On Monday, October 1st at 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Cruz County Complex the office of the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office hosted their Annual Domestic Violence Official Proclamation March of Peace & Candlelight Vigil in memory of victims of domestic violence who lost their lives and to honor survivors. The goal of this event was to bring community awareness.
The event was well attended by several community leaders and community members approximately 250 people were in attendance. The event opened with a warm welcome by Joe Rueda. The welcome remarks were done by Chips Dolores, Victim Advocate thanking the audience for their continued support and participation. Then followed an opening statement on Breaking the Silence by Vanessa Cartwright, Deputy Santa Cruz County Attorney with a reminder to attendees of the of the importance of reporting domestic violence. Pastor David Canada followed with a brief prayer and asked the audience for a minute of silence in memory of the victims.
“It is important to help break the silence. We need to be a voice for victims and survivors of domestic violence,” said Ms. Cartwright. Each of the guest speakers had an opportunity to address the public on the issue of domestic violence reminding the audience it 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 Nidia Solorzano, Victim Advocate 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 National Network to End Domestic Violence(2017), “On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.” There are long-term effects for children associated with repeated exposure to domestic violence. The 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).
“Special thanks to the Santa Cruz County Attorney George Silva, non-profit organizations, law enforcement, media outlets, survivors and their families for their continued support since 2013,” said Nidia Solorzano.
For more information on this event or to report abuse please contact the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office at: (520) 375-7780.