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Grant Enables Integrated Approach Towards Serving Domestic Violence Victims With Mental Health Disorders

Originally Posted: January 09, 2013

Nicole Barylski

A new grant enables an integrated approach towards serving women facing mental health disabilities who are also victims of domestic violence in Suffolk County. The multi-year grant supports an integrated, new approach toward treating the multiple problems together with a coordinated, holistic lens.

The grant allots considerable resources for extensive professional cross-training by mental health professionals and domestic violence services professionals in their specialty, establishing a greater joint understanding of the unique needs of women who face both domestic violence and a mental health disability or disorder and coordinated outreach and direct service delivery to individuals suffering from both mental health disorders and victimization. The main goals for the grant are to ensuring victim-safety and raising quality of life and care for community residents in Suffolk County.

It was announced by The U.S. Office on Violence Against women that The Retreat, the East End's 25-year-established domestic violence services organization, has won funding to lead a collaborative effort among select expert service providers across the county to serve victims facing both conditions.

"For the first time, we will have resources dedicated to holistically addressing the inter-related occurrence of domestic violence and mental health disorders in the women that Suffolk County service providers encounter," said Jeffrey Friedman, Executive Director of The Retreat. "The big break-through here is: providers across the county will no longer need to treat mental health issues and domestic violence issues in separate silos. The result will be higher quality, more informed service for our area's women."

Agencies and organizations collaborating on the initiative include The Retreat, The Mental Health Association in Suffolk County and Parents for Megan's Law - Crime Victims Center, an organization which provides extensive services to survivors of sexual assault and other violent crimes.


The Retreat is located at 13 Goodfriend Drive in East Hampton. For more information on The Retreat call 631-329-2200 or visit www.theretreatinc.org.


Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski




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