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         Shine the Light on Domestic Violence:
Wear Purple October 15th!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Oftentimes, the struggles of those coping with domestic violence is shrouded in shadows.  Domestic Violence Awareness Month gives us all the opportunity to “shine a light” on these sensitive topics and show our support for those affected by violence.

We at AAFSC are committed to ending intimate partner violence in all its forms.  Since 2010, our Anti-Violence Program has provided culturally and linguistically sensitive crisis intervention, counseling, personal advocacy, and support groups to survivors of domestic violence, as well as youth empowerment groups and healthy relationship classes to teens.

Our critical work in this area was recently recognized by the Office of the Vice President in his report “1 Is 2 Many: Twenty Years Fighting Violence Against Women and Girls” where a case of ours was highlighted:  

"Just one story. Although S was a successful businesswoman in her native country, an abusive partner here left her drained of confidence and independence. AAFSC worked with S to develop a safety plan and, among other things, helped her see that filing for a divorce wasn't a mark of failure. She moved out and, overtime, disclosed that her (now ex-) husband was grooming their daughter for a life of prostitution and pornography. With AAFSC's help, the father can never be alone with the daughter and is being deported. S and daughter live in a shelter, S is working again, and both are in counseling. As it does with its other clients, AAFSC continues to follow S's progress and provide support."

Show your solidarity for women like S and shine a light on domestic violence by wearing purple on Wednesday October 15.  Learn more about other ways you can raise awareness this month and join the campaign through the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.
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