New York City, December 8, 2011 – Center Against Domestic Violence, New York City’s leader in teen date violence prevention will participate this year in It’s Time to Talk Day.  This national event gives Americans the opportunity to talk about relationship abuse.  The Center’s Deputy Director Rona Solomon will be part of Liz Claiborne Radio Row.  The Center’s teen peer leaders will distribute literature and lapel pins at New York City high schools and intermediate schools.

Liz Claiborne Inc. has joined forces organizations like the Center Against Domestic Violence for It’s Time to Talk Day as a way to encourage greater public dialogue about domestic violence. Around the country, talk radio, government officials, domestic violence advocates, businesses, schools, and the public-at-large will take a moment or more to talk openly about an issue that affects nearly one in four women at some point in their lifetime.

Center Deputy Solomon welcomes It’s Time to Talk Day, saying, “Talking about domestic violence – whether your own experience or violence against another, is never easy. For years advocates have hidden along with the people we serve.  Events like It’s Time to Talk Day, support survivors and advocates to tell our stories without fear and to ask for the services we need to stop domestic violence once and for all.”  In New York City last year, the Domestic Violence hotline answered almost 135,000 calls and 70 family related homicides were committed.

For more than ten years the Center has been the leading partner with the NYC Human Resources Administration in RAPP – the Relationship Abuse Prevention Program.  Through RAPP, the Center teaches thousands of teens in seventeen NYC schools how to build healthy relationships, how to recognize danger in a relationship and how to plan for safety in dangerous situations. RAPP gives teens tools to grow into a safe and healthy tomorrow.

With help from the George Link and Verizon Foundations, has been able to test Relationships are Elementary – the Center’s groundbreaking elementary school violence prevention program.  The Center Against Domestic Violence operates relationship abuse prevention programs on sixteen elementary, intermediate and high school campuses in New York City, reaching 30,000 students each year.