Newton Mayor Speaks at Domestic Violence Awareness Week Kickoff

Newton Mayor Speaks at Domestic Violence Awareness Week Kickoff

October 24, 2012

Lasell College and community leaders joined together for a Domestic Violence Awareness Month event this week to increase visibility about the issue both on and off campus.

Newton's Mayor Setti Warren, as well as members of the domestic violence service provider community, spoke at the event, which was held at Lasell's Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center on October 23.

"We have a responsibility to make sure the message [of preventing domestic violence] is clear. We say we are one of the safest communities, but we have to mean it. What we don't talk about is the silent menace of domestic violence," he told the audience.

Warren also said that the city is reaching out to young people as part of a new youth program to discuss issues that they face. He said he expects the issues to include domestic and dating violence.

The audience also heard from an advocate for teen dating violence victims who described her own daughter's experience with dating violence with her first boyfriend and the difficulty of uncovering the issue.

Service providers, including representatives from at Refuge, Education, Advocacy and Change (REACH), Jewish Family & Children's Services, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Second Step and the Domestic Violence Relief Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, also answered questions from the audience, which included Lasell students, faculty and staff.