Daniel P Silvera Anti- Domestic Violence “Not On My Watch” Final Project
“Not on My Watch!” movement seeks to
engage faith-based leaders of all
denominations to take action against human
trafficking and other crimes against women
and children, and to create a citywide
presence and call to action against human
trafficking and domestic violence against
women and children.
What is “Not On My Watch” ?
“Domestic Violence is everyone problem because it effects the whole families from
children to pets.”- By Doreen LeSane ( Former Citywide Vice Chair)
New York State’s office for Prevention of Domestic Violence defines domestic
Violence as one inmates partner or dominate household member exerting power and
control over member(s) using physical, psychological or emotional methods.
They are different methods
Embarrassing in the Public
Money (Control finance or hide money)
Homeless/Been kicked outside of the house
Controlling > behavior and decisions
Sex without consent is called Rape(Even in marriages)
The Definition of Domestic Violence
“We who have strong faith
should help the weak with
their problems.” Romans
15:1 (New International
“Every 15 second a woman is abused
and battled by their partner” -By
Doreen LeSane (Former Citywide
Vice Chair of “Not On My Watch”)
Ms. Doreen LeSane is also a survivor
The Reason why it is important
“We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but
we do not give up the hope of living. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are
hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed.”- 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (New Century Version)
“Get rid of all hard feelings, anger and rage. Stop all fighting and lying. Don’t have
anything to do with any kind of hatred.”-Ephesians 4:31 (New International Reader's Version)
“A husband must love his wife and not abuse her.”- Colossians 3:19(Contemporary English
“Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits.”-
Colossians 3:21(The Message)
“Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or
quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth,
but not in evil.” -1 Corinthians 13:4-6 (Contemporary English Version)
“Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to
rescue us from this evil world in which we live.”- Galatians 1:4(New Living
Jesus had said in John 10:10 “The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy.
My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.”- (Living Bible)
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,”- Titus
2:11 (Christian Standard Bible)
What does the Bible verses Say ?
The main two desires that he abuser wants is “Power and Control”
Clinical Psychologist Dr. Ta Bashir have stated in the class that “ Young
boys as young as 3 years old through childhood and teen years into
adulthood have learned to be tough and aggressive. At first boys in young
age it may seem innocent but in many times the behavior it may lead to
The abuser would take advantage of 1 Timothy 2:11-12 which states “A
woman is to learn quietly with full submission. I do not allow a
woman to teach or to have authority over a man; instead, she is to
remain quiet.”- (Christian Standard Bible)
In most marriages the husband is older than the wife so he would take
advantage of his age
Generation> The abuser grow up in Domestic Violence household as a
Listening to secular musical artists like Jay-Z, Eminem, Snoop Dogg,
Drake, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar who lyrics is full of
• Their lyrics can influence an abuser to verbal disrespecting a female by using the
same curse words from the songs like the “B-Word”.
• Many of the lyrics are also aggressive of gangster minded.
Why does this happen?
“50% of young people
who experienced rape,
sexual or Physical
abuse will attempt to
because they felt no
one is listening to
I have learned that “Domestic Abuse” is not a Law; the way it
becomes a Law when something physical happens or in front of
children, pets and senior citizens or proof or recorded. I was
shocked because I had experienced psychological abuse by my aunt,
grandmother and the people who they influence with other family
members & church members (of my old church) through;
embarrassing in the public, gossip/rumors, forcing me to listen to
their negative (I am not worthy enough to work in City Hall, I
should just live off welfare my whole life; another example is the
Elder of my old church told me that if I leave the church, I will lose
my faith) and making me feel guilty for not listening to them. They
would use mind games & gaslighting to control my behavior and
decisions. My situation may not appear to be serious because my
aunt, grandmother and the people who they influence don't live in
the same household, but I feel emotionally tired of being bullied. I
am tired of people doing mind games that control what I should do
and not do with my life, people shovel negative by being louder &
repeated, people have pissed me off, but I am not allowed to be mad.
My Experience Part 1
“Parents can lose a child's voice by telling them to shut up and not
willy to hear them.” This statement is not about my parents, but about
my aunt, grandmother and the people who they influence with other
family members, church members and some men were bystanders.
