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Turning Point October Events – National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Please join Turning Point for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) at our FREE community events:

Picnic on the Porch is our annual kick-off for DVAM at our Marion shelter. Enjoy free picnic fare, tours, and vote for your favorite dessert prepared by our staff!

Party in the Barn is a NEW community event held at our Delaware shelter site. Enjoy tacos provided by 12 West, tour the property (please wear comfortable, closed toe shoes!), and vote for your favorite jack-o-lantern!

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“Because no one should live in fear”

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Because No One Should Live in Fear

Posted May 4, 2017 – Delaware Gazette

By Mark Pizzi – Guest Columnist

Because no one should live in fear

Law enforcement officers across Delaware County respond to multiple domestic violence calls every day. Sheriff Russ Martin reports that calls to domestic incidents are second only to theft offenses.

Because of the private nature of domestic violence, it is believed to be woefully underreported. Unfortunately, Delaware County remains the largest county in Ohio without a domestic violence shelter. That must end!

When a very public tragedy occurs, Americans tend to respond with speed and generosity. But the tragedies that happen due to domestic violence are not often public, so we as a community remain unaware.

As a resident of Delaware County, I know our community would pull together and make a miracle happen if they were aware of this quiet threat and knew what they could do.

There is an outstanding domestic violence shelter in Marion county called Turning Point, which for decades has quietly and effectively served the surrounding six counties, including Delaware County. Unfortunately, the population growth in our area has made it very difficult for one facility to adequately manage the great need.

The leadership of Turning Point, along with Delaware County community leaders, have determined there is an immediate need to build a domestic violence shelter in Delaware County.

As a first step, many groups and individuals have committed to raising the needed $3.1 million.

Recently, the Nationwide Foundation made a $400,000 grant to Turning Point for this new shelter. This grant, coupled with donations from other groups (United Way of Delaware County, Women’s Leadership Network) and individuals has put us on a path to success.

Recently, my wife and I visited Turning Point in Marion and witnessed first hand the tragedy that is quietly all around us. The trauma impacts not only the victims, but also their children.

We saw people who have no hope who find hope at Turning Point. We saw how individuals and small businesses can come together as volunteers and create a shelter that helps put people’s lives back together.

We saw dedicated staff and counselors work for much less money than they could make elsewhere because they care.

It’s time we bring domestic violence out of the shadows and turn whispers into shouts. No one should live in fear in our county. We need to speak out against domestic violence and sex trafficking. We must not relegate these victims to the darkness.

I’m asking every citizen in our county to speak out against domestic violence, watch out for domestic violence, report it, and reach out to Turning Point. Let’s build and sustain a shelter right here in Delaware County.

The land is bought, the buildings are ready for renovation, so all we need is you. It’s time to say “Not in our county!”

For information about the shelter, visit http://turningpoint6.org/delaware-shelter/ or look up Turning Point Marion Ohio and click on Delaware Shelter Campaign.

Mark Pizzi Is President and COO at Nationwide Insurance and a resident of Delaware County.

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Picnic on the Porch for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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It’s that time of the year again! Picnic on the Porch is on Friday, October 7, 2016 from 11:00 – 1:00. Help the staff, board, and volunteers of Turning Point recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The staff will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, and a dessert table where attendees can “vote” for their favorite dessert by giving a monetary donation. It is a fun competition among Turning Point staff! In addition, Turning Point will also have their Clothesline Project on display throughout the month of October. The Clothesline Project is a powerful display of t-shirts decorated by past and present residents of Turning Point. Each color of a shirt represents a different form of violence, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, or being attacked due to their sexual orientation.

Picnic on the Porch is open to anyone and everyone who would like to learn more about Turning Point’s services and the issue of domestic violence. The staff will also be available to give tours of the shelter. We hope to see you there!

Picnic on the Porch 2016

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2016 Kramer Memorial Golf Outing

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3rd Annual Terry Kramer Memorial Golf Outing
Hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Delaware, Ohio

Saturday, October 1, 2016 – 2:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
Oakhaven Golf Club, 2871 U.S. Highway 23 N, Delaware, OH 43015

$75/golfer or $300/foursome

Each Registration Includes:
18 Holes of Golf
1 Bucket of Golf Range Balls
Catered Dinner
2 Drink Tickets
1 Complementary Raffle Ticket

Not a Golfer?
Please join us for dinner and fellowship at 6:00 p.m. in the banquet hall.
Cash bar available with dinner. Dinner only is $20.

Register TODAY!
See attached form for registration details or call 740-363-1205

golf outingCome one, come all and enjoy a wonderful experience benefiting the great work that this year’s charity Turning Point has been doing in Delaware and surrounding counties since 1979, as they embark on a major capital campaign to open a new shelter in Delaware.

Those that would like to make a donation to this event and honor Terry Kramer who did so many positive things for our community can click here for details.

Please see the registration and/or donor forms attached for details on how you can be part of this year’s event to continue Terry’s contributions to the Delaware community.

Donor Form

Registration Form




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Annual Baguette Run is June 18

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Baguette Run 2016The ninth annual Baguette Run – A First Step against Domestic Violence – is being held Saturday, June 18th and will begin at the Panera Bread café on Route 95 in Marion at 8:00 am.  The event is to raise funds for victims of domestic violence and their families.  All money raised during this event will be exclusively donated to Turning Point.

Participants are invited to walk or run the course which will go through the University Heights area south of Panera Bread.  The entry fee for the run/walk is $25 and those who register by June 5th will receive an official race t-shirt. Participants can enter online at www.columbusrunning.com or may pick up a race form at the Panera Bread in Marion or Turning Point. Participants will also enjoy post-race refreshments provided by Panera Bread and a chance to win great door prizes. Fun activities like face painting are available for kids 12 and under.

Panera Bread and Turning Point are also seeking sponsors for the event. Area businesses, groups, or individuals may sponsor at the Purple Ribbon Premier Level ($1,000) the Baguette Level ($500), or the Croissant Level ($250). The Purple Ribbon Premier, Baguette and Croissant sponsors will be recognized at the race on June 18th.

For further information or to become a sponsor, contact Amy Cooperider at Turning Point – (740) 382-8988 or acooperider@turningpoint6.org.

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Public Invited to Panel Discussion on Victims’ Rights

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2016 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Bookmark 2

Victims of crime, victim assistance professionals, justice and allied professionals, students and the general public from north central Ohio can learn about victims’ rights and the community services available to them during a panel discussion hosted by Turning Point on Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m.-noon at the William Street United Methodist Church in Delaware. The discussion is free and open to the public and is the culmination of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) from April 10-16, 2016.

Diane Linville, Program Manager, Adult Court Services, will serve as the panel moderator. Panelists will include Deb McCurdy, Victims’ Rights Advocate, Turning Point; Nora Flanagan, Sexual Assault Response Network Coordinator, Helpline of Delaware & Morrow Counties, Inc.; Christopher Woeste, Victims’ Rights Attorney, Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center; Shannon Farley, Anti-Trafficking Intern, The Salvation Army’s Anti-Human Trafficking Program; Valerie Hooper, Domestic Violence Specialist/Sex Offender & Arson Watch, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office; and a special guest, a survivor of domestic violence who will share her courageous story of survival.

The panelists will discuss how they can help victims of crime rebuild their lives. Information will include victims’ rights and legal options, ways of coping with the impact of crime, developing a safety plan and learning to navigate the criminal justice system and social service systems. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion. In addition to the panel, Turning Point will post updates for NCVRW on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the week.

The activities all throughout NCVRW is supported by a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Community Awareness Project subgrant awarded by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators under a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

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Love is Setting Boundaries: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2016

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TDVAM-RWG-2016-300x225February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Turning Point is posting statistics on teen dating violence all month long on our social media. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out Loveisrespect and Break the Cycle for more ideas on how you can get involved this month.

