Mari, a RAPP Peer Leader, performing We Just Don't Talk... on WNYC's Crushed Series

August 5, 2016

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Posted by: Lucia Rivieccio

Our Spring 2016 Newsletter highlights developments in our Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities division as well as the initiation of our College Success program. We also bring you news on our newest STEPS to End Family Violence program: Youth for Change. Click on the link above and let us know what you think!

Cumbo with Cheerleading team

February 25, 2016

Three Cheers for Councilmember Laurie Cumbo!

Posted by: Lucia Rivieccio

On February 9th Councilmember Laurie Cumbo visited our Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) at the Prospect Heights Educational Campus for an event in honor of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness month and Respect for All week. RAPP Coordinator Rachel Manikian-Grossman, provided a Teen Relationship Abuse Prevention workshop to 40 students on the school cheerleading squad. …

RAPP Peer Leaders Sara Ghoneim and Farhin Puspita proudly holding the article they co-authored.

February 5, 2016

STEPS Featured in NYS OPDV Winter Bulletin

Posted by: Lucia Rivieccio

STEPS to End Family Violence and its Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) is featured in the Winter Bulletin of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence in honor of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Our bullying and abuse prevention work in school communities is highlighted in a stirring essay, “Bullying …

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November 16, 2015

RAPP Peer Leaders on Radio Rookies!

Posted by: Lucia Rivieccio

Eight of our Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) Peer Leaders participated in the development of the recent Radio Rookies series “Crushed: Teens and Dating Abuse.” Airing on WNYC this fall, the series gave eight of our Peer Leaders an opportunity to share their experiences and break the silence around dating abuse. Mari Santos, now in …

Eric Adams

July 9, 2015

Celebrating Our Graduates!

Posted by: Lucia Rivieccio

On July 8th 2015, Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families held a graduation reception at Brooklyn Borough Hall to celebrate the accomplishments of our youth in foster care. Donald Fields, in care with Edwin Gould as a teen and passionate advocate for social change, gave the keynote address. We were also joined by our …

jeseniasantana

December 18, 2014

Jesenia Santana Pushes for DVSJA

Posted by: Lucia Rivieccio

Jesenia A. Santana is leading the charge for STEPS through our membership in the Coalition for Women Prisoners to advocate for the adaptation of the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA) in New York State. Click through to read more about the DVSJA.

Sharon Richardson Article

October 29, 2014

Sharon Richardson at CUNY Graduate Center

Posted by: Lucia Rivieccio

ReEntry Specialist, Sharon Richardson, spoke on a panel at CUNY Graduate Center on 10/9/14. The panel was part of an event, PRISON IS A FORM OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, highlighting women and transpeople’s struggles against “protective” isolation, the criminalization of self-defense, and negligent healthcare. To read more about it, click through to the original article.

Demetrius Johnson Article

October 3, 2014

Family Court’s Teen Day Aims to Help Kids in Foster Care

Posted by: Lucia Rivieccio

Placed into foster care at birth, Demetrius came to us after his adoptive family decided they could no longer care for him. After the death of his mother seven years earlier, never knowing his father, and now the rejection of the family who had adopted him, he was back in the system at the age …

Sr. Mary Tribute

November 27, 2013

Sr. Mary Nerney Passes Away at 75

Posted by: Lucia Rivieccio

Sr. Mary Nerney, Founder of STEPS to End Family Violence and Greenhope Services for Women, passed away early this morning.  A dear friend, mentor, and teacher to many, she was diagnosed with stage four melanoma in October and has been surrounded by her dear friends and family for the past several weeks.  Sr. Mary was …

Rikers Article

December 17, 2011

At Rikers Island, a Lens Is a Mirror

Posted by: Lucia Rivieccio

Each year our STEPS to End Family Violence program organizes a Thanksgiving dinner and a December family party for women in our program who are detained at Rikers Island. Over a two year period we worked with photographer, Clara Vannucci, to document our programming. The New York Times highlighted this work with an interactive article, …