WomenShelter of Long Beach (WSLB), a full-service agency assisting victims of domestic violence, will gather with the community on Friday, Oct. 23 at 6pm for a candlelight walk in honor of domestic violence survivors and in remembrance of those who have died at the hands of someone they know. The public is invited to gather at the Promenade and 1st Street in downtown Long Beach.
“We know that domestic abuse is a cycle that continues generation after generation until someone in the family finally gets up the courage to seek help and stop the cycle,” said TuLynn Smylie, WSLB executive director. “This walk is our opportunity to remember the victims who weren’t able to leave, as well as to celebrate the survivors who are working so hard to end the cycle of abuse in their families.”
This year’s event, also supported by End Abuse Long Beach, CSULB’s Project SAFE, Su Casa, Interval House and the Police Chief’s Women’s Advisory Group, will include a brief ceremony during which the names of domestic violence victims killed in 2008 and 2009 in Los Angeles County will be read. Attendees will also hear from City Councilmember Gerrie Schipske and others.
With more than 32 years of service to the community, WSLB assists victims and their children by providing safe shelter and supportive services. Many clients have moved on to healthy, productive and non-violent lives for themselves and their children.