October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and current statistics show that nationwide, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience some form of domestic violence, which equates to nearly 20 people per minute being victims of domestic violence. The problem of domestic violence is one that plagues all segments of our population, but recent high-profile cases have brought increased awareness of the need for action.
On Sunday's new episode of Represent NYC, State Senator Jose M. Serrano, representing the 29th Senate District which covers neighborhoods in the South & West Bronx, East Harlem, Roosevelt Island, Upper Yorkville, Central Park, and the Upper West Side, brings a panel together to discuss the issue and to shine a spotlight on solutions to this pervasive problem.
- Anabella Escobar, the Deputy Director of the Manhattan Family Justice Center at the Major’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. The Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, established in 2001, oversees the citywide delivery of domestic violence services, develops policies and programs, and works with diverse communities to increase awareness of domestic violence.
- Maureen Curtis is the Associate VP of the Criminal Justice Programs at Safe Horizon. Safe Horizon is the largest victims’ services agency in the United States, serving more than 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year.
- Martha Hauze is the Deputy Director for Programs at Violence Intervention Program. Founded in 1984 to address the growing prevalence of domestic abuse and family violence in the Latino community, Violence Intervention Program has helped make a difference by advocating against and educating the public about domestic abuse and other forms violence.
The episode premieres on Sunday, October 19 at 7:00 pm and will air again on Wednesday, October 22 at 9:00 pm on MNN1 (TWC 34, RCN 82, FiOS 33 and streaming live).
Domestic Violence Resources and Support:
Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence
Phone: 311 or 1-800-HOPE (4673)
Violence Intervention Program, Inc. (Bilingual services are available)