Helping Victims of Domestic Abuse (Aired February 1 and 2, 2020)

RadioRotary interviews Branka Bryan, Executive Director of Grace Smith House, a shelter for
persons confronted with domestic violence in Dutchess Country, about 10% of whom are men.  Domestic violence includes psychological as well as physical abuse of a person in an intimate partner relationship. The abused and the abuser can each be any age, ranging from children in middle school to persons over 90 years old. Grace Smith House started nearly 39 years ago when a small group from Poughkeepsie’s First Presbyterian Church (including a church elder named Grace Smith) recognized that there was a need for housing to protect victims of domestic violence.  Today Grace Smith House also provides transitional housing, counseling, and education in the schools and the community. Victims can easily reach help by calling the hot line, (845) 471-3033, where trained volunteers will direct the caller to help. Services of Grace Smith House are free and highly confidential. Women with young children can be accommodated in the shelter as well as adults and teenagers.

Learn more
Grace Smith House: https://www.gracesmithhouse.org/
Domestic Violence Services, Dutchess County: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Community-Family-Services/Domestic-Violence.htm
Gaslighting: https://www.healthline.com/health/gaslighting

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February 20, 2020 · Posted in Domestic Violence, Support Groups, Women  

Elder Care and Abuse (Aired on May 25 and 26, 2019)

Dana Pavelock, Vice President for Provider Relations at Evercare in Newburgh, NY, and Brian Jones of the Dutchess County Office for the Aging visit RadioRotary to discuss issues related to  abuse of senior citizen, known as “elder abuse.” Evercare is a not-for-profit provider of health services for the aging. The Dutchess Office for the Aging provides many services to older citizen, ranging from recreation to long-term care services. Both organization are concerned with the physical, psychological, and financial abuse of the elderly along with just plain neglect. Some 2.5 million older Americans suffer abuse, two-thirds of the time in their own homes. It is suggested that you report any signs of bruises on your older neighbors or if you hear yelling or screaming. In addition to physical or psychological harm, older persons are frequently the target of financial scams.

Learn more:
Evercare: https://www.evercare.org/
Dutchess Country Office for the Aging: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Aging/Office-for-the-Aging.htm
Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS): http://www.chcanys.org/
Adult Protective Services (Dutchess County): https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Community-Family-Services/Adult-Protective-Services.htm
Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County: https://dutchessmediation.org/index.php/coalition-on-elder-abuse-in-dutchess-county

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June 2, 2019 · Posted in Aging, Domestic Violence, Hudson Valley, Law, Quality of Life  

Rotary International Convention in Toronto (Aired on August 4th, 2018 and August 5th, 2018)

Toronto Rotary International Convention, Part 3 (Aired on August 4 and 5, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews three distinguished Rotarians: Donna Gunn of the Lakeway/Lake Travis (Texas) Rotary Club, Peggy Rogers of Sebastopol (California) Rotary, and Rotary 2017-18 President Ian H.S. Riseley of the Sandringham (Australia) Club as all visit the International Convention in Toronto, Ontario. Ms. Gunn is Special Projects Chair of Rotary 3D Limbs, which proved 3D printed limbs, primarily legs, for children in need. The printed limbs not only cost less than 1% of hand-made and fitted limbs. They can be adjusted to make an exact fit for no extra cost and are adjustable in length so that they grow with the child. Ms. Rogers is representing the Family Safety Rotary Action Group (RAG), dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, which can affect men and children as well as women. RI President Riseley looks back at his tree-planting campaign and other hallmarks of his year, as well as outlining a path for the future of Rotary.

Learn more:
Lakeway/Lake Travis Rotary Club:
Rotary 3D Limbs:
3D Printing:
Family Safety Rotary Action Group:
Ian H.S. Riseley:
Rotary International:

 

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Kimberly Kochem on Preventing Child Abuse (Aired on June 30th and July 1 2018)

Prevention of Child Abuse (Aired on June 30 and Jul 1, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Kimberly Kochen, Executive Director of The Center for
the Prevention of Child Abuse, located in Poughkeepsie, N, the nonprofit agency
dedicated to the reduction of child maltreatment since 1973. Among their
programs are outreach to elementary schools for educating children and to PTAs
and other groups for educating adults. Almost 17,000 children per year are
served, mostly through lessons in schools, ranging from puppet shows for
younger children to more formal teaching though grade 6. Child abuse is a major
problem but only about one in a thousand children will report it. Everyone who
suspects child abuse should call the NYS Central Registry at 1(800) 342-3720 or
in case of immediate harm, 911. Parents and others are urged to “trust your gut”
if you suspect anything, and take action immediately. Abuse during childhood
often affects the person abused for his or her entire life.
Learn more:
The Center for Prevention of Child Abuse:
Facebook Page for Child Abuse Prevention:
NYS Central Registry (Child Protective Services):
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Child Abuse:

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