OneEighty offers 24/7 services every day of year

OneEighty offers 24/7 services every day of year

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The OneEighty network serves both Wayne and Holmes counties with two facilities in Wooster and one in Millersburg. The nonprofit offers seven major service programs.

One of those areas of service is domestic violence and sexual assault. The agency offers a variety of services and provides a hotline that operates 24/7. Trained staff and volunteers provide immediate response to victims of domestic assault and sexual assault.

There also is a team of trained volunteers working with both Wooster Community Hospital and Orrville’s Aultman Hospital. These specially trained advocates support sexual assault survivors who arrive at the hospital emergency departments.

Hospital advocates support survivors at the hospital during the forensic exam process and provide a variety of additional services.

“Services include assistance with protection orders, court accompaniment, safety planning, civil standby with law enforcement to access possessions from their home safely, victim notification of perpetrator release from jail/prison, et cetera,” said Gayle Byrne, OneEighty coordinated community response specialist.

Working in conjunction with local law enforcement, OneEighty offers awareness, prevention information and support to victims. The agency provides resource packets that law-enforcement officers are able to deliver on scene to victims.

“Officers are well-informed about our services and regularly refer victims to our shelter,” Byrne said.

Numerous education programs are provided in area schools by OneEighty’s community relations prevention department. A healthy relationships curriculum is conducted by OneEighty in the high schools in both Wayne and Holmes counties. The focus is on healthy relationships, teen dating violence, sexual violence and bystander intervention. Human trafficking, conflict management, gender stereotyping in media and culture, and communication skills also are addressed.

Prevention education on a variety of topics also is presented at several area colleges and universities.

OneEighty’s community relations and prevention department also is available to provide presentations to agencies, businesses, community organizations, volunteer groups, schools, first responders, houses of worship and any interested group.

“Our goal is to spread the word about the breadth of services we offer; the importance of prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking and stalking; and to dispel myths and share current information,” Byrne said.

More advanced education also is available. For more information or to schedule a presentation, email Byrne at byrneg@one-eighty.org.

During the month of April, the Wayne County Public Library will host displays in every branch with related book lists. The list also is available at www.wcpl.info/content/april-sexual-assault-awareness-month.

The public is invited to a book discussion on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. The discussion will be held at the Wayne County Public Library’s Wooster branch and on Zoom. The book, “Know My Name,” is written by Chanel Miller, a sexual assault survivor who shares her powerful story of coming forward.

The Wooster branch of the library, along with OneEighty’s Spink Street offices, also will host The Clothesline Project art display, a national project. The clothesline is comprised of T-shirts created locally by survivors of domestic violence, child abuse or sexual assault or in honor of those who have been victimized.

The project’s mission is to educate the community that the problem of sexual violence exists everywhere, help is available, and healing and hope exist.

OneEighty relies on an extensive network of volunteers in a variety of positions. Needs include everything from stuffing envelopes, gardening and fundraising to hospital advocacy and shelter assistance. Email Dwight Sprang at sprangd@one-eighty.org.

“Because volunteers play an essential role at OneEighty,” Byrne said, “we recruit and treat them like staff.”

The victim advocates conduct a biweekly domestic violence support group, Empower, on the first and third Thursday of each month from 1-2 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. The group is held at OneEighty’s main office, 104 Spink St., Wooster. Drop-ins are always welcome, but a phone call is appreciated at 330-264-8498.

A variety of services and continuum of care are offered through OneEighty. An inquiry is always welcome, even if a particular need does not seem to be addressed on the website. Find OneEighty at www.one-eighty.org/. The website offers a safe exit in the upper right of the screen on every page.

OneEighty provides three crisis hotline options: Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault at 1-800-686-1122, Substance Use Crisis at 330-466-0678 and Recovery Assistance at 330-464-1423. Always call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.


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