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ODPS Office of Criminal Justice Services Family Violence Prevention Center

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The Ohio Family Violence Prevention Center was established at OCJS in 1999. Prior to the Center, no similar body existed in Ohio. The Center serves as an information clearinghouse for public and private organizations providing assistance to victims. The Center also offers a variety of services such as providing victim advocacy, resources and referrals, organizing workshops, giving presentations and conducting research on family violence and its impact on communities.

Daily, the Ohio FVPC promotes awareness, intervention and prevention of domestic violence and family violence-related issues in Ohio including being actively involved in the following organizations:

The Center is home to the Ohio Family Violence Prevention Advisory Council. The Council is where Ohio's top experts in domestic and family violence intervention and prevention disciplines come together to consider and recommend improvements in state laws and policies. The mission of the Council is to provide guidance, encourage coordination and promote action by government, the private sector and citizens to understand, prevent and respond to domestic and family violence including teen dating, sexual and stalking violence. The FVPC Advisory Council will also work as allies of other programs and agencies as they seek to end other abuses in our community which include but are not limited to such crimes as human trafficking, elder abuse, and child abuse.

The Advisory Council is composed of approximately 30 members appointed by the Executive Director of OCJS. The members are multi-disciplinary in representation and may include federal and state governments, local initiatives and non-governmental agencies as well as different demographic and geographic representatives. Currently the Council has four committees to address various topics of interest and concern to the Council.

These committees are: Education and Training; Program Resources & Accountability; Policy and Legislative; and VAWA S.T.O.P. Implementation Planning.

For more information about the Center or the Advisory Council, please contact Gary Heath, FVPC Program Director, at (614) 466-0306 or gmheath@dps.ohio.gov.

Meeting Dates
October 15, 2015
January 21, 2016
April 21, 2016
July 21, 2016
October 20, 2016

Excellence in Advocacy
Excellence In Advocacy: A Victim-Centered Approach

Developed by the Family Violence Prevention Center Advisory
Council within OCJS.
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National Stalking Awareness Month (January)

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (February)

Child Abuse Prevention Month (April)

Crime Victims Rights Week (April)

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April)

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October)

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