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One Billion Rising DVCC Events On February 14

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There we were. Just a speck on the earth, and yet part of a massive global movement to focus the eyes of the world on the issue of violence against women and girls. We rose in Stamford and Norwalk on February 14, danced in the snow and delighted in the power of acting together to create a better world for our clients and for women everywhere. And while we couldn't see the hundreds of thousands rising with us, we knew they were there; rising, dancing, making noise, forcing the world to take notice.

"We came to the parks, we rose, we spoke out, we danced; essentially, around the planet, we created a whole new way to draw attention and express our outrage towards violence against women," said Susan Delaney, Director of the DVCC Medical Advocacy Project and co-coordinator of the DVCC One Billion Rising events. "People came from all over to support our rising, including schools, faith communities, service organizations, medical communities and businesses in the area."

"What a spectacular day," added Rita Bailey, a long-time DVCC volunteer who helped with the February 14 events. "There was so much energy, and when the event ended, no one wanted to leave!"

In the words of Eve Ensler, the founder of V-Day and One Billion Rising,the campaign was not conceived to be a new organization, but rather "a catalyst and a wind".

At DVCC we consistently strive to assist and empower those impacted by domestic violence, not just on an individual basis, but also through systems change. We are in courtrooms, classrooms, shelters and medical facilities, as well as in the State Capitol Building in Hartford, where we press for legislation that will benefit victims of intimate partner violence. One Billion Rising reinforces the wind behind our sails to continue doing what we do. Thank you to everyone who joined us on February 14 and on our www.onebillionrisingct.org website. We think the photos say the rest!