Pace Women’s Justice Center Expands Education Program for High School Students

To help reduce dating violence at its most frequent source, the Pace Women’s Justice Center (WJC) began a training program last summer for boys at private, all-boys schools including Iona Prep., Fordham Prep., Archbishop Stepinac High School and Mount Saint Michael Academy, all in New York’s Westchester County and the New York City borough of the Bronx.

Contacts: Mary E. Horgan, Pace Public Information,
914-923-2798, mhorgan@pace.edu
Regina Pappalardo, Communications Coordinator, Pace Law School
914-422-4268, rpappalardo@law.pace.edu
Helene Norton-Russell, Coordinator of Public Relations,
Pace Women’s Justice Center
914-422-4069, hrussell@law.pace.edu

PACE WOMEN’S JUSTICE CENTER
EXPANDS EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
TO COMBAT DATING VIOLENCE

Westchester DA Jeanine Pirro to be guest speaker 1:00 pm Thursday, July 8, 2004, at Pace Law School

Grants from EILEEN FISHER, Junior League of Westchester on the Sound, Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation and Women’s Research and Education Fund will support training for high school students

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 6, 2004 — To help reduce dating violence at its most frequent source, the Pace Women’s Justice Center (WJC) began a training program last summer for boys at private, all-boys schools including Iona Prep., Fordham Prep., Archbishop Stepinac High School and Mount Saint Michael Academy, all in New York’s Westchester County and the New York City borough of the Bronx.

Now the program is expanding, and adding sections for girls as well.

From Wednesday, July 7, through Friday, July 9, 30 male and female student leaders from Gorton, Blind Brook, Horace Greeley, Good Council, Mount Saint Michael, Greenwich, Maria Regina and Stepinac high schools will attend a three-day intensive training seminar at the Pace Law School so they can take the program back to their schools this fall.

The seminar will also present featured speakers including Jeanine Pirro, the Westchester County District Attorney, Robert Mancuso, a Westchester criminal defense attorney, and Eric Ramos, a White Plains Police Department School Resource Officer. Pirro speaks Thursday, July 8, at 1:00 pm.

Epidemic. “There is an epidemic of violence in our culture today,” said Susan Pollet, executive director of the WJC. “Rates of violence in dating relationships among high school students have been measured at between 9 and 41 percent. Among high school girls surveyed between the ages of 14 to 18, about 20 percent reported that they had been hit, slapped, shoved or forced into sexual activity by a dating partner.”

“This is a male problem and it needs a male solution,” she adds, explaining the continuing emphasis on special education for boys. For girls, the classes teach how to forestall violence, in part by seeking legal protections and penalties.

“Teen dating violence is a serious problem that does not always receive the attention it deserves,” said District Attorney Jeanine Pirro. “With programs such as this, early intervention and education can interrupt the vicious cycle of violence before it escalates.”

The program educates student leaders about dating violence, domestic abuse and other dangerous behavior in the hopes of reducing its occurrence. Specifically it points out the dangers of rape, stalking and other forms of abuse including emotional, psychological and physical.

After the training sessions the student leaders will go back to their schools to help their peers understand what is and is not healthy behavior. The Pace Women’s Justice Center’s Teen Dating Violence Program session will include presentations, videos, and discussion of myths and realities.

Encouraging responsibility in teenage boys for their behavior is one of the immediate goals.

The program is financially supported by EILEEN FISHER, the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound, the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation and the Women’s Research and Education Fund.

The Pace Women’s Justice Center pioneered 24/7 legal services to battered women. Staff attorneys carry beepers so they can be reached around the clock.

The Center has emerged as the national leader in first response legal services for battered women by partnering with the White Plains Department of Public Safety and other Westchester police departments so victims of domestic violence can receive legal services when they need them most, even at 2 o’clock in the morning.

Each year, the WJC represents over 1,500 battered women and their children in family court. Since 1999 law students have contributed over 10,000 hours of free legal assistance, which have helped garner more than $2,000,000 in child support for victims.

In addition, the Center conducts more than 100 training programs a year in preventing and dealing with domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assaults, and other problems, for thousands of judges, law enforcement officers, attorneys and law students. It has produced public service announcements for the federal Violence Against Women Office, written judicial training manuals and published dozens of articles.

Part of the Pace University School of Law, the WJC recently was given New York Governor George Pataki’s 2003 Justice, Freedom and Courage Award to End Domestic Violence.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university committed to opportunity, teaching and learning, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It is one of the ten founders of Project Pericles, developing education that instills lifelong participation in democratic processes. Pace has seven campuses, in New York City and Pleasantville, Briarcliff and White Plains, N.Y., and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu.

Pace Women’s Justice Center Expands Education Program for Boys to Combat Dating Violence

To help reduce dating violence at its most frequent source, the Pace Women’s Justice Center (WJC) began a training program last summer for boys at private all-boys schools including Iona Prep., Fordham Prep., Archbishop Stepinac High School and Mount Saint Michael Academy, all in New York’s Westchester County and the New York City borough of the Bronx. Now the program is expanding into the public schools with an initial event at Gorton High School in Yonkers from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2004.

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Contacts: Mary E. Horgan, Pace Public Information,
914-923-2798, mhorgan@pace.edu
Richard Small, M Booth & Associates
212-481-7000, Richards@mbooth.com
Jennifer Riekert, Pace Law School Public Information,
914-422-4128, jriekert@law.pace.edu

PACE WOMEN’S JUSTICE CENTER
EXPANDS EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR BOYS
TO COMBAT DATING VIOLENCE

150 boys at Gorton High School in Yonkers to attend program, Tuesday, March 30, 2004.

WHITE PLAINS, NY – March 16, 2004 — To help reduce dating violence at its most frequent source, the Pace Women’s Justice Center (WJC) began a training program last summer for boys at private all-boys schools including Iona Prep., Fordham Prep., Archbishop Stepinac High School and Mount Saint Michael Academy, all in New York’s Westchester County and the New York City borough of the Bronx. Now the program is expanding into the public schools with an initial event at Gorton High School in Yonkers from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 30, 2004.

“There is an epidemic of violence in our culture today,” says Victoria L. Lutz, the former Westchester senior district attorney who is the WJC executive director. She says, “Rates of violence in dating relationships among high school students have been measured at between nine and 41 percent. Among high school girls surveyed from ages 14 to 18, about 20 percent reported that they had been hit, slapped, shoved, or forced into sexual activity by a dating partner.”

“This is a male problem and it needs a male solution,” she adds.

She hopes that the programs will help boys learn about and prevent not only emotional, psychological and physical abuse, but also the sexual molestation and violent hazing in high schools that recently have been in the news.

Encouraging responsibility in teenagers is a goal of Gorton High School’s Meeting Hate with Humanity Program. The event will offer 150 11th grade-boys an intensive workshop with Lutz .The Pace Women’s Justice Center’s Teen Dating Violence Program session will include video, role playing and discussion of myths and realities.

Meanwhile, 140 girls will attend a Woman and Empowerment panel organized by Gorton.

“One of the goals of Meeting Hate with Humanity is to help students realize that they have a responsibility to help stop intolerance and the violent and exclusionary acts it supports,” said Beth Quinn, teacher and coordinator of the initiative, now in its sixth year.

The Pace Women’s Justice Center pioneered 24/7 legal services to battered women. Staff attorneys carry beepers so they can be reached around the clock.

The Center has emerged as the national leader in first response legal services for battered women by partnering with the White Plains Department of Public Safety and other Westchester police departments so victims of domestic violence can receive legal services when they need them most, even at 2 o’clock in the morning.

Each year, the WJC represents over 1,500 battered women and their children in family court. Since 1999 law students have contributed over 10,000 hours of free legal assistance, which have helped garner more than $2,000,000 in child support for victims.

In addition, the Center conducts more than 100 training programs a year in preventing and dealing with domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assaults, and other problems, for thousands of judges, law enforcement officers, attorneys and law students. It has produced public service announcements for the federal Violence Against Women Office, written judicial training manuals, and published dozens of articles.

Part of the Pace University School of Law, the WJC recently was given New York Governor George Pataki’s 2003 Justice, Freedom, and Courage Award to End Domestic Violence.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university committed to opportunity, teaching and learning, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It has campuses in New York City and Pleasantville, Briarcliff and White Plains, N.Y., and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu.

Pace Women’s Justice Center Starts Education Program for Dating Violence

To help reduce dating violence, the Pace Women’s Justice Center (WJC) has started training boys at a number of all-boys schools, including Iona Prep., Fordham Prep., and Mount Saint Michael Academy, which are all located in New York’s Westchester County and the New York City borough of the Bronx.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mary E. Horgan, Pace Public Information, 914-923-2798, mhorgan@pace.edu
Jennifer Riekert, Pace Law School Public Information, 914-422-4128, jriekert@law.pace.edu

Recruiting the next generation of male anti-violence crusaders

PACE WOMEN’S JUSTICE CENTER
STARTS EDUCATION PROGRAM ON DATING VIOLENCE
AT ALL-BOYS SCHOOLS IN THE BRONX AND WESTCHESTER COUNTY

(Note: Training days are scheduled at Iona Prep Nov. 18-25)

WHITE PLAINS, NY – November 13, 2003 — To help reduce dating violence, the Pace Women’s Justice Center (WJC) has started training boys at a number of all-boys schools, including Iona Prep., Fordham Prep., and Mount Saint Michael Academy, which are all located in New York’s Westchester County and the New York City borough of the Bronx.

“There is an epidemic of violence in our culture today,” says Victoria L. Lutz, the former Westchester senior district attorney who is the WJC executive director. She says “rates of violence in dating relationships among high school students have been measured at between nine and 41 percent. Among high school girls surveyed from ages 14 to 18, about 20 percent reported that they had been hit, slapped, shoved, or forced into sexual activity by a dating partner.”

