The Executive Director of the YWCA, Diane Stancato, joins us for Newstalk to encourage people to wear purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and share what her organization is doing to help victims.
The YWCA of the Mohawk Valley has been awarded a three year $4.8 Million grant from the New York State Office of Victims Services. That means on average, $1.6 Million a year for the next three years.
Diane says this money is going to be used to help prevent domestic violence here in the Mohawk Valley.
First, it will enable the Y-W to re-launch its 'New Horizons Program', with a focus on chronically homeless young women, ages 18 to 24.
It will also enable the "Y" to transform Lucy's House, in Rome, from a safe dwelling into the agency's second 24-hour emergency shelter.
The y-w is going to embark on a new school-based initiative. Students will be taught what a healthy relationship is as well as what the warning signs are that a relationship is not a good one, which could ultimately lead to domestic violence. This in-school program is already being done by the YWCA in Nashville.