Over 20 staff members joined advocates to speak up for domestic violence survivors at City Hall and to thank the City Council’s leadership for increasing the funds allotted to the Domestic Violence and Empowerment (DoVE) Initiative.
Shoshanna Frydman, Met Council’s Clinical Director of Family Violence and Social Services, said:
Central to our work is to bear witness to our clients’ lives, to parts of their lives that no wants to hear. We listen to the most intimate details of their partner abuse. We also have the honor to witness their triumph and their great strength and resilience.
One client, who articulated our work so succinctly for me, said ‘I used to scream in silence. And now I have been heard.’ I was her witness.
Once the safety of our clients is ensured, we work to empower our clients to move from victim to survivor. While we specialize in working with Jewish and immigrant communities, the face of domestic violence is as diverse as our City. We have clients from all different backgrounds — geographically, religiously and financially.
We must continue to be their witnesses and voices every month and every day.
Thank you, Speaker Mark-Viverito, for inviting us to speak and for increasing the allocation of DoVE Initiative funds that are essential to our work. Thank you, Council Members Ferreras, Cumbo, and Gibson for your leadership, as well as Council Members Dromm, Koslowitz, Maisel, Matteo, Mealy, Ulrich, Vacca, and Weprin for your unwavering support of Met Council’s Family Violence Department.
Your support is critical to our ability to work with survivors.