She hopes that the insights gained by the students through participation at these programs will help the boys to learn about and prevent not only emotional, psychological and physical abuse, but also the sexual molestation and violent hazing in high schools that recently have been in the news.

“This is a male problem and it needs a male solution,” she adds.

“Teaching young boys about the jeopardy for those who are involved with or exposed to violent behavior is a way to combat dating violence and domestic violence among teens,” she says. “We know how much peer pressure impacts teenagers’ behavior, so we teach peer educators who teach their buddies.”

“This is the only program of its kind that I know of in the United States,” says Lutz. What makes the program unique is that there are four tiers to each school’s educational process. After the peer educators are trained, attorneys from the WJC provide an in-service program for the staff, at which they address both the dynamics of domestic violence and systemic policy issues and written protocols on this topic. Parents are the next group to be invited to a program, after which their children receive peer education in an inter-active, multi-media format.

Defining the rules. The first phase of the boys’ peer training began in August when 11 students, representing each of the schools, attended a three-day training seminar at the Pace University School of Law. The boys were selected for their leadership ability and interest. Each student peer educator will receive a stipend of $200 on his successful completion of the program.

The training began a process in which the WJC, along with these peer educators, will help their fellow students define the rules of dating, what qualifies as statutory rape, date rape, dating violence, stalking and other unacceptable dating behavior. The boys also are being taught how and why orders of protection are sought, what they do for the victim and to the predator, and the ins and outs of other related court procedures. Throughout the training the boys participate in role playing, group problem solving, interactive dialogue, and videotape instruction as well as lectures from lawyers, who are always a presence at the dating violence classes.

Foundation funding. A grant of $15,000 from the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., of White Plains, funds the training program. Lutz is hopeful that this will only be a pilot program and that the peer training will expand to public schools and private girls’ schools throughout Westchester County, the Bronx and beyond. Already she has received requests from other high schools to duplicate the program for them.

The Pace Women’s Justice Center pioneered 24/7 legal services to battered women nationally. Staff attorneys carry beepers so they can be reached around the clock.

The Center has emerged as the leader in first response legal services for battered women by partnering with the White Plains Department of Public Safety and other Westchester police departments so victims of domestic violence can receive legal services when they need them most, even at 2 o’clock in the morning.

The WJC represents over 1,500 battered women and their children a year in family court. Since 1999, law students have contributed over 10,000 hours of free legal assistance, which have helped garner more than $2,000,000 in child support for victims of family violence.

In addition to representing over 4,000 victims of domestic violence in the last four years, the Center annually conducts more than 100 training programs in preventing and dealing with domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assaults, and other problems, for thousands of judges, law enforcement officers, attorneys and law students. It has produced public service announcements for the federal Violence Against Women Office, written judicial training manuals, and published dozens of articles.

Part of the Pace University School of Law, the WJC recently was given the Governor’s 2003 Justice, Freedom, and Courage Award to End Domestic Violence.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university committed to opportunity, teaching and learning, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It has campuses in New York City and Pleasantville, Briarcliff and White Plains, N.Y., and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu.

Pace University Hosts “Be a Man” Event to Promote Non-Violence Against Women

In the United States a woman is battered by a man – usually an intimate partner – every 15 seconds, raped every two minutes, and murdered by a spouse or boyfriend every six hour.

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Contact: Mary E. Horgan, (914) 923-2798, mhorgan@pace.edu

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PACE UNIVERSITY HOSTS “BE A MAN” EVENT TO PROMOTE NON-VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Leading a new generation of men into a violence-free end zone

PLEASANTVILLE, NY – October 2, 2003 — In the United States a woman is battered by a man – usually an intimate partner – every 15 seconds, raped every two minutes, and murdered by a spouse or boyfriend every six hour.

Free Event: “Be A Man” to encourage men to protect the rights of all
women, your grandmother, mother, sister, daughter,
girlfriend, and friends.

Speaker: Don McPherson, ex-Syracuse quarterback and Philadelphia Eagles
and Houston Oilers pro-football player. He will challenge men
to join other men taking a stand against violence against women.

Day/Time: Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Pace University
Goldstein Recreation and Fitness Center
861 Bedford Road. Pleasantville, NY

This free event is open to boys and girls, men and women.

Don McPherson’s current national training agenda addresses violence for a gender perspective, examining masculinity and the social pressures placed on men and boys to develop, participate in and sanction violent behavior. McPherson is the executive director of the Adelphi University Sports Leadership Institute, where he works daily with students, athletes, and young men to change the culture that cultivates abuse. He has

served as consultant for the Justice Department’s “Agenda for the Nation on Violence Against Women.” His book, “Throw Like a Girl,” will be released later this year.

The event is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Athletics, Student Development, Women’s Justice Center, Center for Community Outreach, Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, The Lienhard School of Nursing, The School of Computer Science and Information Systems, The School of Education, Pace Law School, Department for Criminal Justice and University Relations.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart Airport in New Windsor. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu