October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). During this month, efforts across the nation are dedicated to increasing awareness regarding violence affecting women, men, children, and members of the LGBTQ community. The violence goes beyond physical abuse; it is verbal, mental, emotional, financial, sexual, digital, and spiritual. The effects are long-lasting and far-reaching, going beyond the well-being of the victim to that of the communities we call home.
In recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, WomenShelter partnered with the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library to host its 13th annual DVAM event, The Next Chapter: Awareness. Community. Healing, on Saturday, October 19, 2019. The event was free and open to the public. A grand total of 100 attendees participated in family friendly activities, like creating special bookmarks; visited resource tables to learn more about services available in the community; read victim and survivor stories that brought to life the unique experiences of those affected by domestic violence; earned special prizes like school supplies, backpacks, and fun raffles; and witnessed presentations by community leaders, including Chief of Police Robert Luna, Councilwoman Suzie Price, and City Prosecutor Doug Haubert.
Thank you to our Community Leaders for Their Support
Chief of Police Robert Luna
Councilwoman Suzie Price
City Prosecutor Doug Haubert
Addressing domestic violence requires a community effort, from the leaders protecting the city to those making important legislative decisions to the individuals and families that call this city home. On behalf of the WomenShelter of Long Beach staff and board members, we thank you for joining us at our 13th annual DVAM event and for leading with love to increase domestic violence awareness. We can’t wait to see you next year!
We Would Like to Thank our Community Partners for Participating
A Special Thank you to our Sponsors