Hannah Pennington, the deputy commissioner of policy and training with the mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, joined “In Focus” with Cheryl Wills to share what the office is doing to combat sexual assault in the city.

Gender-based violence includes partner and family violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking. Pennington’s office develops policies and programs, performs community outreach and collaborates with city agencies to stop the violence.

Pennington elaborated on “In Focus“ about the training efforts and policies they’re creating to do just that. She also talks about how the pandemic has heightened the issue, what needs to be done on a collective level to stop it and the events planned to honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month, including plans for Denim Day on April 27.

Pennington also discussed the Violence Against Women Act, how it will help survivors rebuild their lives and available resources.

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