Department Spotlight October: Victim Services

  • “When it comes to abuse, you believe there’s no way out. There is always help. There is always a way out.” ― Rev. Donna Mulvey

Victim Services

OneEighty offers comprehensive and compassionate services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24 hours: 1.800.686.1122

Dr. Gina Patterson, Psy.D. Clinical Director/Victim Services Director of OneEighty has received certification as a Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals.  This certification was achieved through additional training in trauma treatment.  Learn more about Gina in our May Department of the Month segment: https://www.one-eighty.org/news-events/department-spotlight-may.

The Victim Services Department has two areas of concentration: Julia’s Place Shelter and Victim Advocacy.

Julia’s Place provides safe, temporary emergency crisis shelter for persons of all genders (and their children) who are victims of domestic/sexual violence and for homeless women and their children. The shelter is available 24 hours per day and 365 days per year with a staff member on-site. Residents are provided private sleeping space, kitchen and laundry facilities, and items to meet their basic needs such as food, clothing, and personal items.  Residents are encouraged to seek counseling and to engage their Case Managers to work on their goals for safety and self-sufficiency so they can move on to the next abuse-free chapter of their lives.

Victim Advocacy services are available to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, and other intimate partner related crimes. Services are also available to non-offending family members or significant others that the victim wishes to involve. Services include, but are not limited to: assistance with protection orders, court accompaniment, legal referrals, legal consultations through partnerships with attorneys, housing referrals, counseling referrals, hospital advocacy, safety planning, support groups, information about personal rights, and general information and referral. Generally, clients access services by phoning in or “walking in.” Safety planning, protection orders, and hospital advocacy are priority services. If an individual cannot be assisted in a timely manner or there is a conflict of interest, referrals are made to law enforcement, attorneys, or Victims/Witness Assistance at the Prosecutor’s Office.

Meet the Staff
Victim Services has asked that only their first names and no headshots be used due to the nature of their profession.

 

Victim Service Manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the shelter and related victim services using principles consistent with OneEighty philosophy.

Andy
Andy (he/his/him) is currently Victim Services Manager for OneEighty in Wooster, Ohio. Previously, he served as Executive Director of Family Crisis Shelter in Crawfordsville, Indiana and various roles in homeless-serving organizations in Indianapolis. In total he has over twenty years of experience working issues related to homelessness, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Andy holds an BA from Ohio Wesleyan University in International Studies and Spanish and an MA from Indiana University in Philanthropic Studies. Andy also served in the United States Peace Corps in Central America. He currently resides in Akron, Ohio where he enjoys hiking with his dog and staying at home in the time of COVID-19.

 

Shelter Support Specialist provides case management and support services to shelter residents using principles consistent with OneEighty philosophy. The position also creates a safe, supportive environment for shelter residents guided by accepted best practices in the domestic violence field.

Debra
Debra (she/her/hers) was born in Florida but has lived in Wooster for many years.  She has been at Julia’s place for 15 Years as a Shelter Support Specialist.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 15 grandchildren and being their personal taxi service.
 
Theresa
Theresa (she/her/hers) was born in Illinois. She has lived in Washington State, South Carolina & Colorado.  She has been at Julia’s Place for 4 years as a Shelter Support Specialist.  She enjoys cooking, back yard bon fires & playing with her two German shepherds.
 
Brooke
Brooke (she/her/hers) is currently a grad student studying social work at University of Akron. She loves helping others and is passionate about mental health. When she is not at work, school, or her internship, you can find her spending quality time with her two dogs and experiencing new things.
 
Casey
Casey (they/them) came from California and just graduated from The College of Wooster last spring. When not at work, they can be found riding horses. In their free time, they enjoy writing, reading, and playing with their cats.
 
Sonia
Sonia (she/her/hers) a former victim of domestic violence and now a survivor, loves her position. Her passion is to empower victims, especially women, to overcome their situation. In her free time, she volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, traveling, crafting, and spending time with her grandchildren and family.
 
Oma
Oma (she/her/hers) has always enjoyed helping people, she believes in leading by example.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking, staying fit and travelling.
 
Denise
Denise (she/her/hers) is from Chicago, Illinois.  She graduated from high school went to collage for a while. Before coming to OneEighty she worked at Loyola University Hospital and Learn and Play Day Care.  She loves going to church to sing in the choir and help feed those in need. She also enjoys working and taking care of people.

 

Wendy works on the weekends for OneEighty.

 

 

Victim Advocate and Outreach Specialist provides advocacy to victims of intimate partner violence, domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse, human trafficking or similar crimes; conducts outreach in order to bring awareness and improve the response to victims, especially those in underserved communities.

Kathleen
Kathleen (she/her/hers) has resided in Wooster since 1989. After working for years as a Milking Technician and a State Tested Nurse Aide, Kathleen acquired her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Akron in December 2008 and became a Licensed Social Worker. She has been employed by OneEighty as a Victim Advocate and Outreach Specialist since that time and is a Registered Advocate with Senior Status through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. She is currently a board member of the OASIS Recovery Club, a member of the LOSS team which responds to support families after a suicide related death, and is a Peer Grief Recovery Coach, able to guide others that have also lost someone to overdose death. She has been married to her wife for 6 years, loves the outdoors, including section hiking the AT and kayaking, enjoys international travel, is a member of the Orrville Area Community Band, has 3 adult children, has 7 grandchildren, and has 3 cats that enjoy sharing her home office space.
 
Stacey
Stacey (she/her/hers) is a lifelong resident of Wooster married 26 years and has 3 daughters. She has been a victim advocate for 12 years, 8 years at the Wayne County Prosecutors Office and 4 years at OneEighty.
 
Tina
Tina (CA,RA,CDCA) is the Advocate/Outreach Specialist in the Millersburg office for the past 10 yrs. A lifelong resident of Holmes County, she was with Wayne Savings for 28 yrs. Her hobby is volunteering, and she helps with many organizations in the county. “I love my job and being able to help the residents of my community”.  She resides with husband Matt, has two grown sons, two daughters-in-law and the apple of her eye 5 grandchildren.

 

Youth Specialist provides programming and support services to shelter youth/adolescents and other identified youth using principles consistent with OneEighty philosophy. The Youth Specialist creates individualized programs for shelter and other youth/adolescents and their parents based on accepted social work practice to link them to appropriate community resources and increase safety in a timely and growth enhancing manner.

Kailey, (she/her/hers) Youth Specialist has been with OneEighty for just over 2 years.