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Founders of the Center re-united on October 20, 2016 with friends and colleagues to honor the history of the Center Against Domestic Violence, founded as the Center for the Elimination of Violence in the Family.  In 1977, the Center opened the first publicly funded domestic violence shelter in New York State. Advocates, such as, Yolanda Bako, Nancy Rosen and Dianne Jackson recalled about the spirit and courage it took to get the first shelter up and running.  The Center’s founders worked with federal, state and city officials to respond to family violence. The Center received $200,000 to open Women’s Survival Space, the first NY State shelter, establish our life-saving hotline and eventually work towards founding the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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Panelists Michelle Kaminsky, Kings County District Attorney Domestic Violence Bureau Chief, Judith Kahan, Center Against Domestic Violence CEO, Sergeant Anthony Mascia, NYPD Domestic Violence Unit, and Luis Matos, Center Against Domestic Violence Residential, Educational & Community Services Director, enlightened guests about the history of domestic violence services, and present and future needs through the lens of legislation, justice and social services. Each had unique professional experiences and perspectives about what should be done to help eliminate violence in the family.

fullsizerenderCommissioner Cecile Noel, the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, Brooklyn’s Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, Deputy Commissioner, Marie Philip, New York City Human Resources Administration Office of Domestic Violence & Emergency Intervention Services shared inspiring words about the Center and the work being done to end domestic violence.

“I applaud the Center for the exemplary leadership this organization has shown to end domestic violence in our communities by providing support services, advocacy, and educational resources, especially through its age-appropriate curricula with a focus on teaching young people to establish healthy relationships and how to avoid dating violence.” – Citation from Office of the President Borough of Brooklyn