By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian
Every nine minutes, a call is made to a domestic violence hotline in West Virginia.
On any given day, licensed domestic violence programs in West Virginia provide services to nearly 500 women, children and men.
One-third of homicides in the state are related to domestic violence.
The banner hanging at the Marion County Courthouse says it all: “There is no excuse for domestic violence.”
Harriet Sutton, director of HOPE Inc., adamantly agrees with this.
HOPE is planning several events during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The first is volunteer training, 3-4 and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the shelter
Call 304-367-1100 for directions.
“We desperately need volunteers,” she said, primarily to staff the United Way agency’s 24-hour domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines.
Hotline volunteers will answer calls “about almost anything,” she said. Sexual assault volunteers may help and give moral support to victims at the hospital and through the court system, she said.