YWCA announces 2013 Circle of Women co-chairs

The Honorable Stephanie Wyler and Joyce Blust
The YWCA Eastern Area welcomes long time community leaders The Honorable Stephanie Wyler and Joyce Blust as the Co-Chairs of the YWCA’s 2013 Annual Luncheon, Circle of Women, to be held on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Oasis Golf Club and Conference Center.

“Domestic violence has more victims than just the person who suffers the direct abuse,” says The Honorable Stephanie Wyler. “Countless studies establish that children who witness violence are more likely to engage in violent behavior than are children who are victims of violence.  The intervention and prevention programs offered by the YWCA make tremendous strides in changing the futures of these children.” Joyce Blust shares “Although I had known about the YWCA’s presence in Clermont County for many years, it took the encouragement of a good friend to get me involved with the Circle of Women, where I learned firsthand about the great work that they do in the community. The Eastern Area programs have grown to encompass Clermont, Brown and Adams, offering numerous services to those in need. I am honored to serve as Co-Chair for the Circle of Women event and look forward to expanding these much needed services along with enhancing community awareness of the programs and the support they require.”

The YWCA Eastern Area provides a range of critical services to individuals in Clermont, Brown, and Adams Counties. The House of Peace provides safe protective shelter and necessary supportive services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children to move them toward self-sufficiency, independence and freedom from abuse.

The Transitional Living Program offers short and long-term housing and support for survivors and their children who have moved beyond an emergency phase and are making the transition to independent living.

The YWCA also provides court advocacy to domestic and sexual violence victims in Clermont and Brown Counties, preparing survivors for civil and criminal court hearings, assisting in the explanation of the legal process, and providing court accompaniment. In addition, the Prevention Education provides comprehensive dating and sexual violence prevention education to Clermont and Brown middle and high schools as well as bullying prevention programming.

The YWCA’s Amend Batterers’ Intervention Program is designed to address the effects of domestic violence and violent behavior through prevention/intervention services that target adult males who engage in violent, abusive and unruly behavior. The Amend mission is to help individuals take responsibility for their actions; to examine and confront the values, beliefs, and attitudes that contribute to violence; and to develop non-violent alternatives for dealing with conflict and managing anger to prevent and reduce violence in the community.

The Amend Adolescent Program is a prevention/intervention program for adolescents ages 11-18 involved in or at risk for violent behaviors, including domestic violence, dating violence, gang violence, school violence, and other types of violent or abusive behavior.

The YWCA’s Emergency Food Pantry has provided emergency assistance with food, resources, referrals and information to Clermont County families for over 35 years. In 2012, 13,390 unduplicated clients were served a 3 day supply of food.

Every Child Succeeds provides comprehensive case management, home visitation, and child development to families in Clermont Counties and the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program is a home-based, family focused program that helps parents provide educational enrichment for their preschool child.

Prior to January 1st, 2013 the YWCA Eastern had been providing sexual assault intervention services (24 hour hotline, hospital accompaniment, and ongoing support) and non-residential domestic violence case management for survivors in Brown and Adams County as well as served as the lead agency in coordinating these communities’ efforts to address domestic and sexual violence.

In 2011, we served over 150 survivors through these programs. However, due to funding cuts, these crucial, life-stabilizing services are no longer available. Without the YWCA, there will be little to no other domestic and sexual violence services in Brown or Adams counties, leaving hundreds of survivors with far fewer options in the aftermath of a sexual assault or as they try to leave an abusive relationship.

The YWCA’s Clermont County Transitional Living Program (TLP) is also at risk with current funding coming to an end in September 2013. The TLP has served 22 adult survivors and 47 children in three years. The loss of this program would deny survivors and their children the resources and support to transition from an emergency phase into a safe, stable living situation.

The YWCA Eastern Area will be hosting an informational luncheon and tour of its facilities at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Attendees will learn about the YWCA’s services, opportunities to support its critical work, and how to get involved with the Circle of Women.

For more information, call (513) 732-0450 or email klawson@ywcacin.org.