Since my childhood (especially when I was bullied at school); these
same people would not be willing to hear, but instead shut me up
especially when I was a minor. Even though I am over 21, people still
treat me as a Minor for blocking my opportunities & blessings, gas
lighting, not allowing me to have feelings and express it. The stress got
so burdened that I try to revenge, but got into major problems; got
into depression, but nobody wants me sad; people would disrespect
me, but I am not allowed to disrespect myself; I have through of
suicide, but nobody wants me to die.
It's to the point that I feel like I emotionally and mentally lose my voice. Sincemy family doesn't want me to speak up for myself, I
will use my voice for victims and survivors to END this Modern-Day family/household slavery
My Experience Part 2
Partnership with Politian from city hall to Washington
D.C. to make law to Advocacy for victims to be
rescue from danger household away from the abuser.
Partnership with Law enforcement(NYPD), District
Attorney and Attorney General to Prosecute the
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for
themselves; ensure justice for those being
crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and
helpless, and see that they get justice.”-
Proverbs 31:8-9 (New Living Translation)
Advocacy work that is needed
In 2015 and 2016 I helped promote Domestic
Violence Awareness with Safe Horizon Bronx office,
New York City Police Department Transit District
11, and former New York City Councilwoman
Vanessa L. Gibson of 16th District that is my
community near Yankee Stadium by giving out
Domestic Violence awareness resourceful
information in the community to everyone.
In 2021 I participated in Bronx District Attorney
Darcel Clark’s 4 Annual Run/Walk to end
Domestic Violence as a community activist,
survivors and Bronx Resident to fight for other
victims & survivors.
As a Bronx Residents it great to have District
Attorney Darcel Clark as an amazing powerful
leader, great to join; amazing educator &
community leader Yadhira González-Taylor,
NYPD, Safe Horizon, Assemblywoman Nathalia
Fernandez and Ms. Pamela Damon > one of my
"Not on my Watch" mentors.
My Advocacy work
My Advocacy work that I have done
Luke 4:18-19 states “He sent me to free those
who have been treated badly and to announce
that the time has come for the Lord to show his
Shelters Can be an alternative Places where victims can escape
to get physical, mental and emotional help of recovering
If children are involved
You have to contact ACS
What should we do ?
Every New Yorker should receive “
Certified in Mental Health First Aid USA”
to show compassion by displaying
emotional support to help
The church should embrace the victims with compassion(no shame) to
provide; spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically
Spiritually by finding A Pastor or one of the church leadership like a
licensed Chaplain to pray with them.
Mentally and emotionally by counseling by listening to them and give
Physically by calling Paramedic
Matthew 11:28 states “Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy
burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest.- (Easy-to-Read
“Give honor and respect to those who deserve it”
Romans 13:7 (The Voice)
Community Leader, Advocate and Activist
“Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Help
people who are in trouble. Stand up for what you know is
right, and judge all people fairly. Protect the rights of the poor
and those who need help”. - Proverbs 31:8-9 (Easy-to-Read
Through the training sessions I learned about human trafficking and
domestic violence on a global and local level. Know the signs, language,
the action steps, the resources, how to protect our children, and what
part you can play in helping to combat these atrocities. I am now part of
the thriving Not On My Watch! Safe Haven Network!
In 2018 I Received Certification for successful completion Combating
Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence training and Certificate of
Recognition Award for Outstanding PowerPoint Final Project.
Who is Daniel P. Silvera ?
Not On My Watch- Safe Haven Network !
In February 2022 I received I was honored by Assemblywoman Chantel Jackson and Councilwoman Stevens's in their
Black History Month Celebration
The Bible scriptures that come to mind is Galatians 6:9 of Contemporary English Version which states “Don’t get tired of helping others.
You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don’t give up.” The Two awards have showed me that my community work is not in
vain, especially when human trafficking and domestic violence victims need to be free. In order for youth in New York City's urban
neighborhoods to remain active, loved, feel belong and safe, they need holistically resources and activities. >
I AM CONTINUING THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WORK.
Black History Month Celebration
I AM CONTINUING THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WORK !