You Will Be Okay

by Andrew Vass (Singer, Songwriter, Musician) I’ve always felt that the best songs seem to flow out of you effortlessly. That was the case with You Will Be Okay. After spending time with members of The Retreat staff earlier this year and meeting some of the most amazing, resilient, courageous survivors they have helped along the […]

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.

Resources for Coping with Trauma & Terrorism

Purple Ribbon

There are resources to help you and your children cope with recent news on mass shootings. Please know that this is a difficult time for everyone, especially for children. Here are a number of links to support you and them: Want to Prevent Gun Violence? Start at Home and Start Early!: Erin Fairchild, MSW (Collective […]

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.

Denim Day 2022

On Wednesday, April 27, millions across the world will wear jeans, and not just to make a fashion statement, but to make a social statement.

Sexual Assault Awareness in the Beer Industry

three white women in their 20s in front of a brick wall

Stories of sexual harassment/assault within the brewing industry flooded Brienne’s Instagram account. With permission and their anonymity, she shared these stories on her account shedding light on how common this was for women in the brewing industry.

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.”