Miss M., a woman who found safety and healing at BFL’s Secret Garden domestic violence program, shared a letter of gratitude with staff, thanking them for “giving me back my life.” Miss M. said the program helped her to change her “destiny forever.”
The United to End Homelessness campaign launches Tuesday, April 9 at 1pm at the NY City Hall steps.
New York City’s next Mayor and City Council will confront unprecedented levels of homelessness. By the end of 2012,
more than 57,000 people, including more than 22,000 children, slept each night on the street or in a City shelter, the
largest homeless shelter population ever recorded.
CODES OF HOPE, an innovative six-week curriculum highlighting the aspects of inter-generational trauma and its relationship to domestic violence, is working with participants at BFL’s Secret Garden and Freedom House programs.
Activities include inventive approaches to healing, such as a dinner party theater game exploring the dynamics of power and control.
Marcella Goheen and Thea Martinez are co-facilitators of CODES OF HOPE. Inspired by The Maria Project’s story of Maria Salazar, the CODES OF HOPE curriculum reflects an interdisciplinary approach of mapping a survivor’s story, while supporting a peer-to-peer model of intervention and prevention of domestic violence.
CODES OF HOPE will culminate with a survivor’s handbook (to be distributed October of 2014) which will include participants writings.
The Maria Project, through federal funding from the Office of Women’s Health, Region II, is implementing the CODES OF HOPE curriculum.
On, April 4th, the Women’s Equality Coalition will be having press conferences around the state. The Coalition will focus on the Women’s Equality Agenda, a groundbreaking new plan that will break down barriers and promote fairness and equal
opportunity for women.
Stopping Housing Discrimination for Victims of Domestic Violence: We need to protect victims of
domestic violence from discrimination when they try to purchase, rent, or lease housing.
Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence by Strengthening Order-of-Protection Laws: Domestic
violence victims should be allowed to testify by video-conferencing when obtaining an order of