Since 2007, a local organization has worked to improve the community’s response to domestic violence in Lucas County.
After five years, Independent Advocates is calling it quits.
Rebecca Facey, executive director and co-founder of IA, said the grassroots organization she helped build will be on hiatus effective June 1, suspending the Comprehensive Court Advocacy and Community Education programs indefinitely, according to a news release.
Facey created IA in 2007 with fellow advocate and co-founder Rachel Richardson.
“It is amazing to see how much this grassroots organization has been able to achieve with minimal funds and resources,” Facey said in the news release. “The passion and commitment of myself and Rachel Richardson as well as countless volunteers, board members, and concerned community members has helped create a lasting impact on how Toledo thinks about domestic violence. We have been honored to serve hundreds of survivors of domestic violence in Lucas County since 2007.”
Recently, IA released a 12-page report compiling data and observations taken from examinations of all criminal domestic violence cases seen by Toledo Municipal Court in 2011. The goal of the report was to help set up a dedicated domestic violence docket in local courtrooms.
The volunteer-based Court Watch program that assembled the report will continue to operate and collect future data, according to the news release.
While IA will no longer be in operation, Facey said she will continue her schooling to continue fighting for domestic violence victims.
“I will miss working with survivors for the time being, but as I pursue my law degree I look forward to returning as an advocate for survivors in the courtroom as soon as possible,” Facey said.