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Queens College Partners With New York State to "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" During the Month of October

--A Series of QC Campus Events Will Help Define the Problem; Identify Resources,
and Provide Guidance for Those Who Want to Help; Survivors Will Tell Their Stories--

FLUSHING, N.Y., September 27, 2010—In an effort to raise awareness of the nation’s domestic violence epidemic, Queens College has partnered with New York State’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) during October to sponsor “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence,” a month-long awareness campaign. This is the third year of the OPDV initiative, a campaign to “turn New York State purple”—the color symbolizing domestic violence awareness—during October. The goals of the partnership are to help identify the different types of domestic violence; provide resources and assistance for victims, and offer guidance for victims’ family members and friends.


Friday, October 1

12:15 pm

Clock Tower Lighting Ceremony, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library Plaza
A proclamation will be read announcing QC as a partner in thestate's "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" initiative; the light in the Rosenthal Libarary clock tower will be made purpl for the month of October.

12:30 pm Presentation by Queens Borough President Helen Marsall
Rosenthal Library, Room 230
"Domestic Violence: A report on the Borough of Queens."

Wednesday, October 13

12:15 pm "Domestic Violence: An American Epidemic," Rosenthal Library, Room 230
Power Point Presentation & Talk, followed by a Q&A
Contains disturbing content.)
Presented by Carmella Marrone, Executive Director, Women and Work, a Queens College job and life-skills training program for women, many of whom are victims of domestic and family violence. Marrone will identify the various types of abuse and their effects; explain why domestic violence is considered an epidemic in the U.S. and the ptoential impact if it remains unaddressed; discuss the criminal justice process and what concerned citizens can do, and describe coordinated community efforts. Attendees can sign-up for Women and Work's "Break the Silence" email distribution list to stay informed of anti-violence efforts and important news.

Monday, October 25

12:15 pm Campus March to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence
Opening Remarks: Student Union, 12:15; March Immediately Following

Members of the Queens College community, carrying signs with slogans addressing domestic violence, will march on the Quad in solidarity with victims. Provost James Stellar and New York State Assemblywoman Naomi Riverawill offer opening remarks in the Student Union at 12:15. The march follows on the Quad immediately afterwards.

Wednesday, October 27

12:15 pm

"Domestic Violence Survivors Speak-out! Breaking the Silence, Empowering Women," Rosenthal Library, Room 230
Survivors will tell their stories. A panel of representatives from the Queens Family Justice Center, Safe Horizons, the Queens District Attorney's Domestic Violence Bureau, and the Borough President's Domestic Violence Task Force will discuss the roles that each of their agencies play in the struggle to end the epidemic of violence against women.

Joyce Smith, Esq., Supervisor, Domestic Violence Bureau, Queens District Attorney’s Office; Enidia Seoane, Senior Case Manager, Emergency Response Team, Safe Horizons; Shayna McDonough, Efficiency Coordinator, New York City Family Justice Center, Queens, Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence.


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