# Gender violence
Hochul Declares October Domestic Violence Awareness Month
A shot of a derelict car wash in Boston, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently publicly declared the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, alongside a new multimedia campaign entitled ‘Start the Conversation,’ aimed at addressing domestic violence in local New York communities.
J.M. LesinskiI have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.