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.
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.
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 […]