A 31-year-old Ohio woman who experienced many years of abuse at the hands of her husband feels that Lorain County needs to offer more flexible help to victims of domestic violence. Her marriage lasted from 2004 to 2010. During that time, she was allegedly thrown into walls, hit with a laptop computer and lost a tooth. In 2009, her husband entered a guilty plea to violation of a protection order and served a three-day prison sentence.
After discovering that the existing shelter in Lorain County, Genesis House, had rules that didn't meet her needs, she formed the Purple Lotus Project. According to the 31-year-old woman, Genesis House has a 5 p.m. curfew for overnight stays, which didn't work with her job, and it limited stays to 30 days. Genesis House disputes both of these claims, saying that curfews and stays are flexible. They also feel that plans that the Purple Lotus Project has for 200-bed shelter will deplete already scarce funding for domestic violence.