JANUARY 2016 NEWS
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160 Bassett Lane,  Hyannis, MA 02601.  Mon-Fri 9-5
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220 Main St. 2nd fl. #200
Falmouth, MA 02540
Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri  9-5,
Walk-ins welcome.
Wed. by appointment 

Orleans
57 Route 6A, Orleans, MA 02653
Mondays, by appointment
 
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Provincetown, MA 02657
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Walk-ins welcome to assist with 209A abuse prevention orders and 258E harrassment prevention orders during court hours. learn more

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SPECIAL THANKS!
THANK YOU, HANNAH VAN SCIVER
for the incredible benefit performance of your one-woman-show 'Bicycle Face' for Independence House and WE CAN.
Andi Genser, WE CAN (left) Hanna Van Sciver (center), Lysetta Hurge- Putnam, Independence House (right).




















THANK YOU, 
BUNNY BUDDIES
for the wonderful donations of Easter Baskets for child clients and children of clients at Independence House. Over 50 baskets were delievered this week by Jen Fullerton (left) and received by ALyssa Fraser (right), Independence aHouse Child Witness to Violence counselor.















THANK YOU, 
SOLSTICE DAY SPA
Our ROCK STAR PAVERS for another magnificent "Share the Love" event in February, raising over $2,000 for Independence House to help provide free and confidential services to members of our community affected by domestic and sexual violence.

Men on Cape Cod make impression on White Ribbon Day
Independence House, in collaboration with the Yarmouth Police Department and the Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office hosted the 4th annual Cape Cod White Ribbon Day.  Scores of men from across Cape Cod joined together on March 3rd at the Irish Village in Yarmouth to address the problem of violence against women.  Deputy Chief Steven Xiarhos of the Yarmouth Police Department, the event's MC, shared a story of an assault on his sister when he was a young boy. "At that moment, I knew that I wanted to become a police officer". ...READ FULL ARTICLE
MVP on Cape Cod generates huge impact
Independence House staff is facilitating the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) evidence based structured curriculum in Barnstable High School, Falmouth High School, Cape Cod Regional Technical High School and Dennis-Yarmouth High School, intended to prevent violence, teen dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender stereotyping. With this training, students work independently throughout the school year on projects that empower them and raise awareness among their peers on these topics.
 
MVP student presidents of four high schools demonstrated the change they wished to see during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month by actively protesting the appearance of a well known performer's concert. Singer Don McLean, best known for his song "American Pie" was scheduled to appear at Barnstable High School in April. Soon after his arrest on domestic violence charges in January, the MVP students gathered and addressed a letter to the interim superintendent, William Butler of Barnstable Schools in an effort to keep the concert from happening in their community. ...READ FULL ARTICLE
"We Are The Change" Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
As reported by loveisrepesct.org, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year; one in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence; and, one in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped, or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
 
In an effort to help change these statistics for the better, teens across Cape Cod engaged in a contest which provoked critical thinking on how they can be the change of teen dating violence.  Students submitted artwork in the form of mediums that included drawings, graphic design, performance pieces, poetry, and original song. ...READ FULL ARTICLE
The winner of the contest, Amanda Soroka of Mashpee High School submitted a stellar Public Service Announcement (PSA) and drew first place in the contest.
In the Community
Forward with the implementation effort of our Prevention Division, staff of Independence House participated in training with a number of area school representatives on Cape Cod in "Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership". Read the original press release.  

Independence House presented the "Clothesline Project" display at Cape Cod Community College on March 8th.  Also on exhibit was Independence House's new permanent "Silent Witness" display. The presentations were provided on campus as part of a project for the college's Honors Colliquium class.
Photo courtesy: Capecod.com

Coming up...
Independence House will be presenting a Leadership Program with the Workforce Investment Board Youth Council on April 5 at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School and discuss the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program.
 
Independence House will take part in the YWCA's Teen Achiever's Presentation at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on March 29th at 5:30pm.
 
Independence House, as part of the Yarmouth Age Friendly Community will be part of an event to take place at the Yarmouth Senior Center on Thursday, April 29th from 4:00-6:00pm.  Author, Ai-Jen Poo will be discussing her new book "The Age of Dignity", and taking part in a candid conversation with other leaders in the community about changes we need in our culture and policy for all people to age with dignity, independence, and choice.  The event is co-sponsored by the Yarmouth Senior Center and the Yarmouth Town Library.  Continued conversation at a reception following the event at the Yarmouth Senior Center.


