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State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky Will Speak at Queens College's "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" Ceremony

-- College’s Second Annual Event in Partnership with NYS Campaign Will Honor
Queens Assistant D.A. Joyce Smith for Her Work Against Domestic Violence --


Queens College’s kickoff to Domestic Violence Awareness Month will feature a presentation by New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky. Sen. Stavisky will talk about her office’s proposed legislation against domestic violence and will officially “light” the Rosenthal Library Clock Tower, which will stay purple for the month of October. The college will honor Queens Assistant District Attorney Joyce Smith for her community service on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. At the ceremony, one of these survivors will tell her story.


Queens College’s Rosenthal Library, Room 230.

The Rosenthal Library auditorium is accessible from the main entrance of the library (on the 3rd floor) down the stairs to the right of the doors to the Louis Armstrong Archives.

Noon – 12:15 pm

Welcome remarks by Carmella Marrone, Executive Director & Founder, Women & Work, a QC job and life-skills training program for women.
PowerPoint presentation: “Domestic Violence: An American Epidemic”

12:20 – 12:30 pm

A domestic violence survivor speaks out

12:35 – 12:50 pm

Talk by guest speaker State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, followed by brief Q&A

12:50 – 1:15 pm

Presentation of plaque to Queens Assistant DA Joyce Smith in recognition of her work on behalf of domestic violence survivors and her commitment to the community

1:15 – 1:30 pm

Closing remarks



        Last October QC partnered with the New York State’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) to sponsor “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence,” a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the nation’s epidemic. This is the fourth 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.

        Senator Stavisky has long been an advocate for tougher domestic violence legislation that would save lives. She has been a partner in the global White Ribbon Campaign: Men Working to End Men’s Violence Against Women. “As a state senator, I have consistently fought for women’s safety, lighting legislative candles wherever I can to protect victims of domestic violence and stalking,” says Sen. Stavisky. “I support the ‘Shine the Light’ campaign so that one day women will be able to live without danger and fear.”

        Women and Work – a free, 15-week program founded in 1999 at Queens College –empowers participants to rebuild their lives, many of which have been shattered by physical and emotional abuse. To date, the program has helped transform the lives of over 1,600 women through job and life skills training. This past April, Women and Work was accepted as a member organization in the UN Women’s Say NO-UNiTE to End Violence Against Women (“Say NO”) Campaign, an international call for action to end violence against women and girls.


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