Vermont Network Statement on Allegations of Sexual Abuse and Misconduct at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility

December 6th, 2019 Media Contact: Karen Tronsgard-Scott, Executive Director karents@vtnetwork.org Earlier this week, Seven Days published a deeply disturbing report about allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct at Vermont’s only women’s correctional facility, the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility. The Vermont Network has operated a program inside Vermont’s Women’s Prison for decades which works with and supports victims of domestic and … Read More

On the Blog: Advocacy Week – Social Change!

As part of our Advocacy Week Celebration, we are blogging daily, focusing on a different theme of Advocacy each day. Today, advocates from the organizations Safeline and Pride Center spoke to us about the topic of social change. By Jessica Barquist, Policy and Organizing Director Change is inevitable as it is constant. Social change happens on all levels of the … Read More

On the Blog: Advocacy Week – Liberation!

As part of our Advocacy Week Celebration, we are blogging daily, focusing on a different theme of Advocacy each day. Today, advocates from the organizations Women’s Freedom Center, WomenSafe and WISE spoke to us about the topic of Liberation. By Amy Torchia, Children’s Advocacy Coordinator   “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But … Read More

Advocacy Week 2019

This week, we are celebrating the works that advocates do to support survivors across the state. As part of our Advocacy Week Celebration, we are blogging daily, focusing on a different theme of Advocacy each day. Click the theme below to read a post on our blog featuring the voices of advocates!

On the Blog: Advocacy Week – Healing and Resiliency!

As part of our Advocacy Week Celebration, we are blogging daily, focusing on a different theme of Advocacy each day. Today, advocates from the organizations SACT, AWARE and Voices Against Violence spoke to us about the topic of Healing and Resiliency. By Kelli Risitano, Director of Advocacy and Healing Initiatives “Healing takes vulnerability and being vulnerable is actually a form … Read More

On the Blog: Advocacy Week – Safety!

As part of our Advocacy Week Celebration, we are blogging daily, focusing on a different theme of Advocacy each day. Today, advocates from the organizations PAVE, HOPE Works and Circle spoke to us about the topic of Safety. By Chani Waterhouse, Director of Member Relations “If you’re not feeling safe, your safety and your survival become priority one,” explained an … Read More

On the Blog: Advocacy Week – Empowerment!

As part of our Advocacy Week Celebration, we are blogging daily, focusing on a different theme of Advocacy each day. Today, advocates from the organizations Clarina Howard Nichols Center, Deaf Vermonters Advocacy Services (DVAS), NewStory Center and Umbrella spoke to us about the topic of empowerment. By Anne Smith, Director of Training and Leadership Development To Keri Darling, from DVAS, … Read More

Housing Protections

The legislature recently passed critical housing protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking. These protections include: Check out these frequently asked questions to learn more:

On the Blog: Legislative Wrap-Up

We just finished up a whirlwind legislative session here in Vermont! This was my first session with the Vermont Network and what an interesting session to join in this important work. The legislature saw a record number of bills introduced this year and the House and Senate grapples with a number of important economic and social justice issues. Advocates from … Read More

Digital Narratives: Youth Stories of Connection and Joy

The Vermont Network sponsors digital storytelling workshops with youth, supporting them to share  stories of connectedness, well-being and resilience.  These stories help grow healthy individuals, relationships and communities. Digital storytelling workshops lift up what participants already know about how to solve challenges, build connections and make change. Want to learn more?  Check out the digital narratives below or click here … Read More