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The Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) was founded over 20 years ago by a coalition of domestic violence programs, initially meeting as the Ohio Rural Concerns Network. The Network was organized to support and strengthen Ohio’s response to domestic violence through technical assistance, training and coordination, to promote systems change and coordinated efforts through public policy development and implementation, and to assure public awareness of the problem through community education.

In 2005, ODVN revised its mission statement to reflect the inclusion of prevention and anti-oppression work in the activities of the coalition. Today, The Ohio Domestic Violence Network advances the principle that all people have the right to an oppression and violence-free life; fosters changes in the economic, social and political systems and brings leadership, expertise and best practices to community programs.

ODVN serves survivors through their toll-free information line (800-934-9840), as well as resource material including, brochures on protection orders and financial resources, web information and resource library. ODVN serves local domestic violence advocates and allied professionals including justice system personnel, health care professionals, children’s services workers, batterer intervention professionals and others through training, technical assistance and the resource library.

ODVN’s domestic violence member agencies represent all regions in Ohio, which include rural and urban organizations. There are 72 domestic violence shelter programs and 18 non-residential domestic violence programs in Ohio.

Prevention Mission

ODVN empowers communities to plan, implement and sustain violence prevention strategies through training, technical assistance, and vision. Their prevention services include:

  • Prevention Training: Trainings include Peaceful Relationships for Teens, Communicating Social Change, and Ready! Set! Go!: Foundations for Prevention. Visit ODVN.org for the most recent Training Institute sessions.
  • Technical Assistance: Technical Assistance is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to create sound prevention programs and assist with individual and organizational needs. Technical assistance is achieved through coaching, consultation, meeting facilitation, peer-to-peer support, and networking. Networking opportunities include a statewide family violence prevention caucus, regional sexual violence prevention meetings, and the Ohio Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Consortium (OSIP).
  • Prevention Resources: ODVN houses a wide collection of books, DVD and VHS videos, curriculums, and articles related to prevention. Visit ODVN.org and click on ODVN Resource Center for an online search of resources. ODVN is also pleased to offer an Online Prevention Toolkit available free to all website visitors.
  • Social Change Efforts for Prevention Advocacy: The ODVN Prevention Program works to create strategic alliances, policy development, and systems change. They are also excited about their new Engaging Men and Boys webpage designed to give males advice on how they can ally to end violence against women, as well as links to related websites. Visit ODVN.org and click on the ODVN Prevention for more information.

How You Can Help

ODVN is a membership organization and their annual membership drive is currently in progress. Individual memberships are $35.00 and organization memberships are $100.00. Donations can be made through Paypal on the ODVN website at ODVN.org.

Now until December 20th, you can help ODVN when you do your holiday shopping while saving 15% on your purchase. In addition to the 15% you save, another 15% of your total purchase will be donated to ODVN. To begin shopping visit Peace-Love-Bling.com and enter promotion code EMPOWERODVN.

Volunteers are always welcome. ODVN uses volunteers to support their committees, caucuses and task forces. ODVN currently has Domestic Violence and Immigration Task Force, a Women of Color Caucus, a Promising Practices Committee, a Public Policy Committee and at the beginning of the year they will be organizing a fundraising committee for an event they are planning for the fall 2010. If you are interested in volunteering email [email protected] or call (614) 781-9651.

To read a touching behind the scenes story from an ODVN survivor visit www.InKindConnection.com.

Philanthropy Friday is a feature article by Michele Savoldi that will highlight a Columbus area non-profit organization every other week.

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