Education and Prevention
Programs are provided to a wide range of audiences, from pre-school children to senior citizens. Domestic Abuse Services customizes these programs to suit the age group and special interests of the particular audience. In-service training is also provided to law enforcement and medical professionals to ensure that they are informed about and sensitive to issues concerning domestic violence. To schedule a training session, or to have someone speak to your audience, or for additional information contact Meredith Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” in October 1981 conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level.
In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989 the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has passed every year since.
YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services produces a number of events during October. All are free and open to the Greenwich community. There are guest speakers who discuss domestic violence; a “Candlelight Vigil” to honor those who died, to celebrate survivors, and to honor volunteerism; and an art exhibit themed around stopping the violence.
YNet Teen Dating Violence Prevention
YNet is a group of dedicated Greenwich High School students who partner with YWCA Greenwich to prevent teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships by educating peers and the greater community. In past years, the YWCA YNet program has trained hundreds of volunteers to educate thousands of students.
Helping a Friend in Need
Many who are abused are both embarrassed and frightened to talk about what is happening to them. They feel manipulated, unwanted, and isolated. They also may need to hear from a friend.
If you suspect that someone you know is in an unhealthy relationship, it is important that you try to initiate a dialogue. You may be surprised at the positive difference a conversation can mean.
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Abuse is never your fault. You have a right to feel safe in your relationship, and you deserve to live your life free from abuse. YWCA Greenwich can help.