domestic violence https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png domestic violence https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Fri, 19 Apr 2024 04:46:49 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:21:00 -0500 Hawley advances legislative solutions to deal with domestic violence https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/hawley-advances-legislative-solutions-to-deal-with-domestic-violence/509534

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Press release:

As a result of a series of statewide regional forums hosted by members of the Assembly Republican Conference, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) today spoke at a press conference in Albany on legislative solutions to combat domestic violence. The full report and all its recommendations have been made public.

The full report, A Safe Haven: Helping Abuse Victims and Enhancing Protections, can be found here.

“Domestic violence is a grave issue that has irrevocable consequences for families and society as a whole,” Hawley said. “I had the opportunity to host one of our conference’s forums in Batavia, and the testimony and information we received was both concerning and valuable.

"This is a complex issue, but after talking with law enforcement, advocates, victims and those on the frontlines around the state, I believe these recommendations will go very far in preventing domestic violence and helping victims feel safe again.”

Some of the recommendations outlined in the report include:

  • Providing financial assistance and relief to victims seeking alternative housing or living in a shelter to escape their abuse;
  • Declaring domestic violence a statewide public health crisis;
  • Creation of a new “Domestic Violence in the Presence of a Child” crime with harsher penalties for abusers;
  • Allowing domestic violence victims to obtain emergency panic buttons through local law enforcement or social services; and
  • Freeing up law enforcement to arrest more abusers and keep victims safe.
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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/hawley-advances-legislative-solutions-to-deal-with-domestic-violence/509534#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/hawley-advances-legislative-solutions-to-deal-with-domestic-violence/509534 Jan 23, 2018, 5:21pm domestic violence Hawley advances legislative solutions to deal with domestic violence Howard Owens <p></p><div class="align-left"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2018-01/hawleydomvio2018.jpg?itok=SiNhS314" width="200" height="253" alt="hawleydomvio2018.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <em>Press release:</em> <p>As a result of a series of statewide regional forums hosted by members of the Assembly Republican Conference, Assemblyman&nbsp;Steve&nbsp;Hawley&nbsp;(R,C,I-Batavia) today spoke at a press conference in Albany on legislative solutions to combat domestic violence. The full report and all its recommendations have been made public.</p> <p>The full report,&nbsp;</p>
Ranzenhofer announces $25,000 for domestic violence services https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/ranzenhofer-announces-25000-for-domestic-violence-services/438585 Press release:

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today announced $25,000 in state funding to support domestic violence crisis and prevention services at the YWCA of Genesee County.

“Victims of domestic violence don’t have to live in fear. Support, counseling and other helpful resources are available at the YWCA of Genesee County, and I am proud to provide the financial support for these important services. Together, we are working to end domestic abuse,” Ranzenhofer said.

YWCA’s staff worked with more than 700 domestic violence victims last year and is on track to serve about the same number this year.

“These victims’ lives are often uprooted due to domestic abuse, and they need to abandon all that is familiar to them, including their home, neighborhood and job,” said Assistant Executive Director Joanne Beck.

“Thanks to this grant from Senator Ranzenhofer, we will be able to ramp up our efforts to meet and work with other service agencies to provide the most well-rounded care and minimize further trauma to these victims.”

YWCA’s Coordinated Community Response efforts include establishing strong working relationships with other providers, such as law enforcement, the court system, fire departments and urgent care, in order to respond quickly and appropriately in times of any domestic violence crisis.

Grant funds will also be used for YWCA’s Prevention Education curriculum, which is presented to every school district in Genesee County. The course focuses on healthy versus unhealthy relationships and involves the characteristics of each, related activities and an overview of the programs and services available at YWCA.

Prevention education materials are distributed to students to share YWCA’s Care+Crisis Helpline number, which can be accessed via phone and text at (585) 344-4400, Live Chat at www.ywcagenesee.org or call toll-free at (844) 345-4400.

About Domestic Violence Crisis & Prevention Services at YWCA of Genesee County YWCA of Genesee County is the sole provider of domestic violence services, including safe shelter, for victims in Genesee County. YWCA USA is the largest provider of these services across the country. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment at our main site, 301 North St., Batavia, or through a 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (585) 343-7513. Walk-ins are welcome during the above designated hours.

