Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Public Awareness

Bulletins - Winter 2014 OPDV Bulletin

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In Loving Memory

Headshot of Sister Mary NerneyThe domestic violence community mourns the November 27, 2013 passing of Sister Mary Nerney, founder of STEPS to End Family Violence in NYC.  A teacher, mentor, and friend to many, Sister Nerney was described as “a fierce advocate, and a champion to countless women” and was “the first to bring attention to the plight of incarcerated women who had survived lifetimes of violence and trauma.”

In addition to her pioneering work with STEPS, Sister Mary founded Greenhope Services for Women and  the Incarcerated Mothers Program, was a founding member of the Coalition for Women Prisoners at the Correctional Association of NY, co-chair of the Coalition’s Violence Against Women Committee, a founding member of the East Harlem Human Services Consortium, and an active member of the Harlem Community and Academic Partnership. She will continue to inspire all who strive to end the violence in our world, our communities, and in our homes.