In October 1991, Greene County suffered a terrible loss when one our citizens killed his wife, two minor children, and then himself in front of the Union Point Police Department. The wife had tried on many occasions to receive help for the abuse she was suffering at the hands of her abuser. As required by law, the Greene County Child Abuse Protocol Committee met to discuss and review the incident. Their purpose was to determine if there had, in fact, been a child abuse situation and, if so, what could have been done to prevent it. Evidence clearly showed that the situation was an act of family violence. The review panel then developed a domestic violence protocol for GreeneCounty. As a result, a new subcommittee, the Greene County Domestic Violence Task Force, was formed.
The council is under the direction of a Board of Directors consisting of law enforcement, all levels of the courts, ministry, social services, and volunteers. The council is also DHS- and CJCC-certified.
In July 1993, the task force met and formed the Greene County Family Violence Council, which was incorporated as a non-profit public charity and granted tax-exempt status in February 1994.
The council began shelter services as a 72-hour emergency facility. As numbers increased, so did our service area (Greene, Morgan, Putnam, Hancock, and BaldwinCounties). In October 2001, the Board of Directors voted to expand our shelter to a 30-day facility. Fundraising efforts began to provide for a facility to accommodate the needs of victims and their children. On October 8, 2002, the Board of Directors voted to purchase land and begin construction on our new facility. Along with the construction of our facility came our new name: On February 14, 2003 (appropriately Valentine’s Day), we officially became the Circle of Love Center, Inc. We received our certificate of occupancy and DHR-certification for our new shelter on September 1, 2004.
Since becoming a 30-day facility, we have provided safe shelter and/or services to 5,850 victims and their children: 581 women and 732 children have been provided residential (shelter) services; non-residential services have been provided to 1,361 women, 1,869 children, and 90 men and 1,217 other individuals served by referral to other agencies etc. Prior to becoming a 30-day facility, 480 victims and their children were provided emergency 72-hour residential services.
In 2013, 423 domestic violence victims were provided much-needed services through our agency. As you can well imagine, domestic violence affects children in numerous ways. It is of utmost importance to address this issue within our communities and society as a whole.