Portraits of moderators and panelists for this event

Domestic Violence and COVID-19: What the Community Needs to Know

September 22, 2020

The Greater New York Chapter of the Links, Abyssinian Church, The NYU McSilver Institute, CONNECT, Sanctuary for Families, and the Urban Resource Institute of NYC invite you to the following event:

Invite you to a virtual town hall in commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & COVID-19: What the Community Needs to Know

Women, children, members of the LGBTQ community and sometimes men, experience domestic violence by intimate partners who seek to exercise power and control over their very being. How do we as a community become more informed about what domestic violence is, the dynamics of intimate partner violence, navigating the shelter and court systems, vital resources and best practices for supporting survivors of domestic violence especially during the current health crisis.


  • Martine J. Baron, LCSW-R, Ministry Leader, Center for Care and Advocacy Ministry, Abyssinian Baptist Church
  • Nathaniel M. Fields, President and CEO, Urban Resource Institute (URI)
  • Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Esq., Director, Legal Center, Sanctuary for Families
  • Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director, CONNECT, Inc.


  • Rev. Sydney M. Avent, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Rose Pierre-Louis, Chief Operating Officer, NYU McSilver Institute

Community Sponsors

Supporting Community Sponsors Include: Brookdale Hospital, Canaan Baptist Church, East Harlem Tutorial Program, Greater Allen Cathedral, Harlem Boys and Girls Club, Harlem Hospital, Hollaback!, Move Forward Staten Island, One Hundred Black Men, and the Wall Street Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated

In Collaboration With

  • U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat
  • NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer
  • NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
  • Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte
  • Assemblymember Inez E. Dickens
  • Assemblymember Robert J. Rodriguez
  • Assemblymember Al Taylor
  • NYC Councilmember Bill Perkins
  • NYC Councilmember Farah N. Louis

RSVP required to attend virtually via Zoom.