FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2022
Turning Point Domestic Violence Services
Community Engagement Manager
TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES CONTINUES AT FULL CAPACITY AS NEED, LETHALITY GROWS:
Columbus, Ind.: As the world sheltered in place during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Turning Point recognized the calm before the storm. People were forced to remain in unsafe situations throughout quarantine, and for domestic violence survivors, sheltering in place meant staying in an unsafe home. Access to housing, stable childcare, remote learning, ability to work consistently, and manage COVID for themselves and loved ones significantly increased barriers for leaving.
Vice President of Direct Services, Carrie Kruse, shared, “The pandemic made leaving an abusive and unsafe situation even more challenging. Survivors are always balancing their safety, trying to choose the safest and most stable option for themselves, and often their children. Staying with an abusive partner was the safest or only option for most survivors. We are now seeing the fallout from that through a significant increase in physical violence and lethality. Survivors need support now more than ever.”
Turning Point Domestic Violence Services has ramped up its work with the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and other partners to ensure that all needs are met as the agency continues to work at maximum capacity and has officially begun diversion of services. Over the last nine months, Turning Point has seen the need for domestic violence intervention and residential services grow. Not only has the need surmounted the agency’s capacity to house individuals at the Emergency Residential Shelter and scattered housing locations, but with the surge in need has also come an increase in lethality, further complicating the cases being served. “The increase in severity of violence and homicide is not unique to Bartholomew County. Indiana has seen a 181% increase in lethality thus creating an urgent need for domestic violence programs to provide life-saving resources and support to domestic violence survivors. The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence is positioned to assist Turning Point navigate the complexity of providing crucial services while the shelter and scattered site housing options are at capacity,” according to Laura Berry, Executive Director.
In keeping with the agency’s mission, Turning Point will continue to identify and work towards reasonable solutions as the demand for services continues to grow. It is of the utmost importance that the agency continues to provide support and resources as domestic violence survivors seek safety.
Turning Point Domestic Violence Services’ mission is to work toward the prevention and the elimination of domestic and dating violence. The agency serves Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Johnson, and Shelby counties.
Turning Point Domestic Violence Services: Columbus, Indiana
1531 13th Street, Columbus, IN 47201