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Domestic Violence Awareness

Community Block Party: a show of support for survivors

Kicking off Awareness Month with free block party that honors community collaboration October is Domestic Violence awareness month. Among other outreach events, the Unity House Domestic Violence Services program will host a Community Block Party. This free event will take place on Saturday, October 9th on Union Street in Troy, NY. Union Street is adjacent… more

It takes generations of heart to make pizza so delicious

Rocco DeFazio puts his heart in to everything he does Whether it’s the signature DeFazio’s pizza that is a Troy treasure, or the annual stickball tournament for kids at Joseph’s House, Rocco doesn’t do anything half way. So it was not too much of a surprise when Rocco reached out to Unity House with an… more

Domestic Violence Services: There when you need them

Help is Always Available Unity House’s Domestic Violence Services Program does A LOT. They have a residential and non-residential program that collaborates with community partners to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence; they offer free legal services to low-income residents of Rensselaer County; they have support groups, cell phones; help with issues around… more

Kayla Treanor: Champion on the field and off

In the world of women’s lacrosse Kayla Treanor is a leader: as a player on the field, as a coach on the sidelines. Kayla is also an advocate for people in need. This summer Kayla will play the sport she loves while being part of a team that champions the civic good. Kayla is playing… more

Employee Spotlight

People who help make life better Totia Harris always knew she wanted to help people, she just wasn’t sure how that would take shape. It was as a student at Russel Sage that she first connected with Unity House and found where she could make an impact.   As part of her research for a… more

Unity House Awarded Grant

Abuse of animals seen as bridge crime Perhaps you are familiar with the link: people who harm animals are more likely to harm people. In the case of beloved pets in households where there is domestic violence, the link is very personal. Abusers can use the threat of harm to a pet as leverage to… more

Domestic Violence Services Program Planning 2nd Annual Conference

October will mark Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention Month Unity House’s Domestic Violence Services Program will host a web-based conference on the topic of domestic violence. For the month of October, there will be a different webinar each Thursday, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Topics will be varied and may include: Trafficking in the… more

Summer Programming for Teens & Young Adults

Domestic Violence Services Team offers resources for Teens In a time of pandemic, the long hot summer can loom large for teens, especially for those who aren’t able to work. What might spell boredom for teens spells opportunity for Unity House’s Domestic Violence (DV) Services program. The program has long been known for their extensive… more

New! Texting & Web Chat offer additional avenues of support

Hotlines Save Lives No doubt you are already familiar with Unity House’s 24 Hour Hotline for victims of domestic violence. People or their loved ones with questions about domestic violence can call the hotline at any time for help with dating or domestic abuse. In the decades the hotline has been available, it’s been a… more

Help for Victims of Domestic Violence

Resources for victims of intimate partner violence more important now than ever The spread of coronavirus in the Capital Region has meant organizations like Unity House have had to change their ways of meeting the needs of people who come to them for help. At Unity House’s Domestic Violence Services program, the team hasn’t missed… more

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