The Peace for Families march will return to stamp out domestic violence in October, which is domestic violence awareness month.
The Oct. 13 march organized by the Valley Crisis Center will be accompanied by new editions this year, said Reina Nino, legal advocate and organizer.
City Hall will house a board used to remember victims of domestic violence, through quotes and other messages placed by members of the community.
"I'm looking forward to seeing what people place up there," Nino said.
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Children can also get involved in the anti-domestic violence message by making a pledge to never use their hands to hurt, Nino said. Children can make the pledge by tracing their hands and cutting out the image.
Nino said the Valley Crisis Center's Los Banos office is "helping tons of people."
The part-time office helped 159 victims who sought service in the 2010-11, up from 104 in 2009-10.
She said intimate partner violence is always around, but it tends to spike during rough economic times when stress levels are raised.
In a news release, program director Genevieve Bardini-Davis said domestic violence impacts as many as 1 in 3 families in Merced County and has far-reaching consequences.
"Youth exposed to domestic violence are at (an) increased risk of becoming an abusive partner or a victim in their adult life," Bardini-Davis said.
Children who witness violence, she said, are also more likely to be involved in gang activity.
The march is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Pacheco Park, on Seventh Street and Pacheco Boulevard.
The Valley Crisis Center can be found in the Police Annex, 545 J St., on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It also offers a 24-hour crisis hotline at (209) 722-4357.
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos