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.

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 Directors

Beth Matune,

Assistant Prosecutor, Delaware County
(Delaware County)

Vicki Kimmel,
Vice President

Director of Lean/Operations, Nationwide Insurance
(Marion County)

Randy Coleman,

(Union County)

Tara Dyer,

Retired Educator
(Marion County)

Marilyn McClure-Demers

VP/Associate General Counsel, Nationwide
(Delaware County)

Adrienne Corbett,
Programs Chair

Retired, Executive Director
(Delaware County)

Major BJ Gruber

Marion City Police Department
(Marion County)

Dr. Shelly Dason

Principal/Director of Student Services
(Marion County)

Cathy Studer,
Development Chair

(Delaware County)

Kimberly Kellermann

Vice President of Global Operations, Greif Inc.
(Delaware County)

Leiha Lamb

Relationship Development Manager,
 Federal Credit Union
rion County)

 Kiley Clark

Sr. Consultant, Ethics and Compliance,
Cardinal Health
ware County)

Suzanne Binau

Retired Non-Profit
(Delaware County)

Angie Thompson

Digital Marketing Specialist,
Richwood Bank


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.

Our work is made possible through the invaluable contributions of:

  • Delaware/Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board
  • United Way of Delaware, Morrow, Union, and North Central Ohio
  • Crawford County Job and Family Services
  • State of Ohio Office of the Attorney General
  • County Commissioners in Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Union, and Wyandot Counties
  • Office of Criminal Justice Services
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections
  • ODVN (The Ohio Domestic Violence Network)
  • HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development)

Additionally, we are immensely grateful for the unwavering support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations whose donations fuel our efforts to create safer communities for all.

For those considering end-of-life planning, we invite you to explore the meaningful impact of bequeathing funds to Turning Point. By leaving a legacy gift, you ensure that our mission endures, providing vital resources for generations to come. Together, we can make a lasting difference in the fight against domestic violence and contribute to the well-being of countless individuals and families in need.

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