Standing together against domestic violence

Carlotta Mohamed | 10/23/2013, 2:59 p.m.

The march will start at the Middle School 50 parking lot, 183 S. 3rd street, to the 90thprecinct, 211 Union Avenue to raise awareness about the issue in North Brooklyn with community residents from Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Southside United HDFC (Los Sures), North Brooklyn Coalition Against Domestic Violence, St. Nicks Alliance, and Community Driven Solutions are inviting the community to come out to the candle light ceremony that will feature survivor speakers, community representatives, and family members impacted by domestic violence.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NACADV), one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

Domestic violence involves the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior perpetuated by an intimate partner against another, according to the NACADV. This also includes female homicide victims that are killed by their partner as well, which is an underreported crime.

One of the organizations involved in the march, the North Brooklyn Coalition, seeks to provide victims with support services, joyful family and children services, and community education.

“Our ultimate goal is to enable survivors of domestic violence to negotiate the criminal justice system, break the cycle of violence, and increase their capacity to take back power and control of their lives,” according to their mission statement.