October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). WomenShelter of Long Beach (WSLB), a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating domestic violence, is hosting an online DVAM campaign during the entire month of October. What is normally an in-person community awareness event, has been translated into an interactive online 31-day activity calendar. This year’s theme, We Have Work to Do! focuses on the impact we can have individually and as a community in the mission to end domestic violence. Starting on Thursday, October 1st and continuing through Saturday October 31st, WSLB offers daily opportunities to learn and participate in domestic violence awareness activities. The interactive calendar can be downloaded from the WSLB website, www.wslb.org, or with this link: http://www.womenshelterlb.org/DVAM20/.
Coping with the effects of a pandemic, struggling to dismantle systemic racism, and addressing natural disasters have brought longstanding inequities and injustices to the forefront across the globe. As an organization serving domestic violence victims and survivors, we have witnessed how these issues have compounded the trauma, barriers, and vulnerability of those affected by domestic violence. At WomenShelter, it has become abundantly clear that we have work to do as individuals, service providers, communities, and a nation. In recognition of DVAM, we invite you to begin or to continue this work by participating in our interactive online We Have Work to Do #WHW2D 31-day calendar.
All of the activities on the 31-day WSLB DVAM calendar are free and open to the public. There are opportunities for youth, college students, adults, and families to learn and engage. This is also an opportunity to share community resources and highlight local anti-violence efforts.
During COVID-19 the Los Angeles Times reports an increase in calls to the Los Angeles County’s domestic violence hotline and to the Los Angeles Police Department. Prior to the pandemic, statistics show that 1 out of 4 women and 1 out of 7 men have experienced domestic violence at some point in their life. The exact impact of the pandemic on domestic violence is unknown, but it is important for us as a community to recognize the prevalence of domestic violence and find ways that we can lead with love by working together to advocate for change.
This community program is generously sponsored in part by the Port of Long Beach. To learn more about WSLB, please visit womenshelterlb.org. Be sure to follow our Instagram and Facebook accounts: @WomenShelterLB and use hashtags: #WSLB #WHW2D #DVAM2020 to stay connected and share your impact!
Please contact Letticia Settle with any questions regarding this event: [email protected], 562-437-7233.
This article was released by WomenShelter of Long Beach.