CONNECT to End Violence, the domestic violence and rape crisis program of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, holds its ninth annual Seawall Event on July 11 from 11am to 2 p.m., according to an announcement from MVCS.

Vineyard and visiting men are invited to stand on the Vineyard Haven seawall, at least six feet apart, holding a poster indicating a woman they wish to honor and taking a unified stance against domestic and sexual violence towards women.

The event is led by MOVE on MV (Men Opposing Violence Everywhere on Martha's Vineyard), a  group of men collaborating withthe MVCS program to help raise awareness about healthy relationships, sexual assault prevention, and ending toxic masculinity.

“Domestic and sexual violence toward women is not a woman’s issue, but a human issue,” said Jennifer Neary, director of the MVCS anti-violence program, in a press statement. “One of the many reasons why men are engaged in the movement  and event is to honor a woman in their life who they care about.”

CONNECT to End Violence provides a 24‐hour crisis hotline (508‐696‐7233), short-term counseling, court advocacy, medical accompaniment and referral services to victims/ survivors and significant others of domestic and sexual violence. All services are free and confidential.

For more details, call 774-549-9667 x106 or email