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File #: 0282X-2019    Version: 1
Type: Ceremonial Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 10/4/2019 In control: Tyson
On agenda: 10/7/2019 Final action: 10/10/2019
Title: To declare October 2019 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the City of Columbus, and to recognize CHOICES For Victims of Domestic Violence for their ongoing efforts to raise awareness for domestic violence prevention in Columbus and Central Ohio.
Sponsors: Priscilla Tyson, Elizabeth Brown, Mitchell Brown, Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor, Emmanuel V. Remy, Shannon G. Hardin
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To declare October 2019 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the City of Columbus, and to recognize CHOICES For Victims of Domestic Violence for their ongoing efforts to raise awareness for domestic violence prevention in Columbus and Central Ohio.

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WHEREAS, Domestic violence impacts men, women and children of every age, background, and belief - nearly 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have suffered abuse from an intimate partner; and

WHEREAS, each year, 1 in 15 children are exposed to domestic violence and 1/3 of female homicides result from domestic violence committed by an intimate partner - last year there were more than 17,259 domestic violence calls in Columbus and Central Ohio; and

WHEREAS, Data from the CDC’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) indicates that: domestic violence can be diminished by educating and empowering communities to develop and maintain healthy relationship skills; and

WHEREAS, CHOICES For Victims of Domestic Violence has a mission to interrupt the cycle of domestic violence by responding to those in need, by educating the community and advocating social change; and

WHEREAS, CHOICES is a part of the Lutheran Social Services family of programs and a domestic violence safe haven in Franklin County, offering 120 beds, a 24-hour crisis and information hotline, counseling services, support groups, legal and community advocates for those impacted by domestic violence; and

WHEREAS, CHOICES provided safe shelter to over 900 people in fiscal year 2019, which equaled nearly 28,256 nights - in addition, the 24-hour hotline received more than 4464 calls, 458 children received shelter, over 250 people were served by counseling programs and more than 570 clients were helped by legal advocates; and

WHEREAS, Educating communities on the necessity of developing and maintaining healthy relationships, as well as providing safe shelter, and support for those in need, CHOICES For V...

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