Dozens arrested after Lucas County domestic violence sweep
TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO) -- After a county-wide domestic violence round up Wednesday, the Lucas County Sheriff's Office has released the final results of how many offenders were arrested.
In a press conference Thursday morning, Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp said 40 domestic violence offenders were arrested during the sweep, 11 of which were women.
This is the 21st year for the annual round up which was fittingly done during domestic violence awareness month. Sheriff Tharp said they've arrested 103 offenders total for the month so far.
"It's so important that we get these people off the streets and get them into court before judges because a domestic violence is just a sneeze away from a homicide," said Tharp.
Toledo Police Chief George Kral said their department responds to 12,000 domestic violence calls a year. He said it's the highest crimes against person call that they receive.
"Over 10,000 times, TPD officers are responding to domestic violence. I believe it was 2016 we had 10 or 11 domestic related, or intimate partner homicides, including one of our own police dispatchers who was murdered by her husband," said Kral.
These comments, speak to the dangers those involved in domestic violence relations know all too well.
"It's the secret nobody tells, the kids don't tell whats going on in their home, the victim isn't going to tell, I'd have to believe it wasn't the first time, if someone was murdered and we have nothing on record that we've never seen anything, any background, that doesn't mean it's never happened," said Denise Boyer, Domestic Violence Resource Center coordinator.
The sweep leaves advocates with hope that these victims are able to seek help.
"So we see some familiar faces up there and so hopefully this is a chance for them to be held accountable and make a change and hopefully the victim can have a moment to get to safety and find some other resources that can be of help," said Diedra Lashley, Bethany House executive director.
But Sheriff Tharp said there is still more work to be done.
"We're not going to stop here, we will continue to do this day in and day out we will continue to look for people that are out there with domestic violence warrants on them," said Tharp. "This is unacceptable, we should not be assaulting each other, we should not be laying our hands on each other, no one deserves that."
If you are a victim of domestic violence or know someone in an abusive relationship, and are seeking help you can call the YWCA domestic abuse hotline at (419) 241-7386 or the Ohio Domestic Violence Network at 1-800-934-9840 . You can also visit the YWCA's website or Bethany House's website for more information about their shelters.