Womanspace, a leading nonprofit agency that provides services to people impacted by domestic and sexual violence, held its 24th Annual Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award Dinner last Thursday at the Westin in Princeton. The program featured distinguished author, motivational speaker, and honoree, L.Y. Marlow, founder of the national domestic violence prevention organization Saving Promise.
Each year Womanspace holds this event in memory of the late Princeton mayor and Womanspace founder Barbara Boggs Sigmund. The organization chooses to recognize a person who exemplifies compassion, expertise, and advocacy for domestic violence. In accepting this award, Marlow thanked her step-father, who helped to raise her following her family’s flight from abuse. During her speech, Marlow called her step-father to thank him for marrying her mom, who had five children, and for treating the family “like gold,” to which he responded “I was just doing the right thing.” Marlow also discussed the importance of family in survival and empowerment.
“L.Y. Marlow knows all too well how critical it is to build awareness about the epidemic portions of domestic violence…” said, Pat Hart, Executive Director of Womanspace. “She founded Saving Promise, a national organization with a focus on building awareness, strengthening collaborative prevention efforts and creative strategies to end domestic violence. Womanspace shares Marlow’s vision and hope for the future as we support survivors in their journey toward healing and safety.”
The event, which had 300 attendees, was filled with memories, stories, and hope, exemplifying the 40 year legacy of Womanspace. The night also consisted of opportunities to purchase Marlow’s books and a chance to win a vacation to Riviera Maya, in Mexico. Proceeds from the award dinner will go towards helping victims of domestic and sexual violence throughout Mercer County.
Founded in 1977, Womanspace, Inc. is a leading nonprofit agency in Mercer County, New Jersey, whose mission is to Prevent Abuse, Protect Families and Change Lives through empowerment and a safety net of supportive services. Womanspace bilingual (English and Spanish) programs include 24-hour crisis intervention through crisis hotlines, response teams, and emergency shelter; counseling for adults and children, court advocacy and housing services. Our goal is to assist survivors both at-the-moment of crisis and throughout their journey of emotional healing and the achievement of economic independence.
Womanspace is one of only eight agencies in the state that is specifically focused on providing potentially life-saving services to victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and human trafficking. Last year Womanspace served 11,104 adults and children, impacted by domestic and sexual violence. For more information, please visit www.WOMANSPACE.org or call (609) 394-0136.