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Break the Cycle Roundup on National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This past October, we were busy participating in National Domestic Violence Awareness Month events across the country, raising awareness and educating youth, parents and community members! Check out some of the amazing conferences, talks, and more we got to be a part of in this roundup of events to encourage young people to create healthy relationships:

  • Our Leadership and Engagement team facilitated a “Let’s Start Talking About Relationships” workshop to over 30 youth participants at the 23rd annual Models of Pride conference, presented by the Los Angeles LGBT Center Lifeworks Program. Leadership and Engagement Manager Jasmine Uribe and our International State Department Fellows attended and were impressed by the enthusiasm of the students who were willing to share their stories and add to the conversation.
  • Our DC staff decked themselves out in purple today to commemorate Purple Thursday alongside the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
  • Our Legal Services Manager, Laila Leigh, spoke on a panel with Neil Irvin, Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape and Bridgette Harwood, Co-Executive Director of Network for Victim Recovery DC, following a screening of the Hunting Ground for about 700 Georgetown athletics students.
  • We participated in the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles Annual Week Without Violence, an initiative to bring awareness to violence against women by tabling at a community resource fair at the Los Angeles Job Corps, a program focussed on young people ages 16 to 24.
  • Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles and the Family Violence Prevention Program hosted their Annual Family Violence Awareness Day. We were in attendance along with other local organizations sharing educational resources to parents and practitioners around dating abuse and building healthy relationships.
  • We were named by National Runaway Safeline as October’s organization of the month.
  • Bead Relief took a stand against domestic violence by partnering with National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and us to design a purple natural Amethyst line to raise awareness for domestic violence.

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