It is the mission of the Partnership Advocacy Center to serve men and women who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence providing survivors with hope, safety, advocacy, and education to create a clear vision and collective voice for systematic social change.  All advocacy services provided are confidential and free of charge. 

​24/7 Crisis Hotline 740-947-1611

Partnership Advocacy and Shelter Services

Court Advocacy:   Abusers often isolate their victims from family and friends so that the victim has virtually no support system.  Attending court proceedings can be especially intimidating and scary for a victim when she or he has to face the abuser alone.  Court Advocates accompany survivors to all court hearing and inform them about the legal process, provide emotional support, process the outcome of the hearing afterward, and safety plan.

Assistance with filing Protection Orders:​ ​  Court advocates assist survivors with securing protection orders, completing necessary paperwork and advocating for domestic and sexual violence survivors in the intimidating and complex judicial system. 

Accompaniment to Law Enforcement to File a Report:   Many times it is scary to go to law enforcement alone, especially during a time of crisis.  Advocates will accompany you and provide guidance to file a report. If you have no one to accompany  you, please contact an advocate from the Partnership.  Advocates has assist you filing a report of domestic violence, violation of a protection order, or sexual violence.

Community Referrals: ​ Partnership advocates provide survivors with information about supportive community services to assist in accomplishing a life without violence.  Advocates are knowledgable about local resources offered to benefit a survivor and their children to assist with financial, housing, employment, childcare and supportive counseling services.  

Individualized Safety Planning: Personalized, practical planning that can help you avoid dangerous situations and know the best way to react when you are in danger. This plan includes ways to remain safe while in the abusive relationship, planning to leave, or after you leave. 

Domestic Violence Education:    Domestic violence involves the physical, sexual, financial, and/or emotional abuse of one person by another in order to intimidate, humiliate or frighten the victim as a way of maintaining power and control. Domestic violence typically involves an abuser who is most often a spouse or intimate partner.  The Partnership provides one on one education and support to recognize the forms of continued abuse throughout a persons life and assists with educating and recognizing the red flags of abuse to prevent it from happening in the future.  

Temporary Emergency Shelter:    Partnership operates a safe emergency shelter for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children. During their stay, survivors receive assistance with clothing, hygiene items, food, transportation and referrals for housing and job opportunities. 

Survivor Support and Aftercare: ​  When you report intimate partner violence, you may feel sad, blame yourself, or be afraid for your children and more violence.  It may be difficult to be away from your family or friends, or to go to counseling.  You  may feel severe trauma, distress, anxiety, or depression.  The Partnership is here to continue to provide you support.  Once an advocate has helped with your initial victimization, our advocacy services do not end!  If needed the Partnership continues to assist you and provide you with resources; we know that it takes time to heal from the trauma of abuse and regaining your independence moving forward living a life free of violence.  

Support for Concerned Family Members:  ​ Are you concerned that someone you care about is experiencing domestic violence or emotional abuse?

Maybe you’ve noticed some warning signs, including:
Their partner puts them down in front of other people.
They are constantly worried about making their partner angry.
They make excuses for their partner’s behavior.
Their partner is extremely jealous or possessive.
They have unexplained marks or injuries.
They’ve stopped spending time with friends and family.
They are depressed or anxious, or you notice changes in their personality.

If someone you love is being abused, it can be so difficult to know what to do. Your instinct may be to “save” them from the relationship, but it’s not that easy. After all, there are many reasons why people stay in abusive relationships, and leaving can be a very dangerous time for a victim.  Abuse is about power and control, so one of the most important ways you can help a person in an abusive relationship is to consider how you might empower them to make their own decisions. Contact an advocate from Partnership to learn how to help.

Certified in Safe at Home Enrollment:   The Safe at Home program is an address confidentiality program that was created by Substitute House Bill 359 (131st General Assembly)  to assist victims of domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, rape, or sexual battery by shielding their personal information from public record and providing them with a safe and secure way to receive mail. The substitute address is intended to help program participants shield their address  from public records. Additionally, Safe at Home allows a program participant who is eligible to vote to register without his/her voter registration record appearing in public voter registration lists, and to vote absentee without his/her residence address being compromised.
Victims must apply in person to participate in the program only through a certified Application Assistant. Please contact the Partnership to determine if you meet the qualifications for the program and meet with the application assistant.  

VINE:  VINElink is America’s number one victim notification network. VINE has been providing victims and concerned citizens with the power of information for decades, allowing these individuals to have the sense of security that they deserve. VINELink can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the most reliable information for inmate custody status changes. If you need assistance with victim notification and would like VINElink to notify you of when an offender has been released from custody or moved to another location, please contact a victim advocate.

Victims of Crime Assistance: Every state has a crime victim or criminal injuries compensation program to help pay some of the out-of-pocket expenses for victims of crime. The Ohio Victims of Crime Assistance program is one such compensation program. It is limited to victims of violent crimes. Victims compensation only pays where there is not insurance coverage or some other type of payment available.

Victims compensation will often pay for the following expenses after a crime has occurred: 
Medical or dental costs
Lost wages
Funeral or burial expenses in cases of homicide
Victim compensation usually does not cover the following:
Property loss
Pain and suffering

To find out if you are eligible, please contact the agency.

Point Person for Pike County Coalition to End Human Trafficking:  In an effort to end human trafficking, the Partnership along with other community victim service providers work together to combat the human trafficking issue, as well as, provide advocacy and resources to trafficking survivors.  The Coalition works to bring awareness and training to the community to prevent and reduce the demand of human trafficking.  For further information, please see the link on this page for Human Trafficking.

24/7 Crisis Hotline 740-947-1611 Opt One for a Victim Service Advocate, Opt Two for Sexual Violence