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Reflections on NYSCADV’s 2024 Legislative Day of Action: Ensuring the Needs of Domestic Violence Survivors are Attained

The National Week of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls/Peoples (MMIWG/P) is observed from May 1 to May 7. This week is an opportunity to raise awareness and take action to recognize the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The National Day of Awareness on May 5 is a day to honor the lives of those who were abducted or murdered and to acknowledge the staggering number of cases that remain unsolved.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. NYSCADV celebrates the diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of the AAPI community. We stand in solidarity with advocates and organizations working to dismantle oppression and promote inclusivity and justice.

As Mental Health Awareness Month unfolds this May, NYSCADV recognizes the intricate relationship between mental health and domestic violence. Our mental well-being profoundly influences every facet of our lives, from our connections with others to our professional endeavors and overall sense of fulfillment. Yet, domestic violence intertwines with these matters, creating a complex tapestry of challenges.

Formerly recognized as Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month, this month-long campaign aims to spotlight simple yet impactful actions that can transform the lives of children by bolstering families and communities. At the heart of child abuse prevention lies the mission to dismantle barriers to healthy parenting. Individuals demonstrate a collective commitment to support and nurture every child's well-being by actively engaging with families in their communities. Throughout April, our partners at Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY) spearheads a crucial initiative: Family Strength and Support Month.

In April, NYSCADV acknowledges Financial Literacy Month, emphasizing the profound link between financial literacy, economic empowerment, and the harsh reality of domestic violence. Nearly every case of domestic abuse involves some form of financial manipulation. Abusers exert control by limiting access to finances, ensnaring victims in a cycle of dependence and fear.

Sexual assault is a pervasive issue in our communities. It does not exist in isolation but is part of a larger context and culture of violence in the United States and around the globe.
This April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) recognizes that it will take ending all forms of oppression to end sexual harassment, assault, and abuse. The theme of Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2024 is “Building Connected Communities.” Building Connected Communities helps us reduce the likelihood of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment in our communities. Any space where people come together is a community, whether in neighborhoods, workplaces, campuses, organizations, or online spaces.
NYSCADV remains committed to working alongside our sister coalitions, the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA,) the Seven Dancers Coalition, and our state partners and allies to address and prevent sexual assault in our communities and address the systems of oppression such as racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, and ableism contribute to higher sexual harassment, assault, and abuse rates.

On February 28th more than 100 advocates and survivors from around the state came together to demand full funding for victim services and living wages for domestic violence advocates. Our voices were loud and strong as we chanted, marched, and held meetings with members of the Governor’s office and legislators. Our goal is to ensure that the NYS budget includes $134.4 million to cover the federal shortfall in Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding so that DV programs and other victim services organizations can continue to support survivors.

The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence's annual membership meeting convened on Monday, March 4, 2024, drawing over 100 attendees representing primary purpose domestic violence programs, New York State Agency Representatives, and allies.

February marks the 14th anniversary of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), a dedicated effort to shed light on an issue affecting 1 in 3 teens in the United States. This annual observance aims to raise public awareness about teen dating violence and focuses on primary prevention strategies to stop dating violence before it starts.

NYSCADV announces the launch of "a new podcast, Voices Against Violence: Advocacy in Focus"

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October 1st marks the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)! As we embark on this month-long journey, we're reminded of the strength of uniting to address a critical issue affecting countless lives.

September marks National Self-Care Awareness Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the tireless efforts of advocates and programs dedicated to supporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and crime. Advocates work diligently to provide survivors with essential services while prioritizing their self-care and well-being. Acknowledging their challenges and establishing healthy habits to sustain their work and themselves is crucial.

July is BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to recognize the unique challenges and experiences faced by BIPOC individuals regarding mental health. As we observe this month, it is important to highlight the intersections of domestic violence and BIPOC mental health.

Continuing our journey towards affirming, inclusive, and accessible services for LGBTQIA+ survivors across New York State, this week’s resources focus on organizational assessments and assessment tools. Assessment tools help service providers ensure that the needs of survivors with the most barriers to service are considered and prioritized. There is no question that endeavoring in any type of assessment process is a huge undertaking, resulting in both highlights and areas of concern, but continuous reflection is critical to intentional and authentic change. Here are a few resources to start your assessment journey.

Pride month is also a reminder of progress in the fight for equality. From Stonewall to the Supreme Court, the LGBTQIA+ community has and continues to organize, campaign, and mobilize to not only change policies but ensure that every LGBTQIA+ person can lead true and authentic lives.

From parades and festivals to community organizing and mobilizing, June is Pride month- a joyful celebration of LGBTQIA+ rights, voices, stories, and experiences. Pride month is a time when the spaces are crafted where people can bring their whole selves and proudly declare I AM HERE. It’s a time when power is built through community, the kind of power that can only be created through acceptance and togetherness that embraces the resilience of past and present.

Celebrated annually during the month of June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. It is a time to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride, the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community and to demonstrate equal rights.

Throughout June, NYSCADV will engage in virtual activities to increase public awareness and education about LGBTQ and domestic violence, including weekly blog posts on Fridays featuring resources, best practices, webinars, and other materials for dv programs used.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and informed the enslaved African Americans in the area that they were free. This news came two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. However, due to various reasons, it had not been fully enforced in Texas until General Granger’s arrival.

National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM), which occurs each January, is an annual call to action to recognize and respond to this serious crime.

The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) is providing economic empowerment grants to Brighter Tomorrows, Inc., The Retreat Inc., Sakhi for South Asian Women, and Catholic Charities Herkimer County Domestic Violence Program to support survivors of financial abuse. NYSCADV received funding for the fourth year in a row through the Allstate Foundation’s “Moving Ahead” program.

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month! We are thrilled to have guest bloggers, James Young and Geoff Peckman of Queery, author our June article in recognition of Pride Month.

Check out the blog to learn more about the connection between the LGBTQ+ community and violence prevention/awareness efforts and identify ways that you can help raise awareness and advance important conversations during Pride Month.

The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) condemns the attacks in Buffalo this past weekend. As an organization that has worked for more than 40 years to prevent and stop violence, we are devastated and outraged by this senseless act of violence targeting Black communities. We grieve with and send our condolences to the families and loved ones of Roberta Drury, Margus Morrison, Andre Mackniel, Aaron Salter, Geraldine Talley, Celestine Chaney, Heyward Patterson, Katherine Massey, Pearl Young, and Ruth Whitfield and their communities.

This April, NYSCADV recognizes Financial Literacy Month and the role that finances often play in domestic violence. Nearly all cases of domestic violence involve financial abuse. Abusers prevent access to money or other financial resources to maintain power and control over victims, often making it more difficult for a victim to leave an abusive relationship.

The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) is providing economic empowerment grants to Brighter Tomorrows, Inc., Korean-American Family Service Center, and The Retreat Inc. to support survivors of financial abuse. NYSCADV received funding for the third year in a row through the Allstate Foundation’s “Moving Ahead” program.

We believe it is time for Governor Cuomo to step down, and more broadly, that the NY State Legislature take the responsibility to enact the proper systemic response to hold him accountable for his actions.

Through the donation Uber will provide around 1,000 free rides to assist victims seeking support services or fleeing violent situations in New York

NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2020 Annual Report

“The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence stands with all New Yorkers who have experienced sexual harassment. Sexual overtones, innuendos, and unwelcome and inappropriate behavior have no place in our workplaces. In addition, we believe all who use power and control to mistreat others must be held accountable, regardless of their stature in the community.”

As we turned the calendar on the New Year, we breathed a collective sigh of relief that 2020 was finally behind us. Yet only six days into the new year, we were forced again to navigate horrific and deeply disturbing events. The attack on the Capitol leaves us unnerved, saddened, and angry. As an organization that has worked for more than 40 years to prevent and stop violence, NYSCADV condemns the January 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol and other locations around the country, including the NYS Capitol in Albany. We call for accountability of all who were complicit.

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It is almost Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
We prepared a calendar of events and campaigns for you to participate in raising awareness about domestic violence. Follow this link and check out what is happening in your area.

Read about LGBTQI Pride Month, Elderly Abuse Awareness Month, new resources, upcoming training, and policy updates.

Leaving an abuser can be one of the most dangerous times for a victim. But if you have a pet, leaving is even harder. In a variety of surveys of domestic violence survivors, between 49 percent and 86 percent reported that their pets had been threatened, harmed, or killed by their partners.

In 2018, NYSCADV conducted 39 trainings and events, reaching approximately 1,879 advocates and victim service providers from around the state and nation. Download our annual report.

Women's History Month, Brain Injury Awareness Month, NYSCADV's upcoming events and training... The NYSCADV Update

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