domestic violence

Karen DeWitt / WXXI News

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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  Syracuse police arrested more than 1300 people for domestic violence last year...and Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputies took in another 900.  Those are some of the figures that paint the picture in Vera House's annual report to the community on Domestic Violence.  Monday's release of the report focused on the wide range of victims...and growing services to help.

Ben Miller, WAER News

As part of Vera House’s 21st annual White Ribbon Campaign, about 200 people tied white ribbons around poles in downtown Syracuse on Friday to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.

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  Vera House is celebrating its 25th Anniversary of fighting domestic and sexual violence today by allowing survivors to share stories about overcoming their abuse.

Jennifer explained how a period of abuse in her childhood led to decades of confusion and frustration in trying to cope with her experiences. She says she has learned to embrace the title of Survivor with the others that describe her life.

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Syracuse High School athletes are having talks about violence when they are not on the playing field.

The Syracuse School District is working with the local non-profit Vera House on “Coaching Boys into Men”.

It’s a violence prevention program that allows high school coaches to speak with male athletes about things like abusive language, the meaning of consent and accountability.

Nottingham high school football starting center Joseph Bell says he thinks the program will be a great opportunity.

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  People might want to page through the annual report for Vera House just released today...not to find financial or business information, but to find a wider range of services than many people know the offer.  Executive Director Randi Bregman would like to have people broaden their perspective should they ever need any kind of help for themselves, family or friends regarding relationship violence or sexual abuse. 

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