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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, there is a recognition of the achievements made in reducing domestic violence in America, and a recommitment to the important work still necessary. Despite our progress, an average of three women in America die as a result of domestic violence each day. One in four women and one in thirteen men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. These statistics are even more sobering when we consider that domestic violence often goes unreported.
The ramifications of domestic violence are staggering. Young women are among the most vulnerable, suffering the highest rates of intimate partner violence. Exposure to domestic violence puts our young men and women in danger of long-term physical, psychological, and emotional harm. Children who experience domestic violence are at a higher risk for failure in school, emotional disorders, and substance abuse, and are more likely to perpetuate the cycle of violence themselves later in life.
In light of these facts and the impact of domestic violence upon our community, the following activities are being planned in Long Beach through the members of the LBPD Police Chief's Women's Advisory Group:
Tuesday, October 11
BREAK THE SILENCE LONG BEACH!
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation
The Long Beach City Council proclaims this month be a month of heightened awareness of family violence issues with the community working together to find solutions and offer support. Project Safe is one of the partners in this endeavor.
5-5:30pm at City Council Chamber
Wednesday, October 12
BREAK THE SILENCE LONG BEACH
Wear purple, wear your ribbon or button that says you are a partner in working to end domestic violence in Long Beach – and surrounding communities.
All day, everywhere – especially in Long Beach
Friday, October 21
CANDLELIGHT VIGIL IN DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH
Walk in honor of domestic violence survivors and in the remembrance of those who have died at the hands of someone they knew. Sponsored by WomenShelter of Long Beach (562.437.7233) and supported by advocate agencies in the Long Beach Community, including CSULB’s Project Safe. 7PM at the Promenade.
For more information, please call the WomenShelter of Long beach at (562) 437-7233.
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