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Ohio Victim Witness Association
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To promote access to safety, healing, justice and financial recovery for Ohio crime victims through meaningful rights and quality services.

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OVWA salutes the many Ohio advocacy groups providing excellent trauma informed and trauma responsive care within our communities. In 2019, we are excited to share throughout our membership the standards of excellence OVWA members across the State Ohio are setting within our field. The Columbus Care Coalition, a community wide collaborative effort led by Columbus Public Health, is a best practices example of community trauma outreach. In their words,
The Community Resilience Coalition includes members of the community who believe that when trauma happens to one, it happens to all. We support, educate, and engage community organizations who serve Columbus including mental health providers, community organizations, city government, and community activists. Collectively, our work will increase sensitivity, awareness and build resilience in neighborhoods and families.We help Columbus become a Trauma Informed Community. We envision neighborhoods that embrace and understand the impact of trauma from schools to libraries, our community will be able to identify and intervene when trauma occurs to promote healing and resiliency.

The Columbus Care Coalition boasts an large active and engaged membership with 6 workgroups; Community Outreach, Community Trauma Resource Team, Networking, Training, and Trauma Resource Guide. Membership meetings easily exceed 60 participants monthly, with agency/program highlights and shout-outs for participating members, training and workgroup meetings. For more information about this innovative, effective and inspiring coalition, visit their website here.

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OVWA acknowledges and honors the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We pledge ourselves to maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.

This website and its database is supported by grant funds awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice through the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Victims of federal crimes are served.