2005-11-09 / Features

Brown Is Keynote Speaker At Domestic Violence Confab

Borough President Helen Marshall (l.) thanked Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, the keynote speaker, York College President Marcia Keizs and Police Officer Lori Campbell (far r.) of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, for participating in her annual domestic violence conference at York College on October 27.  Photo Dominick Totino
Borough President Helen Marshall (l.) thanked Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, the keynote speaker, York College President Marcia Keizs and Police Officer Lori Campbell (far r.) of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence, for participating in her annual domestic violence conference at York College on October 27. Photo Dominick Totino Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown was the featured speaker at the “Domestic Violence: Finding Solutions” Conference held at York College October 27. The annual fall conference was sponsored by Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, the Task Force on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Maltreatment & Elder Abuse and the Women’s Center at York College.

Brown delivered the keynote address at the Thursday morning session following remarks by Dr. Marcia Keizs, president of York College, and Marshall, who chairs the Queens Task Force on Domestic Violence.

“Domestic violence remains an extremely serious and pervasive problem with potentially life threatening consequences,” Brown said. “According to the most recent statistics, one in three women will suffer some physical abuse during her lifetime from someone she knows. Six million American women are beaten each year by their husbands or boyfriends. Four thousand are killed and children are abused in 70 percent of the households where domestic violence takes place. Here in Queens County, we have taken an aggressive approach to prosecuting domestic violence cases by establishing a Domestic Violence Bureau that has proven to be highly successful in holding batterers accountable for their actions and providing counseling and support to those who have been victimized. Indeed, Queens County has one of the highest domestic violence conviction rates and one of the lowest dismissal rates in the state.”

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