February Newsletter 2020

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February E-newsletter

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Two of A Safe Place’s newest advocates, Suzanne Fronzuto and Kathy Butterworth, provided a workshop at The Saltmarsh Senior Center at 81 Washington Street to discuss the issues surrounding Elder Domestic Abuse including how to recognize the different subtle aspects. Topics such as financial exploitation, physical and verbal abuse, and leaving someone unattended when they are unable to care for themselves were discussed. A Safe Place is here to help all of those who experience domestic violence in any form including the elderly population. 

Sexual Violence Medical Advocacy

A Safe Place’s Executive Director, Jennifer, and Advocate, Suzanne, recently attend a Department of Public Health and Jane Doe Inc. sponsored meeting that brought together Rape Crisis Center Medical Advocacy Coordinators, Advocates, and Directors with the Disabled Persons Protection Commission’s Sexual Assault Response Unit (SARU) staff, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Regional Coordinators, the Victim Compensation Assistance Division, and others for a discussion of current issues related to the care and support of sexual violence survivors. The meeting focused on survivor care that takes place in hospital emergency departments, as well as on the immediate after-care support and services for survivors. The meeting included program and service updates and the opportunity to meet with others in the Southeast region to discuss the medical advocacy and SANE response. Overall it was an informative day and A Safe Place looks forward to continued work with all of these entities to better support survivors of sexual assault.

PFLAG Presentation

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Tracy McKay visited with our staff as well as multiple representatives at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and the New School to discuss the issues facing the LGBTQ Community, and their families.  Tracy discussed how we can assist them along their journey of discovery. PFLAG’s vision is to create a world where difference is celebrated, and all people are valued inclusive of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Our mission of support, education, and advocacy guides our work on this important goal. 

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PFLAG is the United States’ first and largest organization uniting parents, families, and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. PFLAG National is the national organization, which provides support to the PFLAG network of local chapters. A Safe Place’s very own advocates, Kathy and Suzanne, have become facilitators in this organization. Groups co-sponsored by A Safe Place, Nantucket Health Imperatives, Alliance Against Substance Abuse, Unitarian Universalist Meeting House  and the PFLAG organization will begin February 5th at the Handlebar Cafe! For more information please email: sfronzuto@asafeplacenantucket.org

New Service Available!

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Kerry Bridges, our Director of Communications and Community Engagement, has obtained a Notary Public license. We can now offer free Notary services to all of our clients!

Check out our new signs!

Thank you to Kerry Bridges and Maria Zodda for all your time and effort getting these approved and put into place!

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Our Contact Information
A Safe Place
5B Windy Way
Nantucket, MA 02554
508-228-0561
www.asafeplacenantucket.org

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