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Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence

I imagine it may have happened like this.  It was 1985, and a few friends were sitting around a kitchen table, and for some reason the subject came up.  It could have been a sensational story in the paper, but I have a feeling it was more likely one of them had a loved one who was living with domestic violence.  She might have even been killed, it happens all of the time.  Human beings build barriers between ourselves and tragedies that are far away.  That way they don’t seem so real.  But when it happens close to home (or in your home), you can’t build a barrier against that.  It gets through, it gets in, and you have to deal with it.

So…the ladies were having a conversation, and the subject turned to what could they do to help.  Remember, this was the mid-80’s, and a lot of women still lived with domestic violence in silence.  There weren’t separate shelter’s for women (if there were, there weren’t enough).  If you left home, and you had no family, where was there to go??  You could call an agency, and they would tell you to leave, but they couldn’t answer “to where?”.  You couldn’t take your kids to a homeless shelter.  You had heard the stories, of beatings, rape, and even murder that happened there.  You couldn’t go to a friends house, they had their own problems, besides he would find you anyway.  No…it was better to stay where you were.  At least you knew where the “bad” was coming from here. 

Back to the friends… they talked about donating money, food, clothes.  Maybe they even did, at first.  But it didn’t feel like enough, not nearly enough.  There had to be something more that they could do. Somebody said something about getting organized, and offering to help people as they needed it.  Somebody else offered to set up in a spare bedroom, upstairs in her house.  How much room would they need anyway? Well then came the subject of a name.  They had to be called something. From somewhere came the name of “Artemis, the goddess protector of the vulnerable, of women and children”. Continue reading ‘Artemis Center for Alternatives to Domestic Violence’


Way To Go Chris!!!!

Group aids search efforts to bring closure for families

South Park-based nonprofit organization VIASAR analyzes aerial photographs to help recover bodies.

Staff Writer

Sunday, April 20, 2008

When a fisherman off the coast of Maine went overboard last fall and his empty boat was discovered later in a cove, search-and-rescue teams exhausted their efforts trying to find the man’s body.

That’s when volunteers pitched in, including a team of imagery analysts and engineers from the Dayton area, to renew the search with aerial photographs. The high-resolution photos were sent to Chris Rowley, Kevin Culli and John DeWeese, all Dayton area defense contractors, who then put to civilian use their many years of experience analyzing military surveillance images.

Rowley, 41, was inspired to organize VIASAR — Volunteer Imagery Analysts for Search and Rescue — a year ago after he assisted in the search for the body of his cousin’s 17-year-old son, who had fallen from a bridge into Maine’s Penobscot Bay.

Giving closure to grieving families is the organization’s goal.

With recent advances in computer imaging and high-resolution photography, Rowley says it’s time to bring search-and-rescue operations into the digital age.

“Very few are using aircraft, and even fewer aerial photographs,” he said.

While observers in planes can often miss details, digital photographs can be taken from planes over wide areas, then sent to computers anywhere in the world, where analysts can magnify, enhance and inspect the images with trained eyes.

For now, VIASAR is based in the attic office of Rowley’s South Park home, where he uses his dual-screen computer to coordinate the work of 15 image analysts here, across the country and in Germany. But he has high hopes of growing the nonprofit organization into an international network of hundreds of volunteer analysts using the latest imaging and analysis equipment.

Rowley says his group would like to gain access to fiber optic lines that would speed their work, allowing them to distribute photos for analysis in minutes rather than hours. Down the road, they also might be able to operate Unmanned Airborne Vehicles for taking their own photos. Currently, they must rely on volunteer photographers including those at the Down East Medical Institute in Maine.

Rowley, who has dedicated VIASAR to the memory of his cousin’s son, is upbeat about its future. “These things will come, as long as we are vigilant.”



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