At the fourth annual Stand up for Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Home), Met Council and 20 volunteers packaged lipstick cases with contact information on where victims can receive help. This effort raised awareness of the alarming increase of domestic violence incidents in New York City.
The lipstick cases were distributed by New York City Council Members and volunteers at New York City’s Go Purple Day in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month.
“Unfortunately too many people suffer in silence. We’re here to send a message that domestic violence in any way shape or form is unacceptable,” said Councilman Barry Grodenchik.
“It is particularly important that we address domestic violence in immigrant communities in the outer boroughs where there is not just a stigma against reporting it but even talking about it,” said Councilwoman Nily Rozic.
Met Council is a leader in addressing the needs of domestic violence victims in New York City’s Jewish and immigrant communities. Our staff acts as a bridge between these communities and the City systems set up to protect them. With the recent rise in reported domestic violence in the Jewish community, Met Council’s culturally sensitive services are in demand more than ever before. Last year, Met Council assisted more than 649 clients in person and distributed more than $200,000 in private funds to empower victims to obtain safety and work towards self sufficiency.
During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Met Council mobilized to provide information and resources that empower women to leave their dangerous situations.
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