LB Branch NAACP Press Release: Stories of Courage: NAACP and Interval House to Host Domestic Violence Survivor Panel to Bring Awareness & Encourage our Community to Take a Stance Against Domestic Violence

LONG BEACH, Calif. – October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month when communities across the country expand education and prevention efforts to provide greater access to safety for victims of domestic violence and those at risk for abuse. The October 17, 2021 LB NAACP and Interval House program panel will feature diverse award-winning domestic violence leaders and survivors. The survivors are from Interval and the NAACP. Wilma Powell, a domestic violence survivor and advocate, will share her story as a member of the panel. This virtual program is open to the public. Join us and help raise awareness about the pervasiveness of domestic violence, which impacts all segments of our community.

“Domestic violence is unacceptable in our community – and in every community,” says Naomi Rainey-Pierson, President of the Long Beach Branch NAACP. “Through this event, we hope to shed light on the devastating impacts of domestic violence while honoring the incredible advocates and inspirational survivors from all walks of life who have worked tirelessly to secure safety and social justice for so many.”

Nationally, one in 4 women and 1 in 10 men have experienced physical violence, sexual violence, or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime. During the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence has become a “pandemic within a pandemic,” wherein economic stressors, combined with prolonged frustration and sustained confinement in close proximity, have led to increased incidents of violence and abuse in the home. Interval House is a Presidential Award-winning domestic violence program nationally recognized for pioneering comprehensive violence prevention and intervention services in Long Beach and surrounding communities since 1979. Interval House is the nation’s first domestic violence survivor-led program, with an unprecedented philosophy of inclusion, empowerment and “training from within” that has inspired award-winning leadership and a historic longevity among staff. Today, 98% of Interval House’s staff and advocates are culturally diverse (offering services in 70 languages) and have, themselves, overcome violence and overwhelming obstacles to become inspirational profiles of courage, resilience and strength. “Interval House’s unique staff and advocates are the heart and soul of our program,” says Interval House Executive DirectorCarol Williams. “Together, their impact has been unparalleled and awe-inspiring, and we look forward to recognizing and honoring the voices of all survivors through their incredible stories.”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was formed in 1909 by a group of black and white citizens, in response to injustice that many Americans confronted solely because of race. Today, the NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the world, continues to focus major efforts at increasing voter empowerment, educational excellence and individual responsibility, thus creating an infrastructure for economic and social development and new effective ways to develop young leaders. The NAACP is non-partisan. The virtual event is scheduled for Sunday, October 17 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm, and will also highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

To register, please email Admin@IntervalHouse.org. LB Branch members register by emailing maatread6@gmail.com.

Zoom Meeting Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83171990124?pwd=dnRGV2RPUjF DdU5DUnJpeG0vZEQ5UT09 Meeting ID: 831 7199 0124

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