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BFL Speakers Bureau Newsletter

January 2, 2013 Advocacy, BFL News, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 1 Comment
Barrier Free Living Survivors Speakers Bureau, which started in May 2012, ended 2012 with the third edition of its  newsletter.  The Bureau looks  "forward to meeting your speaker needs for women with Disabilities. Our founding organizers Theresa McIntosh and Patrice C. Queen encourage your inquiries and opportunities to educate your organization, school, university or event on the issues of domestic violence and its intersection with disabilities." Info: [email protected]… read more

ABC News Story on BFL’s Freedom House

January 2, 2013 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 1 Comment
ABC News' Lauren Glassberg reports on the journey of a resident at BFL's Freedom House Emergency Shelter for survivors of domestic violence. See Grace's story here.… read more

Holiday Fund Raiser for Freedom House

December 17, 2012 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
Anne K. Markowitz, L.C.S.W., a consultant providing workshops around the topic of anger for Barrier Free Living, held a special fund raising event in her home this month, raising more than $1,000 in cash and gift cards for the residents of BFL's  Freedom House Emergency Shelter. Markowitz, who has worked in hospitals, shelters and other agencies as a consultant on domestic violence and anger issues, plans to make the fund raiser an annual event.  She was honored last year as… read more

FEGS Job Club for Survivors of Family Violence

December 12, 2012 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
FEGS's Center for Women and Families has a New Job Club for survivors of Family Violence.  View Info. Flyer here. The FEGS's Center for Women and Families Job Club is a FREE group for job seekers.  The Job Club offers: *       Assessment *       Resume / Cover letter assistance *       Interview skills *       Job search techniques *       Access to jobs *       Employment support and counseling If you have… read more

Secret Garden Money Matters Group Empowers Survivors

December 12, 2012 BFL News, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
BFL's Secret Garden is holding its winter Money Matters group weekly on Mondays. The group guides survivors to learn strong habits and empowerment tools around issues involving finance, credit and money management (video clip at right). To  View the video here. To learn more email [email protected]… read more

BFL Offers Largest DV Intervention Program in the Country

December 10, 2012 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
In his introduction to BFL's recently launched Domestic Violence and Disability expertise web page,  President/CEO Paul Feuerstein points out that the agency has  "the largest DV intervention program in the country." Feuerstein states that: "In 1986, I hired Liz Lederman, a new graduate from NYU’s Deafness Rehabilitation Master’s Program, to join our clinic team. She had around 12 years’ experience working with disabled victims of abuse. Prior to her joining us, we had no knowledge of abuse among people with a… read more

Freedom House Resident Shares Gratitidue

December 4, 2012 BFL News, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
In a letter to Freedom House Program Director Isa Martinez and her staff, a resident recently shared her gratitude at being safe and on the path to a renewed life as the holidays approach. The mother of two wrote: "Since I have been here at Freedom House I have accomplished so much. My self esteem is great and I have peace of mind knowing I am safe and there are staff who genuinely care about residents."… read more

BFL Kids Create Holiday Greetings

November 30, 2012 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: , 2 Comments
The kids of BFL's Secret Garden and Freedom House programs created cards to thank supporters, friends and donors to the agency this season, like the one pictured by Emily, age 9.  BFL friends who post a message on our holiday page with their contact information receive a reply card from the kids.… read more

Half the Sky Movement Highlights AWARE & Freedom House

November 28, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Shelter Tags: 0 Comments
The Half the Sky Movement, which is 'cutting across platforms to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide' highlighted the work of AWARE: Assisting Women Through Action, Resources and Education in a recent blog post. The article points out that AWARE  selected as their initial beneficiary Barrier Free Living Freedom House, the first nationally recognized shelter that serves disabled domestic violence victims and their families. The AWARE October… read more

