Voices of Courage event features attorney advocate

Joshua Safran, an attorney, author and nationally recognized advocate for survivors of domestic violence, will be the keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Voices of Courage Spring Luncheon on May 11 at the Stamford Marriott Hotel. It is presented by the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, which serves Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, Darien, Wilton and Weston.

Safran’s seven-year crusade to free an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence from prison was featured in an award-winning documentary film, Crime After Crime, which will be shown in a special screening at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at the Garden Cinema in Norwalk. Following the screening, Safran will join the audience via Skype for an interactive question and answer session.

The $20 movie ticket, available at the door for cash or check, includes popcorn and a drink, and all proceeds go to the crisis center. The Garden Cinema is at 26 Isaac Street in Norwalk.

The focus of the film is Deborah Peagler, a California woman serving a life sentence in connection with the death of her violently abusive boyfriend. Crime After Crime captures the harrowing legal odyssey, following the journey of Safran and his partner, attorney Nadia Costa, as they struggle to prove that Peagler was wrongfully convicted. Crime After Crime premiered in 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival, aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and won more than 25 awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, The Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism and The National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award.

“Over the 15-year history of this annual luncheon, we have applauded and honored women and men who speak out against domestic violence, advocate for survivors and lend their voices and expertise in the fight for justice,” said Maryellen Frank, crisis center board chairperson and spring luncheon co-chair. “Joshua Safran’s commitment to survivors of domestic violence, and the courage and perseverance he demonstrated in the face of overwhelming obstacles to free a battered and unjustly imprisoned woman is truly inspiring.”

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or information on the luncheon, visit dvccct.org or call 203-588-9100.

Money raised will help the crisis center continue its mission to promote the fundamental right of all individuals to be safe in their personal relationships. The 24-hour hotline is 1-888-774-2900.