Saint Peter’s University Hosts Forum on Domestic Violence

Saint Peter’s University is using their voice to speak out against the issue of domestic violence. The Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership at Saint Peter’s recently hosted an empowerment forum, “Women Standing Against Domestic Violence.” During a time when women are speaking out about violence and sexual harassment, Saint Peter’s is adding to the conversation by having a discussion on the effects of domestic violence and what different organizations are doing to support women in these vulnerable situations.

The panel began with a presentation of some startling statistics to get the conversation going. It was noted that “every nine seconds a women is beaten or assaulted; one in four women will be victims of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes; three women are murdered in the U.S. every day by a current or former male partner.” These statistics set the scene as various women told their stories of domestic violence. They shared the struggle and pain they endured while at the same time still loving their partner. The cycle of abuse is a difficult one to break and these women came out of their situations stronger than before.

There was then a panel discussion featuring various leaders of organizations that all seek to support women and families in vulnerable situations. For example, WomenRising is an organization in Jersey City that “supports women and families from crisis to self-sufficiency by providing domestic violence services, permanent housing, workforce development, and several others necessary services. “Women Standing Against Domestic Violence” was an event that helped build awareness of domestic violence and empowered those to spread the word and support these women.

To read more about “Women Standing Against Domestic Violence,” visit Saint Peter’s news.

Georgian Court University Partners with Local Police for Teddy Bear Service Project

Georgian Court University took part in domestic violence awareness month by partnering with the local Lakewood Police Department. They came together to stuff 190 toy animals for Teddy Bears for Tykes, “a service project to help reduce trauma suffered by children exposed to violence abuse and other traumatic incidents.” The event was sponsored by the Student Government Association in order to “address early trauma, both physical and mental, especially for young people. A stuffed animal can really help with emotional trauma. If children are panicking or upset, giving them a small stuffed animal to hug is something to comfort them.”

Lakewood Police Officers are thankful for this initiative by Georgian as it will help them when they deal with traumatic situations that involve children. The stuffed toys “give them something that they can give to the kids to comfort them and lift them up a little. Maybe they just witnessed something no child should see, and this will help make their situation a little easier.”

To read more about this initiative by Georgian University, click here.

Edgewood Colleges receives Grant for Violence Prevention

Congratulations to Edgewood College! Edgewood recently received a grant of nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice. The funds “will be used to support ongoing efforts to enhance prevention of, awareness of, and the response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking on campus.” The college is partnering with the Rape Crisis Center, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, UnityPoint Meriter, and the Madison Police Department. Through this partnership the community will create a Coordinated Community Response Team. This group will “enhance mandatory dating violence prevention education for all incoming students; provide training for campus safety officers, hearing officers, faculty and staff;” as well as several other initiatives.

Dr. Scott Flanagan, President of Edgewood College said, “Edgewood College has a long-standing commitment to creating a learning environment free from violence of all types. We are grateful for the support of the Department of Justice and our community partners, and we are excited about the opportunity to advance our work in this important area.”

To read more about the grant received by Edgewood College, view Edgewood news.