“As a woman, I am here to empower women who are victims of domestic violence, but I am also here to empower a man who has always stood by my side on the issue of domestic violence,” Martha Flores-Vazquez, director of Community Prevention Alternatives for Families in Crisis, said.
Vasquez, whose group received $37,500 through a City Council grant sponsored by Monserrate, claimed she had spoken Giraldo’s family after the arrest during Monday’s emotional rally. The family insisted the injuries were accidental, according to Vasquez.
“Hiram Monserrate has an innate sense of nonviolence,” Vasquez said. “His demeanor does not constitute violence. He is an advocate for women who are victims of domestic violence.”
Groups Weigh In On Monserrate Arrest
“This case is playing out as so many domestic violence cases do, the one charged with the crime says the stabbing was an accident and the person who was injured refuses to cooperate with prosecutors,” Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women in New York City, said. “Regardless of whether he ends up with a felony conviction or a misdemeanor, he is unfit to hold office.”