In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier will host “Coffee and Conversation” at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 32 Cottage St., Lockport. This roundtable discussion will give attendees the opportunity to learn about the wraparound domestic violence services available throughout Niagara County, with a focus on law enforcement.
Local leaders in law enforcement will join the YWCA for this discussion, including Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti, Niagara County District Attorney Brian Seaman, and Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Peter Wydysh.
YWCA CEO Kathleen Granchelli said, “Every month is Domestic Violence Awareness month as far as the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier is concerned. For over 25 years, the YWCA has provided shelter, counseling and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence. We could not do this lifesaving work without the strong partnerships that we have established with law enforcement, and are pleased to host a forum featuring Niagara County’s top law enforcement officials, namely Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti, Niagara County District Attorney Brian Seaman and Assistant District Attorney Peter Wydysh.”
“Coffee and Conversation” is open to all members of the community. Registration can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ywcoffee or by calling 716-433-6714.
The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier will also recognize the month with a variety of events and partnerships, including displaying survivor artwork in the Niagara County Courthouse from Oct. 6-14, followed by Lockport City Hall from Oct. 17 through end of month. The YWCA will share domestic violence-related content on its social media pages, including facts and safety tips, while highlighting community partners and events.
A press release stated, “Domestic Violence Awareness month is a national movement aiming to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while raising awareness for those issues. Although progress has been made, there is still more to be done to support survivors of domestic violence, hold abusers accountable, and advocate for legislation to continue the momentum forward.
“The YWCA of the Niagara Frontier and its forerunners have a 125-year history of engagement in and with their communities, evolving with the needs of the times and consistently supporting the mission of empowering women, eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”