YWCA Union County's 6th Annual Empty Place at the Table To Call Attention to Domestic Violence
Monday, October 21, 2013 • 4:00pm
ELIZABETH, NJ – The YWCA Union County will sponsor its Sixth Annual “Empty Place at the Table” on October 24 at Kean University, in tribute to women and children who have lost their lives due to domestic violence. The art exhibition program of the event, which begins at 3 PM, features dinner place settings, photographs, short stories and personal items, each of which represents someone who has lost her life due to domestic violence. At 6 PM, YWCA in partnership with the Kean University Department of Theatre and Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company in residence at Kean, will present a program entitled “The Book of Truths: Chapters of Survival and a Call to Action.” A candlelight vigil will follow the performance. The event is to be held at the Little Theatre, Kean University, and will conclude a month of activities held to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The YWCA Union County has been providing services to survivors of domestic violence since 1978. The YWCA is the only agency in Union County that provides an emergency domestic violence shelter, in addition to transitional and supportive housing, counseling, legal advocacy, children’s services, domestic violence response teams, DV/DCP&P Liaison, 24-hour crisis intervention and hotline services.
Domestic violence is a crime that is not related to race, ethnicity, education or economic status, and is estimated to impact 1 in every 4 women nationwide. It impacts more women than breast cancer, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer combined. Domestic violence has been estimated to cost employers in the U.S. up to $13 billion each year. An average of 3 women per day in the United States are killed as a result of domestic violence.
“Nearly every day we read in the newspaper or hear on the news about domestic violence, including recent stories about women killed by their ex-boyfriend or husband. Violence against women knows no boundaries, and it is critical that our community come together to speak out against this crime, and raise awareness,” said Janice Lilien, Executive Director of the YWCA Union County.
The agency invites the public to attend Empty Place at the Table to learn about this issue, and to help raise awareness in our community. There is no cost for attendance.
For more information, contact Janice Lilien at 908-355-1995 ext. 122. Anyone may seek help from domestic violence by contacting the 24- hour Domestic Violence Hotline at (908) 355-HELP (4357).