A viewing of more than 80 pieces of artwork created by survivors of domestic violence served as the centerpiece of an Oct. 5 event at Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum called “Surviving…Thriving: A Journey of Healing through Art.”
The event, which was held in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, was tied to the Red Flag Campaign, a national public awareness initiative designed to encourage college students to intervene when they see a warning sign (“red flag”) of partner violence.
“We are responding to Pope Francis’ call to deepen our compassion for others, while fulfilling the Catholic and Vincentian mission of Niagara University, which calls on us to be the light for those who need our help,” said the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University. “We are committed to fostering an educational environment that focuses on the dignity of all people in our community. I’m very grateful to the students, faculty, staff and administrators who have invested themselves in this cause to affect change.”
“This event is a great way to raise awareness about domestic violence within our community, as well as draw attention to the services and resources available in our area,” added Dr. Dana Radatz, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Niagara University, who organized the event with Dr. Jennifer Beebe, assistant professor of counseling.
Several community organizations collaborated to host the event, including Niagara University, Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, Family & Children’s Service of Niagara, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Victim Assistance Unit, and the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier.
All proceeds were donated to Passage House Domestic Services, a program of Family & Children’s Service of Niagara.