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For over 3o years Voices Against Violence and Laurie’s House have been providing free and confidential crisis intervention, support, and advocacy services to victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. Click here to learn more about our organization.

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Standing Our Ground: Reproductive Justice for Marissa Alexander

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The Sheros Among Us

Local Heros  On Friday, January 24th, Ben & Jerry’s in St. Albans awarded its first ever Local Hero award to Susan Smith and Cindy Deyak for their amazing volunteer work in spearheading the renovation and remodel of our shelter, Laurie’s … Continue reading

The Bechdel Test needs an update: We’ve set the bar for female representation too low.

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