As you may know, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Melissa’s office is committed to taking this opportunity to raise awareness on this important issue. Here are some of the things we are doing in the community and citywide during the month of October:
- In Schools: This month, we are working with two El Barrio/East Harlem schools, the Renaissance School of the Arts and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, in sponsoring an art contest, where students can submit artwork (in any medium) that seeks to raise awareness about the devastating effects of domestic violence. Winners will be selected from each of the two schools and prizes will be awarded.
- On the Street: Today, we sponsored an event with Violence Intervention Program (VIP) and Marshalls that brought an outdoor exhibit on domestic violence to the corner of 106th Street and Third Avenue (see photos below).
- On the Web: On Monday morning, the City Council will hold a hearing on a bill sponsored by Melissa that will require the City to report data on domestic violence incidents on the My Neighborhood Statistics website. After the bill is enacted, local residents will be able to track the number of these incidents in their community district, police precinct and citywide.
The Women’s Caucus of the City Council is also holding a special ceremonial event before next week’s Stated Meeting to honor domestic violence service providers throughout the five boroughs.
Photos from this morning’s event: