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Advocacy Gives Victims a Voice
If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. -African Proverb 

Last week Dr. Sara Brammer, Synergy's Director of Domestic Violence Services; Andrea Raya, Manager of Synergy's SafeHaven Domestic Violence Center; and Robin Winner, Synergy's Executive Director joined fellow domestic violence advocates from across the United States at the National Network to End Domestic Violence  Lobby Days

Joining together to amplify the voice of victims and survivors, participants met with longstanding leaders of the domestic violence movement and spent a day "on the hill" meeting with Senators and Representatives.  

Advocates presented lawmakers with statistics from the 11th Annual Domestic Violence Counts Report, a 24-hour census of domestic violence shelters and services conducted last year on September 14, 2016. The report conveyed that on that day 72,959 victims of domestic violence were served: 27,561 adults and 45,398 children! In addition, on just that day, there were 11,991 unmet requests for service due to lack of capacity.  

Clearly, domestic violence continues to be a significant public health issue in the United States. Thousands of victims are physically and emotionally battered every day by their intimate partner, and more women are still killed in their homes than on the most dangerous streets or alleys. 

But the news is not all bad. The public will to address domestic violence and help victims overcome intimate partner power and control is at an all-time high. Our meetings with lawmakers last week underscored the commitment of legislators to partner with our communities to provide more creative and effective ways to break the cycle of violence. In the center of it all, Synergy and other agencies like ours, remain committed and hopeful that this is a problem that can be solved.
News & Events
Calling All Golfers 
Want to make a difference for others and have a great time doing it? Join us at Staley Farms Golf Club on September 18 and Swing Fore Synergy! Many levels of sponsorship as well as individual and team registrations are available! Our thanks to presenting sponsor Mosaic Life Care!

Synergy Partners with KCPT
We are proud to support kids learning and development through our new partnership with KCPT! Check out the  Synergy spot that begins airing on the new PBS Kids channel this week!

Collaborating to Break the Cycle
Synergy was proud and excited to host a bi-state conference on domestic violence May 31-June 1. Synergy joined Emerge, the first national training program for counseling abusers, to share the latest research and methods for breaking the cycle of violence. Twenty-five domestic violence professionals from Kansas and Missouri attended. 
A Little Dirt Doesn't Hurt
Last week, Walgreens store managers from the Northland built new raised beds for flowers and vegetables at our Children's Center. Adding to the community collaboration, soil was donated by Missouri Organics, and plants were donated by Johnson County Community College horticulture students. Children in shelter helped staff plant the beds; none of them had ever worked in a garden or planted anything before.The kids now water the plants each evening and take this responsibility very seriously!

In other news at the Children's Center,  Check out this cool new sand box the Apartment Association of KC (AAKC) installed. Several companies partnered to make this happen: Kansas Asphalt donated a loader and equipment operator for the heavy lifting, Epic donated grass seed, Hot Mix Asphalt donated pea gravel and Harenlaughlin donated lunch and grilled for all volunteers and shelter clients.
Robin's Wrap-up
Dear Friends,

Domestic violence continues to be a daunting problem in our community and around the country with more victims than resources to serve them. Last year Synergy alone was forced to turn away more than 1,200 victims from our domestic violence center, SafeHaven, due to lack of capacity.  

However, having been involved in the national movement for more than 35 years, I find it encouraging that despite the challenges and fractures we see in almost every arena of government and public life, the commitment to address domestic violence has become almost universally embraced. When I first became involved, it was felt in many corners that "how a husband treated his wife was private family business and certainly not something that should involve social service, law enforcement, or government." How far we have come. As we met with lawmakers last week, the entire Missouri delegation--every Senator and Representative--enthusiastically supported our work and committed to provide adequate funding to help victims and their children find safety, support and a new beginning.  

So this fall as we remodel and renovate SafeHaven to expand capacity and services, we can be encouraged that the community and our elected officials understand that we must all work together to provide the life-saving safety net so urgently needed to finally break the cycle of domestic violence once and for all. Thanks for your support--we certainly depend upon each of you as our partners and Synergy's lifeline in this important work.

Robin Shanberg Winner
Executive Director
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