In May of 1977, a group of concerned citizens, led by Kay Stout, A.C.S.W., met for the first time to discuss the problem of domestic violence in the Marion community. Immediate goals were developed to provide peer support and to begin educating the community about the issue of domestic violence. A long range goal emerged to establish a shelter facility where survivors of domestic violence could seek refuge.

In August of 1978, a corporation by the name of Concerned Citizens Against Violence Against Women was formed. Through C.C.A.V.A.W.’s efforts, funding was obtained and, in April of 1979, the dream of a shelter became a reality. Women and children now have a safe place to turn when challenged with domestic violence – a Turning Point that enables survivors of domestic violence to live a life free of violence.

History of Turning Point

Brief History of the Battered Women’s Movement

Prior to the 1970’s, partner abuse remained a horror that was housed behind closed doors. It was not until women gathered in the late 1960’s to share their stories that violence in the home became a public issue. With this emergence of women’s voices came what is known as the Modern Women’s Movement.

The Modern Women’s Movement challenged the existing conditions of women and served as a catalyst for the Battered Women’s Movement that emerged in the 1970’s. In the following years, the battered women’s movement dramatically changed society’s response to domestic violence.

In the early 1970’s, there were no battered women’s shelters in existence. Today, there are more than 1,500 shelters serving women, children and men who are victims of domestic violence.

Video created by Honda, a supporter of Turning Point.

Turning Point Board of Directors


Beth Matune, President

Assistant Prosecutor, Delaware County (Delaware County)


Vicki Kimmel, Secretary
Director of Lean/Operations, Nationwide Insurance (Marion County)


Randy Coleman, Treasurer

(Union County)

Marilyn McClure-Demers

VP/Associate General Counsel, Nationwide (Delaware County)

Sheriff Russell Martin

Delaware County Sheriff (Delaware County)

Pam Sonagere, Governance Chair

Human Resources Director, City of Columbus Auditor's Office (Delaware County)

Adrienne Corbett, Development/Quality Assurance Chair

Retired, Executive Director (Delaware County)

Tara Dyer

Retired Educator (Marion County)

Lieutenant BJ Gruber
Marion City Police Department (Marion County)

 Dr. Shelly Dason

Principal/Director of Student Services (Marion County)

 Cristi Hornick

Talent Acquisition Manager (Delaware County)

Cathy Studer

Author (Delaware County)

Crystal Cassady

External Communications Specialist, Greif Inc. (Delaware County)

Kimberly Kellermann

Vice President of Global Operations, Greif Inc. (Delaware County)


Thank you to our supporters! Turning Point relies on the generosity of our funders and communities to achieve its mission of providing support, counseling and shelter to victims of domestic violence and their families.

Turning Point is funded by Delaware/Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Services Board; United Way of Delaware, Morrow, Union, and North Central Ohio; Crawford County Job and Family Services; State of Ohio Office of the Attorney General; County Commissioners in Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Union, and Wyandot Counties; Office of Criminal Justice Services; Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Corrections; and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations.