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Montgomery County’s only domestic violence shelter turns 43

Thursday, July 16, 2020

“Scream quietly or the neighbors will hear.” When YWCA Dayton launched its Battered Woman Project in 1977, “scream quietly” was the most frequent advice given to women in abusive relationships. But YW knew there was a better solution to keeping women safe. That year, the FBI reported that intimate partner violence was the USA’s most… Continue Reading Montgomery County’s only domestic violence shelter turns 43

Pizza with a purpose

Monday, June 1, 2020

Across the country, officials have encouraged residents to stay home to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. But for domestic violence victims – the vast majority of whom are women, children, and LGTBQ+ individuals – home is not a safe space. In rural communities especially, women are 10% more likely to experience abusive relationships, and… Continue Reading Pizza with a purpose

Big hearts make big differences

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Most 13-year-olds celebrate big for their milestone birthday. Natalee Sutton decided to give big instead. “For my 13th birthday, I was supposed to go to Great Wolf Lodge, but I can’t because of quarantine,” Natalee explained in a video posted to Facebook that was shared more than 55 times. “Turning 13 is a really big… Continue Reading Big hearts make big differences