Advocates for Victims of Assault was founded in 1979, out of a need to support victims of domestic violence. As our community has grown we have expanded our services to include victims of sexual assault, accidents, death and other trauma. Local law enforcement and other emergency first responders continue to use us as a helpful resource. In 1996, we opened our first safe house, which has consistently been occupied by women and children seeking refuge from battering and abuse. We also provide safe housing to men in local hotels.
Our Mission: Advocates for Victims of Assault, Inc. provides services which enhance safety and justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trauma while promoting peace in our community.
Our Vision: The vision of Advocates for Victims of Assault, Inc. is to help create a violence-free community in Summit County, through safety, support, education and accountability.
Why We Exist
Every day in our country 700 women are abused and 4 are murdered by their intimate partners.
- Battering is the single major cause of injury to women – more frequent than auto accidents, muggings and rapes combined.
- Fifty-three percent of battering husbands abuse their children too.
- Children in violent families learn from their experience. 30% of those children become violent adults. They often suffer from disrupted development, poor health and poor academic performance.
Goals & Objectives
Our goal is to eliminate violence in all of its forms. We believe that breaking the cycle of violence through awareness, education and offender accountability is the key to prevention. Our current focus is to:
- Reach underserved populations
- Create new prevention materials to raise awareness about abusive behaviors and teach healthy dynamics in relationships
- Actively participate in our community’s response to violence
Comments from people who received Advocates help
“..The support group has been so helpful for me. I never knew that there were other women who were going through the same thing that I was. I am learning about my own patterns in relationships.”
“..Since we have been at the safe-house, my kids actually play. It is so great to hear them laugh again. We finally feel safe.”