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I became a member of DVCC’s board
of directors out of a desire to serve and give
back to the community. I currently serve on
the Finance Committee and participate in as
manyDVCCactivities as possible.Duringmy
years as the Manager of Global Security for
a large corporation, I came into contact with
employees who were victims of domestic
violence. From them I learned about the
anguish, isolation, shame, and emotional and
financial devastation they so often endure.
Over the last three and a half years as a board
member, I have continually been impressed
by thewonderful job the agency does provid-
ing safe shelter to victims and their children,
nurturing them and empowering them to
take control over their own lives. It is scary
to think what would happen to these victims
if DVCC was not here.
Marco Cruz
DVCC Board of Directors member since 2009
Left: The Co-Chairs of DVCC’s 2011 Voices of Courage Spring Luncheon, Denise Mangano (left) and Peggy Brown (right) with Gail Collins, the NewYork Times Op-
Ed columnist and author, who was the luncheon speaker and honoree. Hundreds of supporters attended the May 18th event, which raised $175,000 for the DVCC
that will go toward providing essential services for victims of domestic abuse and their children. Right: Thanks to the dedication and hard work by hundreds of our
community members and supporters in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, information about domestic violence, once again, permeated
Fairfield County. Over 100 separate events and activities throughout our area provided awareness and information about intimate partner violence and about DVCC’s
services. Darien’s Domestic Abuse Partnership offered up an original and moving event, in which 124 butterflies were released in recognition of the 124 domestic
calls to Darien police during the past year.
Now they know
what abuse looks
like. Our students
were very receptive
to the signs of the
healthy-unhealthy
relationships-the
students were
actively engaged
throughout the class
period.
DVCC360isarecently launchedplatform
through which the DVCC works to advance
research, advocacy, policy and community
partnerships that we have identified as central
to meeting the needs of victims.
The focuswill be toprovide research and
informationonbest practices and to advocate
for policy and systems change within the
legal, medical and educational communities
in order to better serve victims of intimate
partner violence.
Our goal is to benefit all of our
community partners as we work together to
develop innovative approaches to combat
domestic violence. As part of this project,
DVCC360 will issue a monthly newsletter,
VERVE,whichwill address a single topic each
month relevant toenhancing the community’s
response to domestic violence.
“DVCC360 is a natural outgrowth of
our effort over the last few years to create
strong and highly collaborative partnerships
that facilitate the work we are doing with our
clients and that provide them with the wide
circle of community resources so critical to
their progress from violence to safety,” said
DVCC Executive Director Rachelle Kucera
Mehra.
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