Carrying the Flame for Domestic Violence Victims

Community members met at the Emma Feliciano Building (140 Johnson Avenue) one of the starting points for the North Brooklyn Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil.  The namesake of the building died at the hands of her husband.

For more than twenty years North Brooklyn’s Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil starts at two addresses (140 Johnson Avenue and Continental Army Plaza) and both processions converge at the 90th Precinct.  The 140 Johnson is particularly meaningful as it is The Emma Feliciano Building whose namesake died at the hands of her husband. Many walk with candles, others walk with banners and signs, all raise their voices to call attention to the tragic effects of Domestic Abuse.

Arriving at the 90th Precinct with candles after sunset.

Once at the 90th Precinct those who have experience with abuse tell their stories to give strength and information to those still living with domestic violence to get out.  Silence is the number one weapon of abusers speaking out is the best way to stop the abuse.

North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence, United Neighbors Organization, Southside United HFDC – Los Sures, NYPD 90th Precinct, and St. Nicks Alliance partnered to organize this event.

Raising the flames to honor domestic violence victims and survivors.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Longstanding statistics reveal that 1 in 4 women will be abused at the hands of a loved one according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  They have collected data state by state for 2021, which shows an average of 38% of women have experienced abuse within their lifetimes. 

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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