DOMESTIC VIOLENCE UNIT
The Adult Probation Department developed a Domestic Violence Unit in 2006 when Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevin-Walsh provided monies received from the Federal Grant to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program.
Supervision of domestic violence offenders placed on Probation is accomplished through frequent contact with a supervising Probation Officer and mandatory participation in a Batterer’s Intervention Program or any other appropriate treatment. Victims are contacted by the Probation Officer to address any safety concerns.
In October 2011, the Summit County Court of Common Pleas and the Honorable Paul J. Gallagher instituted a specialized Domestic Violence Court. All offenders indicted with a new domestic violence oriented charge involving an intimate partner are assigned to this specialized Court. Three Prosecutors are assigned to this special docket.
Adult Probation plays a vital role in the rehabilitation of these offenders in that it staffs two Domestic Violence Unit Specialist Officers for supervision of offenders who have been screened and found apropriate for the Domestic Violence Court Probation Program. This three-year intensive Program mandates that offenders meet regularly with their supervising Probation Officer and the Court. In addition, these offenders are ordered to participate in a Batterer's Intervention Program (BIP), located at Summit Psychological Associates, for one full year. The team approach that the Court takes in dealing with these offenders is significant in the rehabilitative process, which focuses on a reduction in recidivism and victim safety.
Many Domestic Violence offenders are assigned to General Supervision Probation Officers and/or a Domestic Violence Unit Specialist Officer in addition to those in the Domestic Violence Court Probation Program. At the beginning of 2014, there were more than 100 high-risk Domestic Violence offenders participating in the intensive Domestic Violence Court Probation Program.
Domestic Violence Officers: Kelli Anderson 330.643.857 David Siko 330.643.5365
If you are a victim of domestic violence in need of assistance, please call the Battered Women’s Shelter at 330-374-1111 for immediate help.