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Executive Director
Lysetta Hurge-Putnam, MSW, LICSW

President
Elizabeth Dunton, NP
Vice President
Officer Melissa Alden, Esq.
Treasurer
Donna Zayatz
Secretary
Angela Nash-Hennemuth, MSW, LICSW

Sandra Cashen, CAP-OM.
Sandra Faiman Silva, Ph.D.
Christine Gagnon
Wade Goolishian, MD
Michael Hatch
Lauren Kanzer
Cat Wilson
Deputy Chief Steven Xiarhos
VOLUNTEER
Have you thought about making a difference in someone's life?  Helping a member of our community stay safe? Being a part of a family's well-being? 

Independence House is interviewing this winter to fill the next volunteer class in the spring of 2016. 

Volunteer opportunities include: hotline, medical & police accompaniment, safe home providers, community outreach, child care, office assistance, events and fundraising.   

Contact Donna for interviews at 508.771.6507 x221 or email donnag@indhouse.net
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LATEST 'THOUGHTS FROM THE HOUSE' AND 'ASK AN ADVOCATE'

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THESE IMPORTANT EVENTS

ENOUGH ABUSE AWARENESS BREAKFAST
APRIL 15, 2016
9:00-11:00AM
CAPE COD FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH
PREVENTION IS POSSIBLE.
GOT CONSENT?
APRIL 5, 2016  10:00AM-2:00PM
CAPE COD COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Please join Independence House and other members of the Cape and Islands Enough Abuse Campaign Committee on Friday, April 15 from 9-11am for the Enough Abuse Awareness Breakfast.  This community meeting event is free and open to all service providers, organizations, parents, educators and those interested in stopping sexual abuse of children.
 
Child sexual abuse is a "Silent Epidemic". "One in four women and one in six men report that they have been sexually abused as children by someone they knew, trusted or loved.* This is not "stranger danger."  We are determined to talk about it and help our community talk about it. 
 
Child Sexual Abuse that is not addressed is a leading cause of adult health problems. Up to 40% of children who are sexually abused become abusers themselves.*
 
The mission of the Enough Abuse Campaign is to prevent child sexual abuse 'before' it starts. It requires a comprehensive effort by adults and community members engaging together and not relying solely on educating young children to protect themselves.
 
The Enough Abuse Awareness Breakfast will be held at the Cape Cod Family Resource Center, 29 Bassett Lane in Hyannis.  We welcome Keynote Speaker Jetta Bernier, Executive Director of MassKids, the State-wide child advocacy organization in its 55th year of advocating for Massachusetts' most vulnerable children.
 
Please RSVP to the breakfast by emailing ChrisM@indhouse.net and indicate the number of reservations you require and include business or personal contact details.

*(statistics: EnoughAbuse.org) 
 
The Cape and Islands Enough Abuse Campaign Committee includes: 
Beverly Costa-Ciavola, Cape Cod Neighborhood Support Coalition; 
Chris Morin, Independence House, Inc.;
Michael Medeiros, Massachusetts MENTOR;
Sue Whalley, Sturgis Public Charter School;
Brooke Eaton-Skea, Faith Community Liaison;
Deidre Arvidson, Public Health Nurse, Barnstable County;
Cindy Horgan, Cape Cod Children's Place;
Cynthia Klopfer, Cape Cod Family Resource Center.
 
To learn more, please visit the Cape Cod and the Islands Enough Abuse Campaign 

The 2016 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign focuses on the building blocks of prevention by communicating how individuals, communities, and the private sector can take action to promote safety, respect, and equality. 

PREVENTION IS POSSIBLE...when everyone is involved.
PREVENTION IS POSSIBLE... when consent is understood and respected
When individuals support change... PREVENTION IS POSSIBLE.
PREVENTION IS POSSIBLE... when misconceptions are eliminated.
When employers value everyone... PREVENTION IS POSSIBLE.
PREVENTION IS POSSIBLE... and it starts with you.

Please join Independence House at Cape Cod Community College on April 5 from 10am-2pm in the campus cafeteria for "Got Consent?", an interactive conversation/discussion about sexual assault.   Students of Cape Cod Community College will join together as a focus group to talk about how they view sexual assault on campus and prevention.


PREVENTION IS POSSIBLE

MORE NEWS

Independence House Volunteers receive visit from YPD Detective 

YPD'S THANK YOU THURSDAY recognizes Bruce Murphy and Annie Catalano for Civilian Service
INDEPENDENCE HOUSE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 
LYSETTA HURGE-PUTNAM
IN THE NEWS

Detective Michael Zontini of the Yarmouth Police Department attended the February Independence House monthly volunteer meeting as our speaker for the night.  Detective Zontini educated the group on the intricacies of the department's response to domestic and sexual violence calls.  "It is important to me when interviewing a victim of sexual assault, that there is no re-victimization", noted Detective Zontini. The detective also indicated, "This is often challenging when we focus on gathering the information and evidence needed in order to make a case".  Understanding the impact of a sexual assault is essential when responding to a call.  The detective added the department receives similar training to the Independence House training we provide to our staff and volunteers. The volunteer group had a number of questions including how the detectives prepare cases involving domestic and sexual violence and outcomes. The group also learned about the complicated and often startling mixes and uses of date-rape drugs, and their effects on the human body.
 
