Second Annual Purple Light Walk on Channel 5 News

The second annual Purple Light Walk will be held Friday, August 15. The event is a collaboration between Women Helping Women, the Cincinnati Police Department and the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. To see the interview with Ellen Newman, the Purple Light Walk co-chair, and Officer Princess Davis, committee member and emcee, click here Second Annual Purple Light Walk on Channel 5 News. For more information and how to register visit Purple Light Walk Registration. You can also visit the Purple Light Walk Facebook Page.


Soapbox Cincinnati Story featuring Sunday Salons

Brittany York with Soapbox Cincinnati conducted an interview about the 2014 Sunday Salon season with Kendall Fisher, Women Helping Women’s executive director. Read the entire story here: Soapbox Cincinnati Featuring Sunday Salons.


Purple Light Walk to Mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Purple Light Walk to Mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Women Helping Women today announced that on Friday, October 11 at 5:30 pm Cincinnati will play host to the first ever Purple Light Domestic Violence Awareness Month Walk.  The event, which is designed to raise awareness to the issue of domestic violence, is a collaboration of Women Helping Women, the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Police Department.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

During the Walk, which will start and end at The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, participants will carry purple glow sticks – purple is the color of domestic violence awareness.

“Women Helping Women is pleased to team up with the YWCA and the Cincinnati Police Department to sponsor the Purple Light Walk, which will serve as a striking visual reminder that domestic violence is a problem facing both women and men regardless of race ethnicity or social status,” said Kendall Fisher, executive director of Women Helping Women.

Those interested in participating may register online at or in person on the day of the event.  Registration is free for all participants and will begin with a resource fair at 5:30 pm, program at 6:30 pm and walk starting at 7 pm.


Women Helping Women Expands Rape Crisis Services to Butler County

Cincinnati – Women Helping Women today announced that it has acquired the Butler County Rape Crisis Program (BCRCP), ensuring a continuation of those services to the Butler County community.

The Board of Directors of the BCRCP’s parent organization voted last month to suspend operations as of October 31.  Women Helping Women’s acquisition of the program ensures uninterrupted crisis intervention, advocacy and outreach services will continue.  BCRCP provided services to more than 1,000 people in Butler County in 2011.

Women Helping Women is Hamilton County’s dual rape crisis and non-residential domestic violence agency.  The agency’s acquisition of the Butler County Rape Crisis Program represents a significant expansion of Women Helping Women’s service area.

“Women Helping Women understands fully the importance of providing services and support for survivors of sexual assault,” said Kendall Fisher, executive director of Women Helping Women.  “We are delighted to take this action so that local services will continue to be available, and we look forward to serving the Butler County community.”

Fisher added that Women Helping Women received support from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Miami University’s Parent Fund and individuals and organizations throughout Butler and Hamilton counties which made continuation of the program possible.

To access local program services, survivors of sexual assault and service providers in the Butler County area should call Women Helping Women’s 24-hour hotline at 513-381-5610 or 877-889-5610.

“Women Helping Women is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1973 to serve women and men who are survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking in Southwestern Ohio.  The agency provides crisis intervention services to including hotline, hospital accompaniment, court advocacy, support groups and face-to-face advocacy for abuse survivors and also conducts training and education in the community to increase awareness of these crimes and aid in their prevention.”


October 2012 Purple Light Nights Kick-off Breakfast

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Join us as we recognize October as Domestic Violence Month and launch the Purple Light Nights Campaign. This PLN campaign remembers domestic violence homicide victims, celebrates the courage of survivors and their families, and provides hope, information, and services to individuals living with abuse.

Guest Speakers

Thomas F. Boat, MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Dean and Vice President Health Affairs

Juwana Hall, Director, Amend, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati

Eric H. Kearney, Seantor, Ohio’s 9th Senate District

Walter McLary, Sr. Vice President Human Resources, TriHealth

Charlene Ventura, President & CEO, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati

Date: Ocober 10, 2012

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Location: YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, 898 Walnut Street

RSVP by October 5th to 


Greater Cincinnati Board of Rabbis, Mercy Health, Macy’s, TriHealth, Family Violence Prevention Project, YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Jewish Family Service, Women Helping Women, Catholic Health Partners, Parents of Murdered Children, Inc., Cincinnati Police, Starbucks, Norton, The Castellini Family Foundation


25th Annual Candlelight Vigil She Screams Without Sound

Please join us in observing National Domestic Violence Awareness Month as we remember and honor victims of domestic violence homicide.  These are individuals who were killed in the past 25 years by an intimate partner. We celebrate the lives of those who have survived domestic violence and provide support and hope to children exposed to violence and loss. The candlelight vigil will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 5:45 p.m. The location is the Hamilton County Courthouse Steps, 1000 Main Street, Cincinnati.

Music will be provided by MUSE Cincinnati Women’s Choir and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Bagpipers. At this evening program, candles will be lit for the victims who have died this year in Hamilton County. There will be seven candles and four pairs of shoes as a reminder of the lives lost in the past year.

Master of Ceremonies - Shannon Kettler, News Reporter, WCPO, Channel 9 News


  • Keynote: Honorable David Davis, retired Hamilton County Judge
  • Executive Director of Women Helping Women, Kendall Fisher: Responding to Domestic Violence
  • Lt. Joe Hall (retired, Cincinnati Police Department): Remembering Major John (Johnny) Adkins


Women Helping Women and the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati; both funded in part by the city of Cincinnati and United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

Other Participating Organizations

Cincinnati Police Department, Hamilton County Probation Department, Prosecutor’s Office and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and their Bagpipers, Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, Mayerson Center, MUSE Cincinnati Women’s Choir, Parents of Murdered Children Inc. and Talbert House Services.

Special Note

To memorialize a family member or friend during this vigil who was a domestic violence homicide victim, please contact Peggy Caldwell (513-977-5559) or Rhonda King (513-241-9400).



Light Up the Night 2012: The Emerald City Ball


Women Helping Women Staff Kendall Fisher, Kendra Massey, Cordelia Schaber and Hope Carver

Women Helping Women’s annual fundraiser, Light Up the Night, was held at The Elements Conference and Event Centre.  Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this event.  With your help, we were able to raise over $63,000.


Committee Members Betsy Hendy, Jennifer Eng, Margaret O'Gorman, Tracy Cole and Sue Baggott

The proceeds from Light Up the Night will help support services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.  Because of community support at events like this, we are able to be present when and where survivors need us most.  Our advocates provide a compassionate voice on the hotline, a hand to hold at the hospital, a comforting presence at the police department, a supportive ally in the courtroom and a strong support system for survivors whenever they need us.


Trustees Ellen Feld and Sheila Cohen



John Batchelor, Brittany Montgomery, Gregg Tepe and Tracy Cole


We hope that you join us next year for Light Up the Night.  Thank you for supporting Women Helping Women and the work that we do.

For more information on Women Helping Women or Light Up the Night, please contact our Development Department at 513-977-5552.



iSpy Cincy and Sunday Salons 2012

By Stephanie Wilks
February 17, 2012

 Julie Baughman, Melanie Garner, Carol Faulhaber, and Mary Lou Hoffer

There’s something romantic about a group of people who gather together in support of a common cause. And when they mix and mingle over cultural events complete with alcoholic beverages – well then, the group is downright contagious. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting the ladies of Women Helping Women, or attended one of their “Sunday Salons,” then you should. But be warned: they’re passionately infectious.

Painting on wood by Matilda Brown circa 1600’s (top), Painting of a woman by Cincinnati area artist Dixie Seldon, circa 1900’s

“Women in American Art…  A Celebration,”delighted both veterans and newcomers of W.H.W.’s Sunday salons at the beautiful home of Dr. Robert and Joan Cody this week. Not only did we learn about the great work of the Women Helping Women charity, which benefits victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and stalking in Southwest Ohio, but we were also educated about the rich history of American Art, with a focus on female artists, by a history-loving couple who have spent decadescarefully developing their personal collection.

Attendees were treated upon arrival to adelectable array of hors d’oeuvres, wine, and a clever cocktail of blood orange infused with basil – an apropos beverage choice for February. The beverage was quite the hit. In case you’re interested in creating a version of the Cody’s signature cocktail, here is a similarrecipe.

After food, cocktails, and chit-chat, we were introduced to Hamilton County Judge Heather Russell, who described her positive experiences with Women Helping Women and explained how the organization works diligently to aid needy individuals both inside and outside the courthouse.

 “The Nest” oil on canvas by artist Mary Whyte (center), the frame was custom built and gilded by her husband. The piece is surrounded by watercolors also by Mary White of Greenville, SC. 

Originally founded in 1973, the social service agency provides extensive crisis intervention, advocacy, and support to some of the most emotionally and legally needy women and men who suffer physical abuse in this area. They serve 12,000 people each year. Needless to say, a social gathering focused on the study of American women in art paired fluentlywith the core mission of Women Helping Women.

Rembrandt’s Raising Lazarus from the Dead    Viewing an Elizabeth Duvenek self-portrait

Per typical Women Helping Women Sunday salons, we spent the rest of the afternoonhaving fun and discussing interesting ideas. Dr. Robert Cody conducted a thorough tour of his traditional home, elucidating attendees about some of the earliest renowned female artists, as well as American time periods of art and the various influences. Amongst an extensive collection from American artists, are pieces byRembrandt, Manet, and Winslow Homer – perhaps you’ve heard of them?

 “Giraffes,” by renowned New York City artist Leroy Nieman

Not only did we have the pleasure of viewing various paintings and sketches, but we were also spoiled to an incredible display of American quilts, many dating back to the 1700s. To describe the entire experience as humbling would be an understatement. My only regret is not bringing a better camera!

If cultural and educational events like “Women in Art… A Celebration” spark your interest,consider attending a future Sunday salon. Women Helping Women also hosts salons specifically for young professionals entitled “Not Your Mother’s Salons.”