Stand Up Guys and Safe Journey have merged into Resolve of Greater Rochester, Inc., an organization dedicated to intervening and preventing domestic and sexual violence.
When founding and board members of Stand Up Guys and Safe Journey sat down to talk, they realized how similar their missions were. Said Alli O’Malley, executive director for RESOLVE, “We admired each other’s organizations for their motives and integrity; and recognized commonality in our philosophies relative to intervening and preventing domestic violence. That’s when we realized that we’d be more effective by combining our strengths.”
Safe Journey is a non-residential domestic violence resource and support center in Fairport, New York. Stand Up Guys uses education to engage well-intended men to prevent violence against women and embraces the concept of women and men working together as allies. Both programs will continue operating and day-to-day operations will be conducted from the Fairport office.
O’Malley said, “In hearing the stories of the women who come to us for help, we recognize the need to have men as partners to prevent the violence from happening in the first place.”
RESOLVE’s mission is to develop and deliver innovative, community-centered solutions to eradicate domestic and sexual violence. The new organization will provide evidence-based intervention and prevention programs that engage women and men to promote safety and equality so women and girls are free to realize their full potential. These programs will have quantifiable and replicable outcomes.
Peter Navratil, a RESOLVE board officer and co-founder of Stand Up Guys said, “Women have been speaking out about men’s violence against women, but the voices of men haven’t been there. This is an ‘us’ issue, a community issue. By aligning Stand Up Guys with an organization offering direct services to victims, our prevention work is informed by the voices of women and the women served learn that there are good guys out there.”
RESOLVE Board President Amy White spoke, “We’re excited about what we’re creating and the impact it can mean for the local community and beyond our geographic area.” White also noted that the merger is the first of its kind in the Buffalo-Rochester-Syracuse region because it brings women and men together as allies to address violence against women.
RESOLVE anticipates serving 250 domestic violence victims annually in direct services and reaching over 5,000 adults and teens in domestic and sexual violence prevention and awareness education. If you need help dealing with domestic violence or are interested in learning more about RESOLVE’s prevention and awareness initiatives for adults or youth, please call (585) 425-1580.
Several events featured during October: Domestic Violence Awareness month.
To kick off the new organization, Resolve will host a lecture and book signing on October 1, the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness month. That evening Madge Madigan, nationally known blogger, freelance writer and author, will speak about her recently published book, “When Life Gives you Lemons…at Least You Won’t Get Scurvy!” Using insight and humor, she will share how she survived an abusive marriage and rebuilt her life as a single, middle-class mother struggling through post-divorce poverty, unemployment, homelessness and public assistance to raise her three fabulous teenage children. The event will be at the Burgundy Basin Inn. It will start at 7:00 P.M. and is free and open to the public.
RESOLVE is also sponsoring the 11th annual Safe Journey Scarecrow 5k and Family fun Run in the Village of Fairport on October 12th. That evening there is a pasta dinner fundraiser at Church of the Assumption in Fairport. Proceeds will benefit RESOLVE of Greater Rochester.