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  Domestic violence leaves a mark on the whole family.

OCJS logoWelcome to the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services in the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Web site. In the month of April, we recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Crime Victims Rights Week which is observed April 18-24, 2010.  This Web site for the month of April was developed by the Ohio Family Violence Prevention Center, with input by our Advisory Council.

FVPC logoThe Ohio Family Violence Prevention Center was established at OCJS by Executive Order in 1999.  Prior to the Center, no similar body existed in Ohio.  The Center serves as an information clearinghouse for public and private organizations as they provide assistance to victims.  The Center offers a variety of services such as providing victim advocacy/assistance, providing technical assistance to local victim service providers, giving presentations on topics such as Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence to schools, law enforcement and other community members, and conducting research on family violence issues and its impact on communities.

Daily, the Ohio Family Violence Prevention Center promotes awareness, intervention and prevention of domestic violence and family violence-related issues in Ohio in many ways, including being an actively involved with the following organizations:
  • Barbara Warner Domestic Violence Workplace Policy Committee
  • Campus Safety Task Force
  • Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition
  • Domestic Violence and Immigrant Statewide Task Force
  • Interagency Victims Assistance Coordinating Committee
  • Ohio Council on Victims Justice
  • Ohio Victim Witness Association
  • Ohio Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence Consortium
  • Ohio Sexual Assault Task Force
  • Supreme Court of Ohio Domestic Violence Advisory Committee

The Center also houses the Ohio Family Violence Prevention Advisory Council. The Council is where Ohio’s top experts in domestic and family violence intervention and prevention disciplines come together to consider and recommend improvements in state laws and policies. The mission of the Council is to provide guidance, encourage coordination and promote action by government, the private sector and citizens to understand, prevent and respond to domestic and family violence. The Council's vision is to produce a cultural shift of society’s perspective of and response to domestic violence so that domestic and family violence is not tolerated in our communities.

Membership on the Council is composed of a maximum of 40 members that are multi-disciplinary in representation. Members may include federal and state governments, local initiatives, and non-governmental agencies, as well different demographic and geographic representatives. Currently the Council has five committees to address various topics of interest and concern to the Council. These committees are: Communications, Education & Training, Ohio Needs Assessment Implementation, and Statutes & Rules.

The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services provided $5,935,376.22 in Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) grant funding to at least 194 programs which were implemented in 2009. Additionally, OCJS provided Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) dollars to prosecuting attorneys offices, law enforcement agencies, court programs and various victim services programs in Ohio.

According to Ohio Information Based Reporting System, data collected for 2008 includes the following crime statistics:
  • Murder - 422
  • Sexual Assaults - 8,089 (which includes various types of sexual assault, including rape)
  • Robbery - 16,051
  • Menacing by Stalking - 1,592
  • Violation of a Protection Order - 6,885
  • Domestic Violence - 44,142
*The above stats are reported by approximately 500 law enforcement agencies covering 66% of the population.

On April 21, 2010, training will be presented by the Central Ohio Sexual Assault Task Force (COSATF), “Exploring the Connections Between Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Stalking.” This training will be held at the Ohio Department of Transportation/Ohio Department of Public Safety Auditorium, 1980 W. Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  This training is free and would be useful for anyone who works on sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking cases. The deadline for registration is April 15th. Click here for more information.

We hope you find this information useful. Please plan to take time this month to attend one of the many programs that will be held in honor of this month of awareness.

For more information about the Center or the Advisory Council, contact Chrystal Alexander, FVPC Program Director, at (614) 466-0306 or ccalexander@dps.ohio.gov.

 

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