BIG Talk: a Purple Tie Event. As a part of Domestic Violence Awareness month, Brookline interactive group has partnered with a number of organizations to bring you this program. This program is also a part of a larger series of events happening this month, as well as the ongoing effort to address Domestic Violence in our community.
We know that that since January, there have been 56 reports of Domestic assault and battery In our community. Furthermore, a High School Youth Health Survey conducted by the Brookline Parent Education Network in 2013 shows us that 5% of high school students report that they have been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Furthermore, 7% of students report having experienced sexual contact against one’s will. This is troubling news. Our goal now is to talk about how we, as a community, can better understand and talk about these issues, to shine a light on resources, and to find tools for prevention.
We are very pleased to bring you a diverse panel, each panelist bringing a unique perspective to the topic of Domestic Abuse. I am joined by Lovern Gordon, President of Love Life Now Foundation, Michelle Cove, Executive Director/Founder MEDIAGIRLS, Jenny Efimova, Outreach and Communications Director for Casa Myrna, Gavin Aui, Steps to Success Peer Leader, and Pamela Friedman, Chief, Victim Witness Unit, Norfolk District Attorney.