January Is Stalking Awareness Month

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With January being National Stalking Awareness Month, My Sister’s House Domestic Violence Program is gearing  up for it by printing new brochures on stalking. These brochures will be distributed throughout the community for this awareness. According to the Ohio’s law regarding stalking (2903.211 O.R.C.) states that “no person by engaging in a pattern of conduct shall knowingly cause another to believe that the offender will cause physical harm to the other person or cause mental distress (defined as a disruption in the victim’s normal level of functioning) to the other person.” Stalking can happen to anyone and includes members of all nationalities, races, ages, and genders. Most victims are women.

Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.

Statistics of stalking:
- 3.4 million people ages 18 or older in the U.S. were stalked
- Most common stalking behavior reported by victims was unwanted phone calls or
messages
- More than 1 in 4 stalking victims reported having been stalked through some form
of technology, such as e-mail, instant messaging, or electronic monitoring known as
cyberstalking
- 1 in 5 cases weapons were used to harm or threaten stalking victims
- Nearly one-third stalkers were found to be repeat stalkers

My Sister’s House Domestic Violence Program is a non-profit organization designed to provide victims whether male or female and their children of domestic violence. It is the mission of My Sister’s House to provide victims with a safe alternative to domestic violence, provide shelter, education, and to increase the community’s awareness and responsibility for ending the violence. We do this by giving them information and resources to regain emotional, financial stability to help them be self-sufficient.

My Sister’s House Domestic Violence Program is strictly funded on grants and donations. We gladly accept monetary donations along with donations of personal hygiene products, paper products, and cleaning supplies. In order to maintain quality care to victims of domestic violence and their children we must rely on the community to do their part in helping. There are many ways for the
community to give back and assist victims of domestic violence. It takes a community to end the violence.

We provide the following services: crisis intervention, 24 hour crisis hotline, shelter-available for up to 30 days, support groups, informational packets, literature, brochures, referrals to other agencies, clothing, food, transportation, Good Will drop off program, public awareness information, public speeches and trainings, cell phone and printer cartridges donations, Community Market receipts, children’s programs projects, and Community Service Project donations.

Volunteering is the most important service needed to victims of domestic violence. Volunteers can give in many ways by being an advocate to provide direct services to victims, provide transportation, prepare food in the shelter, and work with victim’s children. We provide free training to anyone who volunteers for this program. Volunteers are always needed. My Sister’s House is providing this free 40 hour volunteer training starting Tuesday, February 19, 2013. If interested in volunteering please come to 408 East Court Street or call 740-636-9300.

UPCOMING EVENTS 2013:
February—Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
February 19, 2013—40 Hour Volunteer Training Starts
April 2013—Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April 21-27, 2013—National Victims Rights Week
Saturday, August 3, 2013—Shelter From The Storm
October 2013—Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Tuesday, October 8, 2013—My Sister’s House Banquet and Candlelight Vigil

Come check out My Sister’s House on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MySistersHouseWchOhio! My Sister’s House will be having a website coming soon.

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