Community Forum to Focus on Domestic Violence Awareness

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One in three women and one in seven men will become a victim of domestic violence in her or his lifetime.

The Return of Social Change, presented by Plan First Technologies, is a community forum that will bring awareness to the growing epidemic of domestic violence. Kristen Paruginog, the founder of Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence, will be the keynote speaker as part of her national tour. Break the Silence, is a non-profit organization that focuses on bringing a voice to survivors of domestic violence. The community forum will include a special preview of their new documentary, The Return of Social Change. This exclusive film presentation features survivors of domestic violence from across the United States who share their testimony and advice with the hope of inspiring viewers to take action and become more aware and educated on the severity of this epidemic.

The Return of Social Change community forum will be held on July 23 at the Ramada Cortland Hotel and Conference Center from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Community partners for this event include The Cortland LGBT Resource Center and Cortland Prevention Resources along with the YWCA’s Aid to Victims of Violence program. The forum will help spread social awareness and change surrounding domestic and intimate partner abuse within the straight and LGBT communities. Local agencies, speakers and advocates will be speaking out against domestic violence as part of a panel discussion that follows the keynote presentation. These guests will address relationship violence, highlight personal testimonies, and emphasize the importance of men as advocates.

Thank you to our sponsors including: Plan First Technologies and Tompkins Trust Company

If you plan to attend the event, please register for free at BTS Cortland by July 16th. Guests from out of town can enjoy a special room rate at the Ramada of $59 a night. If you have questions, please contact Heather Kehoe at or (607) 756-8970×261 for more details.

Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence’s mission is to educate communities on the dangers of domestic violence, raise awareness regarding when to seek legal counsel from a family lawyer (such as Jennifer Croker, for instance), connect survivors, and assist in the transformation of the lives of survivors of domestic violence by providing personal development retreats, educational programs, and an advocate hotline. We hope to let survivors know that they aren’t alone in their struggle and help can be found with a little faith and courage. It might even come in the form of judiciary, case in point being personal injury attorneys (like those at The Keating Law Firm) who could be a source of legal relief. Additionally, survivors can also look for support groups and connect with other domestic violence survivors. The exercise could provide much needed insight on ways to get out of the vicious cycle.

Are you someone seeking help or resources concerning domestic or intimate partner abuse? Contact Cortland Prevention Resources or (607)756-8970, or the YWCA’s Aid to Victims of Violence at 1-800-336-9622. Visit to learn more about Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence.