On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.*


It’s not something that is easy – or even feels safe – to talk about, but when we stand together and break the silence, we can end domestic violence.

National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) defines domestic violence as a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse or financial abuse (using money and financial tools to exert control). Domestic violence is a pervasive, life-threatening crime that affects millions of individuals across the United States regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, race, religion or education.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we stand with organizations here locally and across the nation, like NNEDV and California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV), to break the silence that allows domestic violence to thrive, celebrate the survivors, mourn those we have lost at the hands of domestic violence, and connect with those working to end it.

Let’s promote education and awareness, provide hope to those who need it most, and save lives! Join the fight and help turn the Golden State Purple to show your support:

Click here to check out CPEDV’s calendar for ways you can make a difference in October.


Local Domestic Violence Resources

Reporting Abuse

Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services

24 Hour Hotline: (800) 540-4000


Legal Help

Women’s Law has legal information and resources for victims.




1736 Family Crisis Center

24-Hour Crisis Hotlines: (310)-370-5902 & (310)-379-3620


The Guidance Center

Compton Clinic: (310) 669-9510


New Star Family Justice Center

24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (800) 978-3600


Victim-Witness Assistance – Compton Branch

(310) 603-7579



24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877) 943-5778

Compton Empowerment Center: (310) 763-9117



Interval House
24-Hour Crisis Hotlines: (562) 594-4555 & (714) 891-8121


Women Shelter of Long Beach

24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (562) 437-4663


Su Casa, Ending Domestic Violence
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (562) 402-4888


The Guidance Center

Long Beach Clinic: (562) 595-1159


Victim-Witness Assistance – Long Beach Branch

(562) 247-2068



24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)943-5778

South Bay Empowerment Center: (562) 590-6400



Doors of Hope Women’s Shelter
(310) 518-3667


Rainbow Services DV
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (310) 547-9343


The Guidance Center

San Pedro Clinic: (310) 833-3135


October Community Events

Oct. 6

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

DV Awareness Month Open House hosted by Rainbow Services DV

453 W 7th St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Meet at the mermaid mural (453 w 7th), grab a bite at the food trucks out front, and enjoy art activities for all ages. Tour Rainbow Services’ resource center and see the DV-themed artwork that lines their hallways (all artwork on display is family-friendly).



5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

10th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil hosted by Women Shelter of Long Beach

4362 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807

The 10th Annual Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month will be held during Bixby Knoll’s First Friday’s festivities. The Guidance Center will be at this special vigil, which is in remembrance of those whose lives have been lost, honor survivors, and provide support to others who have been affected by domestic violence. Special guest speakers: Mayor Robert Garcia and Councilmember Al Austin. Followed by free workshops and fun giveaways!


Oct. 22
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
1st Annual Healthy Relationship Conference hosted by Learning to Love Me
Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course 4800 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach, CA 90808

This conference will bring self-awareness and educate you on the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship. You will learn how to gain the self-esteem that will empower you in your relationships, and your life will be impacted in a positive way! 


*Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010) The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report