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FRAMINGHAM – The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women invites you to join us for our virtual panel discussion on Thursday, October 7 at 7pm: On the Frontlines – Organizations and Services Combating Interpersonal Violence in the MetroWest and Greater Massachusetts.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and the Commission will be hosting 4 events this month virtually to address issues related to interpersonal violence.

The first panel will be talking about legislative, judicial, and prevention work and how these impact victims and survivors. Panelists will be Mary Roche, Outreach and Prevention Specialist for Voices Against Violence, Hema Sarang-Sieminski, Esq., Policy Director for Jane Doe, and Marian Ryan, Middlesex District Attorney.

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During this panel discussion we will cover topics including: who experiences domestic violence: what to do if you think a friend or loved one is in an abusive relationship; what pending legislation around issues related to interpersonal relationship violence can we support; and what happens if I go to the police to report an incident of domestic violence.

We will also be taking questions from the public.

Domestic violence knows no social or economic boundaries. It can happen to your friend, your neighbor, your coworker, your child. We need to remove the stigma around this issue and shine a light in the dark corners where it hides. Silence helps only the perpetrators of this insidious evil.

The Commission strives to amplify the voices of women in our community giving them a platform for their voices to be heard. By hosting these events the Commission’s goal is to shine a light and open a community discussion on this topic. You will leave with action items to help in this fight.

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Each Thursday we will be focusing on a different aspect of this issue. For information on all events and to register for all, or individual events, visit the Commissions Facebook page at These events are open to people of all ages and are free, however registration is required.

To register, visit the Commissions Facebook page at Registration will end at noon
on the day of the event. You will receive a Zoom link to the event the afternoon of each event you register for.

The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women was enacted by law and established on January 8, 2015, to give voice to all women in the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. We strive to provide a permanent, effective voice for the women living and working in the region. We work at the local level to raise awareness and advocate for issues affecting women in the 28 communities we represent (Ashland, Bellingham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, Northborough, Norwood, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston, and Wrentham).

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