Reps. Judy Chu and Grace Napolitano launch annual domestic violence campaign

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) joined Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park, and other local businesses and women’s rights organizations to kick off the 11th Annual Domestic Violence Collection Drive. Started in 2003, the drive collects clothing and supplies for women and children who are victims of domestic violence,and takes place every year during October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Reps. Chu and Napolitano released the following statements:
“Every year, more than 10 million calls are made to domestic violence hotlines by women and men across the country. Crimes of Domestic violence take place in every community, to people of all ethnicities and backgrounds,” said Rep. Chu. “When a victim finally makes the courageous choice to leave their abuser, they and their children are often forced to literally leave their home with nothing. They deserve better, which is why I am so proud to once again be hosting this drive with wonderful partners throughout the area, who are helping us collect the items needed to assist the victims and begin to rebuild their lives.”
“We are excited to again team up with Congresswoman Chu, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park, and our other local heroes in the movement to fight domestic violence,” said Rep. Napolitano. “Our district office in El Monte will also be taking in items for victims of domestic abuse throughout the month of October, so we encourage everyone from the community to participate. The physical wounds from domestic abuse are painful and often evident, but we must also understand the devastating toll that abuse can take on the mental health of victims. We must eliminate mental health stigma so those suffering know it is always okay to seek help. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).”
From October 1 to November 1, members of the community are encouraged to drop off gently used clothing for women and children, toiletries, household cleaning products, and children’s school supplies. Donations can be dropped off at Congresswoman Chu’s Pasadena and Claremont offices, Alhambra City Hall, Altadena Community Center, Joslyn Adult Recreation Center, Monrovia Community Center, Monterey Park City Hall, Rosemead City Hall, San Marino City Hall, Sierra Madre Recreation Center, and South Pasadena City Hall.
The donations will go to area shelters: Elizabeth House, Foothill Family Service, Grace Services, Project Sister Family Services, and JFS Haven House.
In addition to Rep. Grace Napolitano and Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park, Rep. Chu was also joined by Councilmembers Jason Pu and Chin-Ho Liao, representatives from Verizon Wireless, the San Gabriel Valley District of Women’s Clubs, YWCA San Gabriel Valley, and a survivor of domestic violence at the drive kickoff.

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