domestic violence

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.

  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.

Chris Bolt/WAER News

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.

  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. 

natalie merchant

As a closing point to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence has sponsored a series of PSA videos.  Singer and songwriter Natalie Merchant appears in the videos as a spokesperson for encouraging people to step up and say something when they suspect abuse.

John Smith / WAER

Vera House released its 24th Annual Report to the Community on Wednesday, providing a snapshot of Domestic and Sexual Violence.  The statistics are disturbing. 

In 2012, The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office and Syracuse Police Department answered more than 18,300 domestic violence calls combined, leading to more than 2,500 perpetrator arrests.