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A letter from CHANA’s Executive Director

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Domestic violence impacts women, men, and children in all communities, regardless of age, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.  Nearly 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men in the U.S. are victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner during their lifetimes. We also know that young women between the age of 16 and 24 are at the greatest risk for intimate partner violence.  Our community is not immune from these devastating statistics.

Earlier this month, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, CHANA hosted ‘VOICES: When Relationships Hurt,’ an outreach event featuring author and advocate Bill Mitchell. Bill shared his own family’s tragic loss of their 21-year-old daughter to dating violence. Bill’s family loss is shared by far too many other families.  In fact, in the U.S., approximately 3 women are killed by their intimate partners each and every day. CHANA is here to mitigate this risk in our community. We are grateful to those who were able to join us for VOICES, and for those who were not, you may still view the presentation here.

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we reaffirm our commitment to building a community where no one suffers alone.  We pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to domestic violence, we acknowledge those who have found safety and healing, and we encourage those who are currently enduring abuse to reach out for help. Learn more about the warning signs of domestic abuse and dating violence on our website.

As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to a close, we know the conversation is far from over. In the last few weeks, many of you have reached out to us to ask our impressions of the Netflix series ‘Maid’ – a ten episode account of one victim’s journey to safety. In January, CHANA will host “Myths and Realities of Netflix’s ‘Maid’: An Educational Conversation,” where we will engage in a facilitated discussion regarding the show’s portrayal of domestic violence.

Though the conversation continues, and much progress is being made, the essential work of raising awareness and support for victims must remain our priority. CHANA invites you to join the movement and raise your voice in support of victims and survivors. Help us by following us on Facebook. Share Bill’s powerful talk. Watch the Netflix series ‘Maid’ and join our conversation. Learn the signs and speak out!

Thank you for your support in helping us to break the silence and for doing your part to build a safe and healthy community.


In solidarity,

Lauren Shaivitz, Esq., LMSW
CHANA Executive Director
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