img_226340 years ago hundreds of brave Brooklynites broke the silence and spoke out against domestic violence. They came together to recognize the New York City epidemic of partner violence within the home and decided to do something about it. The first NY state emergency domestic violence shelter was opened a few months later, founding the Center Against Domestic Violence’s Women Survival Space. While 40 years may seem like a long time ago, over the years the Center has grown into three full-service emergency domestic violence shelters and the need for services is greater than ever. We see and hear about domestic violence through sports teams, the entertainment industry, and within legislation. However, it is not only common to see domestic violence through the media, but within our own communities too – on the subway, through the neighbor’s walls, picking the kids up from school.

Domestic violence surrounds us, but awareness of an issue makes it possible to bring about its end. It is true there are many steps before partner and family violence ceases to exist. But it will end because advocates continuing to recognize, like they did 40 years ago, that change needs to happen. That’s why we come together every October to discuss how to bring about change. This year in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, find your local shelter and ask how you can help. Share your stance against domestic violence this year via social media or is a group chat with friends.

You can make change #SpeakOutStandUpStopDV. speak-outstand-upstop-dv-or-w-white

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Center Against Domestic Violence Hotline: 718-439-1000