October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To help bring attention to the crime of domestic violence and the supportive role that social workers provide our communities, the Social Action Club recently sponsored New Hope to lead an information session on this important problem. New Hope is a non-profit organization serving those affected by domestic and sexual violence throughout South-Central and Southeastern Massachusetts. Monica Frew represented New Hope at the event. She is the Lead Clinician at New Hope’s Southbridge location and also an Anna Maria alum. Monica graduated from the BSW program in 2020 and earned her MSW in 2021. Today she is licensed at the LCSW level. Monica is a passionate advocate for those impacted by Domestic Violence. 

Some of the key takeaways from Monica’s presentation were:

  1. Believe people ( when they share their story) 
  2. It is important not to victim blame and to always be non-judgmental
  3. Nearly 20 people per minute are abused physically by an intimate partner. Let that number sink.