The Center for Family Safety and Healing Partners with City of Westerville to Expand Adult Services

March 20, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in partnership with City of Westerville have expanded their adult services, effective today, providing counseling and related supportive and advocacy services for adult victims of domestic violence in the community.

Domestic violence occurs when an abusive partner causes harm or threatens the risk of harm to any current or former partner or spouse. Abuse often occurs as a pattern of controlling and coercive behavior. Domestic violence may be physical, sexual, financial, verbal or emotional in nature.

“This partnership with the City of Westerville and additional location will allow us to reach more adults experiencing domestic violence, which affects people in all neighborhoods,” said Kara Penniman, Adult Services’ Clinical Manager at The Center for Family Safety and Healing. “Our staff in Westerville can assist adult survivors of domestic violence to increase their safety, decrease their isolation, and provide mental health treatment for trauma recovery.”

Adult Services will also continue to see clients at The Center for Family Safety and Healing’s primary location at 655 E. Livingston Ave. in Columbus. To make an appointment at either location, call the central intake line at 614-722-8293. This is not an emergency line. If you are in an emergency, call 911 immediately.

“The Center for Family Safety and Healing fulfills a need in our region for victims of domestic violence, as well as protectors in law enforcement and emergency medical services,” said Charles Chandler, Westerville Acting Chief of Police. “Working together, we can be best prepared to help victims first find safety, and then start on a path to recovery and healing.”

For more information about TCFSH Adult Services, visit

Nationwide Children’s also supports Westerville children and families with multiple other services and locations throughout the community.

About The Center for Family Safety and Healing
The Center for Family Safety and Healing (TCFSH) fully addresses all aspects of family violence, including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. TCFSH aspires to break the cycle of violence through the advocacy, prevention, intervention, treatment and research of family violence by integrating comprehensive services through community interdisciplinary collaboration and evidence-based practices.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at