Domestic violence and sexual assault can happen to anyone and, often, cases of abuse go unreported, overlooked and excused. In a report released last month, the Violence Policy Center revealed that more than 1,600 women in the U.S. were murdered by men in 2013, with Louisiana ranking as 4th in the nation for the number of women killed.
According to the report, in Louisiana, 93% of female victims were murdered by someone they knew. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 50% were wives, common-law wives, ex-wives, or girlfriends of the offenders. Among domestic violence-related murders, 58% were killed with guns.
This month, we come together as a nation to recognize domestic violence in our communities and its effect on our communities. Also, on October 23, we will be recognizing our 2015 Champions at our 3rd Annual Unmasking Domestic Violence Soiree. This year's champions are:
Casey Gwinn, J.D., President, Alliance for Hope
Gael Strack, CEO, Alliance for Hope
Emily Arata, New Orleans Deputy Mayor of External Affairs
Judge Bernadette D'Souza, New Orleans Civil District Court
Louisiana State Representative Austin Badon
Louisiana State Representative Robert Billiot
Louisiana State Representative Neil Abramson
Julie Schwam Harris, Community Activist
Join us on October 23rd, from 8 p.m. until midnight at the Harrah's New Orleans Casino's Theater, as we come together to thank those who impact our work and to raise money for services at the NOFJC.
Visit http://www.nofjc.org/event to buy your tickets today! Tickets are $75 in advance, or $85 at the door.
Along with great food and a silent auction, entertainment will be provided by Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, DJ Kay Gee, the Young Men Olympia Association (Furious Five Division) and the the Zulu Social Aide and Pleasure Club.
The 2015 title sponsor is Verizon. Verizon has been a strong supporter of the New Orleans Family Justice Center, and has been committed to ending domestic violence in communities. Harrah’s New Orleans Casino is a valued sponsor, providing the venue and many services for this event. Additional sponsors include Delta Administrative Services and Delta Personnel, and Baptist Community Ministries. To become a sponsor contact Sharon Henry at 504.592.4005, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds will benefit the New Orleans Family Justice Center.