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By William Tauro


Please Join Boston News and it’s staff at the 11th Annual “Brides’ March” to Take Place on September 26, 2013 in Lawrence, MA
Event Kicks Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Lawrence, Mass. – The annual “Brides’ March” offers a much-needed opportunity to foster awareness and healing from the crisis of domestic violence.

The Brides’ March is a walk held each year in a number of different states, includingMassachusetts. Women wear wedding dresses or all white and men dress in black in solidarity for the memory of Gladys Ricart, a Dominican immigrant who was murdered on her wedding day by her estranged boyfriend 13 years ago in New Jersey, as well of all the fallen victims and survivors of Domestic Violence.

For the past eleven years our goal for this march has been to pay tribute to all the victims that have died as a result of domestic violence and to provide information to victims and bystanders about available services in our communities. Led by domestic violence providers in the area, the Brides’ March has gradually gained support from Rape Crisis Centers, non-profit agencies, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, law enforcement, and local and state government officials, to raise awareness, in our efforts to eradicate domestic violence.

Despite our efforts and legislative progress to date, domestic violence remains a crisis, with more than three women being assassinated by their husbands or partners every day in the US.* Eleven people—nine women and two men—lost their lives to domestic violence since last October. Needless to say, much education and work still needs to be done at all levels—individual, societal, community, and policy—to eradicate domestic violence.

The Brides’ March is a powerful event that serves not only as a memorial to remember and honor all victims of domestic violence, but also as a reminder of our collective responsibility, bystanders included, to play a part and join local efforts to end this social ill.

Event Details

On Thursday, September 26, 2013, in Lawrence, marchers will meet at 4:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Senior Center 155 Haverhill St. Lawrence.

The Brides’ March welcomes concerned citizens, area residents, and members from community organizations, the faith-based community, the business sector, and the community in general, to join us at this march to denounce domestic violence.

The event is sponsored by Delamano, Inc., in collaboration with the YWCA of Greater Lawrence, the YWCA of Haverhill, the City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force, and the City of Lawrence Senior Center. Wedding gowns for this year Brides’ March were donated by “Over the Rainbow” consignment store in Beverly, MA.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Brides’ March is the official kick-off of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At the conclusion of the march, an exhibition will be displayed at the Lawrence Senior Center, recognizing the names of all the victims killed by their abuser this year in MA. For a calendar of additional upcoming events, please contact Elecia Miller at the City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force at or by calling (978) 620-3527.

About Delamano Inc.
Delamano, Inc., a non-profit organization that operates an independent Spanish/English hot-line for victims of domestic violence in the Greater Lawrence, MA area. Delamano provides services to victims in collaboration with other area domestic violence programs. Call Delamano, Inc.for more information (978) 975-3300.

About the YWCA
The YWCA is a women’s membership movement whose mission is to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. As an organization, YWCA of Greater Lawrence has been an important voice for women, children and families since it was established in 1892 by local women visionaries. The YWCA of Greater Lawrence, alongside the YWCA of Haverhill, and the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Services, provides comprehensive domestic and sexual violence services in 37 cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley and North Shore areas. For more information, call (978) 687-0331.

About the City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force
Established in 2002, the Mayor’s Health Task Force (MHTF) is a broad base collaborative of health care, social services providers, environmental groups, academic institutions, local businesses, and city planners whose mission is to “develop healthy public policies and activities that accommodate the changing conditions of the total community, and promote improvement in the quality of life of its citizens.” The MHTF serves as an advisory sounding board to the mayor and her/his administration by placing health high on the political agenda of the city and establishing new partnerships that builds community capacity to address complex problems.

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