The Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc.

Shelter from the Storm

aka The Shelter   |   Mansfield, OH   |


To build a peaceful community by providing safety, education and supportive services while empowering survivors and those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Executive Director

Mrs. Colleen Rice

Main address

PO Box 1524

Mansfield, OH 44901 USA

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NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Domestic violence and sexual assault affect millions in the U.S., with nearly 20 people physically abused by an intimate partner per minute. This results in over 10 million victims annually, including 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experiencing severe physical or sexual violence from partners. This leads to injuries, fear, PTSD, and increased risk of STDs. Domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime, and is prevalent among women aged 18-24. It's also linked to depression and suicidal behavior. Stalking is a significant problem, affecting 19.3 million women and 5.1 million men, primarily by current or former partners. Children are also impacted, with 1 in 15 exposed to intimate partner violence annually. The economic cost exceeds $8.3 billion per year. The effects extend to mental and sexual health issues. There's an urgent need for support services, awareness campaigns, and interventions to prevent these crimes and assist survivors.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?


The Domestic Violence Shelter provides more than just a shelter from violence. We offer a diverse range of life-saving, supportive and educational services and tools to help survivors and their families escape a life of domestic violence and begin a new life of safety, dignity, and self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities
LGBTQ people
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of nights of safe housing provided to families of domestic violence

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Victims and oppressed people, LGBTQ people, Families, Ethnic and racial groups

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Domestic Violence Shelter is a vital resources for survivors, providing immediate safety and long-term support. Our goals include:

Emergency Shelter: Providing safe, temporary housing for survivors and their children fleeing abusive situations. Our shelter offers a supportive environment where survivors can begin to heal and plan for the future.

Crisis Intervention: We offer 24/7 crisis hotlines and chats staffed by trained professionals who provide immediate assistance, emotional support, information about resources, and help in creating a safety plan.

Advocacy: We advocate for survivors’ rights and needs within the legal system, healthcare facilities, and other institutions. This includes helping survivors navigate court proceedings, obtain protective orders, access medical care, and secure financial resources.

Education and Prevention: We raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault, their impacts, and how to prevent them. This involves delivering presentations at schools, workplaces, and community events, as well as advocating for policies that protect survivors and hold perpetrators accountable.

Long-Term Housing Assistance: We assist survivors in finding and securing stable, affordable housing after leaving the shelter. This may involve partnerships with local housing agencies and landlords, as well as financial planning support.

Aftercare and Follow-Up Services: We provide ongoing support to survivors after they leave the shelter, including check-ins, counseling, legal advocacy, and connections to community resources.

Community Partnerships: We collaborate with other local organizations and agencies to provide a comprehensive network of support for survivors. This could include healthcare providers, law enforcement, legal services, child welfare agencies, and other nonprofits.

These goals are designed to empower survivors, helping them heal from trauma, regain control over their lives, and establish a safe, stable future free from violence.

Strategies for achieving the mentioned goals include:

Emergency Shelter: Use a confidential intake process that respects the privacy and dignity of survivors. Making sure the shelter is equipped with necessary resources like food, clothing, toiletries, and safety measures. Regularly assessing capacity and seek funding or partnerships to expand if needed.

Crisis Intervention: Ensuring we have trained staff to handle crisis situations with empathy and professionalism. Promote the hotline and chat widely so those in need know about it.

Advocacy: Build relationships with local legal and healthcare professionals to facilitate navigation for survivors. Offer accompaniment services to court appointments and medical visits. Advocate for policies that protect survivor rights at the local, state, and national levels.

Education and Prevention: Create educational materials and presentations tailored to various audiences. Engage with schools, workplaces, and community groups to host awareness events. Develop a comprehensive prevention program that includes bystander intervention training and consent education.

Long-Term Housing Assistance: Partner with local housing agencies and landlords willing to work with survivors. Provide financial planning and budgeting workshops to help survivors manage their finances independently.

Aftercare and Follow-Up Services: Develop a structured follow-up program that includes regular check-ins, continued counseling, and legal advocacy. Connect survivors with community resources for ongoing support, such as mental health services, childcare, and food assistance.

Community Partnerships: Build strong relationships with local organizations that can offer complementary services. Regularly meet with partners to coordinate efforts and discuss how to better serve survivors.

These strategies involve continually assessing needs, seeking feedback from survivors, and adapting services accordingly. They aim to create a supportive environment where survivors can safely heal and rebuild their lives.

The Domestic Violence Shelters is equipped with a variety of resources and capabilities to meet our goals:

Emergency Shelter: We are designed with safety as the paramount concern. We offer a secure, confidential location where survivors can find refuge. Amenities include private living spaces, communal areas for socializing, and play areas for children/teens, all within a secure environment.

Crisis Intervention: We have trained staff available round-the-clock to provide immediate assistance. Their training includes crisis management, trauma-informed care, and safety planning. They also have strong connections with local law enforcement and healthcare providers for emergency situations.

Advocacy: Our shelter employs legal advocates who can guide survivors through legal processes. These advocates understand the intricacies of the legal system related to domestic violence and can assist with everything from filing restraining orders to court representation.

Education and Prevention: We conduct outreach programs in schools, workplaces, and community events to educate the public about domestic violence. We also run workshops for survivors about recognizing signs of abuse and developing strategies for safety.

Long-Term Housing Assistance: We work closely with housing agencies and landlords to help survivors transition from the shelter to stable housing.

Aftercare and Follow-Up Services: We have aftercare programs that continues supporting survivors after they leave the shelter. This can include ongoing counseling, legal advocacy, and referrals to other community resources like mental health services or childcare.

Community Partnerships: We maintain strong relationships with other service providers in their community. By coordinating with healthcare providers, law enforcement, legal services, child welfare agencies, and other nonprofits, we provide a holistic support system for survivors.

We have expaned our shelter capacity to 48 beds and continue to have success with education, crisis intrevention, advocacy, follow up services, and community partnerships.

What's next? We need to continue to work on housing and bringing a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) to the community.

Finding housing can be challenging for survivors of domestic violence for various reasons:

Financial Constraints: Many survivors may not have access to their own finances or may have been financially dependent on their abusers. This lack of financial resources makes it hard for them to afford rent, deposits, and other housing-related expenses.

Rental History & Credit Checks: Survivors often have disrupted rental histories or damaged credit scores due to the financial control exerted by their abusers. This can make it difficult to pass rental applications.

Safety Concerns: Survivors need to find housing in a location that their abuser cannot easily find. This limits their options and makes the search more complicated.

Limited Availability: There is often a shortage of affordable housing, and waiting lists can be long. This is particularly difficult for survivors who need to leave their current situation immediately.

Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) are essential in communities as they provide a coordinated, child-focused approach to child abuse cases. They reduce the trauma of disclosure by providing a safe space for children to share their experiences. CACs also offer vital services like forensic interviews, medical exams, therapy, and victim advocacy, all under one roof. This collaboration speeds up investigations and treatment, ensuring children and families receive the support they need promptly.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


The Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc.

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The Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 09/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jean LaBarge

Celina Insurance Group

Term: 2023 - 2024

Peggy Anderson

Third Street Family Health Services

Alex Goff

Third Street Family Health Services

Rebecca Hergatt

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John Hower

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Beth Malaska

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Faith Proietti

Brian Reich

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Stacey Wampler

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Deb Wood

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/25/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/25/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.