A Lenten Journey into Social Justice: Domestic Violence and Prison Sentencing

Domestic violence and women’s incarceration are inextricably linked: nine of ten incarcerated women have experienced severe physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes, eight of ten experienced serious physical or sexual violence during childhood; 75% suffered severe physical violence by an intimate partner during adulthood; and 37% were raped before their incarceration. 93% of women convicted of killing an intimate partner were abused by an intimate partner in the past.

Over the past 30 years, domestic violence has been increasingly recognized as a national epidemic. Please join us in the Parlor right after church this Sunday for week two of our Lenten series, A Lenten Journey into Social Justice. Anisah Sabur, a Program Associate for the Women in Prison Project at the Correctional Association of New York, will be leading a presentation and discussion about the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA), a multi-year advocacy campaign to change the criminal justice system’s response to domestic violence survivors who act to protect themselves from an abuser’s violence. 

The Women in Prison Project works to reduce the use of incarceration for women, ensure that prison conditions for women are as humane and just as possible, and create a criminal justice system that treats women and all people with fairness, dignity, and justice. 

Make plans to attend and learn how to address these injustices!