Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
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Domestic Violence Services
What is domestic violence? Domestic violence, sometimes called battering, relationship abuse, or intimate partner violence, is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.
Domestic violence can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, psychological violence, and sexual abuse. Sexual abuse batterers use threats, intimidation, isolation, and other behaviors to maintain power over their victims. Domestic abuse impacts everyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, or religion—including all gender identities, transgender individuals, same-sex relationships, and men as victims.
Are you in an abusive relationship? Are you in danger? Are you afraid of your partner? Does your partner threaten to hurt you? Does your partner control all the money? Has your partner ever pushed you, shoved you, thrown things at you, or forced you to have sex? Does your partner stalk you and show up uninvited at your job or when you’re out with friends? Are you a victim of domestic violence?
If this environment sounds like yours, feelings of hopelessness, desperation, confusion and isolation are common. You may not want to tell people about your situation because you feel afraid, ashamed, or embarrassed. You are NOT alone, and you can get help. OneEighty is the primary service provider in the area for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, abuse and sexual assault, with a domestic violence shelter in Wooster and victim advocacy services available for those living in Wayne County and Holmes County in Ohio.
Sexual Assault Services
Sexual assaults generally include any type of sexual conduct or sexual contact that is not consensual and is forced, coerced, or when the victim is “incapacitated” or cannot give consent. This includes self-induced or forced alcohol or drug intoxication, while under anesthesia, mental or cognitive disability, or a minor/child.
Other kinds of sexual offenses can happen when the personal space or safety of a person is violated. For example, if a sexual video or nude photo of a person is made and used in pornography or distributed via the Internet or text without that person’s consent, it is illegal. Any type of sexual victimization can be hurtful.
Sexual assault affects people from all backgrounds. Victims include persons of all ages, from all genders, sexual identities, abilities, and all racial ethnic, and social backgrounds. It affects persons with disabilities, persons who are homeless, and persons who are in hospitals, institutions, or in prisons. It affects students in grade school, high school, and college. Whatever your background or situation, rape is a personal violation. You deserve nonjudgmental care and support.
Sexual assaults occur in many different situations. No matter what the situation or circumstance, it is never the victim’s fault that the assault happened. You may have chosen to go for a walk alone, get drunk at a party, go home with someone you just met, or say no to sex with your spouse, partner, or date. None of these actions gives anyone the right to have sex with you without your consent. Remember, just like any other crime, the offender is the one who is responsible and to blame for what happened. You did not deserve for this to happen to you. You did not cause this to happen by anything you did or said.
All survivors of sexual assault should be treated with respect when seeking help. Seeking medical care, crisis counseling, or reporting the crime are often the first response for many victims, and it is important to be informed about your options. Consider talking to a rape crisis counselor or victim advocate to learn more about your choices and your rights. OneEighty offers both types of professionals to help. With this information, you will be able to make informed decisions that are best for you and your future.
OneEighty offers professional mental health counseling for adults and children who are victims and survivors of domestic violence, family abuse, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and other forms of trauma. Individual, couples, and family counseling is offered to help those affected by these traumatic experiences.
We offer professional domestic abuse counseling at both our Wooster and Millersburg offices from licensed counselors and social workers and accept most major insurances and Medicaid. OneEighty also offers couples, marital, and family counseling from professional mental health counselors (when safe and appropriate) for families who have experienced domestic abuse but wish to remain intact.
OneEighty offers a temporary emergency shelter to victims of domestic violence and their children. Our domestic violence shelter offers comprehensive recovery services including case management, domestic abuse counseling, educational classes, housing assistance, life skills, and parenting courses. The shelter is also available for women and their children who are experiencing homelessness.
Julia’s Place, the OneEighty domestic violence shelter, welcomes all gender identities. Accommodations may vary, depending on shelter capacity. Our priorities are your safety and recovery, and we strive to make each resident feel at home. Please call the main office at 330-264-8498 during office hours M-F or Julia’s Place 24/7 with any questions or concerns and we will do our best to meet your needs.
Available 24/7, our Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline provide an immediate response for victims of domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault. Call OneEighty to begin the process of breaking free from a life threatened by domestic violence.
OneEighty’s victim advocacy services are designed to help victims of domestic violence, stalking and/or sexual assault safely leave an abusive relationship, stay safely in a relationship, or explore other options. These domestic violence services include:
• Assistance with protection orders
• Court accompaniment
• Legal referrals
• Hospital advocacy
• Safety planning
• Civil stand-by orders and general information and referrals
Appointments are preferred. Please call 330-264-8498 between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, to schedule an appointment. Our 24-Hour Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Hotline is always available at 800-686-1122.
