Many women think they will never become a domestic violence victim, but it happens — and increasingly a lot.

In fact, in every minute, about 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Domestic violence doesn’t differentiate between the rich and poor — take the high-profile cases of Ray Rice and Greg Hardy, and Chris Brown, as examples.

With Domestic Violence Awareness Month occurring in October,  L.A. community leaders are gathering to celebrate the survivors of abuse and the organizations involved who work tirelessly to end the violence on October 1, 2016 at 4:00pm- 5:30pm at SWEET! Hollywood, where guest speakers include
Ron Galperin, LA City Controller, Veera Mahajan, Author of “Unreported” #1 International Best Seller
Torrance Brannon Reese, Founder of FAMLI, Inc., La Leona, #1 Hispanic Radio & TV Host for Univision, actress Kim Hawthorne in OWN’s hit new series GREENLEAF, and actor Christopher Sean in “Days of our Lives” & “Hawaii Five O”.

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Safe Passage, one of the organizations spurring this event, provides hope, opportunity, pride and empowerment to abused women and their children, leading them to a new and better life. Services include health and nutrition classes, counseling, medical checkups, reconstructive surgery, self defense classes, job and computer training, transportation, activities and mentorships for children, beauty counseling, and residential guidance and supplies.

FYI: Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the “Day of Unity” held October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nations who are working to end violence against woman and their children. The “Day of Unity” soon became an entire week devoted to a range of activities conducted at the local, state, and national level. Los Angeles leaders and community members are hard at work to stop the cycle of abuse, and are taking this opportunity to share the work in progress, successes, and to raise awareness.

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