Katz to Host Domestic Violence Awareness Workshop

By David Brand

To mark National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Borough President Melinda Katz a special workshop to share resources and provide support to victims of domestic violence.

Katz announced the event, titled Surviving Partner Violence and Abuse, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Thursday.

The workshop will take place Friday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Queens Family Justice Center, located at 126-02 82nd Ave. in Kew Gardens.

“Intimate partner violence and abuse are heinous crimes that have long lasting impacts across communities,” Katz said in a statement. “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 workshop is designed to empower survivors and service providers by sharing information about the effects of intimate partner violence, discussing how to address those effects and analyzing Queens County’s procedures for prosecuting people who commit domestic violence.

“The effects of intimate partner violence and abuse on survivors and their children are myriad, complex and pervasive,” Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Commissioner Cecile Noel 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.”

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. //  Eagle  file photo by Andy Katz

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. // Eagle file photo by Andy Katz

Featured speakers include Queens District Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Bureau, Bureau Chief Scott Kessler and Legal Aid Society Neighborhood Office Attorney in Charge Sateesh Nori.

Family Justice Center Psychotherapist Tatyana V. Pena, Legal Information for Families Today Legal Director S. Monroe Solomon, Sanctuary for Families social worker Marissa Stranieri and Urban Justice Center Interim Immigration Supervisor Carolien Hardenbol will also speak.

The panelist will describe options and resources available to survivors of intimate partner violence, including housing, immigration, family court and mental health services.

Space is limited. To attend the event, RSVP to Marissa Beckett at MarissaB@fjcnyc.org or (718) 575-4504.