Valley Crisis Center, B&G Club to sponsor march during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Valley Crisis Center said that to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it’s partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Merced, the Merced Police Department and Total Self Insight to hold two “awareness-raising events” targeting families throughout Merced County.

“Peace for Families - March and Community Gathering” is an event focusing on the prevention of all types of violence through the idea that a community cannot be safe until children and adults are safe in their homes. The intention of this event, organizer said in a news release, is to shed light on the issue of domestic violence and family violence in order to mobilize the community to begin to create an environment for healthy and strong families.

Organizers invited the public to the “Peace for Families: March and Community Gathering,” which will be held in Merced Oct. 20. Starting at Courthouse Park at 6 p.m., there will be a march to the Boys and Girls Club of Merced for a short program, music, food and activities for youth.

The center said domestic violence remains a pervasive problem throughout Merced County and touches everyone, regardless of cultural and socio-economic background. In 2008 Merced County law enforcement agencies received 1,809 domestic violence-related calls for assistance, the center said, and of these, 367 involved a weapon. Two residents of Merced County died as a result of being murdered by an intimate partner that same year, and one child was killed as a result of trying to defend her mother who was being attacked by her stepfather, the news release continued.

For further information, contact Genevieve Bardini-Davis, program director, Valley Crisis Centerand Mountain Crisis Services, Inc. (209) 725-7900.