Services include:
• Assistance with getting orders of protection, going to court and filing custody and support petitions;
• One-on-one counseling about aspects of an unhealthy relationship and making a safety plan for leaving an unhealthy relationship;
• Information and referral for community services;
• Support and self-esteem groups; and
• Transitional support for those in need of safe housing.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/ranzenhofer-announces-25000-for-domestic-violence-services/438585#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/ranzenhofer-announces-25000-for-domestic-violence-services/438585 Oct 23, 2017, 3:34pm domestic violence Ranzenhofer announces $25,000 for domestic violence services Billie Owens <p>Press release:</p> <p>State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today announced&nbsp;$25,000 in&nbsp;state funding to support domestic violence crisis and prevention&nbsp;services at the YWCA of Genesee County.</p> <p>“Victims of domestic violence don’t have to live in fear. Support,&nbsp;counseling and other helpful resources are available at the YWCA of&nbsp;Genesee County, and I am proud</p>
Community discusses domestic violence with assemblymen https://www.thebatavian.com/maria-pericozzi/community-discusses-domestic-violence-with-assemblymen/402172
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Victims of domestic violence, community-based domestic violence experts, representatives from nonprofit organizations, and members of the community gathered Tuesday night at the YWCA to raise questions and address concerns.

The regional event was hosted by Assemblyman Steve Hawley and included members of the New York State Assembly Minority Steering Committee.

“There is one overwhelming thing we all agree on, whether we’re from Downstate, Long Island, the city, North Country or Western New York,” Assemblyman Hawley said. “We all agree that there is a huge issue that used to be hidden, but is no longer hidden. It’s domestic violence.”

Assemblyman Al Graf showed the attendees a stack of “really stupid bills” that they had for domestic abuse, one of which included having victims wear an ankle bracelet monitor to track the victims.

Graf said they are hoping to continue to use technology to their advantage to come up with a better solution than an ankle bracelet monitor for victims.

“An alert button that would notify the police that a domestic violence alert button was sounded and here is the location,” Graf said. “That’s one of the things we’re looking at.”

Most panic buttons are inside homes, which won’t help, if the victim is not in their home, Graf said.

Assemblyman Joseph Giglio asked an attendee and survivor of domestic violence, “How would we protect you when your abuser gets out of jail?”

“The panic button alert system is something I would be comfortable with,” she said. “A name change, anything, so that I don’t exist anymore.”

Some communities use Justice Centers, which has everything that would be needed under one roof, providing services to get families back on their feet after the trauma. Graf said it would provide a one-stop shop.

Jeanne Walton, the executive director of the YWCA of Genesee County in Batavia, said they serve 30-40 individuals with domestic violence issues annually and what they could do with more resources for people would be unbelievable.

“If you gave us $75,000 tomorrow, we could set up a justice center right now in this room,” Walton said.

Walton said there needs to be a unified front for domestic abuse issues. Having counseling, education, and other services all under one roof is a start.

Diane Watts, of Shelby, spoke about her personal experiences and beliefs that there should be education in schools to stop it before it starts.

Watts shot and killed her abuser in 2002, after being a victim of domestic abuse for years. She was later found not guilty by reason of justification. She said the family of her abuser is into the sixth generation of abusers.

“You’ve got to find some way to stop that cycle,” Watts said. “We need to get it into the schools, we need to get it into the churches, and we need to get it anywhere we can to stop that cycle.”

Walton said the YWCA has been in the schools for the last two years, speaking to students during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“We went to every school in the county except one last year, and just about all of them the year before,” Walton said. “It was groundbreaking, the effect it had on people. Dedicating funding for that would be tremendous.”

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Assemblyman Steve Hawley, left, and Assemblyman Al Graf with some "really stupid bills" from his filing cabinet.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/maria-pericozzi/community-discusses-domestic-violence-with-assemblymen/402172#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/maria-pericozzi/community-discusses-domestic-violence-with-assemblymen/402172 Sep 20, 2017, 2:38pm domestic violence Community discusses domestic violence with assemblymen mpericoz_209552 <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/209552/2017-09/img_2812.jpg?itok=0B69Tnzp" width="460" height="307" alt="img_2812.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Victims of domestic violence, community-based domestic violence experts, representatives from nonprofit organizations, and members of the community gathered Tuesday night at the YWCA to raise questions and address concerns.</p> <p>The regional event was&nbsp;hosted by Assemblyman Steve Hawley and included members of the New York State Assembly Minority Steering Committee.</p> <p>“There</p>
Regional forum on domestic violence and its impact to be held at YWCA on Sept. 19 https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/regional-forum-on-domestic-violence-and-its-impact-to-be-held-at-ywca-on-sept-19/393455 Press release:

The consequences of domestic violence can last a lifetime. It is an epidemic that affects individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race or religion. It takes place in many forms – physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse – and the results are devastating. For that reason, the Assembly Minority Conference Steering Committee has been tasked to address the complex issues involved in the prevention of, and response to, domestic violence in New York communities.

