Honored for Domestic Violence Survivor Advocacy
The Correctional Association’s Women in Prison Project was honored this fall by STEPS to End Family Violence for their advocacy efforts on behalf of women, children, and families who have been impacted by incarceration and domestic violence.
STEPS to End Family Violence was founded in 1986 by Sister Mary Nerney, who through her work in New York’s jails and prisons, saw a great need for services aimed at helping incarcerated women with histories of violence and abuse. Begun with a staff of two as a court advocacy project for battered women defendants, the program has since grown exponentially and now reaches over 4,000 New Yorkers each year.
A founding member of the Coalition for Women Prisoners, STEPS works closely with the Women in Prison Project to advance the rights of survivors and incarcerated women.
Most recently, our organizations have partnered together to promote the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act, legislation aimed at ending the criminal justice system’s harsh and unjust response to survivors who act to protect themselves from their abusers.
“We are proud of our Women in Prison Project for receiving this worthy recognition,” says Soffiyah Elijah, the CA’s Executive Director. “And we are tremendously excited to hit the ground running with our allies at STEPS again this legislative session to pass this critical piece of legislation.”
For more information on domestic violence and incarceration, or to get involved with the Coalition for Women Prisoners or the DVSJA campaign, please contact Jaya Vasandani at the Women in Prison Project at jvasandani[@]correctionalassociation.org.
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