In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month during October several events are planned in San Mateo County to honor and remember those who have suffered from domestic violence.
Starting on Tuesday, Oct. 8 the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will start off its 9 a.m. meeting by presenting the 2013 Barbara Hammerman Award to Lynda Burton, an attorney with San Mateo County Legal Aid Society. The award is given to people who show dedication and exemplary service to the victims of domestic violence.
Next, starting at 11:30 a.m., a public Day of Remembrance ceremony will take place in the Board of Supervisor’s Chambers, 400 County Center, First Floor, Redwood City.
As part of the program San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum and the Domestic Violence Council will acknowledge the losses the county has suffered as a result of domestic violence and offer information and hope to people who still fear for their safety.
“Many individuals who face abuse or violence in their homes do not know where to turn for help. San Mateo County offers assistance for those affected. The Day of Remembrance is a time for us to acknowledge the losses we have suffered and offer information and hope to those who still fear for their safety,” Slocum said.
Those attending the program will also have an opportunity to view and interact with the Silhouette Project presented by CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse) and domestic violence service providers who will be staffing resource tables outside the Board Chambers.
At noon, leaders from the local faith community will offer messages of hope and condolence, a survivor of violence will share personal testimony, and community leaders and service providers will read the names of those who have died, accompanied by the ringing of a ceremonial bell. Counseling and referral services will be available on site.This ceremony will allow participants to remember those who have suffered from domestic violence and to reaffirm the partnership between policy-makers, government agencies, non-profit service providers and community groups, vital to reducing domestic violence.
Admission is free and open to the public.