“This October, let us honor National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by promoting peace in our own families, homes, and communities. Let us renew our commitment to end domestic violence – in every city, every town, and every corner of America.”
Presidential Proclamation declaring October 2013 Domestic Violence Prevention Month
Nearly 20 years after the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) domestic violence remains an often hidden problem in our communities. People we interact with every day may be experiencing domestic violence without us knowing it. According to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
- In 2009, violent crimes by intimate partners (current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend) accounted for 26 percent of non-fatal crimes against females and 5 percent against males.
- Of female murder victims in 2009, 35 percent were killed by an intimate partner.
- Fifteen percent of teens who have been in a relationship report having been hit, slapped or pushed by their boyfriend or girlfriend.
This tearing down not only hurts individuals, it limits entire communities as those who are victimized may be prevented from reaching their full and vibrant potential.
Every day in Connecticut, dedicated social workers, counselors, criminal investigators and social service agencies work to prevent and end domestic violence. On September 30, 2013, more than 200 of them came together to attend Beyond the Bruises: A Conference on Psychological Abuse and Stalking hosted by The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services, a program of BH Care. Albertus Magnus College was proud to help sponsor this event and is committed to providing professionals with the tools and education they need to best serve their community.
Each year, The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services assists over 9,000 victims and their children in 19 cities and towns in the lower Naugatuck Valley, Greater New Haven and Shoreline communities. Conference attendees shared best regional practices and gained new knowledge from keynote speakers and national authorities, including bestselling author and renowned journalist, Leslie Morgan Steiner. Dr. Ragaa Mazen, Director of the Albertus Masters of Science in Human Servicesprogram met one-on-one with attendees to share local Human Services program insights.
Albertus Magnus College has a total enrollment of 1,700 students. It offers 50 traditional undergraduate programs, accelerated undergraduate programs for working adults, and graduate programs in business, management, education, liberal studies, leadership, writing, human services and art therapy. The College also offers a degree in Criminal Justice and Addiction Counseling Certificate.