Event is open to public
Artwork created by survivors of domestic violence will serve as the centerpiece of an Oct. 27 event at Niagara University's Castellani Art Museum called "Surviving...Thriving: A Journey of Healing through Art." A welcome reception will be held at 5 p.m. and the exhibit will continue through 9 p.m.
Niagara University is collaborating with several community organizations to host the event, which is being held in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Organizers are also tying it to the Red Flag Campaign, a national public awareness initiative designed to encourage college students to intervene when they see a warning sign ("red flag") of partner violence.
"This event is a great way to raise awareness about domestic violence within our community, as well as draw attention to the services and resources available in our area," said Dr. Dana Radatz, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Niagara University, who is organizing the event with Dr. Jennifer Beebe, assistant professor of counseling.
Community partners include Niagara University, the Levesque Institute, Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, Family & Children's Service of Niagara, Niagara County Sheriff's Office victim assistance and domestic violence unit, Niagara Falls Police Department's DV unit, and the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier.
Admission is $1 for NU students and $5 for the general public. All proceeds will be donated to domestic violence service providers in Niagara County. The exhibit will be open from 5-9 p.m.
Founded in 1895, Family & Children's Service of Niagara, a private, nonprofit agency, has been providing the residents of Niagara County with a wide range of community social work services for 121 years. The agency has been providing domestic violence services in the Niagara community for more than 30 years. In 1989, Family & Children's Service opened Passage House, the first fully staffed domestic violence shelter for victims of abuse and their children in Niagara Falls.