Watch Past Vigils:
COMMEMORATING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Each October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM),
DVSN honors all Massachusetts residents whose lives were lost
to domestic violence over the past year.
From October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023, there were at least twenty-six deaths in MA.
The video below is a recording of the live event held on October 26, 2023.
“The Power of Positive Partnerships:
Positive Partnerships Can Save Lives”
Chief Kevin Kennedy
PARTNER – EVENT HOST – SPEAKER
Chief A. Kevin Kennedy, Esq. has more than thirty (30) years of law enforcement experience and is currently the Chief of Police in Lincoln, Massachusetts, whose members serve with great pride and compassion. In order to deliver the highest quality of police services, under Chief Kennedy’s leadership, the department embodies the following core values: maintaining high standards of integrity, morals and ethics; protecting constitutional rights, mutual cooperation and respect; and problem solving through cooperation and collaboration.
Prior to his position current position, Chief Kennedy served as Lieutenant, Inspector/Court Prosecutor and Juvenile Officer. Over the course of his career, Chief Kennedy has investigated and supervised hundreds of investigations involving adults and juveniles for both violent and non-violent crimes. For years, he has been teaching juvenile law and procedure, legal updates, and criminal procedure. Chief Kennedy is an Adjunct Professor at Southern New Hampshire University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctor. He is also an active member of the Massachusetts Bar.
District Attorney Marian Ryan
PARTNER – SPEAKER
Since 2013, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has led the D.A.’s Office in which she has spent her entire professional career. Her strategic vision is simple: every day, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office strives to be the most dedicated, the most effective, the most transparent and the most innovative public prosecutor’s office in the United States.
District Attorney Marian Ryan is an accomplished trial and appellate prosecutor, an acknowledged leader in the battle against the opioid crisis, an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform, and a creative, collaborative innovator in developing crime prevention programs. She has created within the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office a robust juvenile and young adult diversion program, a drug diversion option, and helped build a Conviction Integrity Unit. She is also responsible for programs and initiatives to prevent domestic violence, protect children and the elderly, and create a safer workplace. District Attorney Ryan has successfully prosecuted many of Middlesex County’s most complex and violent cases and herself been the victim of a brutal attack. Yet, from those experiences, she has developed a deep understanding of how to best protect the public safety and administer justice with compassion and fairness.
District Attorney Ryan grew up in Somerville and is a summa cum laude graduate of Emmanuel College and a cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School.