The Ohio State University at Mansfield

Grant Provides Support and Preventative Education for Students in Regards to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

May 15, 2018

One of the things students at The Ohio State University at Mansfield know from day one on campus is that faculty, staff and fellow students support their success in every way possible – both academically and personally. Recently, Ohio State Mansfield learned that it received a Stregthening Community Parternships grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to enhance campus services around sexual assault and domestic violence.

“It’s important that our students know that we are here to support their success no matter what situations they are facing, including sexual assault or domestic violence issues,” said Chief Student Life and Retention Officer Donna Hight. “We want to make sure we have all the resources a student would need right here on campus to address these issues so students can succeed in life and in school.”

Ohio State Mansfield has partnered with North Central State College and the Domestic Violence Shelter in Mansfield to apply for three grants totaling about $110,000 over the last three years to increase campus support services.

The grant money allowed the Domestic Violence Shelter to hire a campus sexual assault advocate in 2016. It also was used to find bystander intervention training to educate those on campus about how to get involved when they believe someone is being abused.

“I think having the advocate on campus has been mutually beneficial to students and the Domestic Violence Shelter,” said Hight. “The advocate can meet with studetns on campus and do preventative education at the same time.”

About Ohio State Mansfield:
The Ohio State University at Mansfield offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive as students become part of an academic tradition that leads the way in shaping tomorrow’s world. Students discover world-class teaching minds passionate about connecting to other disciplines while discovering new ways to see the world. With access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors, Ohio State Mansfield is where learning comes to life. Research, internships, education abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.