December 31, 2020

The Fear of Not Knowing & The Resilience of Survivors and Communities

Shandra Witherspoon, Director of Coordinated Community Responses, OAESV
This entire year has hands down been one for the history books. From battling dueling pandemics to watching unprecedented political events, I can truly say 2020 has brought challenges I never thought I would face. Never have I experienced nightly curfews that spread across the world, stores ...
December 23, 2020

OAESV Statement on Recent State Violence - December 2020

Content Warning: Police Violence, State Violence, Racism, Murder OAESV condemns the state violence that has been weaponized against Black people in Ohio communities and beyond. This violence is ongoing, unacceptable, relentless, and gut-wrenching, as we’ve seen in the past weeks with Casey ...
October 20, 2020

Joint Statement - THE TIME IS NOW: Victim-Service Agencies in Ohio Need Government Officials to Step Up and Provide Funding

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Ohio Crime Victims Justice Center, Ohio Domestic Violence Center, Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers, and Ohio Victim Witness Association
In an era of reduced taxes and efforts to slim down federal agencies, the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant should have been a conflict-free solution to funding the non-profits our government relies on to support crime victims. Developed by the Reagan Administration, the VOCA fund is comprised ...
October 7, 2020

Darkness to Light Spotlight: Supporting Hispanic Survivors

Darkness to Light
This blog originally appeared on the blog of Darkness to Light, an amazing organization working to end child sexual abuse, as part of their Hispanic Heritage Month spotlight. Read the original post here. This week we sat down with Rosa Beltré to discuss the nuances and best practices of ...
October 3, 2020

6 Tips for Trauma-Informed Advocacy

Kasie Holmes, M.A., M.S.; Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern; OAESV Collaborative Partner
When defining trauma, we often limit the definition to a catastrophic and explicitly physical, violent event. Through this definition, we inadvertently remove ourselves from the notion that we, too, may have experiences with trauma and that trauma is normalized in today’s society. Simply put, ...
August 24, 2020

Profiting Off of Our Fear

Caitlin Burke, OAESV Prevention Specialist
I was scrolling mindlessly through Facebook a few weeks ago (as one does during a pandemic) and suddenly a post caught my eye. “BUY 1 SPORTS BRA, GET 3 MASKS FREE!!” Ok, weird combination. Of course, I went straight to the comments to see what others were saying and luckily there were lots ...