Disrupting Racial Inequity Panel


Monday, October 5, 2020| 8:00 AM | Via Zoom

As we continue to grapple with the devastating fallout of the coronavirus pandemic—from deaths, job loss, evictions, and so much more—there has also been a surge of domestic violence in our communities. Stay-at-home orders essential to slowing the spread of the virus, coupled with the economic and health stressors caused by the pandemic, have forced DV survivors already at risk of domestic abuse into even more vulnerable and dangerous positions. While we know DV has no boundaries, it is almost certain that women of color particularly Black and Latinx women are continuing to experience higher rates of DV compared with the general population.

The current DV crisis shines a spotlight on the overriding inadequacies of the very systems intended to support survivors and to prevent domestic violence. Join our panelists for a discussion on how we can create an improved system of survivor supports that addresses the unique needs and challenges faced by women of color ensuring their physical, psychological and economic safety.

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Page Clark Bio | Page Clark is the Director of Community Programs at the Elizabeth Stone House in Roxbury.  Page earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and has been working with survivors of domestic violence for 17 years.  She created the Strong Where You Are Program to more effectively work within the community to meet the needs of survivors by recognizing and addressing the impacts of complex trauma. Page is a both a resident, activist, advocate and mentor of Boston and has made it a personal mission to support families and adults impacted by DV, Sexual, and systems trauma in the community she was born raised.





Lesly Borges | Lesly Borges is the Domestic Violence Liaison at the Leominster Police Department. She graduated from Mount Wachusett Community College with a degree in Human Services and has been serving the community of Fitchburg and Leominster for more than 20 years. Lesly is very passionate about helping the community.  She is dedicated to providing advocacy for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.  One of Lesly’s passion is local politics.  She has volunteered and worked closely with local elected officials to educate women and minorities about the importance of voting.






Marienelly (Marie) Vazquez, MSW, LCSW | Marie Vazquez is the Assistant Director for Campus Services at Pathways for Change, Inc. Marie graduated from Boston University in 2019 with a Master of Social Work degree and is now a licensed clinician in the state of MA. For 6 years she has been committed to increasing accessibility of counseling and advocacy services for all the colleges in the central MA area. Additionally, as a Latinx woman herself, she is passionate about bringing awareness to the community about the disproportionate impact of sexual violence on marginalized folks, including survivors of color. Her go to self-care plan includes exercising and watching superhero movies.