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AU student raises awareness, funds for domestic violence agency

As her project for the Women’s Leadership Academy at Alfred University, junior Lindsay Warnes decided to undertake an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence, and to raise some funds for the ACCORD Corp., the agency that provides services to domestic violence victims in Allegany County.

Under the mentorship of Jill Crandall, a counselor in the Career Development Center, Warnes organized three days of events designed to educate the campus population about domestic violence and relationship abuse.

The events included a panel discussion that brought professionals to the AU campus to talk about their work with victims and offenders.

Among the panelists were Kristen Rickey, a prevention education specialist from Cattaraugus County; Shannon Ozella, who works for victim services through the Allegany County District Attorney’s office; and Chris Ivers of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department, who works with those who have been charged with or found guilty in domestic violence incidents.

Warnes also organized a basket auction, featuring 24 themed baskets containing items donated by area businesses. The initiative raised $480, which was presented to ACCORD Corp.’s Domestic Violence Services unit.

Jodi Adams, spokesperson for the agency, said the funds will be used to provide gas cards or bus tokens, personal hygiene products and essential household supplies to those who have been affected by domestic violence.

Adams praised Warnes’ initiative to help victims of domestic violence. The average victim is a woman between the ages of 24 and 44, separated from a partner or spouse, living in a household of three. The average victim is also unemployed, living in a rented home, has an annual income of less than $10,000, and has completed at least some high school.

Some of the victims require shelter to get them out of an abusive situation; most need services to “encourage and support them in making independent decisions and progressing toward personal safety and self-sufficiency.”

More about ACCORD’s Domestic Violence Programs may be obtained by calling 585.268.7605 or the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.593.5322.

An Art & Design major, Warnes is the daughter of Ronald and Dwala Warnes of Lake View, NY, and is a graduate of Hamburg High School.

The Women’s Leadership Academy is a credit-bearing course, offered through the Women’s Leadership Center that allows students to explore the meaning of leadership; how being a woman affects approaches to leadership; consider the impact of privilege on leadership and chance; and practice leadership in “meaningful ways.”

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