On Tuesday, City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley once again hosted the Queens contingent of the Brides’ March and stood up against domestic violence with dozens of participants.
For 17 years, the Gladys Ricart and Victims of Domestic Violence Memorial Walk, also known as the Brides’ March, has brought a heightened awareness to the domestic violence problems that continue to harm so many individuals and families. In 1996, Gladys Ricart was tragically killed at the hands of an ex-lover. Gladys was set to embark on her new life with a new partner, when she was killed on her wedding day.
The Brides’ March, which started in the Bronx, is expanding with each passing year. In 2015, Crowley expanded the march to Queens for the very first time.
“We walked for Gladys and for millions of people to shed light on domestic violence, and the real affects it has on a community,” Crowley said. “Domestic violence calls are made alarmingly frequently throughout the city and right here in our local precinct. That is why I felt it necessary to bring this contingent to Queens once again – so we can work together to end this cruel crime.”
The New York City Police Department responds to approximately 230,000 domestic violence incidents each year, and those are just the reported cases. Domestic violence continues to be one of the most underreported crimes in the country.
One in four women nationwide will be victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives. To highlight this, Crowley and the Bride’s March Queens contingent walked down Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven, wearing white and wedding gowns in solidarity.
“It’s so important that women, families and everyone know how to identify violence, know their rights and know they aren’t alone. Nobody should feel trapped in their own home,” Crowley said.
Also joining the Council Member was the Voices of Organizing Women, the New York City Family Justice Center, New York City’s Office to Combat to Domestic Violence, and domestic violence survivor, Jasmine Ortiz.
Council Member Crowley and the City Council also fund several anti-violence organizations each year through the Domestic Violence Empowerment (DoVE) initiative. This year, more than $116,000 was allocated for Day One, LifeWay Network, the Center for Anti-Violence Education, VIP, the Dominican Women’s Development Fund and the Korean American Family Service Center.