Associates Council Hosts Domestic Violence Forum

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On Wednesday, May 12, members of The Children’s Aid Society’s Associates Council hosted a Domestic Violence Forum. The forum’s discussion focused specifically on the effects of domestic violence on children and adolescents. Kerry Moles, The Children’s Aid Society’s Director of Family Wellness moderated the discussion. Christian Burgess of Safe Horizon shared his perspective from working in a school setting with “tweens” where his team educates students on healthy vs. unhealthy relationships. Angela Montague of Metropolitan Hospital offered her reflections on working in a hospital setting, which is often the site of the first intervention in many cases of domestic violence.

According to the discussion, 32 million Americans have been affected by domestic violence. Sadly, statistics show that incidence of domestic violence is higher among families in poverty. The discussion provided the audience with a broad perspective on different approaches to combating this terrible, yet preventable trend and provided an opportunity for questions and answers. At The Children’s Aid Society, we take a unique approach to working with families that struggle with domestic abuse. In addition to working with survivors, CAS’s Family Wellness Program works directly with the perpetrators by providing counseling and other needed services--- ours is the only program in New York City that serves the whole family, including abusive partners. We believe that when there is violence in the home, it is in the best interest of the children to provide services to every member of the family, in an effort to stop generational violence and restore healthy relationships between parents and children, if possible. For more information on the Children’s Aid Society’s Family Wellness program, please visit. http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/familywellness.

We are grateful to the Associates Council for their efforts to organize this terrific educational event and look forward to future forums.  If you are a young professional looking to become involved with the Associates Council through advocacy work and with our fundraising initiative,  please visit us at: http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/volunteer/associates_council or on Facebook.

Mary Newcomb
Development Assistant
The Children's Aid Society

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