There are no fees associated with our victim advocacy services. Services are prioritized to those individuals at greatest risk and are offered at both our Wooster and Millersburg, Ohio offices.
Danger Assessment Program
The Danger Assessment Program is a lethality assessment program that determines the risk of homicide in relationships where domestic abuse has occurred, to increase the safety of victims. If you are concerned about your safety and would like this assessment, please contact the Victim Advocate at OneEighty in Wayne or Holmes counties.
The assessment is used by select law enforcement agencies in Wayne County in domestic violence and abuse cases to help victims connect with OneEighty for safety planning and assistance. The program is also used in making court bond recommendations to improve safety for victims of domestic violence.
We understand how painful it is to live with domestic abuse and how difficult it can be to talk about your situation. Our advocates and counselors are compassionate and experienced, and our goal is to ensure that you and your children are safe.
If you are being abused, the OneEighty domestic violence and sexual assault hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 330-263-1020 or toll-free at 800-686-1122. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
Additional Support Services
Empower is a OneEighty Support Group for survivors of intimate partner violence. No cost to attend a meeting. All genders are welcomed.
This group welcomes survivors of intimate partner violence, whether it was one day ago, one week ago, one year ago, or ten years ago. Empower is a support group that will focus on providing support to one another, understanding abuse, safety planning, self-advocacy, and self-care.
Empower meetings are currently on hiatus. Please check this page for updates when meeting will resume. If you are a survivor of intimate partner violence and would like to speak to one of our victim advocates please call OneEighty at 330-264-8498 and ask to speak to an advocate.
Rape Crisis Center
Rape Crisis Center staff and volunteers are available 24/7 with trained staff on hand to provide an immediate response for victims of sexual assault, rape and domestic violence. If you are in immediate danger, call 911. OneEighty’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline is staffed 24/7; you can reach us by calling 800-686-1122. OneEighty works closely with area hospitals to assist you in obtaining a medical exam or a forensic exam if you choose. In addition to our Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline, we strongly recommend that you review our Safety-Plan-120916_0 if you need to leave your home and seek emergency shelter.
Clarissa entered shelter after years of experience homelessness, drug addiction, and domestic violence. She was certain that if she did not get help that she would die very soon. She immediately engaged with a OneEighty counselor and entered IOP. She worked closely with her Case Manager to find housing. She successfully completed IOP and stayed sober during her stay. She also received Recovery Coaching. After 99 days, she was able to move into her very own apartment – the first home of her own that she had ever had in her 58 years of life. On her way out, she thanked the Victim Services Manager and stated, “OneEighty saved my life!”
Anastasia lived with a man who abused her physically and sexually. A friend suggested that she call Julia’s Place, so she did. She was admitted into the shelter and immediately began searching for employment. She found a restaurant position and did all that she could to excel in the job; within months she was promoted to assistant manager. She worked with her case manager to help her obtain access to resources and soon found an apartment on her own. She is now living independently and reporting that she is happy.“I never thought that I’d be able to live by myself, but the girls at Julia’s Place helped make it possible for me! I love my apartment!”
A male victim came into shelter after his girlfriend threw items at him and punched him in the face. At first, he was reluctant to interact with the women in shelter, but quickly developed a rapport with them and started to feel comfortable. After a couple of false starts, he began a job and was able to earn paychecks and save some money. He worked closely with his Case Manager and applied for the Rapid Rehousing Program, for which he was approved. His housing search was relatively brief, and he was able to find a three-bedroom house where he will reside, and his two children will be able to visit him on weekends. When he left, he thanked me for everything that Julia’s Place did for him, stating that we made it possible for him to move on in his life, so he can be a better father to his boys.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Team
Rhiannon Whalen-Harris, M.Ed.
Community, Prevention, & Victim Services Director
Shelter Services Manager
Kate A., LSW,RASS
Victim Advocacy & Outreach Manager
Response Specialist and Victim Advocate
Youth Shelter Specialist
Tina Zickefoose, RA,CA, CDCA
Victim Advocate and Outreach Specialist
Kathleen Fox, Ph.D.
Tina Tabler, LICDC, LPC
IOP Counselor Coordinator
Cheryl Thomas, PhD, LIMFT-S, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
Clinical Intern and Training Coordinator