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October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month shines a light on a serious issue

Unity HouseProgram Invites Community In for Inaugural Conference

Unity House’s Domestic Violence Services Program will host with The Sage Colleges a conference on the issue of domestic violence. Slated for October 24th at the Troy campus of The Sage Colleges, the aim of the conference is to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence and highlight the resources available when addressing the issue, discuss the needs of survivors, and promote the community collaborations needed to end domestic violence.

The conference will feature two keynote speakers and offer workshops throughout the day. The morning will focus on Break the Cycle, a nationwide agency dedicated to educating young people ages 12-24 on building healthy relationships and creating a culture without abuse. The afternoon keynote address will be from New York State’s Office of Prevention of Domestic Violence, which will present on the serious issue of strangulation and what it means. Workshops will be led by, among others, the Albany County Crime Victims Unit, The Sage Colleges, Lethality and Risk Reduction, and The Brain Institute. Workshops will focus on topics such as intimate partner abuse, Title IX, risk reduction, and traumatic brain injury.

Those interested in participating in the conference as a provider or community collaborator can contact Unity House’s Sarah McGaughnea at (518) 274-2607.

For guest attendees, please check back in September for event registration.

When people in unhealthy relationships feel supported by the community, they are more likely to make a change for the better.

Block Party Planned to Shine a Light on Serious Issue

The issue of domestic and dating abuse is a serious one that requires collaboration to effectively support victims of domestic violence. A fun-filled block party might seem incongruent when addressing such a serious issue, but to Unity House’s Domestic Violence Services program, it’s a great way to not only shine a light on the issue but also to serve as a beacon of hope for those who may be suffering in silence. Through fun games, music, and a resource fair, the block party will bring together many community stakeholders at this free event, slated for Saturday, October 5th.

Please check in to our event and social media pages in the Fall for more details.

Interested in having a speaker talk to your group about the topic? Have you considered sponsoring an event that promotes awareness about the issue of domestic violence? Call us for a conversation at (518) 274-2607 x4133.