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Then and Now: Reflecting on the Domestic Violence Movement

Thursday, December 17th
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Eastern

Lois Galgay Reckitt and Rose Garrity have been leaders in the field of domestic violence since the 1970s. In this webinar, they will reflect on the history of the movement, considering what has changed, what has stayed the same and what emerging issues are impacting the field today.

By the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Consider the history of the domestic violence movement
  • Recognize the strides made in the field as well as the challenges that remain
  • Identify new tensions emerging in the field

Lois Galgay Reckitt, Family Crisis Services of Cumberland County, Maine

Lois Galgay Reckitt is a graduate of Brandeis (A.B.) and Boston Universities (A.M.) and for 36 years was the Executive Director of Family Crisis Services in Cumberland County, Maine. This organization under her guidance has been a leader in Maine’s innovations in the area of domestic violence services and prevention – for youth, elders, incarcerated women, people with disabilities, New Americans and the LGBT community. She has received numerous awards from various community sectors, but most impactful has been her work over the years with the criminal justice system in Maine. During these years she has received awards from Maine’s Judicial Branch, State Bar Association and Maine Chiefs of Police. In addition, she was inducted in 1997 into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame and in 2013 to the Deborah Morton Society at UNE.

Rose M. Garrity, NCADV 
Rose, recently retired, was the Executive Director, of A New Hope Center (ANHC), in Tioga County New York since its founding in the spring of 1986. She developed all aspects of this well-known domestic violence and sexual assault program which opened with a single staff person and grew to one with 16-20 staff and many programs. Rose has written and trained extensively on various aspects of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as economic justice, anti-racism, classism, and other oppressions.

Rose is a co-founder of the NY Model for Batterer Programs Model, and developed one of the earliest domestic violence coordinated community response networks in New York while developing the batterer program work.

She also oversaw the development of the first pet rescue related to domestic violence project in the northeast. Rose is a well-known writer and trainer and has received numerous awards for her work. She has also served on several other boards, including the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault. In her retirement she remains committed to social justice activism.

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