Free Movie Screening Caps Off Month of Domestic Violence Awareness

I have attended several workshops over the last year, and was in attendance at events like One Billion Rising back in February with focus on empowerment and prevention strategies to help combat domestic violence. What I learned through those information sessions is that the statistics are staggering with regard to numbers of people effected by violence. Orange County is lucky to have an organization that is working around the clock to help people in terrible situations get the help and resources they need. 

Safe Homes works toward the elimination of domestic violence by offering confidential and comprehensive support services to survivors, and by increasing public awareness through education and prevention programs. [Safe Homes’ 24-HOUR-HOTLINE at 1-888-503-4673 (HOPE).]

Safe Homes of Orange County and the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center (GHVFHC) are co-sponsoring a free-screening of “Telling Amy’s Story,” a riveting documentary of a domestic violence homicide, on Tuesday, October 29, 5:30 p.m., at the auditorium of the GHVFHC in Newburgh.   

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with professionals from different fields and systems, representing the complex issues surrounding domestic violence.  Moderated by Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, Safe Homes’ executive director, the panel will include Derek Miller, Director of the Orange County Department of Probation; Michael Milza, Senior Assistant District Attorney; Detective Guy Farina with the Town of Montgomery; Sarita Green, Safe Homes’ Director of Residential Services; and Anna Gibbs, a domestic violence survivor.

“Telling Amy’s Story” is a powerful PBS documentary that depicts events leading up to the 2001 domestic violence killing of a young mother by her husband in central Pennsylvania. Unwinding the details uncovered by the investigating homicide detective, the film focuses on the many instances when outside professional intervention could have stopped this deadly crime. 

“As the film and our panel discussion will demonstrate, only through collaboration can we begin to simplify the maze of systems faced by victims of domestic violence in their quest for safety. Strategic partnerships promote dialog, facilitate the flow of critical information, and might save lives,“ said Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, Safe Homes Executive Director.


and... in other news SAFE HOMES ANNUAL DINNER RAISED 36K

Newburgh, NY—October 24, 2013—Safe Homes of Orange County’s annual fundraising and awards dinner held on October 17 gathered 175 friends and supporters and raised $35,000 for the agency’s comprehensive services for domestic violence survivors and public education programs.

One of the agency’s many events in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, this year’s Celebration of Hope Dinner honored Dr. Dean Scher, COO and Executive Director, Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County; Heather Yakin, reporter with The Times Herald-Record; Sara Knight, Safe Homes volunteer; and Loretta Breedveld, owner and innkeeper of the Warwick Valley Bed & Breakfast.

“There are times when true magic happens, and this year’s Celebration of Hope was a night filled with laughter, tears, new beginnings and a shared sense of gratitude for the support and friendship of the community,” said Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, Safe Homes’ executive director. Reflecting on the event’s theme, “Involve me, and I will understand,” she added, “This year’s honorees are the embodiment of this kind of understanding, and we are humbled by the opportunity to honor them.”

Safe Homes’ executive director, Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier (center), is joined by the agency’s 2013 honorees, Loretta Breedveld, Heather Yakin, Sara Knight and Dr. Dean Scher.

Sponsored by Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc., Crystal Run Healthcare, Orange Regional Medical Center, Mediacom, The Gardens at Rhinebeck, The Police Chiefs Association of Orange County and Sharon Lee Henderson, event guests included Francis D. Phillips, II, District Attorney; NYS Assemblyman James Skoufis; Orange County Legislators Leigh J. Benton and Roxanne Donnery; County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois; Steve Neuhaus, Supervisor for the Town of Chester; Chester Attorney, David Hoovler; Robert A. Onofry, Orange County Supreme Court Justice; John K. McGuirk, retired NYS Supreme Court Justice; and Daniel Angiolillo, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, NYS Supreme Court.