Advocacy In Action

March 2024 Newsletter

News and Updates from Turning Point of Lehigh Valley

Brain Injury Awareness Month

As March approaches, we not only recognize it as Brain Injury Awareness Month but also continue our commitment to raising awareness about the intersection of brain injury and domestic and intimate partner abuse. At Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, we believe it's crucial to shed light on this often-overlooked aspect of abuse and its profound impact on survivors' lives.

Research reveals a troubling connection between brain injuries and intimate partner violence, with up to 90% of survivors experiencing at least one traumatic brain injury (TBI) during their abusive relationships. These injuries, often caused by blows to the head or strangulation, can result in cognitive impairments, memory loss, and emotional dysregulation, complicating a survivors' ability to seek help and break free from abuse.

Understanding the complexities of brain injury and its intersection with abuse, Turning Point collaborates with Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network to provide survivors with comprehensive care. Through this partnership, we can refer survivors for further evaluation and treatment, ensuring they receive the support they need to address both the physical and psychological consequences of their experiences.

Our Training and Education Team offers a comprehensive program designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to address domestic and intimate partner abuse effectively. This training covers various crucial aspects, including the identification of abuse, understanding the intersection of brain injury with domestic and intimate partner abuse, responding in a trauma-informed manner, and providing appropriate referrals to Turning Point of Lehigh Valley.

As we observe Brain Injury Awareness Month, let's not only raise awareness about the prevalence of brain injuries among survivors but also advocate for greater recognition and support for their unique needs. Together, let's foster understanding, provide compassionate care, and empower survivors on their journey toward healing and safety.

If you are interested in receiving a presentation regarding the intersection of domestic and intimate partner abuse and brain injury, please see our Training and Education section on our webpage!

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March is Women's History Month, a time to recognize the pivotal role women have played and continue to play in the victims' services movement across the United States. From the time before the founding of our nation to the present day, women have been at the forefront of advocating for victims' rights, support, and justice.

In the latter half of the 20th century, the victims' services movement gained momentum thanks in large part to the civil and women's rights movements. The country's first domestic violence shelters and hotlines grew out of grassroots movements in communities; groups of women self-organizing to provide support, aid and comfort to their neighbors. In addition to the names of larger organizations and stand out female pioneers, there have been thousands of nameless women who have worked to create safety and advance the cause of women's rights.

Today, women continue to lead the charge in victim services, working in diverse roles within advocacy organizations, law enforcement, social services, and academia. Their dedication and passion have resulted in significant strides in supporting survivors, preventing violence, and holding perpetrators accountable.

However, despite the progress made, challenges remain. Women of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, immigrants, and other marginalized groups continue to face disproportionate rates of victimization and barriers to accessing support services. As we honor the legacy of women in the victims' services movement, it's essential to renew our commitment to equity, inclusivity, and justice for all.

Together, let us continue to strive for a world where all individuals are treated with dignity, compassion, and respect, free from violence and oppression.

"Feminism is for Everybody"

Poster Contest Voting Page

As part of February's Teen Dating Awareness Month activities, Turning Point engaged students throughout the Lehigh Valley to help create new awareness posters for schools in our 1st Annual Teen Poster Contest! This year's theme, "Love is... Respectful, Supportive, and Safe," underscores our commitment to fostering healthy relationships among teens.

We were thrilled with the submissions received by some very talented student artists! We have opened the voting phase & are accepting votes through April 5th. The winning poster will be printed and distributed to middle & high schools throughout the Lehigh Valley for next school year.

Help us by voting to show your support for these talented artists and allies!!

Unlocking Potential: Your Guide to Community Training & Education Events!

Empowerment begins with knowledge, and we invite you to take a stand against domestic and intimate partner abuse by participating in any of our upcoming community training opportunities. These sessions are designed to equip you with valuable insights, resources, and skills to create a safer and more supportive environment for everyone! Visit our events calendar to learn more and also access the details for each event.

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Share the Love Campaign

This winter, the Share the Love campaign warmed us up with 180 new coats, thanks to Ciocca Subaru of Allentown and Operation Warm!

Now, we're on a mission to ensure our Safe House guests enjoy the comfort of cozy bedding. Support our Comfort for All: The Bed in a Bag Drive to provide essential bedding to those in need. To help streamline your donation process, we've included links to suggested items, though we welcome any and all contributions you can make.

Comfort for All: The Bed in a Bag Drive

Help us reach our goal of 100 sets. Every donation counts. Let's spread warmth and hope together.

For more information on how to make a difference, kindly visit

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