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April 1, 2020 First Step, Family Violence Intervention Services, Inc. Celebrates 25 Years to Coshocton County…. We are APPRECIATIVE for your continued support over the years. It has taken a Community to build First Step Services and Hope House Shelter…. Thank You!!!!


Due to the COVID-19 virus, First Step is taking the necessary precautions and will limit on-site services to emergencies and protection orders only. Individual sessions will use Telehealth through telephone or cell phone. The Wednesday Men's Group and Thursday Support Group will be canceled at this time.
The clothing room will not be open until further notice; as well, we will not be able to accept any donations at this time.
First Step's Hope House Shelter will continue to provide services.
Additionally, the Helpline will remain open and will be answered 24/7 at 740-622-9533 or 740-622-8504. On-call services will continue to be provided 24 hours.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call 740-622-8504.
Stay Safe!
First Step Staff


Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2020 11:35
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The Clothesline Project


The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular victim's experience, by the survivor or by someone who cares about the victim. The concept: Let victims tell their own stories, in their own unique ways, and hang it out for all to see. It is a way of airing society's dirty laundry.

The purpose of this project is fourfold:

  1. To bear witness to the survivors and victims of domestic violence & sexual assault.
  2. To help with the healing process for people who have lost a loved one or are survivors of this violence.
  3. To educate, document, and raise society's awareness of the extent of the problem of domestic violence & sexual assault.
  4. To provide a nationwide network for other communities starting their own Clothesline Projects.

What the colors represent:

  1. White - for those who have died of violence
  2. Yellow or Beige - for those who have been battered or assaulted
  3. Red, Pink or Orange - for those who have been raped or sexually assaulted
  4. Blue or Green - for survivors of incest or child sexual abuse
  5. Purple or Lavender - for those attacked because of their sexual orientation
  6. Pillow Cases - also for survivors of child sexual assault

* Other colors of personal meaning to the decorator may be used

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2019 07:07

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