STEUBENVILLE -The executive director of A.L.I.V.E. has been going into schools in the county providing information to students and pupils on dating violence.
A.L.I.V.E. provides safe alternatives to living in a violent environment. It provides emergency sheltering, a 24-hour crisis hotline and advocacy services to all victims of domestic violence and their children. The local agency also strives to educate the community about domestic violence.
Jodi Scheetz, A.L.I.V.E. executive director, said Ohio last year made it mandatory for schools to have curriculum every year for children in grades seventh through 12th concerning dating violence. She said juveniles now can get protection orders against abusers.
HELPING VICTIMS — Jodi Scheetz, A.L.I.V.E. executive director, talks with victims of domestic violence at the A.L.I.V.E. domestic violence shelter. A.L.I.V.E., which receives funding from the United Way of Jefferson County, handled 98 calls through its crisis hotline and in-person counseling for 23 people in 2011. - Mark Law
The A.L.I.V.E. domestic violence shelter provided services to more than 200 adults and children last year, Scheetz said. The shelter provided housing at its shelter to seven women and 10 children, which amounted to 98 bednights. The crisis hotline last year provided help to 98 victims of domestic violence, and 23 persons received in-person counseling. Scheetz said 96 domestic violence victims received information and referral help, and the shelter also provide advocacy help in criminal and civil court to 20 victims.
"We are just trying to meet the needs of the community when it comes to domestic violence," Scheetz said.
A.L.I.V.E. has a budget of about $200,000, $25,000 of which will come from the United Way of Jefferson County if the 2013 campaign goal of $440,000 is met. The United Way of Jefferson County provides funding help to 19 agencies throughout the county.
"United Way funding is vitally important to the continuation of services of the shelter. It basically pays for direct services. Without the United Way, we wouldn't be able to draw down the other funding we receive," Scheetz said.
"The A.L.I.V.E. shelter provides shelter to women and children displaced due to domestic violence," said Beth Rupert-Warren, United Way of Jefferson County executive director.
"Getting out of an abusive or violent relationship can be difficult and can make many people feel trapped and helpless. Even though leaving a poor relationship is frightening, the risks of staying can be too costly. There are many resources and useful tools available through our A.L.I.V.E. shelter that are vital to changing and impacting the lives of victims in Jefferson County. It is so important that people know the resources are out there and they don't have to stay in that relationship," Rupert-Warren said.