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

by jtan

Event to be held May 5-6 in Orchard Park

Thu, Apr 24th 2014 09:00 am

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 22, 2014 - 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 5 and 6 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 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 fourth New York Model conference held in Orchard Park.

The New York Model for Batterer Programs is endorsed by the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS).

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

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 Remla Parthasarathy, clinical instructor for the University at Buffalo School of Law, and Jean Max Naissant, registrar with the VCS, Inc. Domestic Violence Program for Men.

Registration is $75 per person for both days and $50 per person for just May 5. Continental breakfast and lunch will be included with registration. For more information or to register, please call White at (716) 896-6390 or e-mail [email protected]

Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Program for Men offers programs across the eight counties and 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 NOMAS. For more information, call (716) 896-6390 or visit 

For 90 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assess its clients for other needs to ensure long-term success. It is the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York.  For the fifth consecutive year, Catholic Charities has attained the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also receives highest ratings for quality of service provided and financial health/accountability as rated by the Council on Accreditation and Charity Navigator. 

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