Creating a Safe Haven for Victims and Families

For nearly four decades, LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence (CHOICES) has been providing a safe, secure shelter for victims of domestic violence in central Ohio. Regrettably, the demand for sheltering of victims of domestic abuse in Columbus and the surrounding areas has increased, and CHOICES’ resources have been stretched thin. Meeting this increasing need, while ensuring the safety of victims in a respectful, secure manner, requires an innovative approach to domestic violence sheltering.  That’s why we are launching our community’s campaign to build a new shelter for victims of domestic violence and their families.

The Harsh Realities of Domestic Violence

 

12,312

incidents of domestic violence responded to by Franklin County Police in 2016

 

700

seek refuge at the CHOICES shelter each year – the only one in Franklin County

3,500+

calls answered by the CHOICES 24-hour crisis and information hotline last year.

$8.3 billion

workplace costs resulting from domestic violence each year

only 34%

of individuals who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care

3 women

are killed each day by their husband or boyfriend

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