Yesterday, I had the privilege of taking part in an important conversation hosted by Partners HealthCare at the Massachusetts State House about how we – as a community – can improve our response to domestic and sexual abuse.
I joined our state’s legislative leaders, courageous survivors and a number of community-based organizations for a deeply personal and emotional discussion. As caregivers, we at Partners understand that violence against one person also has a devastating ripple effect – families, employers and communities are all impacted.
Our forum was an opportunity to bring together some of the brightest minds working on the prevention of domestic and sexual violence and to work together to best meet the needs of our patients. Perhaps most importantly, it helped shine a bright and public light on an issue that requires a very public response.
Pictured above, left to right: Matt Fishman, Vice President for Community Health, Partners HealthCare; Gary Gottlieb, MD, President and CEO, Partners HealthCare; Norma Ayala Leong, Deputy Superintendent, Boston Police Department; Gina Scaramella, Executive Director, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center; Annie Lewis-O’Connor, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Stephanie Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Casa Myrna; Maureen Gallagher, Policy Director, Jane Doe Inc.; Robert A. DeLeo, Speaker of the House; Jeanne Blake, President and Founder, Blake Works; Samantha Wright Calero, Brigham and Women’s Hospital.