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CHA to Hold Day of Violence Awareness Health Fair on October 21st
Posted Date: 10/15/2013
Cambridge, Mass. – Domestic violence is a pervasive and urgent issue. Nearly one in three women and more than one in five men in Massachusetts experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes.

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) will hold a Day of Violence Awareness Health Fair at its Cambridge Hospital campus (1493 Cambridge St.) on Monday, October 21st, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a Community of Caring Clothesline Project hung outside, with T-shirts available to decorate and add, along with representatives from community organizations and victim service agencies to discuss local resources.

Additionally, the Muslim-African Women’s Network for Safety, Advocacy & Protection (MAWNSAP) will hold a free domestic violence training at CHA’s Macht Auditorium, also located at 1493 Cambridge St., from 12 – 1:30 p.m. The training is designed to help community-based victim service providers, law enforcement, and others who work with Muslim-African women who are victims of domestic violence better understand how religion and culture impact the norms and values of Muslim women.

The event is one of several collaborations CHA’s Victims of Violence Program (VOV) is leading to raise awareness of domestic violence and impact. VOV is a nationally recognized outpatient trauma clinic that develops comprehensive mental health services for crime victims and crime victimized communities. For more information, visit

Cambridge Health Alliance is an academic community health system committed to providing high quality care in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. CHA has expertise in primary care, specialty care and mental health/substance use services, as well as caring for diverse and complex populations. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA patients have seamless access to advanced care through the system’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine.