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On December 8th, It's Time To Talk

On December 8, 2011, more than 80 people will come together to talk about domestic violence and sexual assault at Liz Claiborne Inc.’s eighth annual It’s Time to Talk Day.
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TAKE ACTION TODAY to Get the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorized

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is due for reauthorization. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) will introduce a bipartisan bill on tomorrow, Wednesday, November 30th to reauthorize and improve VAWA.
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Help Us Turn Up the Volume! Vote for Joyful Heart in the Mashable Awards

November 10, 2011 | BY KatieSullivan | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >
Many of you have probably heard of Mashable – it is a widely read online news and trends resource that focuses on business and technology. With 20 million unique visitors each month and 4 million social media followers, Mashable is a really important source on on digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world.
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Shining the Light on Domestic Violence during October

I normally try to avoid Times Square. If you've ever been (or even if you just share my deep appreciation for peaceful, serene places), you might know the feeling of being overwhelmed and dizzied by the thousands of people and by all the bright billboards that, even during the night, cast a bright glow over Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets in New York City. But last Wednesday night was a different experience altogether.

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Women's Equality Day: A Day to Celebrate, A Day Like Any Other

Today marks the annual celebration of Women’s Equality Day. This year is the 91st year since the 19th Amendment was adopted in the United States, giving women the right to vote. We have so much to look back on and be proud of—so many achievements to celebrate as women and as those championing women’s equality.
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Healing is Happening with Rose Kirk

August 8, 2011 | BY NateRichards | FILED UNDER JHF BLOG >

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Inner Peace/Outer Beauty: An Introduction from Your New Wellness Warrior

It’s important to recognize that time holds a different meaning for everyone; this is especially apparent when referring to healing. While continuing on your journey time can be your friend and constant companion or a burden and steady reminder you want to forget. That’s why it is so important that you are gentle with yourself and go at your own pace. There are no guidelines or time limits to follow or that need to be met.
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Expanding New York's DNA Databank Would Bring Healing and Justice to Survivors of Crime

Yesterday, representatives from Joyful Heart, including myself, went to Albany to advocate for the expansion of New York State’s DNA Databank to include samples from all convicted offenders. Right now in New York, state law only allows for collection of DNA from offenders convicted in just 48% of all crimes. We went up with a statewide coalition of advocates, law enforcement, survivors and policymakers. We met with representatives in both political parties in the Senate and Assembly, as well as members of the press. We went with a simple message: pass all crimes DNA legislation.

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Program Spotlight: A Window Between Worlds



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Joyful Noise: Telling Amy's Story

On November 8, 2001, Amy Homan McGee, a mother of two, was shot to death by her husband in their home in Pennsylvania. The murder was the final act of violence in a history of cruelty and abuse. She was thirty-three years old. In 2010, with the help of the Verizon Foundation, Penn State Public Broadcasting created Telling Amy’s Story, a documentary chronicling the events leading up to Amy’s death. With an introduction by Joyful Heart Founder & President Mariska Hargitay, the film uses interviews with Amy’s friends and family, law enforcement officers, court personnel and co-workers at the Verizon store where she worked to examine the warning signs that may have changed the outcome of Amy’s story.
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