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“The Power of Community:

How One Town Stood Against Domestic Violence”

In the mid-1980s, when abuse insidiously took hold in the lives of three women, a small grassroots group of locals worked with the town of East Hampton and the local Rotary Club to establish a shelter called The Retreat, which opened in 1992. Director Markie Hancock uncovers a narrative of survival and empowerment as she retraces the improbable beginnings of The Retreat and its mission to provide safety, shelter, and support to victims of domestic violence. A story of resilience, hope, and inspiration in the face of fraught times, THE POWER OF COMMUNITY is a moving and empathetic testament to a life-saving local institution.