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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Color Purple

This October the Community Information Database is drawing attention to a crisis affecting us all indiscriminately at epidemic proportions, Domestic Violence. The more we talk about Domestic Violence the more likely it becomes that we build awareness, identify abusive behaviors, and take action to prevent harm to people in our community who may be friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, or possibly even ourselves. Join the Santa Cruz Public Library in the conversation, let’s talk about Domestic Violence and raise awareness in our community.

This month our page turns purple in solidarity with those having faced Domestic Violence. Various movements surrounding human rights and gender equality have been highlighted under hues of purple, so as October came to be known as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it was the color purple chosen to elevate awareness and to forever remind us of its associations with royalty, bravery, and more strongly with the physical consequences of bodily harm.

Join us on October 19th, 2017 for #PurpleThursday and show your support by:

  • Wearing or displaying purple on Thursday, October 19th to raise awareness about Domestic Violence.
  • Share a photo using the hashtag #PurpleThursday and tag @SantaCruzPL on Facebook and Instagram.

#PurpleThursday is your opportunity to get involved, take a stand against Domestic Violence and express your solidarity with survivors and their families.

Domestic Vileness

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence understands Domestic Violence to be the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as a part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It encompasses physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically; however, the one constant component of domestic violence is one partner’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other.

The Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center

The Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center is a 501 (c) 3 public benefit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for women, children, and families in Santa Cruz County for over 80 years. Their program for Survivors of Domestic Violence provides crisis intervention, support, resources, referrals and safety planning for survivors and their allies. Their mission is to break the cycle of violence through safety, healing, individual empowerment, and social change.

El Centro de mujeres y familias proporciona todos los servicios de apoyo relacionados con la violencia doméstica tanto en inglés como en español.

24-Hour Bilingual Domestic Violence Hotline 1-866-2-MY-ALLY

WAFWC Services for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Walnut Avenue provides a range of resources, programs, and services for those affected by this epidemic we know as domestic violence:

  • One-on-One Peer Counseling
    • Trained domestic violence advocates provide a non-judgmental environment for participants to talk about their experiences and weigh their options. Participants are given support to understand the dynamics of abuse and its impact on their lives, nurture self-esteem, set healthy boundaries, develop safe coping skills, assess risks, and create a safety plan to address their emotional, mental, spiritual and/or physical safety.
  • Legal Advocacy
    • Advocates assist with the preparation of restraining order paperwork and provide court accompaniment to restraining order hearings and custody mediation at no cost. Advocates may also act as liaisons between participants and members of the criminal legal system.
  • Support Groups
    • Walnut Avenue offers several support groups to the community. Their support groups provide a safe and confidential environment for women to meet others who have faced similar challenges and gain knowledge and tools for empowerment.
  • Moteling
    • The offsite emergency moteling program provides short term housing as participants’ transition to a safe living environment.

Empowering Survivors in our Communtiy

There are so many ways to support this vision of a society with zero tolerance for domestic violence in our own community.

  • Become a Certified Advocate for Survivor’s of Domestic Violence
    • Attend a training to become a certified Advocate for Survivors of Domestic Violence and contribute to empowering the lives' of families impacted by abuse. As a volunteer with Walnut Avenue you can provide support via our hotline and have the option of also providing court accompaniment, support group facilitation, or emergency needs/intake support. To learn more about becoming a Volunteer Advocate please call their office to register for a general volunteer orientation, 831-426-3062.

Resources from the Community Information Database

Local Partners and Agencies committed to fighting domestic violence:

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