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Domestic Violence Vigil on Oct. 1

September 21, 2007

A candlelight vigil will be held outside Cambridge City Hall on Monday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. in observance of national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The event will commemorate Massachusetts victims of domestic violence and highlight the need for greater community responsibility. Local groups will have information available about how to identify and help victims.

“We need to change our response to neighbors and friends in dangerous relationships,” said Alexandra Detjens, the violence prevention coordinator for Cambridge. “Instead of saying: ‘Thank goodness this isn’t happening in my home,’ we need to ask: ‘Are you okay?’”

Throughout the month of October, CCTV will air “Window into Domestic Violence: The Impact on Specific Populations,” an hour-long program that looks at the unique vulnerabilities of teens, immigrants, homeless people, and gay men.

“Domestic violence is a universal problem,” said Kimberly Sansoucy, executive director of the Cambridge Women’s Commission. “We made this program to draw attention to people who don’t fit the traditional definition of a domestic violence survivor.”

Other October activities include an art exhibit, a cell phone drive, an event for teens about dating violence, and trainings throughout the city. To request a training for your organization, please call Alexandra Detjens at the Cambridge Public Health Department, 617-665-3816.

Key sponsors of Domestic Violence Awareness Month are the Cambridge Police Department, the Cambridge Women’s Commission, and the Cambridge Public Health Department.

October Calendar of Events:

Monday, Oct. 1

Candlelight Vigil

6 p.m., Cambridge City Hall lawn, 795 Massachusetts Ave.  Candlelight vigil flyer.

 

Week of Oct. 1-8

Silent Witness Project Exhibit

Life-size wooden silhouettes of Massachusetts women who have lost their lives to domestic violence this year will be on display at Cambridge City Hall and the Cambridge Police Department.

 

Thursday, Oct. 11

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Day

11 a.m.-1 p.m., main entrance to Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.  At this lunchtime event sponsored by Transition House, CRLS students can sign a petition to stand against teen dating violence and pick up information about local resources.  Free snacks and giveaways will be available.
 

MEDIA CONTACT

Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Public Information Officer
617-665-3833
sfeinberg@challiance.org


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