Advocacy In Action

February 2024 Newsletter

News and Updates from Turning Point of Lehigh Valley

Spotlight on Teen Dating Violence

Every week, our Child & Teen Advocates spend a day at Easton High School helping students with counseling and running our new prevention education groups, I Am Her and Spaces. Our main goal is to provide a space space to help both female and male students understand the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships. We want them to know how to handle tough situations and what resources are out there for them.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, so we're shining a spotlight on two great students from Easton Area High School. They agreed to chat with our Children's Advocacy Director, Braley Veras, about what they've learned after participating in our Spaces program for male students, in order to help pass the knowledge on to their peers.

Q: Had you ever previously been a part of a program that speaks about relationships in Middle School or High School?


Max: "Nope, they don’t have these types of programs in schools. The only thing I remember is health and that wasn’t interesting. They spoke about nutrition, fitness but never about relationships.


Corey: "I agree with Max, the only class I remember was healthy in 7th grade and I believe I have to take health again in 9th but that is about it.”


Q: How do you feel about that?


Max: "I think that it would be helpful to learn about these things at a younger age, high school is crazy sometimes. There would definitely be less drama in high school if people knew learned about relationships.”


Corey: "I think students do really care but then once they find themselves in relationships, they don’t know what to do. I see it all the time and that has been my way of learning what to do.”


Q: How can you tell a relationship is unhealthy?


Corey: "They just look bad sometimes, I think people try to hide it but if you really pay attention it looks like someone is being manipulated. Students don’t like to admit it but people around them can tell.”


Max: "I usually see the constant arguing about the smallest thing, but the next moment they are happy again. That doesn’t last long because next block, they look like they don’t know each other. I don’t know how that can work honestly.”


Q: As student athletes, can you tell when if one of your teammates in an unhealthy relationship?


Corey: "Of course, you can tell they are not present, and they are all over the place. Sports has been a thing that keeps me focused all the time. A healthy relationship won’t distract you from stuff”.


Max: “They are usually messing up on things that they are really good at, usually we are able to pull them to the side and ask them what is going on, but sometimes unhealthy relationships can be so distracting.


Q: What advice would you give to students about relationships?


Max: "I would tell them to speak to someone, talk to a friend that you really trust and take it easy. I would also say to find something that can help you stay focused so your mind is not thinking about that all day. Relationships can be complicated.”


Corey: “Breaking up with someone is not easy at all so you have to take your time and make sure that you have all the help you need. Sometimes people just don’t know what to do and when you don’t know you can make mistakes. If you do just keep looking for things that make you happy.” 

Healthy Relationship Quiz 

Black History Month:

Empowering Black Voices

As we at Turning Point work to eliminate domestic and intimate partner abuse in the Lehigh Valley, it is crucial to recognize and address the unique challenges faced by different communities. Domestic violence impacts individuals from all walks of life, but its consequences are often compounded by intersecting factors such as race, gender, socioeconomic status and more. This Black History Month, we shed light on the intersectionality of domestic violence and its profound impact on the Black community.


The statistics reveal the sobering reality that black women experience domestic violence at rates higher than those of other racial backgrounds; according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence over 45% of black women experience intimate partner violence during their lifetime. Additionally, over 50% of black adult female homicides are related to intimate partner violence. Historical legacies of systemic racism, unequal access to resources and cultural stigmas can exacerbate the challenges faced by Black survivors as they look to access services. By recognizing the intersections of identity, we can better tailor our supportive services to address the specific needs of the Black community.


At Turning Point we are committed to fostering a culturally inclusive approach to domestic violence advocacy. This includes providing resources that are sensitive to the experience of Black survivors, creating safe spaces for discussion and working to break down barriers that prevent individuals from seeking help. We also acknowledge the vital role of those who came before us in the movement, including Black women leaders in the struggle against intimate partner violence.

This month we will be highlighting leaders from the movement, both past and present, on our social media page. As always, Turning Point works towards a future where everyone, regardless of identity, can live free from the shadows of domestic violence.

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A New Year's Salute to Our First-Time Donors!

This January, we were grateful that a number of first-time donors stepped forward. Their support marks the beginning of what we envision to be a transformative year. We need and appreciative the collective power of our community to effect real change, and are so thankful to our new and continuing sponsors who choose to be part of our critical efforts. Together, we have the power to make a lasting difference. 

Dane Bragg

Florence Brown

Kelly Cox

May Dudding

Vincent Fazio

Jordan Kratochvil

Christine Leitgeb

Maria Lugo-Vasquez

Becka Manhao

Morgan Stanley

Jillian Nazarenko

Matthew Nightingale

Nenisha Ramirez

Carol Taylor

Joseph and Elaine Wang

Meet Our New Team

While we were saddened to have a number of key members of our management leave us last year to take on new opportunities (and enjoy well-deserved retirements!), we are equally happy to have a number of dynamic people recently join us at Turning Point. Meghan Baker came on board in February as our new Director of Advancement, where she will be critical in engaging our community to ensure our continued growth and success. Laura Ferreri joined Turning Point in October as our Chief Programs Officer, ensuring we measure the impact of our work and maintain compliance with our various funding requirements, and Megan Bennicoff began in September as our Operations Director, helping us to manage our facilities and human resources. Each has a wealth of experience and we are fortunate to have them join us in our efforts to achieve our mission!

We are in the Community- Training and Education Opportunities

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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