Advocating for a Safer Community

Oneida County Implements a Domestic Violence High-Risk Team: Research shows that many domestic violence homicides are predictable; and if they are predictable they are preventable. The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center  developed the Domestic Violence High RIsk Team (DVHRT) model to leverage this predictability. When Gina learned that communities can be trained to set up and execute the DVHRT model--which dramatically decreases domestic violence homicides, she knew she had to take action. After years of advocacy and support from Oneida County Sheriff, Rob Maciol and YWCA Mohawk Valley's CEO, Dianne Stancato, along with a $15,000 grant from Kristin's Fund, Oneida County now has a HRDV team. The team includes the YWCA  of Mohawk Valley, Oneida County Sheriff's Department, Oneida County Distict Attorney's Office, Oneida County Probation, Oneida County Deparment of Social Services, Utica Police Department and Rome Police Department. 

Kristin's Fund Awards More Thank $100K in Grants

Since 2018, Kristin's Fund has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to domestic violence service providers in New York State to create awareness about domestic violence and the danger of unhealthy relationships. 

in 2023, Kristin's Fund awarded a $10,000 grant to the YWCA Mohawk Valley to provide for emergency needs of victims of domestic violence. 

"A Call to Men"

Hosting the first "A Call to Men" Free football skills and healthy masuclinity camp--helping young men and boys develop healthy respectful attitudes toward women. Reaching young men through football and other sports can make the difference between them becoming potential abusers or becoming the leaders of a new generation of men who hold healthy attitudes toward women and realtionships, this can save lives! We hosted over 80 student athletes from 10 different school districts, role models for their football programs and peers!

Red Flag Campaign

A grant for the Red Flag Campaign at Utica College—an awareness campaign encouraging bystander intervention and a "see something, say something" outlook.

Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign

Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign and publicity from attendance at Gala events (1,000 attendees), the Boilermaker Expo (20,000+ attendees) and a Utica Comets hockey game (3,000+ attendees).