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    What You May Have Overlooked in the VAWA

    Over the past years, the severity of domestic violence has finally been grasped by society. The transition of the understanding of domestic violence from household conflict to serious crime can be attributed to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The VAWA has been praised for its role in protecting victims and ensuring that abusers are punished. It ensures domestic violence crimes are properly investigated and implements mandatory arrest. Mandatory arrest means that a police officer is required to make an arrest when responding to a domestic violence dispute without a warrant or having witnessed the crime. This policy is to ensure that domestic violence crimes are not ignored. But could…

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    At QC, Domestic Violence Awareness Day celebrates women’s empowerment

    Many Queens College students wore purple in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Oct. 15 as they attended the “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence” ceremony in the purple-painted Rosenthal Library clock tower. The ceremony was a celebration of QC’s partnership in New York State’s campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence. The campaign is a low way for organizations to show their support for ending violence against women. Carmella Marrone, an QC alum, led the ceremony. In 1998, she founded the Women and Work program. The program aims to empower women in order for them to achieve economic stability through workforce development and life strategizing skills. “The Women…

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    Marching against Domestic Violence and for hope

    The entire month of October is designated for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and as such, events are occurring at Queens College relating to the issue of domestic violence. Women & Work, which refer to themselves as a “free job-skills and life-management training program for women,” at QC, led a march on The Quad on Oct. 16 that raised awareness on domestic violence. Marchers carried signs with statistics and slogans on domestic violence drawing attention from students. Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is defined as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another,” according to the National…

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    Mother and daughter duo advocate for domestic violence survivors

    For years, Martha Zupanic, did not know how to escape her physically and emotionally abusive husband. After decades of a marriage full of pain and suffering, broken bones, hospital stays and fragile children, one day, she decided enough was enough. “I didn’t want this man in my house anymore — it’s mine; my family, not his,” Zupanic said. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, on Oct. 24, Women and Work — a Queens College-based job and life-skills training program for women — hosted a panel and discussion on domestic violence victims and survivors. “We’re here to break the silence,” Carmella Marrone, executive director and founder of Women and Work…