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CVS Launches Mobile Advocacy Initiative

May 2024 The statistics are astounding. Here in Putnam County, over 20% of residents report having been abused in the past.  The most common forms of abuse include verbal and emotional, sexual, physical and financial.  Unfortunately, this is something that is experienced across the country.  1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men endure intimate partner physical violence, sexual violence, or stalking, as reported by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Meanwhile, the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence reveals that 1 in 15 children in the United States witness physical intimate partner violence annually.  


In response to these realities, Crime Victim Services is taking active steps to address and reduce relationship violence. We are pleased to announce the launch of our Mobile Advocacy Initiative in Putnam County. Bi-weekly walk-in sessions will be held at Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora and the Leipsic Community Center throughout the summer, welcoming all who seek support.  

“This initiative aims to raise awareness about relationship violence and provide survivors with accessible, local support. Our mission is to bring crucial services directly to the community, ensuring ease of access for individuals in need,” said Sarah Woods, relationship violence advocate.  

The Mobile Advocacy Initiative allows for a trained advocate to meet with individuals to offer a range of support services, including crisis intervention, safety planning, and connections to legal and community resources. Spanish translation services will be available for those who require them. 

“Whether you're in search of specific resources or simply wish to share your story, we encourage you to drop by for personalized support. We’re here to help you every step of the way,” said Woods. 

Walk-in advocacy is available at Grace Mennonite Church of Pandora at the Leipsic Community Center on a rotating bi-weekly basis.  


1st and 3rd Wednesdays, from 2-4pm   Grace Mennonite Church 502 Main St, Pandora, OH 45877 

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, from 3-5pm  Leipsic Community Center 120 E Main St, Leipsic, OH 45856 

For further information about our Mobile Advocacy Initiative or to access support services, please contact Crime Victim Services at 419-523-1111. Crime Victim Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for safety, healing, justice and restitution. 

 

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