L.I. Against Domestic Violence is Proud to Announce New Executive Director
LIADV is Proud to Announce Wendy Linsalata
as New Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 2, 2020
CENTRAL ISLIP, NY
CONTACT: Wendy Linsalata 631-666-7181
Wendy Linsalata has been appointed Executive Director at L.I. Against Domestic Violence (LIADV). Based in Central Islip, L.I. Against Domestic Violence provides a 24 hour hotline (631.666.8833) with a translation line, shelter, police and court advocacy, legal services, individual and group counseling, employment training and prevention and education programs for individuals and children who have been impacted by family violence.
Ms. Linsalata brings over 20 years of experience with the organization, advocating for the rights of survivors of domestic violence as well as providing direct crisis intervention services in conjunction with law enforcement, prosecutors and Family Court personnel. In her position as Associate Executive Director, Ms. Linsalata oversaw LIADV programs including the 24 hour hotline, advocacy services, shelter and legal services.
During her tenure with LIADV, Wendy was instrumental in creating the new endeavor at the organization’s shelter, which is the 1st to allow pets to shelter with victims of Domestic Violence. For her part in taking the Executive Director role at LIADV, Linsalata said, “I am thrilled to be given this opportunity, and I am looking forward to leading the organization and working with our dedicated team to continue to provide a voice for survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual assault.”
“The Board of Directors is proud to be able to have Wendy in this leadership role. She brings a wealth of experience advocating for victims, survivors, & legislation in our County. Along with the work within the Police Department, we know she will lead this organization into the future. Among the initial priorities Ms. Linsalata will address for LIADV, is that the organization continues to be a leader in the education and prevention of domestic violence amidst Long Island’s changing demographic climate. Her goal will be to continue to ensure that the vital services L.I. Against Domestic Violence offers are accessible while keeping up with the current needs and demands”. Eric S. Fishon, Board President LIADV
Wendy is also a strong advocate for the rights of animals and recognizes the correlation between domestic violence and animal abuse and works to bring safety related services to both human and canine survivors of domestic violence. Wendy has served on the Board of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is a member of the Suffolk County Executive’s Task Force on Family Violence, Suffolk County Sheriff Toulon’s Community Advisory Board and serves on other committees throughout the County. Wendy was Inducted into the 2019 NY State Women in Human Services Hall of Fame. She lives in Suffolk County with her husband and her wonderful dog Presley.
LIADV incorporated in 1976 as a not-for-profit charitable organization and dedicated its efforts to serving adults and children affected by family violence. LIADV opened the first shelter home in Suffolk County exclusively for victims of domestic violence, and in 2019 was able to expand that to pets as well. Its mission is to “assist and help empower victims of domestic violence through provision of a wide range of services and to work toward the prevention of domestic violence.” Services include a 24 hour hotline 631.666.8833 with a translation line, shelter, police and court advocacy, staff attorney, individual and group counseling, employment program and prevention through education.
L.I. Against Domestic Violence provides a range of services to help victims and survivors of domestic violence and can be reached 24 hours a day.
If you or someone you know needs help-contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 631.666.8833.