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When is Enough Enough? Intimate Partner Violence

On Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., Gwen Wright, Executive Director of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, will come to speak in the OCTC Great Room 101 at Kaplan Hall. Wright’s presentation will address the issues of intimate partner violence with a special emphasis on the new state law focused on reducing sexual assault on college campuses.

The “Enough is Enough” legislation, passed into law in 2015, requires all colleges to adopt a set of comprehensive procedures and guidelines, including a uniform definition of affirmative consent, a statewide amnesty policy, and expanded access to law enforcement.

During her lecture, When is Enough Enough? Intimate Partner Violence - What you should know!, she will provide a brief overview of the “Enough is Enough” campus safety response program and the need for college communities to understand intimate partner violence and the unique aspects that arise when the victim/survivor and the perpetrator are part of the same college community. In addition, Wright will examine what intimate partner violence looks like and the best practice in responding, as well as ways to help someone who is being abused.

This program is free and open to the public and is intended for students as well as the general public.

Wright was appointed Executive Director of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in August 2013. She has been with the Office for more than 20 years and has served in many capacities, most recently as director of Human Services and Prevention, supervising training and policy programs in the areas of child welfare, social services and public benefits, substance abuse and mental health, health care and criminal justice.

Wright was integral in the development and implementation of the NYS Domestic Violence and the Workplace initiative required by Executive Order in 2007. She has received numerous awards for her work and has held many positions in the domestic violence field. She is the former executive director of the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a statewide grassroots advocacy group. While there, she coordinated statewide legislative activities, organized regional domestic violence efforts, participated in policy discussions with state lawmakers and made dozens of media appearances, both locally and nationally.

Additionally, she has worked in local domestic violence programs in Ulster and Westchester Counties where she was responsible for programs designed to support abused women and their children, and for the provision of legal and system advocacy. Wright has served on many local, state, and national non-profit boards of directors, most notably A Call to Men, NCADV, In Our Own Voices, and The Pride Center of the Capital Region. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and Empire State College. She currently serves as a member of the Hoyt Children and Family Trust Fund.

Maureen Flaherty of the SUNY Orange Wellness Center and Jennifer Valastro of Orange County Mental Health Association Rape Crisis Services will also be on hand at this event to offer additional resources to attendees.

For more information, send an email to cultural@sunyorange.edu, call (845) 341-9386, or check out the SUNY Orange website at: www.sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs. Kaplan Free and secure parking is available in the Kaplan Hall garage accessible at 73 First Street.

Event date, time and location.

Joanne Zipay
Cultural Affairs
10/27/2016