October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but because of COVID-19, the Women's Center in New Bedford and Fall River won't be holding its usual events in 2020.

Director Pamela McCloud Lima says because of the pandemic, large crowds gathering for the tree-lighting outside City Hall and a candlelight march to remember the victims of domestic violence will not be held this year. But that doesn't mean The Women's Center isn't carrying out its mission.

During a visit this week to Townsquare Sunday, Lima explained that the Center has continued to counsel clients by using Zoom and other remote techniques. She said the Center's "safe houses" are continuing to operate, and the agency is working closely with its partners, like local police departments to protect all victims.

She says the crime of domestic violence still very much exists in Massachusetts. Pam Lima's interview can be heard here.

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If you would like your organization featured on Townsquare Sunday, e-mail the host at jim.phillips@townsquaremedia.com.

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