The Power of Community

Originally published in the East Hampton Press, June 23, 2022, page 17. Photographs taken at the private screening of “The Power of Community: How One Small Town Stood Against Domestic Violence” on Sunday, June 19, 2022 at the Sag Harbor Cinema. Photos by Richard Lewin.

Stand Tall

The origin of The Retreat is an inspiring story. In 1987, local concerned individuals opened up their homes to families who needed a safe place to stay to avoid home violence and abuse. Those same concerned local residents got together and built a shelter for the safety of kids and adults.

Standing Up to Domestic Violence

What’s immediately clear in Markie Hancock’s documentary about the origins of the Retreat, East Hampton’s domestic violence shelter, is that the three domestic violence survivors she features do not need anyone to speak on their behalf. What they need is to be heard.

Hospitality professionals discuss sexual harassment, discrimination in industry

Original article posted on Northforker.com, written by Tara Smith AT A MOMENT in society where there’s been a cultural reckoning around sexual harassment in Hollywood, politics and other arenas, the Lady Brewsters of the North Fork are turning the conversation inward on the hospitality industry, where they say harassment and discrimination are pervasive. The group […]

In 2/3 Of Mass Shootings, Gunman Has Domestic Violence History: Report

“Mass shooters are perpetrators of violence. Unfortunately, mass shooting events have many similarities to domestic violence incidents. They both function as a way for a person to gain control — sometimes in the form of vengeance or self-aggrandizement for those who feel entitled to power, but who in many instances feel aggrieved and imagine themselves to have been victimized.”

Adult Education is Key to Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

The Retreat’s Project SPARK Offers Free Online Training During Child Abuse Prevention Month 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday. It’s time for our community to become aware of the scope of the issue, take actionable steps towards both preventing and responding to abuse, and create safer environments for the […]

Panel Discussion on Domestic Violence Set for Sunday at Sag Harbor Cinema

Behind Closed Doors panel discussion at Sag Harbor Cinema on October 24, 2021

There is perhaps no subject as taboo or difficult to talk about as intimate partner violence. Ruled by fear or shame, victims will go to great lengths to keep abuse a secret, even from a therapist or trusted friends and family members. Often, the public never knows someone is suffering — or only finds out […]

Macaroni Kid Hamptons .ORG of the Month- THE RETREAT

October is filled with school picture day, Columbus Day, Halloween, Fall sports, but October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).  It’s a sensitive subject that no one really likes to talk about or some are afraid to talk about but it’s real and it’s here.  The Retreat celebrates DVAM with information, stories, videos, and more […]