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Friday, October 12

QUEENS, NY – In conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Borough President Melinda Katz and the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence today announced an upcoming public workshop on “Surviving Partner Violence & Abuse” on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Queens Family Justice Center, 126-02 82nd Avenue in Kew Gardens.

The workshop is designed to empower survivors and service providers with information about the effects of intimate partner violence, how those effects can be addressed, and Queens County’s procedures for prosecuting those who commit domestic violence. Featured speakers will share options and resources available to survivors of intimate partner violence, including housing, immigration, family court and mental health services. RSVP is required to Marissa Beckett at MarissaB@fjcnyc.org or 718.575.4504; space is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“Intimate partner violence and abuse are heinous crimes that have long lasting impacts across communities,” Borough President KATZ said. “In too many homes, families are robbed of their health and potential by their abusers. We must empower survivors with the strength to speak out, rise up and take back their lives.”

“The effects of intimate partner violence and abuse on survivors and their children are myriad, complex and pervasive,” Commissioner CECILE NOEL of the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence said. “For survivors and their children, help is available. From emergency housing to mental health counseling, to access to family and immigration legal services, the City of New York is committed to ensuring that survivors have access to support and inclusive services.”

Featured speakers scheduled for the October 12 event include:

  • Scott Kessler, Esq. – Queens District Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Bureau, Bureau Chief, Speaking about Queens County’s domestic violence prosecution procedures
  • Sateesh Nori, Esq. – Legal Aid Society Neighborhood Office Attorney in Charge, Speaking about housing options for survivors of intimate partner violence
  • Tatyana V. Pena, LCSW – NYC Health+Hospital Queens at NYC Family Justice Center Queens, Psychotherapist, Speaking Discussing Queens Family Justice Center Mental Health Initiative and the clients served under this program
  • S. Monroe Solomon, Esq. – Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) Legal Director, Speaking about family court options for survivors of intimate partner violence
  • Marissa Stranieri, LMSW – Sanctuary for Families Counselor, Children and Family Services, Speaking on the effects of domestic violence on children
  • Carolien Hardenbol  – Urban Justice Center Interim Immigration  Supervisor, Discussing Immigration options for survivors of intimate partner violence

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month takes place each year throughout the month of October. This annual commemoration was created by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in an effort to better connect advocates across the nation who are working to end domestic violence and assist those who have suffered such violence.

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