By Portia Williams
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will visit the Southern Ohio Task Force on Domestic Violence, located at 2315 Grant St. in Portsmouth, on Wednesday. Yvonne Lyon, co-director of SOTFDV said they are looking forward to the visit with great anticipation.
Yvonne Lyon, has worked with the shelter for more than 20 years and currently works as a co-director at the shelter. She said having DeWine visit is an honor. Lyon said they are really proud of the new facility and the opportunity to provide services to those who find themselves in domestic violence situations.
“We are very honored that Attorney General Mike DeWine has selected our shelter to come for a visit. I believe that he is coming to view our new shelter and to interact with the staff and others that will be present,” Lyon said.
She said she has extended an invitation to some local judges to come to the shelter during DeWine’s visit.
“I love my judges around here. We have the best judges and prosecutors than any county that I can think of could have,” she said. “I love my judges around here. We have the best judges and prosecutors than any county that I can think of could have.”
The shelter is equipped with three bedrooms for temporary shelter, a fully-equipped kitchen with a food pantry, office space for staff, a meeting room for board members and a courtyard that is enclosed within the center of the building to ensure safety for the clientele.
The facility also has a garage and some of the windows in of the building have bullet-proof glass. The shelter currently has an 11-member governing board, and nine people on staff who are trained to assist those who come to the shelter.
“Not only do we train them and talk with them, but we send them to additional training in Columbus and to many other schools that surface that the Attorney General’s Office directs us to,” Lyon said.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-370-0712 or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.