To be sure there’s truth and need for remedy in every reason given.
But the one thing that should top the list, the thing that freezes so many women in place, is not even mentioned at all.
The Japanese Culture Center will be presenting a demonstration of the dynamic martial art of Aikido.
Aikido translates to the ‘the way of harmonizing with energy’.
The victim will still be trapped in the violent relationship no matter where she has moved and how much independence she has attained. And if you look just a little closer, you’ll see that for domestic violence victims there really is no such thing as leaving, or escaping, until the system does, in fact, step up and effectively stop the perpetrator.There’s a seemingly simple little exercise we’ve done dozens of times at workshops on violence against women.The usual responses, however, are anything but simple. Recently we repeated the exercise with a conference room full of 70 social workers, advocates, therapists, and mental health workers.You can work tirelessly and compassionately to social work, counsel, and support the victim.But if you ignore this critical piece of making sure the system puts fail-safe brakes on the perpetrator and his violence, it will be for naught.
Storytown Children’s Improv presents an hour-long, improvised show complete with musicians and artists. Comedy Sportz offers a 60-min, family friendly, head-to-head improv match, where two teams of comedians face off in a series of high energy challenges, songs, and games, inspired by audience suggestions and volunteers.