HomeTop StoriesThe local domestic violence non-profit wants to expand the organization next year

The local domestic violence non-profit wants to expand the organization next year

More than 110 people were killed in domestic violence incidents in Ohio last year.

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News Center 7’s Malik Patterson spoke with a nonprofit called Single Parents Rock, which helps victims of domestic violence.

“1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men experience physical and sexual violence from an intimate partner. That means everyone knows someone who is being abused,” said Denise Kontras, coordinator of the Ohio Domestic Violence Program.

Single Parents Rock started in 2019 as a safe haven for survivors of domestic violence.

“Leaving an abuser is the most dangerous time in the relationship,” Kontras said.

CEO and founder of Single Parents Rock Denise Henton said the organization’s greatest mission is to help people no matter what stage a domestic violence relationship is at.

“One thing about Single Parents Rock: every time you call, we’ll be here. Whether you go back today or in a year. If you call us again, we’ll be back,” Henton said.

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The organization offers a variety of services, including support groups, legal advice, transportation, housing and more.

“We continue to follow them, we have victims that we started with in 2019, who called us and said, Mrs. Henton, I’m here, I’m doing this and that now, I haven’t gone back. Those are things that are important to me,” Henton said.

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A data report from the Ohio Domestic Violence Network shows that 48 perpetrators of domestic violence were criminally charged in the past year.

According to the data report, there have been 112 fatalities in 82 cases of domestic violence in the past year.

These fatalities include 78 victims and 34 perpetrators. There were 52 female fatalities and 60 male fatalities.

The study also found that in these 82 cases, 100 people were shot and only 15 people survived their injuries.

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For more information on this study, please see the Ohio Domestic Violence Network fatality report.

“Well, the most important thing is when someone approaches you and shares their story. Believe them,” Kontras said.

Single Parents Rock plans to expand its services next year if it can get help from the community with daily activities.

“You may be able to engage a trauma therapist or counselor on a part-time basis,” Henton said.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, a hotline is available 24/7 in multiple languages ​​at (88) 799-7233.

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