The office of the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office and Victims Services Division hosted their Annual Domestic Violence Official Proclamation March of Peace & Candlelight Vigil in memory of victims of domestic violence who lost their lives, and honor survivors. The goal was to bring community awareness. It was held on Monday, October 3rd at 5:30 p.m. the Santa Cruz County Complex.
Several community leaders and community members were in attendance. The event opened with a warm welcome to attendees for their continued support and participation by Nidia Solorzano, Victim Advocate. It followed with an opening statement by the Santa Cruz County Attorney George Silva with a reminder to attendees of the importance of supporting victims of domestic violence. “It is our social responsibility to ensure families and children feel safe,” said Mr. Silva.
The event included several guest speakers those included: Sofia Paez, Juan Andres Espinoza, Alejandra Jaime, Jordan Senne, Paulina Soto, Ana Francel Senne, Sheriff Tony Estrada, Kim Hunley, Jose Carillo, Elizabeth Chacon, Juan Jose Ponce, and Jonathan Crespo. Each of the guest speakers had an opportunity to address the public on the domino effect domestic violence has on the family and community. Domestic violence is not only a family problem, but a community problem.
The Official Proclamation was done by Rudy Molera, Santa Cruz County Chairman Board of Supervisors and Santa Cruz County Attorney George Silva did the proclamation in Spanish. It followed with the ribbon cutting inauguration of domestic violence awareness month with a memorial balloon release initiating the Candlelight Vigil and March for Peace walk through Mariposa road.
According to the CDC (2010), “804,048 women & 453,689 men in Arizona will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.These statistics remind us of the prevalence of domestic violence and the need to support victims and families. There are long-term effects associated to repeated exposure of domestic violence. Those long-term effects include physical, and emotional problems. “Several studies reveal that children who witness domestic violence are more likely to be affected by violence as adults – either as victims or perpetrators,” (WHO, 2012). For more information on this event contact the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office at: (520) 375-7780.