Domestic violence has been a silent killer in homes, schools, and communities for years. Friday the Domestic Violence Shelter- Transitions- hosted their annual luncheon to recognize, end and heal domestic abuse.
Keynote Speaker and Assistant Muskingum County Prosecutor Ron Welch has seen the impact abuse has on families. He said one in four women will at some point be exposed to abuse, whether it's mental or physical it has an effect.
A man who allegedly stabbed his wife last month appeared in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court on Monday.
50-year-old Timothy Erwin Sr. of Duncan Falls plead guilty to felonious assault and domestic violence.
The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office says he stabbed his wife, 49-year-old Joann, twice at their home on October 24th of 2010. She was treated and released from the hospital. Judge Kelly Cottrill ordered a pre-sentence investigation.
A Newark police officer is charged with disorderly conduct.
Police Chief Steven Sarver says Bobby Hartless' 17-year-old daughter claimed he hit and kicked her on August 4th. After filing a report with the police department, hartless was arrested for domestic violence. Sarver says the city's law director chose not to pursue the case and the charge was dropped, But it did move on to a special prosecutor, who sarver says did decide to file a disorderly conduct charge Thursday.
Most local residents say they're sick of the snow, and it's even causing people to develop "cabin fever."
Yet, conditions like these can also bring about more cases of domestic violence.
"People are cooped up. The kids are home from school and tempers flare a little easier. It's not like you can go outside and garden or go outside and take a walk. So, they might have to do some more creative activities to reduce that, " says Response Victim Assistance program...
Response Victim Assistance is celebrating a birthday.
It's been serving the community for 20 years and wanted to thank everyone for their support.
"Ideally, in a perfect world, it would be nice to have no violence, but at least our doors are open. Our agency is here to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, " says program manager Janie Malloy.
This time of year brings about more domestic violence cases.
City and state officials gathered with community members Friday at the Zanesville Country Club to help bring awareness to domestic violence.
Around 70 people attended Transitions Fundraising Luncheon. This is the 30th year Transitions has held the luncheon and last year it raised $5,000. The keynote speaker today is Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Stratton. She says it is important to break the cycle of domestic violence.