On Monday, October 2nd at 5:30 p.m. the Santa Cruz County Complex by 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 is to bring community awareness. Approximately 250 people were in attendance for this event.
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 to 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).
The event was well attended by several community leaders and community members. The event opened with a warm welcome to attendees for their continued support and participation by Chip Dolores, Victim Advocate. It followed with an opening statement by the Santa Cruz County Attorney George Silva with a reminder to attendees of the of the importance of reporting domestic violence. Kimberly Gonzalez followed with a brief speech on the significance of the purple ribbon.
“Silence is not a solution to solving domestic violence.We have to be a voice for the victims and survivors of domestic violence,” said Mr. Silva. 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 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.
For more information on this event or to report abuse please contact the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office at: (520) 375-7780.