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This is the poster you haven’t seen before

Think  about the domestic violence awareness posters you've seen over the last 30 years. What image comes to mind? A woman with a black eye perhaps?


I often think those posters have steered community perception in the wrong direction in many ways. The most obvious is that they reinforce a myth that relationship abuse is always physical. So people in abusive relationships are reticent to reach out for help if they're not being beaten. Instead they endure emotional abuse, financial control, social isolation, psychological abuse, and sometimes sexual abuse. And through it all they don't identify that they are experiencing domestic violence, simply because they've never been physically assaulted.


That's not the only problem with the visual messaging we've often used to depict domestic violence. Watch this video to understand another facet of relationship abuse that's often missing from  our messaging. You may be surprised!

"It’s vast, it is outrageous and it should be a national priority."

Those were the words, Nicholas Kristof used in discussing  domestic violence in this weekend's New York Times.


Domestic violence deserves far more attention and resources, and far more police understanding of the complexities involved. This is not a fringe concern. It is vast, it is outrageous, and it should be a national priority. Even more importantly he advocates for increased awareness and early intervention to avoid crisis and tragedy like those described in his article.


I agree. We can change...we can end intimate partner violence. For all victims of domestic violence, women, men and children.

"It’s vast, it is outrageous and it should be a national priority."

Those were the words, Nicholas Kristof used in discussing  domestic violence in this weekend's New York Times.


Domestic violence deserves far more attention and resources, and far more police understanding of the complexities involved. This is not a fringe concern. It is vast, it is outrageous, and it should be a national priority. Even more importantly he advocates for increased awareness and early intervention to avoid crisis and tragedy like those described in his article.


I agree. We can change...we can end intimate partner violence. For all victims of domestic violence, women, men and children.

What are you wearing on the first sunny day of spring?

Spring is just around the corner. It’s time to pack away those wool sweaters and think about warm weather clothing. Does your wardrobe need a little refreshing? How about treating yourself to some new clothes and at the same time helping families build safe futures?


On March 1st and 2ndPiper Boutique at 441 Broadway in Saratoga Springs will donate 30% of all sales to Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County. What better way to welcome the warm weather!

What are you wearing on the first sunny day of spring?

Spring is just around the corner. It’s time to pack away those wool sweaters and think about warm weather clothing. Does your wardrobe need a little refreshing? How about treating yourself to some new clothes and at the same time helping families build safe futures?


On March 1st and 2ndPiper Boutique at 441 Broadway in Saratoga Springs will donate 30% of all sales to Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County. What better way to welcome the warm weather!

We’ve Come a Long Way from ‘The Take the Fun Out of Marriage Act’

Yesterday a snowstorm postponed the Saratoga's National  Dance Museum's One Billion Rising event... but nothing can stop the movement to end global  violence against women.Sometimes it seems like we aren't making progress, but in fact in just 30 years we've come from a place where in the US domestic violence was seen as just a lover's spat to a community that recognizes this as a crime an invests in prevention activities so our children and grandchildren may never know what it's like to live in fear at home. 

When Esta Soler lobbied for legislation to end domestic violence, one politician called it the "Take the Fun out of Marriage Act"... really. Listening to Esta decribe our progress in the last 30 years, brings hope that while we've still got so much more work to do, we're on the right path. Her words are inspirational! A few flakes in the Northeast may have interrupted our opportunity to join one billion people rising worldwide to dance and shake up our world to create and end to violence against women, but listening to Esta Soler helped me to connect with the progress we've made and believe that by working together we're on the path to ending relationship and sexual abuse.

Together we will succeed. 

We’ve Come a Long Way from ‘The Take the Fun Out of Marriage Act’

Yesterday a snowstorm postponed the Saratoga's National  Dance Museum's One Billion Rising event... but nothing can stop the movement to end global  violence against women.Sometimes it seems like we aren't making progress, but in fact in just 30 years we've come from a place where in the US domestic violence was seen as just a lover's spat to a community that recognizes this as a crime an invests in prevention activities so our children and grandchildren may never know what it's like to live in fear at home. 

When Esta Soler lobbied for legislation to end domestic violence, one politician called it the "Take the Fun out of Marriage Act"... really. Listening to Esta decribe our progress in the last 30 years, brings hope that while we've still got so much more work to do, we're on the right path. Her words are inspirational! A few flakes in the Northeast may have interrupted our opportunity to join one billion people rising worldwide to dance and shake up our world to create and end to violence against women, but listening to Esta Soler helped me to connect with the progress we've made and believe that by working together we're on the path to ending relationship and sexual abuse.

Together we will succeed. 

What a Party! Bartenders Ball 2014

It was a night to remember! 725 guests decked out in their finest Roaring 20's attire (check out these stunning looks!) , showing their best moves on the dance floor as Jay Yager and the audiostars kept them dancing right til midnight. Holly and Evan provided a great background vibe in the casino room as the Lions Club's gaming tables provided the chance to be a high roller. 

What a Party! Bartenders Ball 2014

It was a night to remember! 725 guests decked out in their finest Roaring 20's attire (check out these stunning looks!) , showing their best moves on the dance floor as Jay Yager and the audiostars kept them dancing right til midnight. Holly and Evan provided a great background vibe in the casino room as the Lions Club's gaming tables provided the chance to be a high roller. 

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