YWCA Greenwich 6.October.2019: On Sunday morning more than 200 participants joined YWCA Greenwich for their inaugural Walk the Walk Against Domestic Violence. Families, friends, colleagues, and even some dogs, came together to raise funds and awareness about this difficult and dangerous issue.
“Today’s event is designed to focus on friendship and family,” said Mary Lee Kiernan, President and CEO, YWCA Greenwich, “and to bring the community together to support those who are suffering, often in silence, from the effects of domestic abuse.”
October is Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Nationally, one in three women and one in four men will experience some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. In the Town of Greenwich, domestic violence is the most reported violent crime and one of the most dangerous calls for our police officers.
Last year, YWCA Domestic Abuse Services provided support to 833 victims of domestic abuse. The organization also responded to more than 3,700 calls to its hotline, and nearly every day someone came to the YWCA building asking for help.
The funds raised from this event will benefit YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse Services which include crisis intervention, 24/7 hotline, individual and group counseling for adults and children, criminal and civil court advocacy, and emergency shelter. YWCA Greenwich is the only state designated provider of domestic abuse services in Greenwich with staff who are licensed to provide a variety of victim services.
The co-chairs for the event were Michael Bodson, DTCC; Christine Petta Kelland, Wells Fargo; Greenwich High School Football Coach, Anthony Morello, Andrea Sisca and Kim Owens Wise from the YWCA Board of Directors, and First Selectman Peter Tesei.
Donations can still be made at www.ywcagrn.org/walkthewalk. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, call the YWCA Greenwich Domestic Abuse hotline at 203-622-0003. All calls are confidential. All services are free of charge, and no one is ever turned away.