October 5, 2015

October Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Santa Cruz Police Department has partnered with The Walnut Avenue Women's Center, our community advocate, to bring attention to this worthy cause. Thank you WAWC for providing the Domestic Violence Awareness pins that SCPD will wear in support of the cause.
During the month of October, purple ribbon pins will be worn by many SCPD personnel to acknowledge victims of domestic violence; to celebrate those who have survived; and to support people who work to end the violence.

In 2015 year to date, the Santa Cruz County Police Department was dispatched to 238 incidents that were domestic violence in nature. "The Santa Cruz Police Department is committed to protecting victims of domestic violence and working to stop the cycle of violence “ said Chief Vogel. “ This month we want to highlight and acknowledge the vital partnership we have with advocacy groups who are dedicated to this cause year round. “
The Walnut Ave. Women's Center is a nonprofit, community service organization that creates pathways out of domestic violence. They support women by leading them to safe, stable and empowered lives. Together, they share support services with Monarch Services, Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Survivors Healing Center.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” held in 1981. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who work to end violence against women and children. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed.

To learn about events WAWC will be hosting for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month click here http://wawc.org/2015/09/october-is-domestic-violence-awareness-month-3/

24 hour Domestic Violence Hotline 1-866-269-2559