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" Hope is the Power that gives us the Power to step out and try "
The HOPE of First Step Family Violence Intervention Services is to end the devastating crimes
of domestic violence and sexual assault in Coshocton County. This goal can be achived with the
collaboration and networking on behalf of individuals suffering from violence. This includes women,
men, children, elderly, disabled and pets. In 2012 domestic violence was the top violent crime
according the the Municipal Court Annual Report. This is a crime that affects many aspects of the
community. It affects family syatems, school communities, neighborhoods and faith based
communities. It is not a crime of poor, but of all economical levels. It is a crime that puts extra
burden on law enforcement and emergency rooms.
To address this devastating crime, First Step FVIS provides holistic service to include
victim services, perpetrator educational program, school prevention and community prevention.
In 2012 a total of 4,286 individuals were provided intervention or prevention services by
First Step staff. The agency provided 14,504 hours and 38,228 units of direct services
to victims and children; 220 hours and 1108 units of direct services to the perpetrators;
220 hours and 9547 units of school and community prevention.
In 2013/2014 - First Step has lost $18,000.00 in Federal funds for the Hope House Shelter and
Legal Advocacy Services.
This is a request to help First Step FVIS, continue the needed services for the families of violence
so that they may find hope and power to make changes. All donations remain in Coshocton
County. First Step, FVIS is a 501c3 non-profit organization and registered as an Ohio Charitable
If you are interested in donating, please indicate which service you would like to support with your
contribution of $__________.
____ Hope House Shelter
____ Direct Services
____ Perpetrator Groups
____ School/Community Prevention
Thank you for your consideration.
" When a victim of violence finds hope, we as a community are responsible to support and
encourage that individual in their journey....that is what First Step does. "