On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. This equates to more than 10 million women and men each year. Furthermore, approximately 15.5 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year. There are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide each day. In 2017, the Long Beach Police Department’s Domestic Violence Detail investigated 1,977 domestic violence cases. That is an average of 5.4 domestic violence cases every day for an entire year. These numbers make it apparent that domestic violence is not just a family issue at the global and local level, but also a community issue affecting millions – family, friends, loved ones, colleagues, neighbors, and more.

Since 1977, WomenShelter of Long Beach has supported all victims and survivors of domestic violence and as the years progress, it is becoming very clear that ending domestic violence requires working in collaboration with great organizations. We cannot do this alone. In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), WomenShelter is collaborating with the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library to host a special awareness event, The Next Chapter: Awareness. Community. Healing. The Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library is a monumental resource for the community of North Long Beach. Together, we aim to create a free, fun, and informative community event to increase domestic violence awareness and honor victims and survivors. Let’s work together to lead with love today, and every day.

Event Date and Time
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Event Location
Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library
(The Large Community Meeting Room)
5870 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, CA 90805

Admission Information
The event is free and open to the public

Arts & Crafts

Create unique DVAM bookmarks and make beautiful touchstones to take home with you

Michelle Obama Library Book Display

Dive into literature focusing on domestic violence and related topics through a special book display

Resource Tables

Learn more about resources available in the community by visiting agency tables

Victim and Survivor Stories

Learn more about the unique journeys of victims and survivors by reading personal stories created by WSLB clients

Presentations by Community Leaders

Special presentations by community leaders, including Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, will begin at 2:30pm... you won't want to miss one minute of the presentations!

Raffles and Special Giveaways

Complete an event stamp card by visiting agency tables and earn tickets to win special raffles and giveaways, including brand new backpacks and school supplies

A special thank you to our sponsors: Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, End Abuse Long Beach, and A Window Between Worlds.

Questions? Please contact Alexis Sandoval at (562) 437-7233, Ext. 27 or at ASandoval@wslb.org