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What's Happening

New Project to Address Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communities

CWC is a partner in a new local project led by the domestic violence program Safe Passage designed to increase understanding of intimate partner violence (IPV) in LGBTQ communities. The purpose of the new High Risk Prevention Project is to learn about IPV risk factors that increase the likelihood of potentially lethal harm. The project will also identify potential protective factors that increase safety. Project collaborators include Safe Passage, NELCWIT, Center for Women & Community, Northwester District Attorney's office, and the Boston-based The Network/LaRed. As an initial step in gathering data, the project is looking for LGBTQ community members who are interested in participating in a survey or in-person interview and who are members of one or more of the following four LGBTQ sub-communities: -Hill Town communities within Franklin or Hampshire Counties; Northampton / Amherst communities; Transgender; Youth. Being a survivor of intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault is not a requirement for participation. Surveys are anonymous. If you are interested in participating in the High Risk Prevention Project survey, please provide your name, email address, primary LGBTQ identity, and primary LGBTQ community affinity by Friday, December 31, to Trish Bonica, Project Consultant, at:

Hind Mari receives National Award

Hind Mari, Ed.D. Director of the Women of Color Leadership Network, is one of two recipients of this year’s “Wise Woman Award” from the American College Personnel Association’s Standing Committee for Women. Mari was selected based on her contributions toward women in student affairs and her efforts to promote women’s professional and personal development. The award will be presented at the group’s annual convention in early March in Tampa, Fla. CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Current Support Groups
    * Mindfulness & Mood: Empowerment Skills for Women

    *Women in Academia: Surviving the Dissertation

    * Support Connect Heal:Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence

    * Using Artistic Expression as a Tool for Healing: Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence

    *International Women's discussion group

In the News

A rise in sexual assault reports brings more awareness to local universities
Rebecca Lockwood, associate director for rape crisis and violence prevention at the Center for Women and Community, and Enku Gelaye, vice chancellor for student affairs and campus life, comment in a story about efforts to stop sexual violence on college campuses.

Panel discusses media's role in perpetuating harmful stereotypes

Amherst receives 0,000 violence against women grant, will fund advocates, not enough to fund investigator
Article regarding renewal of federal grant with Amherst Police, UMPD and Northampton Police to fund Civilian advocates and police training

Candlight Vigil Held For Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Article in the UMass Daily Collegian about the Domestic Violence Vigil co-sponsored by CWC and Sigma Psi Zeta

Center for Women & Community and Equal Opportunity & Diversity Train Student Government Association on Title IX
An article in the UMASS Daily Collegian including a description of the Title IX Training presented by CWC Staff and EO&D Staff.

CWC receives Grant Funding for Rural Communities
The MA Department of Public Health received another grant for three years of funding for the Rural Sexual and Domestic Violence Project. The Center for Women & Community has been a partner in the Rural Sexual and Domestic Violence Project coordinated by the MA Department of Public Health since it was initiated in 1997. The project serves rural communities in the four western MA counties including Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire and includes Safe Passage in Northampton, NELCWIT in Franklin County and the Elizabeth Freeman Center in Berkshire County. CWC provides crisis intervention and counseling to survivors of sexual assault and teen dating violence at outreach sites in the western Hampden and Hampshire County towns. CWC also provides prevention education addressing child sexual abuse, sexual assault and relationship violence to parents, first responders and service providers, students and residents in those communities. CWC will receive $102,558 over three years through the Rural project.

Colleges help vulnerable students caught in 'Red Zone'
Rebecca M. Lockwood, associate director of the Center for Women and Community, comments in a news story about training programs for new college students who are thought to be the most vulnerable to sexual assault, alcohol or drug abuse when they first start school.

Hampshire County Center is working to Prevent Sexual Violence
Interview with Channel 22 about the prevention activities sponsored by the Center for Women & Community during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and resources to support someone who has experienced sexual violence.

Sexual Assault on the UMASS campus
Becky Lockwood, Associate Director of Counseling and Rape Crisis Services, is interviewed for a story addressing sexual assault on the UMASS campus.

Response to March 31 Letter on topic of sexual violence

Federal Grant will help UMASS strengthen education about sexual violence

Northampton Police launch new civilian advocate program to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault

Massachusetts Steps Up: Key Sexual and Domestic Violence Issues for College Administrators

UMass Amherst hosts statewide conference

Update on Valley Free Radio Show: Kicking It for Peace & Justice Interview with Bill Newman