Law enforcement officers across the county respond to multiple domestic violence calls every day. Sheriff Russ Martin reports that calls for domestic incidents are second only to theft offenses and likely are underreported.

To the Editor:

Law enforcement officers across the county respond to multiple domestic violence calls every day. Sheriff Russ Martin reports that calls for domestic incidents are second only to theft offenses and likely are underreported.

Unfortunately, Delaware County remains the largest county in Ohio without a domestic violence shelter. That must end.

As a resident of Delaware County, I know our community would pull together and make a miracle happen if they were aware of this need and knew what they could do.

There is an outstanding domestic violence shelter in Marion County, Turning Point, which has quietly and effectively served the surrounding six counties, including Delaware County. Population growth in our area has made it difficult for one facility to adequately manage the need.

Many Delaware County residents and leaders have determined there is an immediate need to build a domestic violence shelter here.

As a first step, we need to raise $3.2 million -- and we are about halfway there.

The Nationwide Foundation made a $400,000 grant to Turning Point for this new shelter. This, coupled with donations from groups such as United Way of Delaware County and Women's Leadership Network as well as individuals, has put us on a path to success.

We must bring domestic violence out of the shadows and turn whispers into actions. No one should live in fear in our county.

I'm asking every resident of our county to speak out against domestic violence, watch out for domestic violence, report it, and reach out to Turning Point. Let's build and sustain a shelter right here in our county.

It's time to say, "Not in our county!"

For more information about the shelter, visit turningpoint6.org/delaware-shelter or Google "Turning Point Marion Ohio" and click on "Delaware Shelter Campaign."

Mark Pizzi

Galena