Self-Defense Among Women With Disabilities

November 27, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Former BFL Secret Garden team member Molly Burke  Freyer co authored (with Michelle S. Ballan) the report: Self-Defense Among Women With Disabilities An Unexplored Domain, stating that 'Women with disabilities are frequent victims of domestic violence, yet scant research has examined self-protective mechanisms that could mitigate this abuse.' View the article PDF here.… read more

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

November 27, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Women's Rights News is part of the 16 days of activism against gender violence (through Dec. 10) where: Living free from violence is a human right, yet millions of women and girls suffer disproportionately from violence both in peace and in war, at the hands of the state, in the home and community… read more

WABC Visits Freedom House

November 16, 2012 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
Emmy Award winning journalist Lauren Glassberg (pictured front left) visited BFL's Freedom House Emergency shelter to shoot footage for a story to air in December. Glassberg spoke with Freedom House Program Director Isa Martinez (pictured front right) and members of her team, along with BFL CEO Paul Feuerstein (pictured front right)… read more

X Factor Star Jahmene Douglas Raises DV Awareness

November 8, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
X Factor UK Star Jamene Douglas, whose mother is a domestic violence survivor, has launched a #RaiseAwarenessForDomesticViolence campaign. His mother Mandy has started her own campaign to raise funds for victims of domestic violence. She wrote on her appeal page: “Raising awareness on the fact that Womens aid needs funding. Refuges need funding. Children need help. Cut backs have caused an uneasy ripple of monotony of unnessesary heartaches. We can’t change the… read more

AWARE Benefit for Freedom House Success

November 6, 2012 Corporate/Event Sponsors, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities, Uncategorized Tags: 0 Comments
The AWARE October 18th fundraiser at NYC Bar 13 to benefit Barrier Free Living’s Freedom House raised over $25,000 for disabled domestic violence victims and their families. Pictured, Paul Feuerstein, President/CEO BFL and Isa Martinez, Director, Freedom House. Visit AWARE to view event photos, donate or learn more.… read more

Lavender & Blue Brings New BFL Friends

November 5, 2012 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
An email from a new supporter, who attended BFL's Lavender&Blue event during October's Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Camille Writes: Scott, thank you for inviting Tyrel and I to the wonderful event tonight. We had a great time and we won prizes! Yahoo!  It was good to be a part of the affair and meet wonderful people. The poetry and Vivi, the opera singer was amazing and everyone was so nice and open. BFL is a fabulous organization and I wish you… read more

BFL Lavender & Blue MegaMixer Delivers Empowerment, Fun & An Aria!

October 25, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
BFL's Domestic Violence Awareness Month event, Lavender & Blue drew a lively crowd in support of the agency mission. Supporters joined new friends at XES Lounge in Manhattan for drinks and gab. The hit of the night was DV Survivor opera diva Vivi Le Voix who wowed the crowd with a brilliant aria (event video or below on home page)… read more

Opera Diva Signs on to Perform at BFL Lavender & Blue Event

October 12, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Corporate/Event Sponsors, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
BFL's Lavender & Blue MegaMixer will feature a performance from Opera singer Vivi (pictured). The event will include drink tix, raffle, guest speakers, and an awesome DJ at the XES Club in Manhattan on Oct. 23, 6pm-8pm. XES is at 157 W 24th St… read more

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer Releases Economic Abuse Report

October 2, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Corporate/Event Sponsors, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
At a press conference on Oct. 2, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer released a report and survey that uncovered the pervasiveness of economic abuse in New York City, shining a light on a form of domestic violence that takes a heavy toll on victims but too often goes unrecognized and unaddressed. The first-of-its kind report “Economic Abuse: The Untold Cost of Domestic Violence” was co-authored with Sakhi for South Asian Women, a domestic violence advocacy group… read more

