By way of a 2008 proclamation designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, President George W. Bush reiterated his administration’s dedication "to eradicating domestic violence and helping victims find the compassion, comfort, and healing they need."
"During this month, we rededicate ourselves to protecting vulnerable members of our society and ensuring domestic abusers are punished to the full extent of the law," he stated.
A Friend’s House in Madison County works year-round to ensure that individuals and families in crisis from domestic violence have safe shelter as an option and programs to help them establish independence.
Shelter staff are on duty 24 hours a day to answer crisis calls and to offer support and options to victims of domestic violence.
"Coming into the shelter may or may not be the best option for all survivors," explained Amanda Adkins, victim services coordinator for A Friend’s House. "We work with each individual to help them determine what plan of action is best and safest for them. Sometimes individuals just need to talk to someone who is empathetic to their circumstances."
Since 2001, the shelter has served more than 1,600 individuals and families on-site and through outreach and victim advocacy in municipal court. A Friend’s House puts victims in contact with free legal services for civil protection orders and assists them with obtaining housing, employment and social services.
Anyone who needs shelter services is encouraged to call 740-852-7761. The shelter also accepts monetary and material donations and offers volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer Open House
An orientation on domestic violence will be presented to new and potential volunteers for A Friend’s House Domestic Violence Program in the Harley Room of Madison County Hospital from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Oct. 29.
Panelists for the program are: London Police Chief Peter Tobin, Madison County Victim Advocate Carol Meade, Columbus attorney Dennis Yacobozzi, and London Law Director Zahid Siddiqi.
The program is meant to orientate new and prospective volunteers and staff to various aspects of domestic violence. Also scheduled to speak are: AFH Executive Director Sue Ellen Hughes, Victim Services Coordinator Amanda Adkins, Volunteer Services Coordinator Diane Spradlin and AFH Volunteer Gregg O’Neill.
Attendees are asked to reserve a seat for the orientation session by calling A Friend’s House at 740-852-7761.