FORESTDALE OBSERVES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
Domestic violence (DV) does not discriminate. It happens in all income brackets, in all neighborhoods, and all types of relationships. It thrives in silence and shame and affects the entire family for years to come. According to the Journal of Family Psychology, more than 15 million children in the U. S. live in homes in which domestic violence has happened at least once. For participants in Forestdale’s Strong Mothers program, approximately 88% have been exposed to domestic violence, including prostitution, human trafficking, and forced sexual encounters. Forestdale understands the urgency and reached out to multiple sources for funding to combat this public health issue.
Since 1865, Forestdale has actively pursued innovative approaches to address the changing needs of low-income families across Queens and create lasting, positive outcomes. Funding from the NYS Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS), the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), the Frances L. & Edwin L. Cummings Memorial Fund, the Damman Fund Inc., and the Nancy & Edwin Marks Family Foundation, made it possible for Forestdale to develop A Window to Healing, and the Strong Mothers Helping Small Children by Treating Maternal Trauma programs. These new, evidence-informed programs specifically address domestic violence and the accompanying trauma. They promote stability, resilience, and growth among children and mothers, as well as abusive partners, to break the cycle of violence through group interventions, joint child & primary caregiver sessions, and individual trauma-informed therapy.
*If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse call NYC’s 24-hour hotline at 1-800-621-HOPE for free, confidential, and immediate help.