WomenSafe


WOMENSAFE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED key leadership changes and the successful, early track record of its first-ever transitional apartments for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Pictured here are new WomenSafe interim Director Christina Grier, left, and exiting Executive Director Kerri Duquette-Hoffman, who’s leaving the nonprofit after 19 years. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe is marking this fall with a change in leadership, the first success stories emerging from the agency’s first-ever transitional housing for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and a commitment to changing its organizational name to better reflect the diversity of its clients. One of the biggest changes is the departure of Executive Director Kerri Duquette-Hoffman after 19 years with the Middlebury-based nonprofit. “It’s my personal belief that it’s healthy for an agency to have executive directors move on, eventually, and 19 years seems like a reasonable amount of...

“A MOTHER”S LOVE,” artwork by New Haven artist Kyra Wilson, was chosen as the artwork for this year’s WomenSafe Mother’s Day card fundraiser.
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe has released its 2021 Mother’s Day card as part of the organization’s annual Local Artists Series and fundraiser. “A Mother’s Love,” artwork by Addison County artist Kyra Wilson, was chosen for the card. Wilson is a professional Vermont artist living in New Haven. Her collections can be found across the United States, in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and more. This year’s art was especially painted for the WomenSafe Mother’s Day card to show there are no borders to a mother’s love. A mother’s love is not defined by biology — there are no limits, it’s all about love...
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series about women’s health in the pandemic. ADDISON COUNTY — Reports on the number of COVID-19 cases in an area and any success at flattening the curve are good ways to show the public health impacts of the coronavirus. But there are other indicators of the virus’s impact on public health that are less obvious but also critical. As physical distancing and isolation measures and practices work to mitigate the spread of the disease, they also serve to trap survivors of domestic and sexual violence at home with their abusers and hinder access to crucial...
MIDDLEBURY —WomenSafe is now accepting applications for its Annual Volunteer Training, scheduled to start on Saturday, Sept. 26. The organization, which works to prevent, address and end dating, domestic, sexual violence and stalking is looking for those with a desire to help make the community a more just and safe place to live.  WomenSafe has designed a comprehensive and dynamic training program and encourages community members to apply now. This year training will be held virtually due to COVID-19. Participants will acquire all the tools needed to: provide direct service through both...

“READING HOUR” BY Mary Morris has been chosen for WomenSafe’s Mother’s Day card this year. Image courtesy of Mary Morris
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe is now offering the 2020 Mother’s Day card as part of its annual Local Artists Series. Addison County artist Mary Morris’s graphite and ink artwork “Reading Hour” is the selection for this year’s card.  The image on the card exudes warmth and inclusiveness WomenSafe appreciates how it highlights that the written word has not been lost in these busy, technological times. There is something comforting about a family gathering around a book adoring the illustrations and cherishing the time together. “Reading Hour” was inspired by Morris’s love of her children and...
According to the World Health Organization, one out of three women will experience domestic or sexual violence in their lifetime. But in times of crisis, like natural disasters, wars, or epidemics, the risk of gender-based violence increases. Today’s COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. With millions of people sheltering in place worldwide, the lives of people who are bullied by their spouse or domestic partner are negatively impacted even further. Anita Bhatia, the deputy executive director of the United Nations Women, told Time magazine that “the very technique we are using to protect people...
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe is accepting nominations for the 2020 Kimberly Krans Women Who Change the World Award. Each year, a nomination committee selects a local woman whose outstanding work or volunteer efforts have benefited Addison County/Town of Rochester and their residents directly and indirectly in a variety of ways. The recipient’s name will be engraved on a plaque that is presented to her in March (Women’s History Month) during an award celebration in her honor. Previous award recipients include Sue Prager, Pam Marsh, Betsy Gossens, Molly Fitzpatrick, Beth Diamond, Jean Shappee, Diana...
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe is accepting nominations for the 2020 Kimberly Krans Women Who Change the World Award. Each year, a nomination committee selects a local woman whose outstanding work or volunteer efforts have benefited Addison County/Town of Rochester and their residents directly and indirectly in a variety of ways. The recipient’s name will be engraved on a plaque that is presented to her in March (Women’s History Month) during an award celebration in her honor. Previous award recipients include Sue Prager, Pam Marsh, Betsy Gossens, Molly Fitzpatrick, Beth Diamond, Jean Shappee, Diana...

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School seniors, shown along with a volunteer on Green Street during a walk-a-thon to Middlebury this past Wednesday morning, raised more than $100 per class member to donate to WomenSafe for its transitional housing project. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — The annual walk for charity made by Vergennes Union High School seniors this past Wednesday netted $7,400 — and counting — toward the Class of 2020’s nonprofit of choice, WomenSafe. About 50 of the 73 members of the class walked on Wednesday morning from the school to the Middlebury town green (nearly 13 miles via Green Street and Morgan Horse Farm Road), accompanied by faculty advisers and three WomenSafe representatives. There they celebrated exceeding the class goal of raising $100 per senior for WomenSafe’s new transitional housing project. The class was still collecting...
Back in August, WomenSafe marked Advocacy Week by celebrating our fabulous advocates who do so much to support people in our community who are experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking. WomenSafe dreams of a world where violence against vulnerable people is practically unknown. We want to build a society that is equitable and just, where no one has to feel afraid at home, at work or out in public. We work toward creating this future by educating youth in Addison County schools about consent, gender equality and respectful relationships. But until our beautiful dream comes...

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