SERIOUS STATS

1 in 3 women will be the victim of violence.

Lawyers Association for Women (L.A.W.) meeting. Three speakers brought serious messages about domestic and sexual violence.

One speaker focused on keeping statistics, and on bringing everyone with information together — to share the numbers and the mission. The cost of the problem is in the billions of dollars.

Another talked about resources available to help the victims, and to help all those impacted by the continuing reality of violence against women.

The third focused on the work place, and spoke about what employers can do to create trust and enhance communication. There were suggestions and ideas to help business leaders address incidents of domestic and sexual violence in work settings.

There were seven women and one man at my table. When I heard the statistic that one in three women will be the victim of domestic or sexual violence, I thought about our table. Which of us? No neighborhood is protected. No socioeconomic or cultural group is immune from this pervasive problem. The only questions are who will it be, how will we know, and what can we do?