Bronx Officials Offer Free Self-Defense Classes for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

With a focus on empowering the community and raising awareness for Domestic Violence, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx, 77th AD), in partnership with Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, Roberto Clemente State Park and the NYPD’s 46th Precinct, provided a series of free self-defense classes for women this fall. According to Safe Horizon, 1-in-4 women will experience domestic violence, which makes it a major concern for all Bronxites and New Yorkers. With the program’s fifth and final class scheduled for Saturday, October 17th, the community will learn how to better protect itself with the help of Tito M. Hartz, a skilled martial arts instructor and owner of East Coast United Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. What: Free Self-Defense Seminar for Women When: Saturday, October 17 from 10 AM-11 AM Where: 301 West Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453 “Knowing how to protect oneself from an attacker is not only empowering, but it can also send a strong message to domestic violence abusers that they will not continue to infect our community,” said Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx, 77th AD). “October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and it is a great opportunity for victims and communities that are crippled by domestic violence to be heard. Domestic violence is a family issue, and it is a community issue, that can be eliminated with assistance.” “Self-defense courses empower the women who take them with invaluable knowledge, skills, and confidence that will serve them over the course of a lifetime. Through programs like these, Assemblywoman Joyner and I hope to reduce the stigma attached to domestic violence and aide in bringing the discussion of this all too common problem out of the shadows. In order to rid our community of this terrible ill, we must commit to openly discussing domestic violence, fully supporting victims, and having zero tolerance for abusers. I'm thankful for the partnership of Assemblywoman Joyner, the 46th Precinct, Roberto Clemente State Park and Instructor Tito M. Hartz of for working to knock down the doors of domestic violence in a creative way” said Chair of the Committee on Public Safety Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson (D-Bronx, 16th CD).