Meet the president and CEO of the Young Women’s Christian Association in South Florida, Kerry-Anne Royes.
Royes is on an awareness campaign about domestic violence this month.
“I don’t know if people realize how relevant it continues to be, especially coming out of COVID. Royes said that many families weren’t able to remain safe when a lot people were trapped with their aggressors.
Nearly 20 people are physically abused each minute by their intimate partners in the country, on average. This is more than 10,000,000 women and men per year.
Starting October 18th, YWCA South Florida is hosting a “Week Without Violence.”
We start the week with a focus on imagining a world without violence. Royes stated that everything you need is provided, including a toolkit and a guide to help you get involved in our week of non-violent work.
A shelter for domestic violence victims is managed by the YWCA of West Palm Beach County. They also offer on-site childcare options at South Florida courthouses.
“In five courthouses and one in Broward, we support women who don’t have adequate childcare to be able to defend their human rights. Royes said that the program has a long legacy, serving over 2,000 children each year and their parents.
Royes hopes that their programs and initiatives will help change the conversation around domestic violence.
“Folks who are in this station, who are today suffering, can hear from a friend that they support them and that they don’t blame them and that there is a way out,” she added.
You are not the only one who is a victim to domestic violence. The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-7233.
You can also reach YWCA South Florida through their website ywcasouthflorida.org.
Melissa Marrero from WSFL reported this story for the first time.