October is recognized as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence reportedly affects approximately 25% of women and 7.6% of men in the United States. On Saturday, October 17th, over 80 people attended “Promoting Healthy Relationships in the African American Community, hosted by the Syracuse Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc., in partnership with Vera House, Inc. at Bellegrove Missionary Baptist Church.
The workshop contained several interactive discussions, where attendees discussed how to recognize domestic violence and how to be empowered bystanders if they became witnesses to domestic violence. Mildred Woods and Katie Owens each tearfully shared powerful stories of how the lives of their loved ones were each ended at the hands of domestic violence during the event.
According to Annette W. Briggs, Committee Chairperson, “the goals of the workshop were to raise awareness, challenge thinking, open dialogue, and inspire leadership.” The committee members believe that the workshop was a success. After debriefing and reviewing the evaluations received by the attendees, the committee intends to formulate a follow-on session for the community.
If you or someone you know is currently affected by domestic violence, Vera House’s 24-Hour Hotline is 468-3260. If you are interested in learning more about this workshop and follow-on efforts, please contact Annette W. Briggs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mia E. Burse Photo: Syracuse Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority