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The Clothesline Project


The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular victim's experience, by the survivor or by someone who cares about the victim. The concept: Let victims tell their own stories, in their own unique ways, and hang it out for all to see. It is a way of airing society's dirty laundry.

The purpose of this project is fourfold:

  1. To bear witness to the survivors and victims of domestic violence & sexual assault.
  2. To help with the healing process for people who have lost a loved one or are survivors of this violence.
  3. To educate, document, and raise society's awareness of the extent of the problem of domestic violence & sexual assault.
  4. To provide a nationwide network for other communities starting their own Clothesline Projects.

What the colors represent:

  1. White - for those who have died of violence
  2. Yellow or Beige - for those who have been battered or assaulted
  3. Red, Pink or Orange - for those who have been raped or sexually assaulted
  4. Blue or Green - for survivors of incest or child sexual abuse
  5. Purple or Lavender - for those attacked because of their sexual orientation
  6. Pillow Cases - also for survivors of child sexual assault

* Other colors of personal meaning to the decorator may be used

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 12:49
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Purple RibbonWe have updated our Domestic Violence pages for Adults and Teens to help those who have been impacted either directly or indirectly with Domestic Violence.

Note: Below you will also have access to many pdf files that you can view and then download if you wish. Clicking on link will open file in new window. You must have the Adobe Reader installed. If not, get it here: Adobe Reader.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 12:44
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The After School Mentoring Program

Communities, Schools, Families and Students

We are still looking for Mentors!! If anyone is interested please contact Vicki or Robin at 740-622-8504 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About the Community Connectors Grant

The focus of the Community Connectors grant is to help students get excited about their future, to be encouraged to dream big and learn what it takes to put their dreams and goals into action.  This can accomplished by the following initiatives:

Setting goals to be prepared for the 21st Century Careers

Building Character

Developing Pathways to achievement

Building a sense of resiliency

Believing in a positive future

Get involved today to help build something special with our youth and their future.  One caring adult can make a difference in a youth’s life.


What is the After School Mentoring Program?

The After School Mentoring Program connects adults from the community with students.  Mentors provide both encouragement and empowerment in helping our students achieve their dreams and plan for their future.

Mentors: Contact Vicki or Robin at 740-622-8504

Background check / application

Receive support from our staff

Receive 16 hours of training from our staff

Commit to a nine month match with a student

Volunteer one day a week from 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Have Lots Of Fun!


What can the After School Mentoring Program Achieve?

Students who are mentored set their own goals that can lead to higher achievement, better performance, self-efficacy and self regulation.

Help Students identify strong, positive character traits within themselves.

Develop pathways to achievement through critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.

Helps students cope with the highs and lows of life and respond to the stress in a healthy manner.


“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the higher part of yourself when sometimes it becomes hidden to your own view…..I don’t think anybody makes it in the world without some form of mentorship.  Nobody makes it alone, and we are all mentors to people when we don’t know it” – Oprah Winfrey



Community Connectors brings organizations from across the community together to build and support programs that emphasize close relationships between young people and mentors.  The Community Connectors program seeks to strengthen communities, encourage mentoring opportunities and create new pathways for civic engagement that will result in higher educational achievement, higher levels of well-being and health, and workforce readiness for our state.



Local Shelter is One of 150 to Receive Funding in Advance of

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Coshocton Ohio (Sept. 24, 2015) – First Step, Family Violence Intervention Services, a local women’s shelter serving Coshocton County received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation℠. In advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Foundation has awarded $20,000 in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for a total of $3 million.

While more than half of the grant recipients use the unrestricted funds for basic operating expenses, others hire much needed personnel, complete repairs and facility renovations or add programs and resources based on the unique needs of their shelter and the clients they serve.  First Step, Family Violence Intervention Services will use the grant funding to provide critical support for its operation needs of Hope House Shelter.

“At First Step, Family Violence Intervention Services, we are incredibly grateful for support from The Mary Kay Foundationand its commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence,” said Victoria L. Laudick, Executive Director. “The Mary Kay Foundation Grant will be utilized for the needs of Hope House Shelter. The funds will allow the agency to continue 24-hour services to victims of domestic violence, their children and pets. The grant also provides the needed local funds to match Federal Grants received for victim’s services.”

