Stephanie McGraw is the founder and director of W.A.R.M. — We All Really Matter. Herself a survivor of domestic abuse, she is devoted to raising awareness about the many issues related to domestic violence and emotional abuse and to providing support and assistance to survivors.
W.A.R.M., now in its eighth year, works to educate and empower survivors of domestic abuse, helps women recognize the signs of abuse and brings people together to help them cope with, heal from and get out of abusive relationships. Support groups are offered once a month.
With Ms. McGraw’s leadership, W.A.R.M. hosts a conference very year in October to bring together survivors, family members, healers, and community resources and activists and a Spa Night giving survivors an opportunity to be pampered, free, with massage, reiki, facials and more.
Four years ago, Ms. McGraw started a Healing Garden for survivors of domestic abuse. Women come on Saturday mornings from May to October to deep and get at the roots of what no longer works, symbolizing their abusive relationships, and to plant seeds of vegetables, symbolizing their new lives, to be harvested months later.
Ms. McGraw is well known in NYC for her work. She has been called on to speak and to serve on panels at many events and has been featured in the press for her advocacy and community service.
– 8/12, featured in training films produced by the NYPD for domestic violence sensitivity training and to teach officers how to gather evidence in domestic violence cases
– 1/13, speaker, “Love Right Domestic Violence Conference for Teens” at Harlem Hospital Center
– 3/7/13, featured in online magazine DNAInfo NY, “Harlem Group Aims to Heal Survivors of Domestic Violence
– 3/13, speaker at “Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls” conference at the United Nations
– 3/13, speaker, “Reclaiming Peace in our Personal spaces and Larger Communities” at College of New Rochelle
– 3/13, speaker, “The woman within: Self-Renewal “ at Medgar Evers College
– 3/13/13, opened “A Night of Healing, Discovering Our Inner Strength and Courage” event at Harlem Hospital, along with representatives of the UN Commission on the Status of Women,
– 5/10/13, chosen New Yorker of the Week by TV station NY1
– 2/14, panelist in discussion “How DV interconnects as a risk factor for HIV/AIDS and STI’s” sponsored by GMHC
– 4/8/14, featured in New York Daily News piece about new pilot program for NYPD’s Domestic Violence Unit
– 6/14, speaker at Women of the World Festival at the Apollo Theater
– 9/14, speaker, “Reclaiming Peace in our Personal Spaces and Larger Communities” at College of New Rochelle
– 10/15/14, guest speaker at Domestic Violence Conference of the Bronx Addiction Treatment Center
– 3/23/15, honored at Women’s History Month Celebration of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs
– 11/2/16, featured in New York Amsterdam News, “Shine the Light on Domestic Violence in Harlem”
– 2/23/18, panelist at Teachers College, Columbia University conference, “Nevertheless, She Persisted”
– 3/28/18, featured in HuffPost’s Difference Maker 100, “Stephanie McGraw Of Nonprofit W.A.R.M. Shows Us We All Really Matter”
WARM’s Body Mind and Spirit Conference featuring Queen Afua
Stephanie and makeup artists from WARM’s annual spa night
Stephanie and Lee Daniels at a fundraiser
Stephanie and Gayle King
Our sixth annual domestic violence panel discussion
Our annual night of hope and healing with Marianne Williamson
Our 6th annual domestic violence panel discussion with Susan Taylor
Stephanie McGraw at a domestic violence panel discussion at Salem Church with Reverend Dr. Marvin Anthony Moss.
Stephanie and Mayor Bill de Blasio at a Town Hall meeting
Stephanie and Governor Cuomo at the African American Day Parade breakfast