About Us

History of Turning Point

In May of 1977, a group of concerned citizens, led by Kay Stout, A.C.S.W., met for the first time to discuss the problem of domestic violence in the Marion community. Immediate goals were developed to provide peer support and to begin educating the community about the issue of domestic violence. A long range goal emerged to establish a shelter facility where survivors of domestic violence could seek refuge.

In August of 1978, a corporation by the name of Concerned Citizens Against Violence Against Women was formed. Through C.C.A.V.A.W.’s efforts, funding was obtained and, in April of 1979, the dream of a shelter became a reality. Women and children now have a safe place to turn when challenged with domestic violence – a Turning Point that enables survivors of domestic violence to live a life free of violence.

Since 1986, 6,458 women and 227 men have benefited from our outreach services, over 3,113 men have attended batterers’ treatment programs, 2,693 speeches have been presented and 45,286 volunteer hours have been logged.

While these numbers might be disheartening on the one hand, on the other hand they confirm the need for the many ways in which Turning Point has provided support for survivors of domestic violence. In an ideal world there would be no horror stories to tell of events that happen behind closed doors. In an ideal world the home would stand for a place of peace and comfort. For now, there is no ideal world. Until that world emerges, Turning Point will continue to extend its services to those people seeking the serenity of safety.


Brief History of the Battered Women’s Movement

Prior to the 1970’s, partner abuse remained a horror that was housed behind closed doors. It was not until women gathered in the late 1960’s to share their stories that violence in the home became a public issue. With this emergence of women’s voices came what is known as the Modern Women’s Movement.

The Modern Women’s Movement challenged the existing conditions of women and served as a catalyst for the Battered Women’s Movement that emerged in the 1970’s. In the following years, the battered women’s movement dramatically changed society’s response to domestic violence.

In the early 1970’s, there were no battered women’s shelters in existence. Today, there are more than 1,500 shelters serving women, children and men who are victims of domestic violence.

Turning Point Board of Trustees

President: Gary Pendleton Marion County
Vice President: Brenda Harden Morrow County
Secretary: Eric Fuller Union County
     Treasurer: Chris King     Delaware County
Deputy Chris Burden Delaware County
Eric Fuller Union County
Jamie Lynn Clark Delaware County
Linda Hall Marion County
Detective Scott Sterling Marion County
 Beth Matune
Sarah JanTausch
 Delaware County
Delaware County

Annual Report

Click on this link for our 2016 Annual Report.


Thank you to our supporters! Turning point relies on the generosity of our funders and communities to achieve its mission of providing support, counseling and shelter to victims of domestic violence and their families.

Turning Point is funded by the Delaware/Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board; the county commissioners in Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Union, and Wyandot Counties; the United Ways in Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, and Union Counties; Crawford County Job and Family Services; the Ohio State Office of the Attorney General; the Office of Criminal Justice Services; Marion Municipal Court; and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations.