domestic violence

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Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Vera House today to call on senate leadership to allow a vote on the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA.  The legislation expired eight months ago, and the House already passed a five-year extension. 


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A couple of new measures just signed into law by Governor Cuomo hold promise for helping victims of domestic violence report a range of abuse.  One form of control by an abuser is financial schemes.


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A training program is providing observational skills to recognize and spot sexual and relationship violence in bars and restaurants in Armory Square.  The ‘Raise the Bar’ program from Vera House also aims to prevent or stop sexual harassment.


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A Vera House Program is helping bartenders and servers in Syracuse to spot domestic violence and abuse with the ‘Raise the Bar’ program.  The program has been in existence for about a year now. 


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The ongoing debate over reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, in Congress appears to have taken on new meaning in light of the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  Those who advocate on behalf of survivors of sexual assault in Central New York feels lawmaker’s support of a long-term solution will speak volumes about where they stand.

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Disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was known as a long time champion of women’s rights. That’s why leaders of women’s groups are still trying to make sense of the allegations that he was a serial domestic violence abuser. 

Just six months ago, Judy Harris Kluger, who runs an anti domestic violence agency, stood beside Schneiderman, where he announced an agreement with a Brooklyn hospital to longer bill sexual assault survivors for forensic rape examinations.

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Hundreds of people took to Syracuse streets to stand – and march – against domestic violence.  This year’s White Ribbon Campaign awareness event took place against a backdrop of increasing attention on violence and sexual abuse against women.  Syracuse University students Gabrielle La Marco and Brooke Pohle were happy to see so many join in

“Something needs to be done and it makes me so proud that young people came out on this chilly morning, said LaMarco..

Vera House

A night of dinner, live music and dancing will raise funds for Vera House in December as they continue to support people with services who are going through domestic violence.  This year will mark the 26th annual “New Beginnings” GalaThe organization supports victims of domestic violence.  Executive Director Randi Bregman says the event used to be known as “Home for the Holidays.”

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Orange and blue are the colors you normally see on the Syracuse University campus.  But Thursday and for the rest of the month, purple will also be seen both on campus and around Central New York to raise awareness about domestic violence. While the effort ramps up in October, director of the office of health promotion at SU Katelyn Cowen says information and support resources are available year-round.

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More than a hundred supporters rallied and chanted together today in support of Vera House and its efforts to combat domestic and sexual violence. Survivors are telling their stories to illustrate the need for the annual White Ribbon Campaign.

Wanda Marshall found herself a victim of date rape… and faced the trials of domestic violence all on her own.

“When I became a Mary Kay consultant we work in support of Vera House by giving grants to them.  It’s just my way of giving back and helping other women know there is help out there and there is support that they can and will get through it.” 

Today Wanda is a survivor and was proudly dressed in white to support the campaign’s goal to create awareness to the community. 

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