Greenfield film screening to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. in Greenfield will host a screening of “Tina” on Friday at 6 p.m.

The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. in Greenfield will host a screening of “Tina” on Friday at 6 p.m. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

By DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer

Published: 10-18-2023 3:52 PM

GREENFIELD — The New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (NELCWIT) has planned a film screening to commemorate both Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the late legendary singer-songwriter Tina Turner, who was an outspoken survivor of abuse.

NELCWIT will present the acclaimed documentary film “Tina.” Katri Schroeder, NELCWIT’s community organizer, explained the screening was scheduled “to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month and raise awareness for domestic violence, all while bringing folks together.”

The documentary — which explores the life, career and resilience of the woman dubbed “the queen of rock ’n’ roll” — will begin at The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. at 6 p.m. on Friday. There is a sliding-scale entry fee of up to $20, though no one will be turned away due to lack of money. There will also be a raffle with prizes from local businesses and a sliding-scale bake sale. Money raised during this event will go toward providing survivors with vital support and resources.

Schroeder said a major goal is to dismantle the barriers — economic and otherwise — that survivors face.

“We’re really trying to break down the isolation, the feelings of shame, the feelings of fear,” they said. “It’s important to be in community with each other and experience joy in a safe space.”

They said housing and shelter scarcity is a huge barrier to survivors who are leaving their abusers. NELCWIT calls area shelters daily and they are full across the state.

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Schroeder also said everyone on NELCWIT’s staff is looking forward to the film screening, with the one celebrating Pride Month in June being an enormous success.

Throughout Friday’s event, there will be educational materials and displays aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence.

The screening will have closed captioning for the deaf or hard of hearing, and it will be screened on NELCWIT’s Facebook Live page for those who want to participate virtually. A masking policy will be enforced to honor the request of immunocompromised community members. Trained staff will be on site to provide emotional support and assistance to anyone who may need it.

According to Schroeder, NELCWIT served 966 clients between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023. Of those clients, 579 contacted the organization’s crisis line, which received 1,639 calls. NELCWIT also helped apply for 236 court-issued protective orders. Overall client assistance totaled $19,585.89. Schroeder said nationwide one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

To honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Magpie Woodfired Pizzeria at 21 Bank Row in Greenfield plans to donate to NELCWIT a portion of the proceeds from sales of its Purple Haze cocktail. Plus, Firetype Chocolate at 150 Main St. in Northampton will contribute 20% of proceeds from the sale of vegan #DVAM truffles.

More information about NELCWIT can be found at nelcwit.org. More information about The LAVA Center is available at thelavacenter.org.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-930-4120.