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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 as a Day of Unity to connect individuals to advocates and resources in their community. Today, domestic violence affects millions regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or social status.  Alarmingly, physical violence is only part of the story; domestic violence often manifests as humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, or isolation.

Every October, the Office of Student Services recommits to breaking the cycle.  This year, we are partnering with the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) to bring you a panel discussion on the topic of domestic abuse.  Please join the conversation on Monday, October 7th from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM in the Community Commons on the Manhattan Campus.

Lend your voice to this very important conversation.


Jennifer L. DeCarli, Esq., LMSW, Assistant Commissioner for Family Justice Centers and Outreach

Jennifer DeCarli, Assistant Commissioner of Family Justice Center Operations, ENDGBV

Jillian Torres, Safe Horizon Director at the Manhattan Family Justice Center

Jillian Torres, Safe Horizon Director at the Manhattan Family Justice Center

And special guest panelists:

  • Megan Pedragon, Day One Advocate
  • Estrella Perez, Sanctuary for Families (Clinical)

The first hour is going to be a training called, “Domestic Violence 101” and the second hour will feature the panelists.

This event is free and open to the public!

Press information:

Lisa Mulligan, MSEd | Coordinator of Student Life, Metropolitan College of New York, Telephone: 212.343.1234 x 2813, lmulligan@mcny.edu

Tina Georgiou | Communications Director, Metropolitan College of New York, Telephone: 212.343.1234 x 2626, tgeorgiou@mcny.edu

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