This year, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, a leading force in the Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign, invites participants to “Heal, Hold & Center.”
The Heal, Hold & Center theme reflects the importance of healing collectively from violence and oppression, holding space for survivors and centering those most marginalized in the violence prevention movement, especially Black, Indigenous and people of color.
In an effort to create opportunities to heal, several local organizations and programs are offering virtual events and resources during the month of October and throughout the year.
On Monday, Oct. 16, the Northern California Tribal Court Coalition (NCTCC) is providing a free Tribal Emergency Protective Order webinar featuring tribal judges and law enforcement participants. Register online at us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0scO6vpjgtEtVuslW_uu4RekjcDZMXAzAy#/registration.
On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), Public Health’s Family Violence Prevention Program is hosting a free, virtual 60-minute Domestic Violence 101 training geared toward community members and service providers who want to learn more about the prevalence and impact of domestic violence within the community, as well as suggestions and resources for supporting survivors. To learn more and to register, visit tinyurl.com/ypru9prt.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, the Trinidad Rancheria is facilitating a discussion on intimate partner violence in their Women’s Wellness Group. This group meets the fourth Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon at 109 Ma-We-Mor Lane in Trinidad and is open to all female-identifying individuals ages 12 and up. Call 707-825-2712 if you will need child care while attending.
On Thursday, Nov. 2, the NCTCC is hosting a hybrid training on intergenerational trauma for people working in Humboldt County from 10 a.m. to noon. If attending via Zoom, please register here: us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErcOigqD8tGN3l31jDah5TeWoHmeLZJnyO#/registration.
On Friday, Nov. 3, the NCTCC is hosting a hybrid talking circle for tribal advocates from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by the UIHS Women’s Sweat from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. If attending via Zoom, please register here: us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkdemtpjosGtbulkNQmfUF9UMrQ9p7ftz8#/registration.
Wondering what else you can do?
• Talk to your employer about bringing a Domestic Violence 101 training to your workplace to learn about the different kinds of abuse, how to support survivors using a trauma-informed perspective, safety planning, local and national resources and more. Visit the Public Health, Healthy Communities Trainings and Education page for more information: humboldtgov.org/2074/Trainings-and-Education
• Join the Humboldt County Domestic Violence Prevention Committee (DVPC) to collaborate with other organizations and individuals who are passionate about participating in a countywide response to violence. The DVPC meets on the second Thursday of every month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com.
If you or someone you know is currently in an abusive or unhealthy relationship, know that you are not alone and that help is available. Please contact any of the following 24-hour hotlines:
• Humboldt Domestic Violence Services: 24/7 Support Line 707-443-6042
• North Coast Rape Crisis Team: 24/7 Humboldt Hotline 707-445-2881, 24/7 Del Norte Hotline 707-465-2851
• DHHS Behavioral Health: 24/7 Behavioral Health Crisis Line 707-445-7715 or toll-free 888-849-5728
Additional support can be found by exploring an expanded list of domestic violence resources: Resource List for Providers in English and Lista de Recursos de Proveedores en español.
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