Recognize Family Violence Awareness Month

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LIMA – The Northwestern Ohio community recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Ryn Farmer of Crime Victim Services spoke on Wednesday how the area has been affected and what people can do if they or someone they know is a victim of domestic violence.

Farmer said Victim of Crime Services saw a 20% increase in the number of abuse survivors who needed their services.

“I think part of it has to do with the pandemic,” Farmer said. “People were at home and people have lost income, there are higher stress rates and sometimes that can lead to higher rates of violence than we see in our community.”

She also highlighted the resources available to help victims of domestic and sexual violence.

“The Crossroads Crisis Center is an incredible resource in our Allen County community,” she said. “They have a 24/7 text line, an online chat line, so they can contact Crossroads. In Putnam County, Crime Victim Services provide this service, but we want them to know that help is available.

The farmer also asked his friends and family to look for key signs if they think someone they know is being abused.

“Some of the signs are increased isolation, so let’s say you have a friend and maybe they’ve stopped responding to you as much, that they’ve stopped dating,” she said. “If they say their partner controls them in any way, whether it’s with money or with the kids. Sometimes there are physical indications that this is happening, but often it’s more emotional or financial control that we see happening in these situations.

People experiencing domestic violence in Allen County can call or text the Crossroads Crisis Center at 419-228-HELP (4357). In Putnam County, the Victims of Crime Services Hotline can be reached at 877-867-7273.

Crystel Keller addresses the audience at Crossroads 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil Thursday evening. She spoke about what the organization does throughout the year to promote awareness of domestic violence in the community of Lima.

Contact Trevor Hubert at 567-242-0398


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