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Senator Linda Dorcena Forry joins Louis D. Brown Peace Institute to host an event in recognition of the 15th Annual Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month
Boston, MA, November 20, 2015 — Senator Linda Dorcena Forry will host the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute at the State House to honor survivors of homicide victims and the providers serving families impacted by violence. The event will take place in front of the Grand Staircase at 10:00am on Monday, November 23, 2015. This year’s speakers include Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance Liam Lowney.
This year’s theme, We’re Still Here, focuses on the importance of voice and agency for the survivors of homicide victims as well as the homicide survivorship movement. The event will feature survivors of homicide victims speakers: Michael Patrick MacDonald, Denise Cosby and Darrin Howell.
”What we want to do is simply give our fellow survivors the opportunity to use storytelling to transform trauma and find voice--which ultimately means finding agency--and to declare "We're Still Here!" When we as survivors do that, we are in charge of the rest of the story, the "what next?"
Enacted in 2000, Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month (SHVAM) is an annual observance for survivors of homicide victims held November 20th – December 20th led by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. This yearly observance provides a platform where, as a nation, we can learn about and teach others how to better assist families who have been impacted by murder, trauma, grief and loss.
“The work of Louis D. Brown Peace Institute serves as a platform for survivors’ voices,” said Senator Forry. “As we recognize the 15th Annual Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month, we remember the victims and thank the Peace Institute for their commitment and dedication to empower families impacted by violence,” concluded Senator Forry.
Each year, a number of events take place across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to increase awareness and provide support and healing during the holiday season for survivors and providers.