Domestic violence has been linked to both suicide and homicide in study after study. Depression, substance abuse, alcohol use and abuse, and keeping a gun in the home were all risk factors for the death of women in the home. The murder of women related to domestic violence and keeping a gun was most often carried out by a spouse, intimate partner, or close relative. : Less than 5% of female victims killed in their own homes were killed by strangers. The vast majority were killed by someone they knew, and more than likely, knew well.
These horrifying facts are a call to action for advocates of women and children and those working for gun violence prevention. This Saturday, the YWCA of Eastern Union County will Partner with State Senator Lesniak and State Senator Weinberg, the NJ Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, the United Youth Council, and local officials to Rally Against Violence and Say Enough is Enough! to Violence Against Women.
The YWCA Eastern Union County will hold a rally on March 23rd, 2013 at 11 AM to support the women in our community in saying Enough is Enough! when it comes to violence against women. The rally will be held in the Erxleben Recreation Center at 513 Richmond Street in Elizabeth, NJ.
Rally speakers include State Senator Lesniak and State Senator Weinberg, Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley (representing Mayors Against Illegal Guns), Janice Lilien, Executive Director of the YWCA Eastern Union County, Jaime Bedrin, co-chair of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Salaam Ismial of United Youth Council, and Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich. Several victims of violence will share their personal experiences. The all female drill team from Elizabeth High School, Building Future Leaders, will also present at the rally.
Space is limited, and rally organizers encourage those who wish to take part to register for the indoor event. RSVP by calling 908 301 6156 or visiting www.enoughisenoughus.org.
Parking is available at the venue and on the street. Participating organizations will have information about domestic violence and gun violence prevention available for attendees. Attendees are encouraged to create homemade signs around the theme of eradicating violence in our society. Children are welcome, and parents should use their discretion, considering the topic.
March 23rd, 2013 – 11 AM
Erxleben Recreation Center
513 Richmond Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202