Black History Month

Roc Change Activators around Intimate Partner Violence and Domestic Violence (IPV / DV)

In honor of Black History Month, we’d like to highlight Black leaders who are addressing domestic violence in our community – people we see as Rochester change activators.

Dr. Daniele Lyman-Torres is the Commissioner of the Department of Recreation and Human Services – the City’s new Office of Crisis Intervention Service is underneath this Department and serves as the City’s 24/7, non-law enforcement response to crises, including domestic violence incidents. RESOLVE is grateful to have Dr. Lyman-Torres in this leadership role, as well as on Willow Domestic Violence Center’s Board of Directors, as she continues to listen to the community and push for much needed systemic change.

Another change activator we’d like to celebrate is Alia Henton-Williams. She is the lead coordinator for Rochester’s recently launched Person in Crisis (PIC) team, the first of it’s kind in our region. Alia has 28 years of experience in crisis response and trauma counseling. She also knows first-hand what it’s like to lose a loved one to domestic violence.

We believe PIC is a pilot program with tremendous potential for survivors and our community as a whole if it is properly utilized. RESOLVE remains hopeful that more survivors will get the crisis services they need in an effective, trauma-informed way under the leadership of these dedicated women.

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