In this blog, we will explore some commonly used phrases that we should avoid when trying to support survivors of domestic violence. By understanding what not to say, we can create a safe and supportive environment for those who need it most.
Today, I want to share with you a story of transformation and hope. It's my story. The story of how I walked into the Richland County Domestic Violence Shelter with nothing more than the clothes on my back, and walked out with the strength and resources to start anew.
The Domestic Violence Shelter is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant from The Richland County Foundation. This grant will fund clothing for sexual assault survivors who receive services at local emergency rooms.
The Richland County Foundation has generously awarded a grant to The Domestic Violence Shelter to fund the provision of clothing to survivors of sexual assault who undergo Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exams at local hospitals. This grant will have a profound impact on the lives of survivors, ensuring they have access to the resources they need during a vulnerable time.
SANE exams are a critical component of the care and support provided to survivors of sexual assault. These exams are conducted by specially trained nurses who collect evidence, provide medical care, and offer compassionate support to survivors. The Domestic Violence Shelter provides 24/7 SANE Advocacy. Every survivor is supported by a trained advocate who provides safety plans, resources and advocacy. As part of evidence collection, a survivor's clothing are typically collected for evidence. This grant will enable The Domestic Violence Shelter to offer comfortable clothing to survivors undergoing SANE exams, ensuring their dignity, comfort, and emotional well-being are prioritized during a difficult time
The Domestic Violence Shelter is a leading organization in our community, providing comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. With this grant, they will be better equipped to offer holistic support to survivors who come to local emergency rooms for SANE exams. The grant will make a significant impact on the lives of these survivors and help them on their journey to healing and recovery.
Thank you to The Richland County Foundation for supporting The Domestic Violence and survivors in our community! To learn more about The Richland County Foundation, visit their website at Home - Richland County Foundation
IHEARTMEDIA ASHLAND/MANSFIELD partners with Buckeye Thrift and Mechanics Bank for the Annual Sami’s Toys for Kids Drive, benefiting children across Richland County
October 23th, 2023 (Mansfield, OH) – iHeartMedia Ashland/Mansfield radio stations (WNCO-FM, WXXF-FM, WMAN-AM, WYHT-FM, WFXN-FM, WNCO-AM and WSWR-FM) in partnership with Mechanics Bank, are proud to sponsor a campaign that was created by the late Sam Ramirez, to help provide the children of our community with toys for Christmas. From November 1st through the 30th listeners will be asked to donate new/gently used toys and monetary donations at all 9 Richland County Mechanics Bank locations. Special thanks to Office Depot of Ontario, for donating the barrel signs for the campaign.
“Times are tough and many children in the communities we serve, go without Christmas gifts or toys. As a strong and reliable voice for our community, iHeartRADIO will use the power of 7 radio stations and lean-on the good will our listeners have, to help us collect these new/gently used toys or monetary donations”, said Chris Kelly, Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia, Ashland/Mansfield.
by Brittany Ludwig
The following was shared at the October 19, 2023, Candlelight Vigil at the OSU Mansfield Campus Riedl Hall for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is used by permission.
I have always wanted to be in love, I thought love was the best thing in the world. I've learned that I had no idea what love truly is or how it should be. When I experienced domestic violence for the first time, it was when I least expected it. I was driving down the road with my boyfriend and he was upset and smacked me across the face. I remember the hundreds of thoughts going through my mind how could he do that, why did he do that, but I remember just sitting there in complete shock. Little did I know that was the start of hell on earth for me.
HOW CAN I AVOID FALLING INTO AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP?
Welcome to our Breaking Barriers Blog, where we strive to provide informative and empowering guidance on important topics. Today, we tackle an important topic: how to avoid getting into an abusive relationship. By understanding the warning signs, setting boundaries, and prioritizing self-worth, you can build healthy, fulfilling connections. Let's dive in!
Everyone is faced with stressful or tough times in their lives, do you have a plan for coping with stress?
Domestic violence does not discriminate. Abuse can occur in any type of relationship, but the domestic violence awareness movement rarely focuses on LGBTQ+ relationships. Everyone deserves to have a safe relationship!
Power and Control
Domestic or dating violence occurs when one person exerts power and control over their partner through a variety of abusive tactics. Every survivor's experience in an abusive relationship is different, but survivors can experience specific tactics unique to the LGBTQ+ community. To learn more about the LGBT Power and Control Wheel, go to https://www.safehousecenter.org/power-and-control-in-lgbt-relationships/
Domestic violence is more than just physical violence. Domestic violence occurs when one person uses behaviors and tactics to gain power over their partner. Many abusive partners manipulate, control and sabotage their partner's money and finances to gain power and control.
What is Financial Abuse?
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact without consent. Exact legal definitions of consent my vary by location and circumstance but general concept is always the same- giving permission for something to happen. While consent is an essential part of sexual contact, consent is also part of our everyday reactions. Consent is about respecting other people's boundaries. By practicing consent in everyday situations, you are showing respect for them and respecting their right to make decisions for themselves.