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Carrying a Purse for 1 in 4 Women

Jen Perry was a dedicated board member at Wellspring for 6 years, She was motivated because she relates to the many people we assist.  She sums it up well, "Domestic violence affects people like my friends and family; it can happen to anyone at any time."  Click here for more of Jen's insights.


While relationship abuse can happen to anyone, most people aren't aware of the prevalence. Jessica Petraccione notes that, "most people don't hear about domestic violence on a regular basis." She's right (click here for more from Jessica). Even when there's a tragedy, the news often gives the details of the incident, but fails to use the words domestic violence. At Wellspring we have many clients who call our hotline or talk to our advocates who say, "This has been going on for years, but I've never told anyone until today... not even my sister." There's a saying that 'Silence Hides Violence'; it's true. Most abuse happens behind closed doors so when we don't hear about the  issue, we forget about it.


Sheena Shaw speaks with courage about domestic violence and also about why, "It's important for our youth to know where to get help."  

Did you know, Wellspring has advocates on campus at Shenendehowa and Saratoga Springs High Schools and also at Skidmore College? We know that by providing access to an advocate, students can get help with concerns about relationships, dating violence.... or find out how to help a friend who is in an abusive relationship. We provide all these services to individuals and to the schools at no charge, because early intervention is key to preventing abuse from escalating.

Rocking a Purse Because He Knows Prevention Works

So I took a  couple of days off from blogging to celebrate Labor Day with my family. But I'm back and thought I'd keep with the Labor Day theme by considering how lessons learned in the workplace can relate to Wellspring's vision of ending relationship and sexual abuse.
 
And that purse looks great with Dave's outfit and complexion!
Today I was talking to Dave Collins. He's seen vast changes in the construction industry because of a proactive approach to workplace safety. Listen here for  Dave's insights on how what we've learned about safety on a building worksite relates to prevention of relationship abuse. Training and education save lives in the workplace... and they can prevent abuse and save lives at home too.
 
 
Our goal at Wellspring is not just to react to incidents of domestic violence or sexual assault and help the victim, but also to raise awareness to prevent these incidents from happening in the first place. To that end we provide prevention education programs to more than 6,000 youth and community members each year.Two of these interactive programs are “A Jury’s Dilemma” and “In Her Shoes”.  “A Jury’s Dilemma” is a mock trial exploring a case of teenage sexual assault.  The program participants are the jurors in the trial. During the course of the trial, the participants hear from the defendant, the complainant, their attorneys and other witnesses. They then have guided discussion to talk about the case and their opinions, learning about the realities of a sexual assault trial in the process.  During “In Her Shoes”  participants take on the roles of clients working with Wellspring, navigating the legal system, social welfare and finding out how difficult leaving a domestic violence relationship can be,  If you are interested in having any of these programs  at your school, church our community group, contact prevention@wellspringcares.org
 

Rocking a Purse Because He Knows Prevention Works

So I took a  couple of days off from blogging to celebrate Labor Day with my family. But I'm back and thought I'd keep with the Labor Day theme by considering how lessons learned in the workplace can relate to Wellspring's vision of ending relationship and sexual abuse.
 
And that purse looks great with Dave's outfit and complexion!
Today I was talking to Dave Collins. He's seen vast changes in the construction industry because of a proactive approach to workplace safety. Listen here for  Dave's insights on how what we've learned about safety on a building worksite relates to prevention of relationship abuse. Training and education save lives in the workplace... and they can prevent abuse and save lives at home too.
 
 
Our goal at Wellspring is not just to react to incidents of domestic violence or sexual assault and help the victim, but also to raise awareness to prevent these incidents from happening in the first place. To that end we provide prevention education programs to more than 6,000 youth and community members each year.Two of these interactive programs are “A Jury’s Dilemma” and “In Her Shoes”.  “A Jury’s Dilemma” is a mock trial exploring a case of teenage sexual assault.  The program participants are the jurors in the trial. During the course of the trial, the participants hear from the defendant, the complainant, their attorneys and other witnesses. They then have guided discussion to talk about the case and their opinions, learning about the realities of a sexual assault trial in the process.  During “In Her Shoes”  participants take on the roles of clients working with Wellspring, navigating the legal system, social welfare and finding out how difficult leaving a domestic violence relationship can be,  If you are interested in having any of these programs  at your school, church our community group, contact prevention@wellspringcares.org
 

Still Puzzled?

