About the FCIC

The Domestic Violence Shelter in Parkersburg

Domestic Violence does not discriminate.  It is an equal opportunity destroyer.

Domestic violence should not happen to anybody! Ever. Period. But it does - and when it does … there is help. The Family Crisis Intervention Center in Parkersburg provides domestic violence outreach services, a shelter, individual counseling, legal advocacy, a support group, parenting classes and much more.

Did you know that 40% of teenage girls, ages 14 to 17, know someone their age that has been hit or beaten by their partner? Teens have the right to a safe and happy relationship too. The Family Crisis Intervention Center has provided shelter since 1981 in Parkersburg. Please know that your donation or bequeath will provide for the health and safety of a family when your donation is received by the Domestic Violence Shelter in Parkersburg.

OUR 24 HOUR HOTLINE: 1-800-794-2335 or 428-2333

It isn't easy to always be asking for money; however, the Center is one that needs constant funding. Money today does not grow on trees. I guess it never did ... unless you count when you were a kid and grandpa or mom hung a few bucks on the tree at Christmas. Our shortfall seems to be a limit to Government spending. And ... maybe that is good. But in the case of helping those abused ... it is not. We ask for your help, your generosity, your passion and your kindness. When we say thank you, that "thank you" actually comes from the hundreds we sheltered last month.

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"Trust me, I know how it feels. I know exactly how it feels to cry in the shower so no one can hear you. I know what it's like to wait for everyone to be asleep so you can fall apart, for everything to hurt so bad you just want it all to end. I know exactly how it feels".

This poem is exactly all the things I did. I am now free from that hurt. I am free to be myself. Please don't wait 21 years like I did. Please. Verbal and physical abuse is very serious. I didn't realize till I finally got out of it. You can count on them at FCIC in Parkersburg, just call its completely confidential.

~Jackie Gilbert Hensley

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FACTS

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background.  Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.


IF YOU ARE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP

  • You do NOT deserve to be beaten or threatened.
  • You are NOT responsible for your partner's abuse.
  • You are NOT alone--there are many other women, like you who are or have been in similar situations. (Note: Men can also be victims in abusive relationships.)
  • Tell someone you trust. Talk to a friend, relative, neighbor, counselor, or health care provider. Get the support you need from someone who cares about you and will keep what you say confidential. Surround yourself with people you trust and who understand what you are going through.
  • Call our 24 hour hotline 1.304.428.2333 to get support and information about what you can do. You can call without giving your name. Hotline people are not there to judge you, but to assist you in exploring your choices and figuring out ways to be safe. Hotlines can give you information about shelters, support groups, legal assistance, and other resources. Call 1.304.428.2333 for the FCIC.If you need medical attention, call your health care provider or go to an emergency room. If you are pregnant, it is important to seek prenatal care. Domestic violence can cause many different health problems and injuries that should not be ignored.
  • Plan for your safety - whether you are still in the relationship, are making plans to leave or have already left. Think about who you can call, where you can go, and what you will need.

No One Deserves to be Beaten or Threatened


IF SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS BEING ABUSED 

 Let her know that you support and care about her and that she is not responsible for the violence. Tell her she does not deserve to be abused. 

  • Listen without judging. Allow her to express herself in a comforting, safe environment.
  • Share your concerns for her safety and for the well-being of her children.
  • Inform her about available resources. Encourage her to call a battered women's hotline so she can explore all her options. Empower her to make her own decisions.
  • Offer to assist her in seeking medical care, legal protection or other resources should she decide to pursue any of these options.
  • Whether she makes plans to leave or remains in the relationship, help her to consider all of the ways she can increase her safety.
  • If you see or hear an assault in progress, call the police. Do not intervene and jeopardize you own safety.

ONE THIRD OF ALL WV MURDERS ENGULFED IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

By Mannix PorterfieldRegister-Herald Reporter

Pick any day at random and almost 600 men, women and children turn to the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence for help. In fact, a special hotline handling domestic turmoil averages a call every seven minutes.  What’s more, one-third of all murders in West Virginia are engulfed in domestic violence.

Statistics such as those were cited this week by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., in a floor speech that led to Senate approval of a bill he co-sponsored with Sen. Jay Rockefeller, also D-W.Va., reviving the Violence Against Women Act, one that reauthorizes federal funding for various programs associated with the law.  Manchin termed it “the most critical piece of legislation affecting the safety of survivors of domestic violence and their children in every county of West Virginia.”  

“Ensuring that women and children have adequate protection against violence just makes common sense,” Manchin said.  “And to the people of West Virginia, I know this is a high priority.”  Approved on a 68-31 vote, the bill provides $2.2 billion in funding to fight sexual assault, domestic violence and related offenses. Just how much West Virginia shares in the funding won’t be known until the proceeds from the act are appropriated.  “Action taken at the congressional level to end violence against women, children and men echoes through the hills and hollows of the most remote communities in the state,” Manchin said.  “Without the Violence Against Women Act, the collaborative efforts of law enforcement, prosecution, victim advocates, and judicial personnel would be fragmented, compartmentalize, and, at worst, counter-productive to each other.

“The VAWA saves lives, changes communities, offers safety and creates channels of hope.”


— E-mail: mannix@register-herald.com