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On October 29, the YWCA of the City of New York hosted the latest installment of our CEO Salon Series “Domestic Violence: Awareness in Action.”

The discussion was moderated by award winning television journalist Richelle Carey and featured Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence Rosemonde Pierre Louis, Co-founder of Man Up Campaign Jimmie Briggs, Deputy Director at the Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services of Sanctuary for Families Linda Lopez, and Domestic Violence Survivor and Financial Educator Tonya Rapley as panelists.

We were thrilled to have such seasoned professionals and activists on our panel as well as welcome the first ever male panelist at our Salon Series discussion. Briggs served as an enlightening voice that introduced a different perspective into the conversation.

The panelists discussed a variety of questions posed by Carey such as domestic violence in the media, shortcomings of the justice system, and an individual’s role in stopping and preventing domestic violence. Later, guests shared their personal stories, questions and concerns making the Q&A session one of the most engaging one we’ve had yet! Even YWCA-NYC CEO Danielle Lee Moss got in on the action asking what else the organization can do to help victims of domestic violence. As Commissioner Louis said, “Our work doesn’t end October 31st.”

Our work must continue with just as much force once Domestic Violence Awareness Month ends. Here at the YWCA of the City of New York we are always looking for ways to improve to better serve women and their families and further meet our goal to empower women everywhere.

Below is a Twitter Recap of the event!