Governor DeWine awards $6.7 million for domestic violence survivor programs

By October 6, 2022 3:28 p.m.

COLUMBUS—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced he is providing $6.7 million to support the work of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) to provide outreach and advocacy services. health and temporary residential services to victims of domestic violence across the state. The announcement comes during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“Convenient access to health services and a safe place to stay are critical for victims of domestic violence as they directly impact quality of life, Governor DeWine said. “It is important that we ensure easy access to these necessities so that survivors can worry less about housing and medical care and focus more on the healing and recovery process.”

The ODVN will use $5.1 million in grant funding to implement a mobile health care and advocacy project in partnership with the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers. The remaining $1.6 million will be used to house survivors and their children in hotels. Many families will have COVID or other health conditions that prevent them from sheltering in one of ODVN’s 76 member programs.

“With this funding, domestic violence programs in Ohio will be able to connect survivors to essential health and housing services,” said ODVN Executive Director Mary O’Doherty. “We are grateful for the opportunity to develop pathways and strategies for survivors to heal and move forward on their journey to safety and self-sufficiency.”

The projects are funded by the FY 2021 Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) American Rescue Plan (ARP) Supplemental COVID-19 Testing, Vaccine Access, Mobile Health Units Access Fund and the FY 2021 FVPSA ARP Supplemental Fund. Both funds are administered by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Justice Services within the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

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