The committee will hold regional forums focused on identifying gaps in services and programs for domestic violence victims, enhancing and creating pathways which ensure greater safety for victims and ensuring law enforcement measures are in place to hold abusers accountable. The third event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the YWCA of Genesee County, 301 North St., Batavia.

“Domestic violence is a scourge that affects the lives of its victims forever. We must employ every tool to combat its devastating impact and protect those who have suffered under its oppressive grasp,” said Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia). ”By hosting this event, those impacted by domestic violence and those who work to prevent it can open up a dialogue and search together for new, innovative ways to mitigate domestic violence for its countless victims.”

Representatives from nonprofit service providers, community-based domestic violence experts, law enforcement and the criminal justice system have been invited to attend and provide testimony. Additionally, the committee will welcome written and/or oral testimony from families and those with firsthand experience of the tragic devastation domestic violence can inflict. 

“Domestic violence continues to tragically impact families across the state. As a former police officer, I have seen firsthand the toll these incidents can cause,” said Assemblyman Al Graf (R,C,I,Ref-Holbrook). “We must remain committed to a comprehensive approach which provides victims with the necessary tools and support to escape dangerous situations and holds abusers accountable for their gross actions.”

“Every day, victims of domestic abuse are forced to live in fear, suffer debilitating anxiety and face uncertainty about the well-being of themselves and their loved ones. This is simply unacceptable,” said Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda) Steering Committee Chairman.

“These forums will provide an opportunity to gather information about what is and isn’t working from all stakeholders involved, including those in law enforcement, the criminal justice system and community support programs. We want to help make our communities safer by providing greater protections for victims of domestic abuse and enacting policies that further prevent these situations from occurring.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/regional-forum-on-domestic-violence-and-its-impact-to-be-held-at-ywca-on-sept-19/393455#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/regional-forum-on-domestic-violence-and-its-impact-to-be-held-at-ywca-on-sept-19/393455 Sep 12, 2017, 11:37am domestic violence Regional forum on domestic violence and its impact to be held at YWCA on Sept. 19 Billie Owens <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>The consequences of domestic violence can last a lifetime. It is an epidemic that affects individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race or religion. It takes place in many forms – physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse – and the results are devastating</p>
YWCA receives donation to assist domestic violence program https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/ywca-receives-donation-to-assist-domestic-violence-program/204632
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Lawley Genesee staff members Sherri Wahr, Beth George, Lori Crandall and Lisa Barie deliver a bounty of gifts to YWCA of Genesee County as a yearly effort to add some joy to a family affected by domestic violence that served by YWCA. The nonprofit has served more than 680 new domestic violence victims so far this year and is extremely thankful for the generosity of Lawley Genesee to brighten the lives of those impacted by domestic abuse, Executive Director Jeanne Walton says.

Photo and info submitted by Joanne Beck, YWCA.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/ywca-receives-donation-to-assist-domestic-violence-program/204632#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/ywca-receives-donation-to-assist-domestic-violence-program/204632 Dec 23, 2016, 10:52am domestic violence YWCA receives donation to assist domestic violence program Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2016-12/img_0449.jpeg?itok=t3OdZ6ki" width="320" height="240" alt="img_0449.jpeg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Lawley Genesee staff members Sherri Wahr, Beth George, Lori Crandall and Lisa Barie deliver a bounty of gifts to YWCA of Genesee County as a yearly effort to add some joy to a family affected by domestic violence that&nbsp;served by YWCA. The nonprofit has served more than 680 new domestic</p>
YWCA of Genesee County expands outreach to provide free services to domestic violence clients https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/ywca-of-genesee-county-expands-outreach-to-provide-free-services-to-domestic-violence Press release:

YWCA of Genesee County has expanded into four areas of Genesee County as part of its ongoing effort to provide free services to domestic violence clients.

Beginning Dec. 1, Domestic Violence Liaison Amanda Bow will be at town halls in Bergen, Byron, Pavilion and Darien on designated days throughout the week. She will be at these satellite sites through June of 2017.

“This prevents people from having to travel farther from their home towns to obtain domestic-violence-related services,” Bow said. “Many of these sites may be within walking distance and be more accessible than our Batavia facility. Services are open to any Genesee County resident, and even if someone does not live here, I can refer them to resources in their own county of residence.”

She can assist victims and survivors of domestic violence with orders of protection, one-on-one counseling, crisis intervention, court accompaniment, safety planning and arrangements for safe housing.

