Volume 28| Issue 3 | March 2020
March is Women's History Month and the theme for 2020 is "Valiant Women of the Vote." The 2020 theme celebrates the women who have fought for woman’s right to vote in the United States. In recognition of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, we will honor women from the original suffrage movement as well as 20th and 21st century women who have continued the struggle (fighting against poll taxes, literacy tests, voter roll purges, and other more contemporary forms of voter suppression) to ensure voting rights for all.*

International Women's Day is Sunday March 8th, 2020. Wear red to show your support and use the hashtags #IWD2020 and #EachforEqual on social media!

March is Social Work Month. It is a time to celebrate the great profession of social work.

The theme for Social Work Month 2020 is Social Workers: Generations Strong.

The theme has various meanings. As we enter a new decade it is important to look back and honor the powerful, positive impact the social work profession has had on our society for generations.

We also want to spotlight the life-affirming work that social workers from all generations — from the Greatest Generation to Generation Z — are doing.*


March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. An estimated 10 million Americans are affected by stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) making brain injury the second most prevalent injury and disability in the United States. A brain injury may result in a diminished or altered state of consciousness and could also impair cognitive abilities or physical functioning. Changes to behavioral or emotional functioning are also common. These impairments may be either temporary or permanent and cause partial or total functional disability or psychosocial maladjustment.

Falls and assaults are two of the leading causes of TBI's. Injuries to the face, head and neck are among the most common areas of injury for survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence and many are unaware they have suffered a TBI until weeks, months or years later.

Go Blue for Brain Injury Awareness Month

During Brain Injury Awareness Month this March, you can Go Blue! for Brain Injury and gather your coworkers and choose a day – or the entire month – for your company to raise money while sharing information and experiences about brain injury.
Interested in participating? Start here:

Brain Injury Association of New York State 

Eileen Reardon, BIANYS Executive Director states, “BIANYS stands ready to help IPV survivors and their families in any way we can. Our confidential programs and services are available in communities across New York State. Highly trained staff can assist you with everything from applying for the TBI Waiver to helping children with concussions or other brain injuries access needed services in their schools.” Click here to view all available resources from the Brain Injury Association of New York. 
BIANYS Family Helpline

BIANYS operates the   Family Helpline , a toll-free information and resource clearinghouse available Monday - Friday, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT, with a voicemail system for after-hours messages. Whether you are seeking information on traumatic brain injury, looking for resources on rehabilitation, or just trying to find your way, the Family Helpline is there to help! 

BIANYS knowledgeable staff maintains an extensive directory of services across the State. Call 1-800-444-6443 or   send them a message.  They have resources for individuals with brain injury, family members, professionals, schools, or any other interested parties. 
New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

NYSCADV in collaboration with the BIANYS presented a series of regional trainings and webinars on "Domestic Violence & Traumatic Brain Injuries, Understanding the Intersections".  This recorded webinar provides advocates with an introduction to tools and strategies to help them navigate the intersections of domestic violence and brain injury with the survivors they work with. Participants are provided with:
  • An overview and identification domestic violence related brain injury 
  • Strategies for working with individuals with cognitive deficits
  • Community resources for individuals with brain injury

NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence has developed resources for Brain Injury and Domestic Violence Service Providers including screening tools, safety planning guides, victims in shelter, and information on  The Intersections of Brain Injury and Domestic Violence.
New York State Department of Health

The  New York State Department of Health  has resources available including background information on types of brain injuries, prevention, medical care, statistical information on the incidences of traumatic brain injury in New York State, including by county, and much more.

The NYSCADV annual meeting is designed to provide:
  • a forum for programs from across the state to network and get a state-wide perspective on domestic violence services
  • professional and organizational development opportunities for domestic violence advocates
  • an overview of NYSCADV's 2019 activities and plans for the upcoming year
  • May 12, 2020: NYSCADV Legislative Day of Action
Webinars, Events & Training


New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Job Announcement: Deputy Director Position

Position Title: Deputy Director
Responsible To: Executive Director
Status: Full-time, exempt, salaried
Location: Albany, NY

Position Overview: This position is a significant leadership opportunity for an experienced individual grounded in nonprofit organizations and social justice movements. The ideal candidate has a demonstrated passion for NYSCADV’s mission and is a seasoned nonprofit leader with an established history of managing operations and projects and supporting a talented and diverse team.

Position Responsibilities: The Deputy Director will be responsible for assigned organizational leadership, operations, and capacity development tasks.

To Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to