Domestic Violence | Nonprofit spotlight

Wendy Hunter-Vaughn is new to her office, but she has been with the Domestic Violence Project since 1998. She is interim director of the agency.

Wendy Hunter-Vaughn is new to her office, but she has been with the Domestic Violence Project since 1998. She is interim director of the agency.

“We are an agency that has many programs,” said Hunter-Vaughn.

Included are emergency shelter, crisis hot lines, court advocacy, case management, counseling, teaching, transportation, domestic violence support groups, job and housing assistance, food, clothing, community education and child care.

“We are about helping victims heal and move into another part of their lives where they can be healthy emotionally, physically and spiritually,” said Hunter-Vaughn.

WHO: Domestic Violence Project, 720 19th St. NE, Canton.

WHAT: Helps victims of domestic violence.

BOARD MEMBERS: Kathy Rainieri, president; Mark Butterworth, vice president; Patty Dettinger, secretary; Natalie Simmons, treasurer; and Maureen Ater, Trina Bennington, Robert Brown, Dawn Campanelli, Paul Feaser, Marty Galentine, Vicki Haines, Evelyn Hronec,Tracy Jeffries, Kurt McCabe, Linda Parker, Michael Peterson, Susan Rodgers, Donna Schiffner, Cassandra Thomas, Robert Thompson, and Suzanne Whitehead.

Honorary members: Nancy Boylan, Gertrude Kennedy and Helen Syrios.

PROCEEDS: All benefit programs, including Safe Shelter for Women and Children, which shelters victims and their children; Renew Counseling and Recovery Program, which assesses, counsels, and does case management for domestic violence, alcohol and drug treatment, and domestic violence prevention; legal advocacy, assisting clients in understanding legal rights, filing protection orders, speaking with the prosecutor’s office and police, and attending court hearings; and community education, domestic violence awareness and prevention, dating-violence prevention, substance-abuse prevention, training for professionals, and public awareness speakers.

DONATIONS: Send cash donations to PO Box 9432, Canton, OH 44711. Donate online at www.dvpi.org through MasterCard or Visa; donate clothes the office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Items needed: food, grooming products, clothing, gas
cards, gift cards, old cell phones.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 24-HOUR HOT LINE: (330) 453-SAFE (7233)