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Congress Lets Landmark Violence Against Women Law Lapse During Budget Extension

Dec. 4, 2018 • Fortune

The Violence Against Women Act first passed in 1994 and will lapse on Dec. 7 for the second time since its passage.

One of the bill’s original co-authors, Democrat Louise Slaughter of New York, died in February. Her elected replacement, Democrat Joe Morelle, pledged on Dec. 3 to fight for the law’s re-authorization this week, reported the Washington, D.C., ABC TV affiliate. Morelle joined the Willow Domestic Violence Center, RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, and Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York to call for its restoration.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Local groups call on Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

Dec. 3, 2018 • RochesterFirst.com

Local leaders Monday called for action on the Violence Against Women Act on Monday.

In the conference, Congressman Joe Morelle, Willow Domestic Violence Center, RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, and Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York called for the re-authorization of the act.

The act funds victim assistance services like legal aid, rape crisis centers, and programs that provide emergency housing.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Morelle pushes to re-authorize Violence Against Women Act

Dec. 3, 2018 • 13 WHAM

Just a few days from Monday, a vital law passed to protect women across the United States is slated to expire.

Newly-elected Congressman Joe Morelle (D, NY-25) was joined Monday morning by groups such as Willow Domestic Violence Center to raise awareness about the Violence Against Women Act.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Rep. Morelle Vows Support, Renew Violence Against Women Act

Dec. 3, 2018 • Spectrum

Jerri Lynn Sparks never thought she was a domestic abuse victim.

She worked in Congress when she said verbal abuse at home cleared a path for domestic abuse that changed her life and the life she had made for her children.

A hotline funded by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) helped Sparks find shelter and response to what she was dealing with in her life. 

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

GENESEE, ORLEANS, WYOMING AND LIVINGSTON COUNTIES/ 24 hour crisis intervention and support services for victims of domestic violence

Nov. 30, 2018 • Video News Service

Interview with Lauren Berger, RESTORE Training Coordinator, providing information for those looking for help in domestic violence situations.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

To show support for sexual and domestic violence victims, make teal and purple scarves

Nov. 28, 2018 • The Batavian

Local victim assistance providers are asking supporters to help raise awareness in a crafty way this holiday season by making teal and purple scarves.

RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, Willow Center and other agencies that assist survivors of sexual and domestic violence, offer free services because they are funded in part by a law titled the Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA. 

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Strangers using Apple's AirDrop to send lewd pictures

Nov. 27, 2018 • WHEC

This disturbing trend can be offensive for people, but for Jennalyn Long, a crisis counselor at RESTORE in Rochester says for survivors of sexual assault this could be triggering.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Student group proposes safe-sex vending machine at Syracuse University

Nov. 12, 2018 • Syracuse.com

A student group at Syracuse University is hoping to improve sexual health on campus with a unique vending machine.

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

History of Abortion Rights Has Deep Roots in Syracuse

Nov. 11, 2018 • Spectrum News

Almost 50 years after New York became one of the first states in the nation to make abortion legal, the state law has become the center of a reignited debate. 

Posted by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, Inc.

Press Releases

Dr. Willie J. Parker to join PPCWNY Medical Director Dr. Rachael Phelps to speak at Planned Parenthood Annual Reception

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York (PPCWNY) will host its annual fall reception and VIP Dinner on Tuesday, September 26, featuring Dr. Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc, a reproductive justice advocate who is a self-proclaimed Southern Christian Abortion Provider in Alabama and Georgia.

Sept. 7, 2017 • New York