Kerry-Anne Royes, President and CEO of South Florida Young Women’s Christian Association.
Royes has a mission to raise awareness for domestic violence.
“I don’t know how many people realize just how pertinent it still is, especially since COVID. Royes explained that many families were unable or unable to live safely when they were locked up with their aggressors.
An average of 20 people are physically assaulted each minute by an intimate partner in the US. This is more than 10,000,000 women and men in a single year.
Beginning October 18, YWCA South Florida will host a week without violence.
We begin the week to encourage you to focus on creating a world free from violence. Royes stated that everything you need, including a toolkit and a guide to how to participate in the week without violence, is available to you.
The YWCA has a West Palm Beach County domestic violence shelter. They also offer services such as on-site childcare at South Florida courthouses.
“At five courthouses and one in Broward, we support women who do not have adequate childcare facilities to defend their human rights. We are very proud of the legacy of that program of helping more than 2,000 children and their parents every year,” Roy said.
Royes hopes that their programs and initiatives will help change the conversation around domestic violence.
She said that “people who are in this place, who are suffering today can hear from a friend they support them, that they don’t blame them, and that there are ways out.”
You are not the only one who is a victim to domestic violence. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
You can also visit the website of YWCA South Florida to contact them. ywcasouthflorida.org.
Melissa Marrero from WSFL reported this story for the first time.