On April 14 author Lisa Fontes, PhD, will speak about coercive control in intimate relationships. Fontes is the author of the recently released book Invisible Chains which explores the issue of coercive control. This event is open to the public and will be held on April 14 at 5:30 at 1 Clough St, Springfield.
YWCA Receives Grant from US Department of Justice
The YWCA of Western Massachusetts is proud to announce that the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women has chosen our Hampden County collaborative partnership to receive a three year grant of $937,400. The collaboration consists of the YWCA, Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services, Gandara Center, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield Police Department and the Hampden District Attorney's Office.
This three year project provides the opportunity for the YWCA and their partners to develop policies and trainings that will enhance response to victims of dating violence and sexual assault in Springfield Public Schools.
2015 Y Run for Women and Girls
We are pleased to announce the date for the 2015 Y Run for Women and Girls! Please join us on Saturday, November 21, 2015, for the 3rd Annual 10K race. All proceeds will benefits the services provided to women and children by the YWCA of Western Massachusetts.
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Teen dating violence is a prevalent, but often silent epidemic in our country. Recent studies have shown that 1 in 3 teen girls have been in a serious relationship where they've feared being physically hurt by their partner. 1 in 4 teens have been in a serious relationship where their partner has been emotionally controlling/abusive, including trying to isolate the teen from their family and friends. Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Helpline have collaborated to create loveisrespect.org. This website and hotline offer great resources and information for teens and anyone with a teen in their life.
Y Run for Women and Girls
2013 will mark the first annual Y Run for Women and Girls in Springfield, MA. The Y Run is a 10k race that will raise awareness of the successes and strengths of the women and girls in our community, while acknowledging and joining together to overcome the many obstacles that still face many women and girls. This 10k run will take place in the Forest Park area of Springfield on Saturday, November 16 and is open to all runners. For more information and to register for the race, please visit www.yrunforwomen.org
National Day of Action
Zonta Club of Northampton Area Event
On Thursday, May 2, the Zonta Club of Northampton Area will be hosting "Girls' Night Out: Laugh and Learn" featuring humorist and author Gina Barreca. The event will be at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go towards YWCA of Western Massachusetts, The Prison Birth Project, The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts and MotherWoman. To register for the event, please visit the Zonta Club Facebook page for more information.
Women's History Month
In honor of Women's History Month, why not visit the Sophia Smith Collection website to view online archive exhibits and learn more about some of the inspirational women who came before us. Online exhibits include "Abundant Life to All: The YWCA of the USA" and "Agents of Social Change: New Resources on 20th-century Women's Activism"