2006-09-01 / Community

Sanders Fights Domestic Violence

By Howard Schwach

"One of the untold horrors in our community is that people have not yet learned to resolve problems without violence and we cannot have that," says City Councilman James Sanders, Jr., who represents the eastern end of the peninsula in that body. "If we can find and break the cycle of pain, we will go a long way to ending domestic violence."

And, Sanders wants to put taxpayer's money where his mouth is. He has secured a $50,000 city grant to fund local efforts to fight domestic violence. The money will come from the Council's Domestic Violence and Empowerment Initiative.

The money will be used to finance an educational program at peninsula hospitals, schools and churches. That program will be run by the Manhattan-based Transition 'Center of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services.

"You'd be surprised at how much violence takes place in this community," said Lesley Samuel-Young, the program director for the Transition Center. The center already has a facility in Far Rockaway that services more than 75 men, women and children who have been relocated to Rockaway from other parts of the city.

"More and more, we are finding people coming in with severe depression," Samuel-Young told Daily News reporter Warren Woodbury recently. "I think that increasingly, we are seeing people who are losing their jobs as a major factor, [no longer] having the resources to provide for their family."

Samuel-Young says that the money provided by the council grant will be used to hire a community liaison and that the new anti-domestic violence campaign would begin shortly. Sanders has also been involved in other anti-violence campaigns, including one that uses hip-hop and rap stars to address the gun violence that has been plaguing the Rockaway community in recent months.

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