On Saturday, 31-year-old Travis Lewton told police he killed his 71-year-old mother in their south Toledo home.

TOLEDO, Ohio – Representatives House of Bethanya domestic violence shelter in northwest Ohio, wants people to know that domestic violence can happen to anyone, anywhere.

on saturday 31-year-old Travis Lewton told police he killed his 71-year-old mother in their south Toledo home.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is partnering with Bethany House to host a ceremony for its Silent Witness Project in Northwest Ohio on Monday evening.

The project opens public exhibitions to honor victims of domestic violence and share their stories through life-size silhouettes. Each of the more than 50 silhouettes shows the fatal consequences of domestic violence in an effort to educate the community, advocate for solutions, and connect those in need to resources.

Bethany House Executive Director Deirdre Lashley said the showcase only shows reported cases in northwest Ohio since 2010. Not every case is reported.

Lashley said the effects of domestic violence can be felt in neighborhoods of any socioeconomic status, and the death of Nancy Lewton is an example of that.

“Often we see a flash of news that a homicide has occurred and we kind of go about our days and don’t realize the extent or impact of domestic violence on our community,” Lashley said.

Dr. Christy Jenkins, CEO of the company Center for the prevention of violence in the family and childrensaid that violence can take many forms and happen to everyone.

“It happens in all directions. It happens to men, it happens to women, it happens to children, it happens to the elderly. I think people who don’t know it or feel it, and something like last weekend happens,” she said of Nancy’s death.

Seven of Toledo’s 46 homicides this year were the result of domestic violence. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday that he is providing $6.7 million in resources to fight domestic violence in the state.

Most of the grant will be used to create a mobile advocacy and healthcare project for victims of domestic violence and their families. Just over $1.5 million will also be used to house survivors and their children in hotels.

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