Here is the answer to yesterday's puzzle!  We took the liberty of coloring it as well, but if you look you can see it is...
 
A Purple Purse!
 
I hope everyone has a fantastic labor day weekend!

Still Puzzled?

Here is the answer to yesterday's puzzle!  We took the liberty of coloring it as well, but if you look you can see it is...
 
A Purple Purse!
 
I hope everyone has a fantastic labor day weekend!

Puzzled?


While we are so excited about Purple Purse in October, even we need a break sometimes.  Our vision of ending relationship and sexual abuse in our community is a big one, but that doesn't mean we can't have a bit of fun now and again. Below is a fun little puzzle to help us relax, while still getting out an important message.

This is a type of puzzle known as a Nonogram or Picross.  You can find full instructions for this type of puzzle here http://www.nonograms.org/instructions. 
 

If you solve it, you’ll reveal a hidden picture relating to what we have going on in October!
Good luck, and we will be revealing the answer tomorrow!

Puzzled?


While we are so excited about Purple Purse in October, even we need a break sometimes.  Our vision of ending relationship and sexual abuse in our community is a big one, but that doesn't mean we can't have a bit of fun now and again. Below is a fun little puzzle to help us relax, while still getting out an important message.

This is a type of puzzle known as a Nonogram or Picross.  You can find full instructions for this type of puzzle here http://www.nonograms.org/instructions. 
 

If you solve it, you’ll reveal a hidden picture relating to what we have going on in October!
Good luck, and we will be revealing the answer tomorrow!

Their Purses Support Youth Prevention Programs

Elise Britt's commitment to personal excellence doesn't end on the field hockey field or on the weight room, "No one should be in a relationship that doesn't make them a stronger person and a better person." You can view her whole video  here.

Andy Gilpin of CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services says ,"We see the issue of domestic violence on a daily basis, in our shelter, our street outreach and with the families we assist." Click here to listen to why he believes this work is important.

There are a number of programs that Wellspring offers that specifically target the youth in our community.  Some of these, such as Coaching Boys Into Men, we will be talking about in the coming weeks.  Our prevention programs “A Jury’s Dilemma” and “In Her Shoes” can also be put on for young-adult audiences.  We also have another prevention program created specifically for teens “In Their Shoes”.  Similar to “In Her Shoes”: this program puts students in the roles of teenagers dealing with a variety of common issues including sexting, pregnancy, homophobia and stalking.  Our goal is to end relationship and sexual abuse; by educating youth on these difficult topics, we can prepare them to know what to do when issues of domestic violence or sexual assault come up in their lives.  If you are interested in scheduling one of these programs, email prevention@wellspringcares.org or call our office at 518-583-0280 .


Their Purses Support Youth Prevention Programs

Elise Britt's commitment to personal excellence doesn't end on the field hockey field or on the weight room, "No one should be in a relationship that doesn't make them a stronger person and a better person." You can view her whole video  here.

Andy Gilpin of CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services says ,"We see the issue of domestic violence on a daily basis, in our shelter, our street outreach and with the families we assist." Click here to listen to why he believes this work is important.

There are a number of programs that Wellspring offers that specifically target the youth in our community.  Some of these, such as Coaching Boys Into Men, we will be talking about in the coming weeks.  Our prevention programs “A Jury’s Dilemma” and “In Her Shoes” can also be put on for young-adult audiences.  We also have another prevention program created specifically for teens “In Their Shoes”.  Similar to “In Her Shoes”: this program puts students in the roles of teenagers dealing with a variety of common issues including sexting, pregnancy, homophobia and stalking.  Our goal is to end relationship and sexual abuse; by educating youth on these difficult topics, we can prepare them to know what to do when issues of domestic violence or sexual assault come up in their lives.  If you are interested in scheduling one of these programs, email prevention@wellspringcares.org or call our office at 518-583-0280 .



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