October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Arlington County is hosting an event focused on hope and healing after trauma.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime—and domestic and dating violence happen in our community.
Arlington County will host a discussion Thursday, Oct. 3, at Walter Reed Community Center (2909 16th St S, Arlington, VA 22204) about the healing process for survivors of domestic and dating violence and the community resources available to support them.
The event begins at 6 p.m. with healing and self-care activities and a resource fair. At 7 p.m., a survivor of domestic violence will share her story of hope and healing, followed by a Q&A session with a panel. The panel includes representatives from Arlington County Department of Human Services Behavioral Healthcare Division, the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Program, Doorways for Women and Families, and the Forensic Assessment and Consultation Teams (FACT) at Inova.
The event is hosted Arlington County’s Project PEACE. It is free and open to the public. Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available.
“After trauma, healing is possible,” said Candice Lopez, Project PEACE coordinator. “And that healing looks different for everyone. At this event we seek to inspire hope by sharing stories of healing and learning about the resources available to anyone who has experienced intimate partner, dating or domestic violence in our community. Healing is hard, healing is messy, and people can find strength and support through this process. No one has to do it alone.”
For more information, contact Candice Lopez at 703-228-5003 or 571-775-0576.
Note: This event includes descriptions of violence and may not be appropriate for young children.
About Project PEACE
Project PEACE (Partnering to End Abuse in the Community for Everyone) is Arlington’s coordinated community response dedicated to advancing the most effective and efficient array of education, prevention, protection, and support services to end domestic and sexual violence in the community. For more information, find Project PEACE on social media, @ArlProjectPEACE.