Message From Michael

Our mission hasn’t wavered through nearly three decades – to make a difference in people’s lives, support organizations on the frontlines of the struggle against domestic violence, and to give women and children dealing with trauma a real chance for a better life.

While our mission hasn’t changed, the initiatives we work on reflect careful work in bringing forward the most promising programs and interventions to support individuals affected by domestic violence and that demonstrate a capacity to diminish violent behaviors for the future.

That is particularly true now, as we all grapple with the continuing pandemic, and the rise in domestic violence incidents and trauma impacting intimate partners and their children. It is more important than ever to continue to the work of our mission as well as enlist other men to raise their voices for zero tolerance and respond to today’s immense challenges and compelling needs. With your help, we firmly believe domestic violence can be stopped and healing can absolutely happen.

As students in our Beyond Trauma: Youth Music Therapy program returned to in-person classes, the positive impact of our program continues to be unmistakable. Our music therapists and teaching staff witness a remarkable difference in students who participate, as the most recent independent evaluation of our program points out.

The data and the first-hand experiences of music therapists, parents, school administrators and teachers reflect the impact this program is having, and the healing transformation that occurs. That’s why we are working earnestly to replicate and expand our programs, because as we do so, more students, and more families, will benefit from the healing power of music.

We greatly appreciate the dedicated donors, volunteers and professionals who have changed lives and saved lives. The needs across our communities remain, and we remain committed – with your help – to go the distance. As we look ahead, we remain firmly fixed on our vision: a world free of the tragic cycles of domestic violence and abuse.

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If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline by calling 1-800-799-7233. If you're unable to speak safely, you can log on to thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Beyond Trauma:  Youth Music Therapy

Beyond Trauma: Youth Music Therapy is our ground-breaking program, providing a lifeline to high risk youth in New Haven, CT and New London, CT who have experienced domestic violence and/or significant trauma.  The Andie Koplik Residency is at the heart of the program, which is exceeding expectations as young people realize they can transform their emotional state.

Often for the first time in their lives, they are believing in themselves and their future.

Now, our goal is to replicate this effective, highly regarded program so that we can reach more young people in communities throughout the country.  Already, the impact is encouraging beyond expectations.  Learn more.

 

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