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Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. Its grasp on communities, including our own, is alarming. The abuse is pervasive around the globe, including the United States, where:
- Nearly 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner, equating to over 10 million women and men.
- One in four women and one in seven men in the United States report experiencing physical abuse by a partner.
- On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
- The need for resources and assistance for families facing domestic violence is strong. As a result, communities, health care providers, public safety and advocates are working together to better meet their needs and promote hope and healing.
Westerville is dedicated to helping individuals and families impacted by domestic violence. In 2018, the City partnered with The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children's Hospital to establish The Westerville Center for Family Safety and Healing right here in Westerville.
The center's discrete location is purposefully not advertised to help encourage the anonymity and safety of those needing help. Individuals needing assistance can call the main scheduling line at (614) 722-8293. Services offered include:
- Law enforcement presence
- Emergency: 911
- Franklin County Children Services Child Abuse Hotline (24/7 hotline): (614) 229-7000
- CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence (Franklin County- 24/7 crisis hotline): (614) 224-4663
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1 (800) 799-7233 or TTY 1 (800) 787-3224
- Report suspected abuse directly to an Information Coordinator at The Center for Family Safety and Healing (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.):
- CALL: (844) 234-LINE
- TEXT: 87028
- LIVE CHAT
- City of Westerville Non-Emergency: (614) 882-7444
- The Center for Family Safety and Healing (Nationwide Children's Hospital)
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, Westerville City Council issued a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Representatives from The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children's Hospital were in attendance to accept the proclamation.