of all homicides are domestic violence related. That means someone you know, someone you care about, has been or may be the victim of sexual violence. It may be your mother, your sister, your employee, your daughter.


We encourage you to form a team of male walkers, and female supporters, and join the walk to help end domestic violence.  Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 to aid in supporting the services that DVPI is able to provide our communities with in Stark County.  We ask that you encourage your male colleagues to participate in the walk and literally walk a mile in high heeled shoes.


Help us end the sexualized violence in our community and raise awareness by “walking the walk” and standing up for our mothers, our daughters, our coworkers.


We hope you feel compelled to engage your organization, family and friends in this event. The need is greater than ever before. But, with the support of organizations like yours the men in our community can stop the cycle of violence. For more information visit the National event website at www.walkamileinhershoes.org or contact Eric Jezewski, Event & Volunteer Director at Domestic Violence Project, Inc. at 330-445-2005, or via email, ericj@dvpi.org.



We look forward to walking a mile in her shoes with you!


2015 Putting For Hope

Today, and for the past thirty seven years, DVPI  offers safety, compassion, hope, and healing to  survivors of domestic violence and their families. In 2014, our shelter census totaled 408 adults and children for a grand total of 12,984 nights served.  Our Renew Counseling & Recovery Center served 434 people, Legal Advocates assisted 1,216 clients and our Transitional Housing program served 28 clients with 94 months of rent supported. Calls to our 24-hour hotline  came in from 4,134 individuals in our community. As you can see from these staggering numbers, there is a true need for the services we are able to provide here in Stark County!


            We offer two 24 hour emergency shelters in the Canton and Massillon areas of Stark County. Our Transitional Housing program has been extremely successful in placing individuals and families in homes and apartments when they are ready to take the next step in their healing process. This program provides support for them for up to two years. In addition, we have tremendous educational programs that are evidence-based and geared toward at-risk youth in the Stark County Schools.


            Because of the generosity of many supporters, DVPI is able to continue offering this unique safety net of services to men, women and children in Stark County. More than 87% of the funds raised  by DVPI go directly to service provision within our communities. Providing access to life’s necessities is critical to the successful healing process. 


            On Monday, September 21, 2015, at Spring Valley Golf Course, DVPI will hold its eleventh annual golf fundraiser – Putting For Hope. The funds raised from this event support client needs, which include: two emergency shelters, legal advocacy, 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, transitional housing, and prevention and educational services for survivors and their children throughout Stark County. We ask you to consider partnering with DVPI and supporting Putting For Hope. By entering a team or by taking part in sponsorship opportunities, you are making an immediate impact on the quality of life for current survivors, and those who will utilize our services in the future.  


            Please consider joining us as we continue to take a stand against the violence. There IS Hope! Contact Eric for registration and sponsorship opportunities at 330-445-2005, or follow the link to register! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/putting-for-hope-tickets-17885429802







Joint Effort to End Domestic Violence in the Workplace


One in three women may expect to be a victim of intimate partner violence in her lifetime. Violence impacts women regardless of race, income level, education, religion, or culture. It doesn’t matter where in the world she lives.  She could be a neighbor, a sister, a friend or a co-worker.

Domestic Violence Project, Inc. joins Soroptimist International of Canton and Stark County in its annual campaign to raise awareness of how domestic violence impacts the workplace and how to prevent it.
A 2005 phone survey of 1,200 full-time American employees found that 44 percent of full-time employed adults personally experienced domestic violence’s effect in their workplaces, and 21 percent identified themselves as victims of intimate partner violence.  A Vermont University study published in 2012 of male offenders enrolled in batterer intervention programs found:

·         29% of respondents contacted their partner while at work to say something that might have scared or intimidated her; 40% of supervisors were aware this type of contact occurred at work.

·         25% left or were late to work to be abusive to their partner;

·         Participants lost a total of 52,731 days of work — equivalent to 27 years of full time employment and $5.4 million in estimated lost wages — because of consequences related to domestic violence. 23%  collected unemployment to make up for lost wages;

·         80% of respondents said their job performance was negatively affected by their domestic violence. 19% caused or almost caused an accident at work.

·         77% of respondents felt that the presence of a written company policy that sets a workplace culture against domestic violence would be an effective measure that workplaces could take to prevent domestic violence. 


·         Domestic violence victims lose a total of nearly 8 million days of paid work a year—the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs. (Center for Disease Control)

·         The annual cost of domestic violence to the US economy is more than $8.3 billion – includes medical care, mental health services (much of which is paid for by the employer), and lost productivity - time away from work (Center for Disease Control, 2003).

·         Workplace violence can be categorized into four types: (1) criminal intent (2) customer/client (3) worker-on-worker (4) personal relationship. (U.S. Federal Government)

·         U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 3.4 million persons said they were victims of stalking in 2005 (U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2009) 

·         "Intimate partner violence, rape, stalking – all of these forms of violence can create toxic stress on the body that is long-lasting and cumulative, and can negatively impact a person's health and well-being for the rest of their life”. Dr. Howard Spivak, Director Violence Prevention (Center of Disease Control, 2010)

·         96% of employed domestic violence victims experience some type of work-related problem due to the violence. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, 2000)

·         78% of surveyed perpetrators used workplace resources to express remorse or anger, check up on, pressure, or threaten their victim (Maine Department of Labor, 2004)

·         A study addressing the co-occurrence between child abuse and animal abuse discovered that 88% of homes with physically abused children also included abuse or neglect of the family pet (DeViney, Dickert, & Lockwood,1983).

Employers CAN: Recognize –domestic violence as an issue impacting the workplace; Respond –appropriately within the context of the workplace; Refer –to the professionals who can assist the employee; Reach Out –to community resources for partnership, expertise, and to support them.

·         Visit :  www.workplacesrespond.org.  A virtual resource for employers to address the impacts of domestic violence in the workplace, providing information, sample policies, training resources and technical assistance to facilitate and encourage safer and more effective responses to employees who are victims of domestic, sexual and dating violence or stalking.

·         http://www.soroptimist.org/whitepapers/wp_dv.html

·         http://www.soroptimist.org/members/program/Program_WorkplaceCampaign.html

The workplace is the ideal place to help women facing domestic violence because it’s where they spend at least eight hours a day away from their abusers. By taking the time to address this risk, businesses can take steps to reduce health care costs, absenteeism and lost productivity due to stress and injuries from domestic and sexual violence. This not only keeps workers safe, it’s good business.


This information is brought to you by Soroptimist International of Canton/Stark County (www.bestforwomencanton.org) and the Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (www.dvpi.org).  For local support services for victims of domestic violence, call DVPI’s 24-hour crisis hotline at 330.453.SAFE (7233). Now operating in its 35th year of service, DVPI acts as the community’s response to violence and abuse serving victims of domestic violence by providing holistic and confidential services including: a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelters in Canton and Massillon, transitional housing, legal advocacy, counseling including drug and alcohol recovery services and prevention and educational services. For more information or training information, please contact Cheli Curran, Executive Director/CEO for DVPI at 330.445.2001 or email at chelic@dvpi.org.

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Breaking the cycle of domestic violence begins with awareness!