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Silent Victims March Downtown Circleville Tomorrow, Some Will March in Honor of Amy Diehl


CIRLCEVILLE – Haven House silent victims march will march this Monday October 5th at 10:20 am, family members of Amy Diehl will march in her honor during the event.

Haven House of Pickaway County is a domestic violence and homeless shelter that strives to empower survivors of domestic violence by providing advocacy, shelter, support, and safety planning. The shelter located at 110 Island road is a safe haven for dozens of women and children in Pickaway County. According to Lisa Johnson Executive Director of Haven House some stay for a week and some stay for years. “The goal is to get women and families back on their feet and back to healthy meaningful lives.”

Amy Diehl died in a domestic violence situation on October 7th, 2017 the man, James J McVey who was involved with Diehl was never formally charged with her death but family members have always said she was a victim of his violence. The single gunshot wound that cost Diehl her life was from a gun that was owned by McVey, a gun he wasn’t allowed to own.

In an interview with Fox 28, a Columbus news program, McVey’s son said, “In my heart, I don’t believe that Amy did this to herself.” When asked who he thought did, McVey’s son said, “Unfortunately, I believe my father did it.” He added, “She desperately asked for my help… to get away from him.”

McVey was convicted in November of 2017 of having a weapon under a disability and sentenced to 36 months in jail by Pickaway County common pleas. He has been released since then.

Marchers are asked to meet at at the Methodist Church parking lot prior to the event and will walk to the Pickaway court house were several people will speak. Lisa Johnson Executive director for Haven House is asking for anyone attending to wear masks during attendance and keep social distance.

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.1
1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc.2
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. This includes a range of behaviors (e.g. slapping, shoving, pushing) and in some cases might not be considered “domestic violence.” 1
1 in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner.1
1 in 10 women have been raped by an intimate partner. Data is unavailable on male victims.1
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence (e.g. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner in their lifetime.1
1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.1
On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.9
Have House of Pickaway County invites everyone to the 22st annual silent victims march on Monday October 5, 2020.