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The next 20 hour training session for new WHBW Advocates and Volunteers will be held in June! The session will be held the evening of Thursday, June 4 and all day on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7. More information coming soon. Please contact Caley Holden, Volunteer Coordinator, at (802) 658-1996 if you have questions or are interested in attending.



The Peer Advocacy Program at WHBW is comprised of trained and qualified high school students that serve as a liaison between their high school and WHBW. The Peer Advocacy Program is twofold, and Peer Advocates’ duties include education and outreach and emotional support to their peers. Peer Advocates work with the Educator and Youth Advocate to organize one awareness event each quarter. These students also participate in the creation of curriculum for schools around dating violence and provide feedback to WHBW on relevant topics pertaining to the issue. Peer Advocates will also provide peer-to-peer support on healthy relationships and teen dating violence. These students will provide the voice of WHBW throughout their schools.  Check out the blog post below written by Peer Advocate, Janie, on the importance of adult allies in our community.

More than calculus or history: teacher’s supporting students

I’m a Peer Advocate at Women Helping Battered Women, meaning that as a high school student, I work in my school to spread awareness about dating violence and domestic abuse. While this is my first year as a Peer Advocate, something that’s really stood out to me is this undiluted support I and other Peer Advocates have felt from the adults in our school.

I, for one, could not imagine being able to pull off our most recent event, Purple Ribbon Day, without the continuous support from the faculty in our school and the students. Purple Ribbon Day is an event put on by the Peer Advocates in our school, with help from the faculty, where we as a school make thousands of purple awareness ribbons to show support for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  We then give those ribbons to Women Helping Battered Women for them to distribute throughout the year. Our principal tweeted about this event, teachers let students make ribbons during class, and during the day many teachers came to the main table to help out and make a few ribbons. The support and care demonstrated by the teachers that day was incredible. They saw how important and meaningful this event was to the student body, and they reached out and helped us. Our school bonded through this common effort.

Schools play a momentous role in the connection between teenagers and adults. It’s a place for teens to have an adult who’s important to them. For me, it’s a place where I’ve learned more than I can possibly imagine—not just about calculus or history, but about the real world from my teachers. I think every single teacher I know has had a remarkable impact on the person I am today. The most valuable thing an adult in school can do is to reach out and help students do what they’re passionate about, providing support along the way. That’s the best way to enhance a strong relationship between teens and adults. It is crucial that adults create opportunities for youth leadership, and that’s what they did for us on Purple Ribbon Day.

May 2014 New Advocate Training

May 13, 2014

The below workshops are open to all WHBW members. The full 20 hours of training are required for new direct service workers to earn Vermont “Victim and Crisis Worker Privilege.” New non-direct service volunteers need only to attend Orientation. Contact Michelle Hough, to RSVP. We would love to have you join us! Wednesday, May […]

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Safe At Work Network to Announce Results of Vermont’s First ‘Domestic Violence in the Workplace’ Survey.

January 23, 2014

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Janice Santiago, Safe at Work Network Coordinator, Employment Advocate 802-658-3131 Ext. 1068   Safe At Work Network to Announce Results of Vermont’s First ‘Domestic Violence in the Workplace’ Survey. Announcement set for Monday, January 27, 2014, 10:00 am Women Helping Battered Women, 294 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington.   […]

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Stopping Domestic Violence video

December 9, 2013

Women Helping Battered Women have been in the media quite a few times this past year. Most recently Emily Fredette and Janice Satiago were interviewed on the UVM extention “Across the Fence.” They both spoke of the programs offered by Women Helping Battered Women such as the hotline, emergency housing services, economic justice and transitional […]

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Men’s Survivor Support Group

November 25, 2013

          Women Helping Battered Women is committed to helping all victims of domestic violence, and as awareness of this issue grows, so does the realization that men are also victims of abuse. National figures estimate that 1 in 7 men have experienced domestic abuse, and that 835,000 men are assaulted by […]

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Autumn Basement Boutique Article

November 20, 2013

Yes, it’s that time again! It’s time for comfy sweaters and layers with skirts.  Boots call for socks and naked ears desire knit hats.  The Basement Boutique is getting new items in all the time.  Free, fashion forward looks, will constantly be filling the racks at Sophie’s Place.  One of this season’s looks includes bright […]

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Domestic Violence Continues to Impact All of Chittenden County

October 2, 2013

Women Helping Battered Women Urges Area Businesses to Join the Chittenden County Safe at Work Network BURLINGTON, VT, October 2, 2013 – Domestic violence (DV) continues to plague communities throughout Vermont’s Chittenden County. Last week a high profile incident in Burlington placed a victim in the intensive care unit at a local hospital, threw the […]

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Welcome New Volunteers and Interns

September 23, 2013

Women Helping Battered Women’s September new advocate training just finished up and it has provided us with a new round of amazing volunteers and interns! New advocate training is a twenty hour workshop training that takes place three times a year. Upon completion of the twenty hours , each participants earns “Victim and Crisis Worker […]

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Laura Kate Winterbottom March

September 18, 2013

On Saturday, September 14th 2013 the community gathered starting at 9am at Oakledge Park for the annual Laura Kate Winterbottom walk/run fundraiser.                 Established in September of 2006, the primary goal of Laura’s March is to raise funds to support organizations that work to help end sexual violence. Held in remembrance of Laura during her […]

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