YWCA to hold domestic violence vigil tonight

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the YWCA Week Without Violence, Oct. 13 to 19, YWCA Greenwich has scheduled a series of events and programs to educate the community about domestic violence.

“People need to be aware of the extent and terrible effects of abuse. They need to understand that domestic violence is about power and control over another individual… and they need to commit to ending the violence,“ said YWCA Greenwich President and CEO Adrianne Singer.

The annual YWCA Candlelight Vigil ceremony will be held tonight, Oct. 16 at the YWCA, 259 East Putnam Avenue. This annual, special event, free and open to the public, explains the effects of domestic violence, celebrates survivors and asks attendees to light candles of hope. A victim will tell her story and a special Purple Ribbon Award will be presented to Joseph Masiello for acting as a pro-bono financial advisor to victims.

Immediately afterwards, attendees will be invited to view an interactive art exhibit in the Gertrude White Gallery that highlights the hyper-masculinity celebrated in sports which has contributed to a culture of violence. The exhibit is open through Oct. 31.

A documentary, Tough Guise 2, will be shown at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Criterion Cinemas at Greenwich Plaza. Anti-violence educator, Jackson Katz, hopes to empower a new generation of men — and women — to challenge the myth that being a real man means putting up a false front and engaging in violent and self-destructive behavior. Tickets are $10, in advance, at Ywcagreenwich.org/about-us/leadership-council/toughguise or $15 at the theater, $5 for 18 years old and under.

Then on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m., a press conference featuring U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Congressman Jim Himes (D-4th) will be held at the YWCA. Topics for discussion include the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act as well as necessary Federal laws to prevent domestic violence gun homicides.

During October, the YWCA also has initiated a special fund raising effort. Domestic violence-themed silk ties by Vineyard Vines are being sold at varying venues for $95 each.

YWCA Greenwich is the sole licensed provider of domestic abuse services in our community and delivers a wide range of multi-lingual services to thousands of victims, including children. All services are free and confidential. Your YWCA provides two, 24/7 hotlines, emergency shelter, life-saving safety planning, crisis intervention, child and adult counseling and assists victims at Stamford Superior Court. The hotline phone number is 203-622-0003.

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