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Why Stay? Why Leave?

People who are not familiar with abusive relationships have a hard time understanding why someone would stay in one. Typically, the first thing they ask is “Why don’t they just leave the abuser”? There are several reasons why someone continues to stay in an abusive relationship, and what we are seeing is one powerful reason […]

Proudly Wear Denim!

For everyone who loves to wear their favorite jeans, here is another reason to wear them with pride. On April 28th put your jeans on and support Denim Day. The Denim Day story begins in Italy in 1992, when an 18-year old girl was raped by the 45-year old driving instructor who was taking her […]

Sexual Predators are Not The Boogie Man In the Closet

Headline from February 24, 2020: Harvey Weinstein Is Found Guilty of Rape. After deliberating for five days, a jury convicted Weinstein of two of five criminal charges: one count of criminal sexual assault in the first degree and one count of rape in the third degree. On a side note…Harvey Weinstein won countless awards during […]

Sexual Assault: It Is NEVER Your Fault

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“One night at a party I started kissing this guy I sort of knew from school. We were both drinking, and when I tried to stop him he wouldn’t let me go…before I knew it I was having unprotected sex with a guy I hardly knew. When it was over I panicked. . . I […]

You Can Be an Ally

Do you know someone who is in an abusive relationship or suspect that is the case? The best way to help them to show your support, let them know that you are there for them. Here are a few ways for you to be supportive and letting them know that help is available. Remember, our […]

Police Reform Survey

By Hon. Loretta K. Davis I was chosen to serve on a police reform committee, community members who represent the diverse groups comprising the East Hampton community and am now asking for your help in gathering information to aid in building community relationships with local police. Community input and responses are key to the ongoing […]

What is it like to talk to an adult about dating?

Each February, The Retreat honors Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month because dating violence among teens is more common than people think. 26% of women and 15% of men experience intimate partner violence for the first time before the age of 18. 1 in 11 young women and 1 in 15 young men reported experiencing physical […]


During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Retreat is taking the opportunity to share information on available services and empower our community to help those who are experiencing violence in their lives. Domestic abuse has long been an unspoken epidemic. For those suffering abuse in their homes, the restrictions needed during the COVID-19 pandemic has put them in […]

Vicki Cooper Recognized for Leadership by Long Island Business News

Congratulations to Shelter Director Vicki Cooper on being honored as one of Long Island Business News Executive Circle Awards winners. The Executive Circle Awards celebrates c-suites, directors and other senior level executives who consistently demonstrate remarkable leadership skills, integrity, values, vision, commitment to excellence, company performance, community service and diversity. Vicki accepted her award at a virtual […]

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