COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Gov. Mike DeWine announced plans to help fund the Ohio Domestic Violence Network by awarding it $6.7 million to assist their efforts in offering mobile and health advocacy services and temporary residential services for domestic violence survivors across the state.
Rachel Ramirez is the director of health and disabilities with ODVN.
"We want to make sure that we're being responsive to the needs of the community," she said.
Ramirez said a portion of the money will go towards helping the organization provide safe spaces for women and families in areas like hotels.
"Some domestic violence survivors that have some unique need that a hotel would be a more appropriate setting for them in the short term," Ramirez said.
Over $5 million will go towards giving more access to health services, including a unique idea with mobile health. The goal is with hopes of making health services more accessible, so more families in need can be helped.
ODVN is partnering with the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers.
"Having a primary care physician or having somebody medically that you trust in your life is critically important for all of us but especially if you've survived trauma," Ohio Association of Community Health Centers Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dana Vallangeon said. "That trusted relationship is everything."
Ramirez thinks adding more access can be life-changing for victims and their families.
"Being able to have them be able to prioritize their health," Ramirez said. "And prioritize their well-being, and I think it is about saving lives. But it's also about having the best quality of life that they can."
To learn more about Ohio Domestic Violence Network, click here.