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Summit County abuse statistics are out and Akron's battered women's shelter is holding training

The Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties is currently seeking volunteers to join their mission against domestic violence. The agency provides emergency shelters for men, women, and children who are victims of domestic violence and find themselves homeless and in need of immediate help

The agency helps survivors get back on their feet by giving them the skills they need to find a job, an apartment, and provide helps for child-rearing.

The shelter also provides advocacy and education for victims of abuse.

Training is beginning soon. They are having a six day, hands-on interactive training. Upcoming classes are on July 26, 27, 28 and August 2, 3, 4. They will also be holding training November 1-3 and 8-10.

The classes will be held nightly from 5:30-8:30.

Recent studies suggest that family violence is holding steady in Summit and Medina Counties. Each year in Summit County, there are 1800-2600 children who are abused or neglected.  There are 5,169 reports of abuse or neglect filed with children's services and 2,150 children are actually placed in custody.

Up to fifty-five hundred adults are physically abused by a current or former intimate partner. Twelve hundred people are arrested for intimate partner violence and eight-hundred and sixteen people have filed petitions for civil protection orders. Two-hundred-eighty-six adults seek shelter in domestic violence shelters in the county.

If interested in volunteering contact Brittney Humphrey, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at 330-374-0740 x 206 or contact her at BrittneyH@scmcbws.org. 

All applicants are subject to interview ad background checks. Please visit the shelter's website.

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