This year’s theme for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is “Love is Setting Boundaries.” We want to encourage the conversation about setting healthy boundaries in relationships. Use #loveissettingboundaries on our social media and start the discussion today!

If you are not on social media, we have included the statistics below:


  1. 25% of high school girls have been physically or sexually abused.
  2. 43% of college women experience violent/abusive dating behavior.
  3. Over 70% of 8th graders say they are dating someone.
  4. About 1.5 million U.S. high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner each year.
  5. Violent behavior in dating relationships generally begins between the ages of 12 & 18.
  6. 1 in 3 U.S. teens is a victim of teen dating violence by high school graduation.
  7. Dating violence includes hitting, yelling, threats, name calling, obsessive phone calls or texts, extreme possessiveness, controlling behavior, pressure to have sex or do something you don’t want to do.
  8. To help a teen dating violence victim, tell the person that the abuse is NOT their fault. Support them…do NOT judge them.
  9. Who can help a victim:  Teachers, counselors, administrators, domestic violence abuse agencies such as Turning Point, school resource officers, 911, doctors, or a trusted adult.
  10. The most important issue in any teen dating violence relationship is YOUR safety.
  11. You cannot control anyone else….you can only control yourself.  STAY SAFE.
  12. Inform trusted adults about where you are going on dates and outings for your personal safety and well-being.
  13. Offer your friendship and support to someone you feel is in an “at-risk” relationship, but remember to keep yourself safe in all situations.
  14. 52% of teens who experience digital abuse are also physically abused.
  15. The National Dating Abuse Helpline is always available at 1-866-331-9474.
  16. By age 12, the average child has seen tens of thousands of acts of violence via TV and video games.
  17. The U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and law enforcement agencies use video games like “Doom” or Nintendo to train their people in the use of firearms.
  18. Every 7 minutes a child is bullied in a school setting.
  19. Girls are more likely than boys to be cyberbullies due to the verbal nature of online communication.
  20. Nothing you say, wear or do gives anyone the right to hurt you in a dating relationship.
  21. In the next 24 hours, 15,000 teens will use drugs for the first time.
  22. In the next 24 hours, 3,500 teens will run away from home.
  23. Every 4 minutes a youth is arrested for an alcohol related crime.
  24. Every 7 minutes a youth is arrested for a drug crime.
  25. Turning Point’s phone number is 1-740-382-8988, or 1-800-232-6505 (crisis line).
  26. Check out these Apps that could save your life:  Aspire, SafeTrek, ICE Blackbox, iMatter
  27. 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence.

Prevention is key to healthy relationships—talk to teens about what equality and respect look like in a partnership!

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Altrusa Club Donates New Books

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AltrusaAltrusa Club from Marion recently collected and donated children’s books to Turning Point.

Altrusa is a volunteer service organization whose purpose is to promote better communities through service. They are known all around the globe, and mainly do fundraisers to promote literacy.

The 34 new books are from the late Marion Altrusan Margaret “Peggy” Lee, and through her kindness and generosity, requested that Altrusa of Marion provide the books to a worthy cause, and the Altrusans chose children residing short-term at Turning Point as the recipients.

Thank you Altrusa Club!

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Delaware County Coalition of Victim Services donates to Turning Point

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coalition donationThanks to the Delaware County Coalition of Victim Services for their generous donation to Turning Point. We are very grateful for the coalition’s support and partnership in the Delaware community.

Delaware County Coalition of Victim Services puts on wonderful events in the community such as Walk a Mile in her Shoes, and Dash at Dusk 5K. We look forward to continued collaboration in the future, especially with our upcoming Delaware shelter!

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Over 100 Turning Point families helped by generous donors

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It was through the generosity of 38 sponsors that we were able to provide Christmas to 102 Turning Point families (276 people) in our 2015 Adopt-a-Family Program.

Thank you for supporting the families we serve and helping them through a very difficult period in their quest to be free from abuse.

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