Grammy-winning singer and Connecticut native Michael Bolton has done charity work to raise awareness for domestic violence in his career. On May 19, Bolton and longtime advocate for victims of domestic violence Jeff Benedict will be honored for their work at this year\u2019s Domestic Violence Crisis Center\u2019s 20th Annual Voices of Courage Spring Luncheon. This is the event's first in-person luncheon in two years and the first time at Tokeneke Club in Darien. The honorees at this year\u2019s event show how men can be allies in ending domestic violence, according to Suzanne Adam, DVCC\u2019s Executive Director.\u00a0 \u201cMichael Bolton and Jeff Benedict have been role models and advocates for this cause for more than three decades. We hope the event serves as a catalyst to expand the conversation about how men can get involved in the mission," she said in an email\u00a0\u00a0 Bolton is the recipient of DVCC's Voices of Courage Award for the work he has done to draw attention to the issue of domestic violence and urge other men to raise their voices on the issue. The award recognizes an individual whose work has impacted and improved the lives of domestic violence victims and their children. Past Voices of Courage Award Recipient's have been journalist Gloria Steinem, talk show host Tamron Hall and photojournalist Donna Ferrano. Bolton has used his own charity to help raise awareness on domestic violence. According to the press release, \u201cThe Michael Bolton Charities\u201d provides assistance to women and children impacted by the devastating effects of domestic violence, sexual, physical and emotional abuse, through initiatives and programs to end cycles of violence and abuse. Bolton has also fused his passion for music with his charitable work with "The Beyond Trauma-Youth Music Therapy" program. Through the Andie Koplik Residency in Music Therapy, the program has proven to be an impactful in the healing process for high-risk students who have been exposed to domestic violence and suffer from other forms of trauma, according to the release. While Bolton is receiving the Voices of Courage Award, Benedict will be the recipient of DVCC\u2019s White Ribbon Award, which honors someone whose work challenges \u201coutdated concepts of manhood\u201d and inspires others to \u201cembrace their potential to be part of change,\u201d according to a press release. Benedict, who works as a journalist for Sports Illustrated, has worked in the child victims unit of the district attorney\u2019s office in Boston and helped defendants charged with crimes against women and children. According to the press release, he has been part of a number of groundbreaking studies on violence against women on college campuses and on jury verdicts in sexual assault cases.\u00a0 \u201cViolence against women is too often framed as a women\u2019s issue. It\u2019s not. The perpetrators are men,\u201d he said in an email. \u201cThe effort to end domestic violence can be accelerated by men who stand up, speak up and stigmatize the actions of those who abuse women.\u201d Since April 2021, Connecticut lawmakers have advanced a series of bills that aim to improve the state\u2019s response to domestic violence. They have increased funding to bolster shelter options for victims, resources for children and families and training for state workers.