This project was made possible with a grant from the Ursula Forem Domestic Violence Program Employment Fellowship program through the state Office of the Prevention of Domestic Violence. Objectives include an expansion of services to underserved areas in Genesee County, a support group each for adults and for children and to build a regional network of related agencies in Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

Services are free and confidential. Appointments are not necessary and walk-ins are welcome. Bow will be available from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. at Bergen Town Hall, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. at Byron Town Hall, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Pavilion Town Hall and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Darien Town Hall.

To schedule an appointment with Amanda Bow, call (585) 813-3175.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/ywca-of-genesee-county-expands-outreach-to-provide-free-services-to-domestic-violence#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/ywca-of-genesee-county-expands-outreach-to-provide-free-services-to-domestic-violence Dec 4, 2015, 11:58am domestic violence YWCA of Genesee County expands outreach to provide free services to domestic violence clients Billie Owens <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>YWCA of Genesee County has expanded into four areas of Genesee County as part of its ongoing effort to provide free services to domestic violence clients.</p> <p>Beginning Dec. 1, Domestic Violence Liaison Amanda Bow will be at town halls in Bergen, Byron, Pavilion and Darien on designated days</p>
Photo: Zonta members organize to assist victims of domestic violence https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photo-zonta-members-organize-to-assist-victims-of-domestic-violence/92134
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Dozens of members of Zonta Club of Genesee County gathered at the Dibble Family Center on Wednesday to stuff care packages with food and household items to give to victims of domestic violence.

Pictured are members of the committee, Ann Marie Brade, Mary Barnard, Beth Kemp, Heather Parker, Rhiannon Hawley, Patti Pacino, Kristen Elkins, and Karen Crittenden.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photo-zonta-members-organize-to-assist-victims-of-domestic-violence/92134#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photo-zonta-members-organize-to-assist-victims-of-domestic-violence/92134 Oct 22, 2015, 2:26pm domestic violence Photo: Zonta members organize to assist victims of domestic violence Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2015-10/zontaoct222015.jpg?itok=DIpGsEeo" width="460" height="307" alt="zontaoct222015.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Dozens of members of Zonta Club of Genesee County gathered at the Dibble Family Center on Wednesday to stuff care packages with food and household items to give to victims of domestic violence.</p> <p>Pictured are members of the committee,&nbsp;Ann Marie Brade, Mary Barnard, Beth Kemp, Heather Parker, Rhiannon Hawley, Patti</p>
Zonta Club seeks money, toiletries and more for project to help 500 local domestic violence victims https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/zonta-club-seeks-money-toiletries-and-more-for-project-to-help-500-local-domestic The Zonta Club of Batavia-Genesee County is assembling personal care packages for victims of domestic violence and is working with the YWCA to distribute 500 bags.

The club is seeking donations to assist in the project. If you could contribute one or more items from the list below, it would be greatly appreciated!

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Dental floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Lotion
  • Hairbrushes/combs/hair accessories
  • Shaving cream
  • Disposable razors
  • Deodorant
  • Journals/pens/pencils
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cotton balls
  • Q-Tips
  • Socks
  • Loofahs
  • Emery boards
  • Nail polish remover

***Volunteers will be assembling the bags at the Dibble Family Center in Batavia from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 21.

You could also opt to make a tax-deductable donation of $50/$100/$150/$200 to help purchase items needed.

Checks can be made payable to:

Zonta Club of Batavia-Genesee County

And mailed to:

Zonta Club of Batavia-Genesee County

C/O Beth Kemp

ZONTA Domestic Violence Bag Project

3977 W. Main Street Road

Batavia NY 14020

 

For more information or to drop off items, contact Beth at 993-7747 or e-mail at  billing@myTshirtsEtc.com

About Zonta International

The nonprofit organization has been empowering women through service and advocacy since its founding in 1919. It seeks to empower women worldwide by improving their legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status at both local and global levels.

