The Valley Crisis Center, in partnership with the Merced and Los Banos Police Departments, Boys & Girls Clubs of Merced County, United Way of Merced County and Total Self Insight, will hold marches and community gatherings in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The first will be held in Merced Thursday at 6 p.m., Oct. 6, at Courthouse Park on the corner of M and 20th streets. The march will proceed to the Boys & Girls Club, 615 W. 15th St. There will be a short program, food, music, activities for youth and a free raffle.
For more information contact Denise Rizo (209) 725-7900.
In Los Banos, the march and community gathering will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Pacheco Park at the corner of Pacheco Boulevard and 7th Street. The march will proceed to the Los Banos Police Department Annex Building, 545 West J Street. There will also be a short program, food, music, activities for youth and a free raffle.
The events are sponsored by Kohl’s, Joseph Gallo Farms, Starbucks and many more.
According to organizers, abuse affects as many as one in three families in Merced County. The effects of the cycle of domestic violence have far-reaching consequences, organizers said in a news release, as youngsters exposed to domestic violence are at increased risk of becoming an abusive partner or a victim in their adult life.
They are also at extremely high risk of committing some act of violence against their peers or engaging in gang activity, according to organizers of the march.