Each month, Independence House volunteers receive professional development training on topics that involve or connect to domestic and sexual violence.  In March, volunteers will be met by Cape Cod PATH to discuss sex trafficking and its presence on Cape Cod.
 

Independence House offers volunteer training classes twice annually, with the next training to commence in mid-April. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email Donna at donnag@indhouse.net or call 508.771.6507 x221.  

To learn more about the Independence House volunteer program, please visit:  http://independencehouse.org/get-involved/volunteer/
At a meeting held recently at Yarmouth Police Department Headquarters, the Yarmouth Police Department issued the Yarmouth Police Department Civilian Service Award to Town of Yarmouth Health Department Director Bruce G. Murphy and Independence House Domestic Violence Advocate Annie Catalano for their service to the community, YPD Police Officers and support staff.

The Civilian Service Award is established to recognize a member of the public who has provided outstanding assistance to the Department or has significantly contributed to public safety.

According to the YPD, longtime Health Director Murphy assists our community and our Police Officers in a wide variety of innovative ways that directly leads to making Yarmouth a wonderful place to live and assists us in reaching our goal of transforming Yarmouth into the safest community in the region by 2020.
YPD also added that Annie Catalano is an extremely valuable asset as she provides weekly follow-up contact with survivors of domestic violence or sexual assaults that occur in our community. 

Through our collaboration with the Yarmouth Police Department, Annie has an office at Yarmouth Police Department Headquarters and has done a tremendous job following up with victims to determine with them any further needs. 

Congratulations Bruce and Annie!

On April 13, 2016, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) and the Victim and Witness Assistance Board (VWAB) will honor individuals who have made notable contributions to advancing victim rights and services and make a difference in the lives of victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Massachusetts. Lysetta Hurge-Putnam, Executive Director of Independence House, Inc., will be presented with the GERARD D. DOWNING LEADERSHIP AWARD.

This announcement is shared with Lysetta's recent appointment to Jane Doe, Inc.'s Board of Directors as President-elect. Jane Doe, Inc., is the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.


Lysetta Hurge-Putnam Barnstable Channel 18 Community Profile
Lysetta also spoke with women on Cape Cod recently as part of the opening panel of the Driven Women's Conference on March 11th in Falmouth.
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE FANTASTIC FUNDRAISING EVENTS
APRIL 10, 2016
8:00am - 5:00pm
Cape Cod Trail Race: Run Forward, Give Back

Independence House has been selected as one of the charity beneficiaries of the 2016 Cape Cod Trail Race: Run Forward, Give Back, presented by the Falmouth Track Club.

Beneficiaries of the Race this year include: 
Independence House, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod
Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope
Heroes in Transition
Jack's Pact
Falmouth Water Stewards
Friends of Falmouth Bikeways
Falmouth Aquatics 

The race offers a 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, and 50K taking place on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the Frances A. Crane Wildlife Management Area, on 754 Nathan Ellis Highway (Route 151) in East Falmouth.

As posted by the Cape Cod Trail Race, entry is full for the race, however there are still spots available for the Kids Fun Run. 



Photo courtesy: Capecodtrailrace.com

The Mankind Project Cape Cod and Islands Community in collaboration with Independence House bring the 2nd NoMore Men's March to Hyannis 

Please join the Mankind Project and Independence House on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Cape Cod Synagogue for the 2nd Annual NoMore Men's March.  

The March calls on men and boys, business owners, social and civic organizations, houses of worship, police and fire departments, sports leagues, men's groups, clubs, schools, and fraternities to join together for a march against violence towards women. 

WOMEN ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND. This is a family-oriented event and ALL are welcome. 

Special guest speakers and refreshments.  

Suggested donation $20 to March.  Boys under 18 March free.  No one will be turned away if you cannot afford a donation. 

Vendor display tables available for $30.

Cape Cod Synagogue is located at 145 Winter Street, Hyannis. 
12:30pm Registration.  1:00pm Rally, Walk, Refreshments.

Proceeds of the March benefit Independence House, Inc.
 





INDEPENDENCE HOUSE GIVING
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Become a light of hope for domestic and sexual violence survivors on Cape Cod. Your monthly commitment remains directly on Cape Cod helping families live free from violence in our community. Choose an affordable monthly commitment or create your own level of generosity.   learn more

DISCOVER PAVE 
Positive Action for Victim Empowerment (PAVE) is a unique Independence House program intended to partner you with the Independence House mission by creating annual  charitable events and opportunities in our community that benefit Independence House, helping us to provide free and confidential services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence on Cape Cod. Learn more

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