Kalamazoo YWCA

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Kalamazoo County has a plan for reducing domestic violence. It’s working toward launching a “Trauma Court” for repeat offenders that would seek to change their behavior, not just punish it.

Kalamazoo YWCA Holds Domestic Violence Vigil

Oct 29, 2018
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As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, the Kalamazoo YWCA will host its annual walk and vigil Monday evening, October 29, to honor survivors and those who have lost their lives.

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Although the official release date isn't until March 2019, Kalamazooans have an early chance to hear music from Ashley Daneman's newest album of original music, People Are Fragile, Thursday night at Bell's Eccentric Café's Back Room. Daneman tells Cara Lieurance that she funded the album with a grant from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, which will allow her to offer free copies of the album with the $10 price of admission to the concert. She also partnered with the YWCA Kalamazoo to present this pre-release concert this month, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  

Daneman has worked to understand and manage her own experience with childhood domestic violence. Some of the songs contain elements familiar to those who have also survived or been in contact with trauma. Other songs celebrate moments of love, faith, and passion. Daneman talks about the musicians who joined her on the album, and the all-live process of recording it.

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A new shelter for victims of human trafficking will open in Kalamazoo early next year. The Kalamazoo YWCA says state and local funding will support the shelter, which is the first of its kind in Michigan.

Kalamazoo YWCA Sexual Assault Program Needs Volunteers

Sep 6, 2017
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The Kalamazoo YWCA is looking for volunteers to help victims of sexual abuse. It will hold “supportive volunteer” training sessions September 15 and 16. The volunteers work with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program to help survivors through medical examinations following a sexual assault.