October 1, 2019
The Selene Center will be launching programs for women affected by domestic abuse beginning in October, coinciding with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The programs will provide safety, healing, and justice for victims of domestic abuse in rural and suburban areas with a focus on Sylvania and the surrounding communities. “Between Sylvania Township and the City of Sylvania there are an average of 224 domestic violence or domestic dispute calls made per year. That is one call every 39 hours,” Laura Harrison stated. Laura is the Executive Director of the Selene Center and started the organization after a close friend was unable to access services that she needed after her husband was convicted of felonious assault against her.
“I started to realize there were some pretty significant barriers for women in suburban and rural areas in accessing domestic violence services, and at that point I didn’t consider it a choice, it was something I felt I had to help address,” Laura said. The Selene Center will have an office at 5658 Main Street in Downtown Sylvania where they will assist women with safety planning, court escorts, group therapy, danger assessments, and self-esteem building. They will have an open house Friday, October 4 from 5pm-8pm concurrent with the Red Bird Arts District First Friday Art Walk. “We want to be there to encourage and support women on their path to healing from an abusive relationship. We are a young startup so we are focussed on doing the most we can with a limited budget and resources.” If you would like to volunteer with the Selene Center or make a donation, please visit www.theselenecenter.org or call (419) 540-1942.