Federal grant to help fund services for victims of domestic violence

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Roughly 300 state providers will share the $51 million dollars in grant money. At least 7 of those providers are located right here Montgomery County.

Today, 2 NEWS Reporter Jordan Bowen visited the Artemis Center–a resource center for victims domestic violence–to find out where the money will be going.

Dayton’s Artemis Center will get $448,000 to support services through September of 2016. Executive Director Judy Strnad explains how a lot of the times victims first turn to the hotline 222-SAFE for help.

“The services that will happen if someone calls into the hotline is we listen to their story we listen to what they are asking for what their needs are,” Strnad said. “When we serve clients we do a lot of safety planning with our clients who are sometimes living in dangerous situations. Sometimes they’ll call and ask for resources sometimes they’ll just call and ask for help.”

That safety planning is key in helping keep victims of domestic violence and their families safe when in dangerous situations.

“Safety planning is about taking a look at the situation somebody is living in currently,” Strnad said. “And then trying to problem solve and how they are going to maintain their own physical safety if they’re still living in a situation that’s very dangerous and so what kinds of things they can do to help themselves or help their children if children are involved.”

Safety planning can include help with changing locks or identifying friends or family members you can reach out to for help. Strnad says it’s important for victims to know that paying for these services isn’t an issue.

“There’s no cost,” Strnad said. “Anyone who comes to Artemis Center to ask for services and asks for help, receives all of our services for no cost.”

In 2014, the Artemis Center helped a total of 5,034 victims of domestic violence.

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