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.
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.
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.