Each October for nearly two decades The North Brooklyn Domestic Violence Coalition hosts an annual candlelight vigil to bring attention to the tragedy of Domestic Violence. This year’s event became three vigils, one for each North Brooklyn city council district: 33, 34, and 37, (occurring respectively on October 10, 17, and 3).
The march for District 33 went from NYPD Precinct 94 to McCarren Park. The march for district District 34 went from the Emma Feliciano building at 240 Johnson Avenue and ended at the 90th Precinct. Emma Feliciano was a member of St. Nicks Alliance’s property management staff; she was an inspiration to her fellow workers until her untimely death at the hands of her husband.
Statistics reveal that 1 in 4 women will be abused at the hands of a loved one. Because abusers use silence as a weapon, marchers to the vigil raise their voices and shouted: “Break the Silence! Stop the Violence!” in English and Spanish. At each vigil those who had been abused told their stories to give strength and information to those still living with domestic violence to get out.