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Mayor Bowser to Recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Cut Ribbon on New Domestic Violence Shelter

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, October 13 at 11 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG) will cut the ribbon on a new Domestic Violence Shelter, Sanctuary II. My Sister’s Place, through funding from OVSJG, acquired the new space earlier this year and will manage services at the shelter.

The shelter will have six new apartment style units, including larger units that can accommodate large families. While at the shelter, survivors of domestic violence will receive counseling, individual case management, and referrals to other supportive services. Families spend between 3-6 months at the shelter before moving to transitional housing. The shelter will strive to be a model in providing low-barrier and wrap-around services for domestic violence victims and their families.


Thursday, October 13 at 11 am


Mayor Muriel Bowser
Cheryl Bozarth, Interim Director, Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants
Mercedes Lemp, Executive Director, My Sister’s Place


Due to the confidential nature of the shelter, RSVPs will be required to attend and location will be provided once an RSVP is confirmed.

All reporters and other media interested in attending the event may RSVP to [email protected]. To view the event online, visit or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).

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