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Abuse is more common than you think...
Statistics pulled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
1 in 4 women
experience domestic violence and report a form of trauma from the experience.
Millions of men and women
experience psychological aggression from an intimate partner during their lifetime.
Local Facts by the Number
Domestic Violence in Miami County, Ohio
Uncovering Domestic Violence
Knowingly causes or attempts to cause physical harm to a family or household member
Recklessly causes serious physical harm to a family or household member
Knowingly causes a family or household member, by threat of force, to believe that the person will cause imminent (or immediate) physical harm to a household member. (R.C. 2919.25(A)-(C))
In Ohio, Domestic Violence includes both felony and misdemeanor charges. The statute defines family or household members as any person who is a spouse, former spouse, or a person living as a spouse (cohabitating couples). The definition also includes parents, putative parents, foster parents, children, and other people who are related to the aggressor.
At its Core
The CORE of domestic violence is one person obtaining power and control through physical abuse, name-calling, threats, and property destruction. Forced sexual acts, isolation from family and loved ones, threatening to harm children and pets are also hallmarks of family abuse. The CDC has classified domestic violence, or intimate partner violence, as a threat to public health and safety. Many studies show that domestic violence is related to serious physical, mental, emotional health issues. Abusers are often the most violent when their victims have left or are attempting to leave so developing a Safety Plan is important.
What are some signs of abuse?
The behaviors that can be considered criminal include physical violence such as hitting, kicking, biting, choking in all forms and sexual violence such as forcing a person to engage in acts against his or her will. Other forms of abuse include stalking and psychological aggression - threats, name-calling, and other nonverbal communication that signals harm.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic Violence is violence among and between family members whether or not they live together, between people who are in a relationship and live together, and between people who were previously in a relationship and no longer live together.
Under Ohio law, a person can be convicted of domestic violence when he or she:
In everyday life you may also experience...
Emotional, physical, or sexual assault
Monitoring every move
Controlling money and finances
Here to help 24/7
The Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County helps everyone regardless of gender, age, national origin, gender identity or expression, faith, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or income. We serve both survivors of domestic violence, homeless individuals, and families no matter the situation or hardship.
Family Abuse Shelter is here 24-hours a day to help those
seeking immediate shelter and safety.
Homelessness Knows No Boundaries
The Family Abuse Shelter is open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
It is a safe haven to homeless people and their children in Miami County.
There is no charge for housing, care, or services.
The shelter staff offers advocacy and case management to all homeless persons.
Individual and group counseling is given at no charge during your stay.
Advocates are available 24 hours/7 days a week.
Who it Affects
Homelessness can affect anyone at a vulnerable time in their life.
At its Core
A homeless person typically seeks emergency shelter when he or she has run out of options; there are no other choices. Family and friends are unable to help. Typically, they do not know anyone and they are scared upon arrival.
Program referrals come from many sources in our community, including law enforcement, hospitals, churches, and other social service agencies. Sometimes people just walk in off the streets, and that is okay! We offer support for everyone. We offer a temporary home for everyone we can.
The Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County offers a variety of housing opportunities all designed to meet the needs of the individuals we serve. These include:
Immediate, safe, and
supportive housing for those who find themselves in an emergency without the means to house themselves and/or children.
Housing vouchers for homeless individuals who have documented disabilities and would likely remain homeless without ongoing support.
Short-term rental assistance and case management services to assist homeless individuals in obtaining housing quickly, increase self-sufficiency, and obtain the resources needed to stay housed.
Family Rapid ReHousing
Rental assistance and case management designed for families with minor children who have experienced homelessness and are considered to be at high risk of re-experiencing it without additional, longer term support.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can stay at the Family Abuse Shelter?
We accept individuals from all social and economic groups. We welcome you and your family to our facility regardless of gender, age, national origin, gender identity or expression, faith, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or income.