Sea wall demonstration Saturday against domestic abuse


Updated 10 pm, Wednesday

CONNECT to End Violence, a program of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, invites men to stand on the seawall between Vineyard Haven and the Lagoon Pond drawbridge Sunday to demonstrate against domestic violence.

“Any men who care about a woman and oppose violence against women are invited to stand on the seawall from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday, July 19, in honor of that woman and as a demonstration against domestic violence,” CONNECT to End Violence program director Jennifer Neary said in a press release to The Times. “Domestic violence is commonly thought of as a women’s issue when in fact it is a human issue that impacts both men and women. The majority of batterers are men, however, the majority of men do not batter. The Seawall Event serves as a powerful visual display of good, like-minded men taking a stand against violence towards women.”

There is no registration. “Men can show up at any time and stand for 15 minutes or the full three hours,” Ms. Neary said in a telephone conversation with The Times. CONNECT will sell Seawall Event tee-shirts at the event for $10 each to raise money for counseling and advocacy services. This is the third year in a row Connect has sponsored the seawall event.

Connect to End Violence served 202 clients and provided court advocacy for 99 at the Edgartown district court in fiscal year 2014, according to CONNECT counselor and court advocate Heather Arpin. “Many of these clients were provided court advocacy services on various occasions,” she wrote in an email to The Times. “Every person’s needs look a little different depending on their circumstances.”

In a telephone conversation with The Times, Ms. Arpin said that one in four women living in Massachusetts will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives. “From what I’ve seen working on Martha’s Vineyard, that is definitely true here,” she said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that the demonstration would take place on Sunday. The demonstration is Saturday.