YWCA Greenwich’s Harmony Project to host ‘People, Pets and Abuse: The Healing Connection’

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, YWCA Greenwich’s Harmony Project is hosting an impactful discussion called People, Pets and Abuse: The Healing Connection, which will be held at YWCA Greenwich on October 17 from 12:00-1:30 pm.

This event will feature panelists Leslie Coplin, LCSW Outreach Engagement and Training Coordinator for YWCA Harmony Project, Rosie Enyart, Violence Prevention Coordinator for YWCA Harmony Project, Pet Partner’s Dr. Elizabeth Lynch and Susan Urban, LMSW and Elaine Wolff LMSW from Social Workers Advancing the Human and Animal Bond.

YWCA Greenwich’s theme for Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month is The Healing Power of Pets. The link between pet and people abuse, common tactics of threatening pets for power and control, the lack of access to pet friendly shelter as a barrier to flee abuse, combined with the healing comfort that pets can provide in many settings make this theme a natural fit for the YWCA Greenwich and Harmony Project mission.

“We hope People, Pets and Abuse: The Healing Connection educates and engages those individuals who help create a community safety net for pets and people experiencing abuse in this important conversation such as service providers, social workers, law enforcement, school personnel, veterinarians, dog groomers and members of the community at large,” said Leslie Coplin of YWCA Greenwich’s Harmony Project.

To register for this free event, please visit https://ywcagrn.org/peoplepetsandabuse.

Founded in 1919, YWCA Greenwich is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA Greenwich provides programs for people of all ages and genders with initiatives that include preschool and after school programs, aquatics programs, youth athletics, health and fitness programs and seminars focusing on racial justice and women’s empowerment. Additionally, YWCA Greenwich is the only provider of domestic and sexual violence services in Greenwich, with staff who are licensed to provide crisis intervention, counseling, shelter, and victim advocacy. These services are free.