First Step Family Violence Intervention Services mission statement is "To promote safety to victims of violence through education, counseling, advocacy, and shelter when needed to any person suffering from the effects of family violence and/or sexual assault and to promote non-violent behavior by educating perpetrators of violence."  First Step, Family Violence Intervention Services provides the following services to victims of violence: Hope House Shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, their children and pets. Services provided to residents include food, clothing, personal products, case-management, advocacy, support services, networking and referrals. A 24-hour Helpline is available through Hope House. 24-hour On-Call Advocacy to meet with victims of violence is available during evenings and weekends. Additional victim services for survivors not residing at Hope House include individual support sessions; weekly support group; and court advocacy specific to Civil Protection Orders. Prevention Programs include Elementary, Middle School and High School prevention/education programs; School Youth Advocate; After School Mentoring Program and Community Presentations. Men’s Group and Women Who Resort to Violence is a 25 week education group for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence.

“Mary Kay has a long-standing commitment to prevent and end domestic violence,” said Anne Crews, board member for The Mary Kay Foundation and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “While progress has been made in the United States in meeting the needs of the thousands of domestic violence survivors who seek help each and every day, there remains a significant gap between funding and resources. We know from our work with shelter directors across the nation that the Foundation’s annual grants are a lifeline for many shelters and continue to impact an epidemic that touches one in every four women.”

Since 2000, The Mary Kay Foundation has donated $35.6 million to domestic violence organizations through its annual shelter grant program. Each year, grants are awarded to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state with the remaining grants distributed based on state population. U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands have also received funding through the Shelter Grant program. Approximately 625 domestic violence shelters applied for funding this year.

About The Mary Kay Foundation

The Mary Kay Foundation was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue.  The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded $64.2 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States.  To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation, please visit www.marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

About First Step, Family Violence Intervention Services, Inc.


For the past 20 years, First Step, Family Violence Intervention Services, Inc., has provided services to over 3000 survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; 1133 individuals have found safety at Hope House as well as 23 Pets; 1200 Perpetrators of domestic violence have been provided the education of “how not to be violent”; and last year alone 87% of all students enrolled in the three Coshocton County school districts were provided Prevention Education. First Step, Family Violence Intervention Services would not be able to provide services without the financial support from funders, such as the Mary Kay Foundation.


Last Updated on Thursday, 22 October 2015 12:56
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First Step Family Violence Intervention Services, Inc.

A United Way Agency of Coshocton County, Ohio

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Mission Statement

To promote safety to victims of violence through education, counseling, advocacy and shelter when needed to any person suffering the effects of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. To promote non-violent behavior by educating the perpetrators of violence.


First Step Family Violence Intervention Services, Inc., was established in September 1992 with a weekly support group for victims of Domestic Violence. In February 1993, the Muskingum Area Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services funded the program through the Coshocton County Drug and Alcohol Council. To meet the emerging needs of the community, services expanded in September, 1994 through a much needed and requested weekly support group for children victimized by family violence between the ages of 6-12 years. In November 1994, a nine member board was selected as the Board of Control. First Step, F.V.I.S., Inc. was incorporated on April 1, 1995. The ultimate goal was accomplished on December 16, 1996 with the opening of the Coshocton County Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault (Hope House). After opening the shelter, we were very thankful to the Friends of the Animal Shelter for making possible the availability of a small pet shelter for animals belonging to the families of those we serve.

Since 1995, First Step, F.V.I.S., Inc. has served victims; children, elderly, developmentally disabled, teens, and currently provides and will provide the following services to meet the needs of the residents in Coshocton County and surrounding communities:

Victim Programs

  • Shelter for victims and children of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault
  • Shelter for pets
  • 24-Hour on-call services
  • Support group for victims of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault
  • Individual services or sessions
  • Court Advocacy
  • 24-Hour Helpline

Community Education

  • Community Presentations/Trainings
  • Self-Defense Programs
  • Prevention Education (Grades K-12)

Perpetrator Programs

  • Male Perpetrator Education Group
  • Women Who Resort to Violence
  • Adult Domestic Violence Diversionary Program
Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 06:34

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