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Photos: Steve Tasker leads YWCA's Stiletto & Sneaker Walk https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photos-steve-tasker-leads-ywcas-stiletto-sneaker-walk/83216
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Former Buffalo Bills Special Teams star Steve Tasker kicked off yesterday's Stiletto & Sneaker Walk, a fundraiser and community event aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence. A number of GCC students and athletes, along with some high school athletes, joined in the walk this year.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photos-steve-tasker-leads-ywcas-stiletto-sneaker-walk/83216#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photos-steve-tasker-leads-ywcas-stiletto-sneaker-walk/83216 Oct 2, 2015, 9:46am domestic violence Photos: Steve Tasker leads YWCA's Stiletto & Sneaker Walk Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2015-09/ywcaheelsoct22015.jpg?itok=N3IyTJpN" width="460" height="307" alt="ywcaheelsoct22015.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Former Buffalo Bills Special Teams star Steve Tasker kicked off yesterday's&nbsp;Stiletto &amp; Sneaker Walk, a fundraiser and community event aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence. A number of GCC students and athletes, along with some high school athletes, joined in the walk this year.</p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2015-09/ywcaheelsoct22015-2.jpg?itok=43cjILyf" width="460" height="307" alt="ywcaheelsoct22015-2.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2015-09/ywcaheelsoct22015-3.jpg?itok=-rgjMDso" width="460" height="307" alt="ywcaheelsoct22015-3.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>YWCA Executive Director Jeanne Walton</p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2015-09/ywcaheelsoct22015-4.jpg?itok=RL4ZI-jN" width="460" height="307" alt="ywcaheelsoct22015-4.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2015-09/ywcaheelsoct22015-5.jpg?itok=6jAtzGWt" width="460" height="307" alt="ywcaheelsoct22015-5.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2015-09/ywcaheelsoct22015-6.jpg?itok=sQLWolwa" width="460" height="307" alt="ywcaheelsoct22015-6.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2015-09/ywcaheelsoct22015-7.jpg?itok=i6VSogJ-" width="460" height="307" alt="ywcaheelsoct22015-7.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2015-09/ywcaheelsoct22015-8.jpg?itok=55CyBHg1" width="460" height="307" alt="ywcaheelsoct22015-8.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2015-09/ywcaheelsoct22015-9.jpg?itok=7Qvh-QD0" width="460" height="307" alt="ywcaheelsoct22015-9.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2015-09/ywcaheelsoct22015-10.jpg?itok=F4AdvfO8" width="460" height="307" alt="ywcaheelsoct22015-10.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p>
YWCA gets $11,000 HopeLine grant from Verizon Wireless to help domestic violence victims https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/ywca-gets-11000-hopeline-grant-verizon-wireless-help-domestic-violence-victims/43722 Press release:

YWCA of Genesee County has received a grant for $11,000 thanks to the generosity of the Verizon Wireless HopeLine grant program.

HopeLine's goal is to provide funding for domestic violence organizations as a way to support client services, raise public awareness, train staff or help in other related areas.

YWCA is in the process of developing a transitional program for victims of domestic violence. Its name of "You Engaging Success" means exactly that for victims who want and need to move on from a crisis: success comes through counseling, training and being more secure with social, financial, emotional and physical aspects of life.

"As an organization that strives to empower women, YWCA is the perfect catalyst for change in domestic violence situations. We know that this type of program can offer victims a boost for their self-esteem while providing practical lessons," Executive Director Jeanne Walton said. "We want to offer hope to victims and help them to move on with their lives. You Engaging Success is saying YES to a life free from physical or emotional abuse."

This new program is slated to begin by early 2015. YWCA, a nonprofit agency based in Batavia, has set a goal to raise $100,000 to get it off the ground and flourishing over the next several years. YW's Domestic Violence Crisis & Prevention Services program serves approximately 700 new victims a year. If 10 to 20 people participate in the transitional program each year, that could have a residual effect on hundreds of others who are affected by domestic violence as friends, neighbors, family and coworkers, Walton said.

The new program would not be possible without generous businesses and organizations such as Verizon Wireless, she said.

Domestic violence is, unfortunately, a prevalent issue in our community, said Chris Felix, president of the Verizon Wireless Upstate New York Region.

"It’s organizations like the YWCA that are on the front lines of this issue, working hard every day to make our communities safer," Felix said. "At Verizon Wireless, we’re just fortunate to have some resources available to help organizations like the YWCA do their job. We thank the YWCA for everything they do to support domestic violence survivors in our community."

For more information about YW's programs and services, which also include quality child care and a Summer Adventure Camp for kids, call (585) 343-5808.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/ywca-gets-11000-hopeline-grant-verizon-wireless-help-domestic-violence-victims/43722#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/billie-owens/ywca-gets-11000-hopeline-grant-verizon-wireless-help-domestic-violence-victims/43722 Jul 16, 2014, 3:07pm domestic violence YWCA gets $11,000 HopeLine grant from Verizon Wireless to help domestic violence victims Billie Owens <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>YWCA of Genesee County has received a grant for $11,000 thanks to the generosity of the Verizon Wireless HopeLine grant program.</p> <p>HopeLine's goal is to provide funding for domestic violence organizations as a way to support client services, raise public awareness, train staff or help in other related</p>