Domestic Violence

Raising Awareness to Combat Domestic Violence

Throughout September, EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care will host “Parent Workshops on Dating Violence Prevention and Healthy Relationships,” to raise awareness about ways to combat domestic violence — a program delivered by the New York City Mayor’s Office.

The workshop was introduced to Neighborhood Care by Dr. Sander Koyfman, Medical Director of Behavioral Health, in effort to ensure that domestic violence information could easily be made available to the community.

“Domestic violence is a serious public health concern that affects people of all backgrounds, yet often goes undetected,” explained Madeline Oliveras, Domestic Violence Coordinator. “In a desire to improve identification and access to domestic violence resources, I thought that developing, implementing and coordinating a number of improvement initiatives with the Mayor’s Office including education to members would help with these initiatives.”

The first series of the workshop will be facilitated by the NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy — an initiative of the Mayor’s Office to combat domestic violence with support from the AVON Foundation for Women and m.powement by mark through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

“We’re excited about EmblemHealth’s involvement in the program,” commented Nazneen Rahman, Director, Neighborhood Care. “We hope this will be the first of many workshops Neighborhood Care will host on behalf of the Mayor’s Office.”

Registration is still open for the locations below:

Neighborhood Care Cambria Heights
Saturday September 24, 2016
11:30 am-1:00 pm
RVSP: 1-866-539-0999

Neighborhood Care Harlem
Thursday September 29, 2016
5:00 pm-6:30 pm
RVSP: 1-866-469-0999

Past Workshops:

Neighborhood Care Crown Heights
Thursday September 8, 2016
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The following is an excerpt of the Academy’s offerings and goals from their website:

The Academy offers workshops on the topics of dating violence and healthy relationships for adolescents, young adults and parents. Each workshop is facilitated by two trained peer educators and consists of highly interactive activities designed to encourage discussion and critical thinking about the challenging topic of relationships. The Academy also offers training for staff members of organizations who work with adolescents and young adults on the topic of dating violence.

Goals of the Academy
We are working to make sure that young people know:

  • Healthy relationships are based on mutual respect, in which both partners are treated equally.
  • In a healthy relationship, both people support each other’s goals, decisions, and opinions.
  • A healthy relationship requires trust, honesty, and respect.
  • Feeling safe, comfortable, and at ease expressing feelings are important qualities of a healthy relationship.

Everyone has a right to be in a healthy relationship.

“Parent Workshop on Dating Violence Prevention and Healthy Relationships” is scheduled at the locations below. Registration is free and open to EmblemHealth members and non-members.

Parent Workshop on Dating Violence Prevention and Healthy Relationships: This session is intended for parents to learn about the topic of dating violence among teenagers and young adults. Topics will include the definitions of family domestic violence and dating violence, tactics an abuser may use to gain power and control over a partner, characteristics of a healthy relationship, warning signs of abusive partners, parenting tips, and resources available to teens in NYC. Participants must be at least 18 years old. This workshop is available in Spanish.