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Catholic Charities to Host Two-Day Domestic Violence Training Focusing on New York Model for Batterers Program

by Stephanie Brown

Event to be held May 2-3 in Orchard Park

Fri, Apr 15th 2016 11:00 am

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 15, 2016 - The National Training Institute on the New York Model for Batterer Programs will host "Domestic Violence Offender Accountability ~ What, Why and How to Get it Done" May 2 and 5 at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Presented by Catholic Charities of Buffalo Domestic Violence Program for Men and VCS, Inc. Domestic Violence Program for Men of New City, the two-day training will discuss essential elements and requirements needed to achieve offender accountability, as well as how and why New York Model programs support the work of local, state and national battered women's advocates. Social workers, advocate representatives, batterer program staff, and judiciary and domestic violence court personnel are urged to attend. This is the sixth New York Model conference held in Orchard Park.

"This is the opportunity to learn the very latest state-of-the-art information on domestic violence and offender accountability programming," said Gregory R. White, director of Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Program for Men. "It is our goal to hold offenders accountable in conjunction with the criminal and civil justice system."

The New York Model works in conjunction with the criminal and civil justice system to create an offender accountability environment designed to hold men accountable who come before the court for acts of domestic violence against an intimate female partner.

The training will be led by White and Phyllis B. Frank, director of the VCS, Inc. Domestic Violence Program for Men, who are co-directors of the National Training Institute. Other presenters will include Colleen Gibbons, resource coordinator for the Erie County Integrated Domestic Violence Court, and Vanessa Green, supervisor at VCS Domestic Violence Program for Men in New City, NY.

For more information or to register, please call White at (716) 896-6390 or e-mail gregory.white@ccwny.org.

Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Program for Men works for systemic social change as part of the Coordinated Community Response to ending domestic violence. This includes collaboration with Police Agencies, Family and Criminal Justice Courts, District Attorney's Office, Probation, and Victim Services. The program is one of four batterer programs in New York State and the only local New York Model for Batterer Programs in Western New York endorsed by New York State's Coalition Against Domestic Violence, New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS). For more information, call (716) 896-6390 or visit ccwny.org.   

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