FAMU organizations sponsor domestic violence event


Florida A&M’s Women’s Center has partnered with Voices Poetry Group, among others, to present “Take A Look, Take A Stand.”

The event is centered on ending domestic violence. Participants can expect a premiere of the short film “Same Story Different Voices,” which was directed and produced by students.

The program began as a public awareness initiative providing information on domestic violence and counseling on what to do if family and friends experience abuse.

“When I saw the theme, I thought it flowed really well,” said Sharronda James, event coordinator at the Women’s Center. “After taking a look at the film, people will probably get encouraged to take a stand and be a voice against domestic violence.”

James said her personal connection keeps her motivated about the cause.

“I know, personally, family members and friends who have been a victim of domestic violence,” James said. “So it’s, of course, something that’s near and dear to my heart. It’s nothing like seeing someone you love go through that. It’s really painful to see, and that’s why I’m so passionate.”

Discussions and personal testimonies regarding domestic violence will also be shared. Speakers and representatives from the Refuge House, Oasis Center for Women and Girls and the Big Bend Homeless Coalition will lead the discussions.

“The objective from the Women’s Center was to make a story about ending violence against women,” said Duresny Nemorin, a producer for the student short film being showcased at the event. “I have always written poetry, so we decided to do a series of poems that reflected domestic violence relationships.”

Mariah Williams, a political science student from Pompano Beach, Fla., believes this event is essential to have on campus.

“Domestic violence touches physically, emotionally and verbally,” Williams said. “It occurs most at colleges and universities. That’s why having this event is relevant.”

“Take A Look, Take a Stand” will take place Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom.

For more information, contact the FAMU Women’s Center at 850-599-3145.