15th Anniversary

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Guest Post: What Day One Means To Me

I met Stephanie Nilva, the Executive Director of Day One, shortly after my husband and I moved to Manhattan. Stephanie shared information with me on Day One’s mission to educate youth about dating and domestic violence and healthy relationships as well as providing legal services.

I had never thought about that age group before, as NCCADV was a traditional domestic violence organization working with survivors of domestic violence and their children who witnessed the abuse.  Day One is the only agency in New York City that works solely with youth.

Guest Post: What Day One Means to Me

I met him, and as most stories go, everything was a fairytale at the beginning. He was always a bundle of joy-- helpful, considerate, thoughtful and loving. All these traits got me to fall for him, and I decided to stay in New York when he proposed to me late that fall. We got married very quickly, and I moved in right away. I was so happy I never paid attention to the time or the speed of things.

Guest Post: What Day One Means to Me

As a Chicana, the occasion of Day One’s 15th anniversary puts me in mind of the quinceañera celebrations of my youth. I remember the excitement and the truly overwhelming sense of importance – not at having become a young woman (we had been that for some time by the age of 15) – but at the fact that the world was now ready to recognize us. Just like me and my fellow Latinas at that age, Day One isn’t just now coming into its own power.  It has already been a powerful contributor to movement work to end violence against women, girls, transgender and gender-nonconforming people. This is an opportunity for all of us to congratulate and celebrate Day One for all its years of work, and to recognize all the dedicated staff, program participants, board members, and community partners who contributed to its growth. Personally, I have a lot of thanks owed to the organization for my own growth.

Guest Post: What Day One Means to Me

Twenty years ago, my high school boyfriend turned violent for the first time. During an intense argument, he shoved me to the ground and drove off. 

At the time, I felt like the push came out of nowhere. But now, after volunteering with Day One and attending their workshops, I know the classic warning signs were there.

No one asks you out on a first date and says “I am going to hit you in six months.” Abusive relationships start the exact same way healthy relationships start. Puppy love. Sweet moments.  Flowers, stolen kisses, long phone calls and hand holding. 

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