Williamsburg residents march against domestic violence
by Chase Collum
Oct 30, 2014 | 2440 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Domestic Violence March
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To bring the issue of domestic violence into the public eye, roughly 200 people marched through the streets of South Williamsburg last week.

Led by the North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence and Southside United HDFC (better known as Los Sures), the march began at Continental Army Plaza at South 4th and Roebling streets and ended outside the 90th Precinct at 211 Union Avenue.

Councilman Antonio Reynoso also attended the march, along with members of Churches United for Fair Housing

“We are going to march in these streets and let everyone know that domestic violence is a public problem,” coalition member Robin Sirota Bassin said before the march.

Ramon Peguero, head of Los Sures, said that his organization deals with issues related to domestic violence on a regular basis. To date, Los Sures has established 80 stable, permanent apartments for victims of domestic violence who have entered the shelter system.

“It is time for us to stop the violence within our homes,” Peguero said. “Our homes are the centerpiece of our community and if you can't be safe in your home, you're not safe in your community.”

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and according to Safe Horizon, 25 percent of homeless heads of household became homeless due to domestic violence.

Juan Bravo of the coalition said that while domestic violence is sometimes classified as a women’s issue, he believes that it is important to reject that classification.

“One in four men are abusing women,” Bravo said. “I think it's a men's issue because men are the ones who are doing it.”

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