Community Cares: Who’s Responsible?

I recently signed up to receive The Breathe Network’s e-newsletter.  In it I found a wonderful article by Molly Boeder Harris, founder of The Breathe Network. The article is profound on many levels and I encourage you to check it out in it’s entirety:  When The Rape Myth Is Your Reality Below I’ve excerpted one…

Community Cares: The World Cup and Domestic Violence

Similar concerns arise around our American Super Bowl. Any time when emotions are high can be dangerous for a woman experiencing Domestic Violence. Thanks to the creators / producers of this video. Raise awareness and promote peace!

Belated Happy 2014!

The new year is off to a slow start for us.  January brought bitter cold to northern New England.  There have been several days when the temperature didn’t get above zero.  After a brief warm up, we are back in the negative and single digits.   January also brought a slight flu early in the month…

Community Cares: Vermont Victim Assistance Academy

Last Thursday and Friday I attended the Vermont Victim Assistance Academy.  They offer three sessions each year and this was the one on interpersonal violence ~ specifically domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.  It was an intense and in-depth two-day training.  There were no long breaks, leisurely lunches, or getting out early at this…

Amy’s Story

This is a short version of the 45 minute documentary “Telling Amy’s Story.” For Domestic Violence Awareness Month our local community domestic violence program (Women Helping Battered Women, Burlington, VT) is offering a screening and discussion of the full length documentary. Due to other commitments I am not able to attend the screening, but I…

Community Cares: NO MORE

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Communities throughout the country are holding speak-outs and candlelight vigils.  In Vermont there have been a couple of high profile domestic homicides in the past few months.  We remember the victims even as we pledge to work against this senseless violence so, one day, there will be NO MORE…

Jackson Katz Ted Talk

Check out this great video on gender leadership and shifting the paradigm of how we think about ‘women’s issues’. It is a great way to spend 20 minutes today!

In The News: Yay for the VAWA

Last week President Barack Obama reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act.  It was a long time in coming, but it has happened and I celebrate!  The VAWA was initially signed into law in 1994.  The current re-authorization is for five years and expands protections for illegal immigrants, tribal members and the LGBTQ community.   Read more…

Community Cares: Vermont Crisis Worker Certification

In mid-February I attended a two day training offered through H.O.P.E. Works.  H.O.P.E. Works’ mission is to end sexual violence through healing, outreach, prevention, and empowerment.  The 20 hour training is described as “H.O.P.E. Works Enthusiast Training” and the end result is certification as a crisis worker in Vermont.  See my certificate! Sixty people attended…

A Piece of My Story: Legislative Forum Part 2

You may recall that last year I participated in a Legislative Forum for the Chittenden County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force and KidSafe Collaborative.  I spoke as a survivor and told the story of my experience of assault and sexual violence.  I shared about it here. I am still so glad I did it,…

In The News: TED Talks

I recently discovered TED Talks.  (I know, I am behind the times!)  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, but since it’s founding in 1984 it’s scope has broadened.  Here is a link to an amazing TED talk by Leslie Morgan Steiner, a strong, professional woman and survivor of domestic violence.   (The video is about 15…

Random Musings: Still Waiting

Politics is not the primary focus of this blog.  Rather, we focus on healing, strength and wholeness in the face of PTSD and sexual and domestic violence, with a special focus on canine partnerships.  Still, I can’t believe that our government has not reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act.   Really?  We are still waiting?  Why? …