Overview for OBR CT

Each year the DVCC directly assists more than 3,000 victims of domestic violence and, through our PeaceWorks programs and advocacy projects, we inform and educate more than 20,000 students, community residents and professionals. As the sole provider of domestic violence services in Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton and Weston, we are proud to be part of the V-Day ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE campaign and hope that all of our partners, supporters and friends join us in this global movement to protest violence against women.

ONE BILLION RISING is a call to action based on the staggering statistic from the United Nations that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. With the world population at seven billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. At the helm of this campaign is Eve Ensler, the award-winning playwright, activist, creator of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day, a global movement which promotes creative events to increase awareness about gender-based violence and to raise money for anti-violence organizations. The campaign encourages women throughout the world and those who love them to come together on February 14, 2014 to “rise, dance, act” in defiance of the injustices women suffer and to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

According to its founders, ONE BILLION RISING 2013 was the biggest mass action in history, with 10,000 events across 207 countries, compounded by media and social media. They anticipate this year’s campaign will be equally powerful.

“Imagine one billion women releasing their stories, dancing and speaking out at the places where they need justice, where they need an end to violence against women and girls,” said Monique Wilson, the director of ONE BILLION RISING.

The DVCC is excited to be planning its second OBR event, at which supporters from across our seven communities will gather at Latham Park in Stamford to rise, dance and act to bring an end to gender-based violence. We are looking to our Task Forces, our partner social service agencies, town governments, faith-based communities, police departments, corporations, our V-Day supporters from past years, and schools across our cities and towns to join in this event.  The rally will entail only a small portion of your day, between 12:30 and 1 p.m. on February 14, but its potential to increase awareness and support for women in our area who are being or have been abused is enormous.

Please let us know if you are interested in participating in this event by being a planner/organizer for your town or by generating participants for the rally from your organization or business. We very much look forward to working with you! Please contact Susan Delaney at 203-588-9100 or sdelaney@dvccct.org with your interest.

If you are unable to join the DVCC rally, we encourage you to rise in your own way, either individually or with a group at some point during the day. Please visit the JOIN/How Will You Rise? section of this website and let us know what you will be doing.

We also want all of you to visit the JOIN/Why I Am Rising section of the website and share your reason(s) for supporting DVCC/One Billion Rising CT. Check out the ABOUT/Why We Are Rising at DVCC section to see some of our reasons and feel free to use some of those and/or to add your own. We would also love to post a photo of you or your group.

Please visit the Tool Kit section of the website for more information on the DVCC February 14th event.