CHICO — When home violence victims die there are generally information reviews printed about them, however oftentimes the tales deal with when and the way they died, not on who they have been once they have been alive and the family members they left behind.
Catalyst Home Violence Companies helped to alter that Tuesday night time throughout the annual Flowers on the Creek home violence consciousness occasion at Selvester’s Cafe at Chico State. Based on a press launch from Catalyst, October 2021 marks the thirty fourth anniversary of Home Violence Consciousness Month. The intent in designating a sure month was to attach home violence advocates, activists, and anxious group members throughout the nation who’re working to finish intimate accomplice violence.
Three Catalyst prevention advocates learn the names of 30 victims of home violence in Northern California counties. Every individual was honored with a brief speech about their lives earlier than they have been killed by their companions or former companions.
“Even when homicides make information you don’t see the humanity. They have been individuals who lived, not simply victims,” stated Alyssa Cozine, Catalyst prevention advocate. “Each sufferer deserves recognition and justice.”
Many of the victims have been ladies, however a pair have been young children and males. “It is a silent epidemic. One in 4 ladies die. It occurs to individuals of all sexual identities and genders,” Cozine stated.
Cozine stated that each individual deserves to be in a protected relationship.
“Speaking about intimate accomplice violence is emotional. Individuals ought to be handled with respect and care of their relationships. We wish to honor those that are now not with us,” Cozine stated.
WellCat Secure Place paraprofessional Kiara Castanon had a sales space arrange on the occasion selling WellCat and handed out purple ribbons and buttons with two co-workers. “We wish to let the campus know that we’re right here to assist in any approach we are able to,” she stated. “We’re a useful resource for individuals going by traumatic experiences. We’re confidential advocates. We assist join individuals to sources. ”
Luisana Diaz, a Chico State freshmen majoring in enterprise accounting, attended the memorial occasion. She was emotionally affected by it. “I got here as a result of a good friend of mine really useful this occasion,” she stated. “I used to be very moved by it. It made me cry quite a bit.”
After the readings, prevention advocate Aidee Orejel learn a poem whereas Catalyst Prevention Program Director Sarah Sullivan led the group in a silent meditation earlier than occasion attendees grabbed the flower petals and headed out to Massive Chico Creek to disperse the petals. The petals have been donated from Flowers by Rachelle in Chico.
Orejel stated that she and her co-workers researched home violence victims by dividing up Northern California counties. “It was a frightening process,” Orejel stated.
Based on the press launch,10 p.c of all homicides are associated to home violence.