Shine The Light on Domestic Violence in Times Square Oct. 2

October 1, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) will be joined Oct. 2 by a coalition of advocates, elected officials, non-profit leaders, and survivors to illuminate the signs of Times Square purple as a part of OPDV’s statewide Shine the Light on Domestic Violence Campaign. Click here for flyer Nine major Times Square billboards, including ABC Supersign, American Eagle, Bank of… read more

Peace Kitty donates to BFL Lavender & Blue MegaMixer

September 28, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Corporate/Event Sponsors, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Peace Kitty, the brainchild of owner Kate Martin, has donated a custom T-shirt to the BFL Lavender & Blue Oct. 23 MegaMixer. Since opening shop, Kate has donated 10% of the profits to local animal shelters in Missouri where she operates, and was inspired by BFLs mission. "I am all about kindness and compassion, especially when it comes to animals. I am a kitty mom and have been a kitty… read more

Pop Designer Scooter Laforge Donates to Lavender & Blue Event

September 19, 2012 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Artist/Designer Scooter Laforge has donated a fab raffle prize to BFLs Lavender & Blue Oct. 23 event.  Scooter has created pieces for Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop and Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs as well as Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen (for a movie with Demi Moore and Ellen Barkin called Very Good Girls coming out 2013), Carrie Mulligan (for the movie Shame).  In a recent MetroSource article, he says: "I… read more

New Sponsors Sign On for BFLs Lavender & Blue Mega Mixer

September 18, 2012 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Several new sponsors have signed on for BFL's Lavender &  Blue Mega Mixer on Oct. 23 at XES Lounge including  Scooter LaForge, Desktop Studio and Peace Kitty. A giant thank you shout out from the BFL team… read more

Aware Event Benefits Freedom House

September 14, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities Tags: 0 Comments
The Women of AWARE  (Assisting Women through Action, Resources & Education) invite you to an evening of Dessert, Drinks & Dancing featuring a fabulous silent auction To benefit Barrier Free Living’s Freedom House The country’s only fully accessible emergency shelter for  disabled victims of domestic violence and their families Thursday, October 18th, 2012 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm Bar 13 121 University Place (between 13th and 14th Streets) 3rd Floor… read more

BFL’s Lavender & Blue Mega Mixer Event!

September 14, 2012 BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Honoring survivors, advocates and the NYPD. Star DJ. Awesome Raffle Prizes.Free Drink Tix. Tuesday Oct. 23 6-8pm. XES Lounge NYC 157 W. 24th St. (6&& Ave.) Reserve VIP Tix, Drink Tix, a chance at a fab raffle prize: [email protected]… read more

BFL Speakers Bureau Launches Newsletter

August 30, 2012 Advocacy, BFL News, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Barrier Free Living Survivors Speakers Bureau, which started in May 2012, has released its first newsletter.  The Bureau looks  "forward to meeting your speaker needs for women with Disabilities. Our founding organizers Theresa McIntosh and Patrice C. Queen encourage your inquiries and opportunities to educate your organization, school, university or event on the issues of domestic violence and its intersection with disabilities." Info: [email protected]… read more

More Than 1 In 4 Kids With Disabilities Abused

July 17, 2012 Advocacy, Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 0 Comments
Children with disabilities are four times more likely than typically developing kids to be victims of violence, according to a first-of-its-kind global analysis, reports the disability scoop. In a review of 20 years worth of data, researchers found that more than a quarter of children with disabilities have been exposed to some type of violence, be it physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect… read more

Lauren Luke, YouTube Makeup Star, in Domestic Violence PSA

July 5, 2012 Current Events, Domestic Violence and Disabilities 1 Comment
Lauren Luke, YouTube Makeup Star, is featured in a Domestic Violence PSA (click to view) that is getting a lot of attention. London agency BBH enlisted Luke for the PSA, which is rolling out on YouTube as though it were another of her makeup tutorials—showing Luke covering up cuts and bruises ostensibly inflicted by an abusing partner. The video depicts the domestic violence situation in an eerily realistic light, ending with onscreen copy that reads: "65% of… read more