Stamford domestic violence center to host luncheon
One of the nation’s leading voices in combating domestic violence will be the keynote speaker for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s (DVCC) 2019 “Voices of Courage” luncheon at the Stamford Marriott on April 18.
Kiersten Stewart, director of public policy for Futures Without Violence, is a major player in providing information for members of Congress on how to reduce and prevent domestic violence against women and children. Futures Without Violence is a Washington, D.C.-based national organization that develops programs, policies and campaigns to support those organizations working to end violence against women and children. A major part of those efforts include training of professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges, and athletic coaches on improving responses to violence and abuse.
“Lives depend on us to break the cycle of domestic violence — even here in upscale Fairfield County,” said Kevin Shippy, executive director of DVCC, in an emailed press release. “Domestic violence lurks in every geographic and demographic corner, as recent cases such as the suitcase murder in Greenwich ... can attest.”
Last year, DVCC provided direct services to 3,789 individuals as well as reaching out to nearly 18,000 students and youth groups via classroom presentations to help identify and manage healthy, safe relationships.
DVCC’s Board of Directors Chair John B. Watkins of Stamford will be honored with the annual Voices of Courage award for his 26-year history of volunteer leadership. For additional information on DVCC, and the April 18 luncheon, visit dvccct.org.
DVCC serves the seven communities of Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton, Westport and Weston. The center provides confidential legal, counseling, sustainability, preventive education, telephone help line support, and emergency safehouse services to nearly 4,000 clients annually.