A Survivor's Response to the Domestic Violence and Firearm Surrender Report

[November 12, 2019] The following blog post is a response to the Everytown Domestic Violence and Firearm Surrender Report released last week. wordcloud SOAR

As a survivor of domestic violence, the results of this research are terrifying. When I began my attempts to leave my abuser, he made detailed threats about murdering me and murdering others with his gun. He expressed confidence in knowing how to get away with murder even if I got a restraining order against him. He told me I couldn’t trust the courts to protect me. At the time I thought it was another one of his manipulations. After reading this article, I’m thinking he was right.

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Women Talking Money

Women Talking Money Patricia[August 5, 2019]  I facilitated a "Women Talking Money" discussion for the women at Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP). The main topic was budgeting. We talked about how to cut corners in spending. I used the example of how we could make coffee at home or at work instead of spending $2 or more at the coffee shop. I had them calculate how much it costs in a year and how they can create a savings by putting that money in a jar and cashing it in for a Christmas fund or an emergency fund.

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High School Student's Senior Project with SOAR

Kathy Student SOAR

[July 29, 2019] As a student at North Providence High School, I wasn't quite sure what topic I wanted to do for my senior project. The main goal from this project is to gain a lot of information on a topic you find interesting, especially because the entire assignment takes place over the course of nine months. For my senior project, I wanted to research domestic violence. In addition to the research I have been asked to do, I had also been required to meet with a mentor, or an expert within the field of my selection. I asked Kathy McCormick, who is member of the SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abuse Relationships) taskforce with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, to be my mentor.

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Women’s Focused Self-Defense Workshop at Ichiban Karate and Fitness

Laura Self Defense Group

[July 29, 2019] As a member of  the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Task Force through Care New England, a group that is all about information gathering to create best practices through the healthcare network, self-care is an important component. I decided for April I was going to have a Sexual Assault Awareness training through Day One RI and put together a self-defense workshop for women.

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Laura’s Story: Talking About Economic Empowerment at the YMCA

33425647 10216041061042376 7832393019155283968 o[June 8, 2018] – Laura is a regular at her local YMCA (the Y), so she knew it would be a safe and welcoming place to share her knowledge and experience with gym-goers. Last week, instead of heading up to the gym equipment as usual, she set up a table where people could stop by to learn more about domestic violence and financial abuse. Over the last few months, SOAR members have been hosting similar small “Women Talking Money” events across Rhode Island.

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