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Tri-County Help Center receives grant

August 15, 2012
The Herald-Star

The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services has announced Tri-County Help Center Inc. as a recipient of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program Grant for 2012-13.

The grant's goal is to prevent incidents of family violence and provide immediate shelter and related assistance for family violence victims and dependants. Tri-County Help Center will use the grant monies to assist and support Peg's House, an emergency residential shelter for individuals in the tri-county area who are victims of family violence and their dependants.

Peg's House serves Belmont, Harrison and Monroe counties and is owned and operated by Tri-County Help Center Inc.

Cathy Campbell, executive director of Tri-County Help Center, reports that nationally one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

Locally, recent statistics from the Ohio Family Violence Prevention Project indicate that between 700 and 1,200 adults residing in Belmont, Harrison and Monroe counties are physically abused by a current or former intimate partner each year. Further, studies show that women and children are at the greatest risk for severe injury and death when they attempt to leave their abusive partners, Campbell said.

"Victims of domestic violence in our rural Appalachian catchment area have few options for economic, social, physical, legal and psychological support. Safe shelters can be a lifesaving factor for victims of family violence and their children," Campbell said.

The FVPS grant will allow Peg's House to continue to be fully staffed by shelter managers who are trained crisis intervention specialists able to provide these lifesaving services. "Shelter managers, supervised by Kelly Davis, shelter manager coordinator, truly care and give hope to every adult and child they serve whose lives have been touched by family violence," Campbell said.

Peg's House is free and confidential. Services include non-judgmental support, access to counseling at Tri-County Help Center Inc., legal advocacy and assistance in locating community resources for legal aid, housing, medical assistance programs, child care, etc. Family violence can include physical, sexual and/or mental abuse and stalking.

Contact Peg's House for emergency shelter or the crisis line at (800) 695-1639 in operation seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

The center is a CARF-certified mental health agency whose services include individual, group and family counseling, psychiatric assessments by a board certified psychiatrist upon referral, case management, legal advocacy, Peg's House and domestic abuse intervention and sexual abuse intervention programs.

The center's administrative offices are located at 104 N. Marietta St., St. Clairsville, with a local satellite office at 109 W. Warren St., Cadiz, where the phone number is (740) 942-1018.

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