PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 19, 2016

DVS Presents October Vigils

Candlelight Vigil in Honor of Domestic Violence Awareness
SANTA MARIA, CA, September 14, 2016 - Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS), Santa Barbara County’s only full-service provider of 24-hour emergency shelter and services for domestic violence victims is pleased to host a candlelight vigil in honor of October being domestic violence awareness month.
What: An evening to honor survivors and remember victims of domestic violence.
When: Thursday, October 20 ● Vigil at 6:00 p.m. ● Memorial Walk at 6:30 p.m.
Where: De La Guerra Plaza Santa Barbara, CA
In the U.S. a woman is beaten or battered every 9 seconds
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime
Domestic violence is the single most common cause of injury among women seeking medical attention – surpassing auto accidents, muggings and rape combined
Domestic Violence Solutions is dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic violence by providing prevention and intervention services, emotional support and advocacy to those in crisis, and playing a leadership role in effecting social change throughout Santa Barbara County.
In 2015, DVS answered more than 6,250 Domestic Violence calls on its four crisis lines, provided 12,212 shelter nights to victims, responded to more than 468 domestic violence support calls from law enforcement and emergency rooms at the victims’ location, and assisted 949 victims in acquiring legal assistance. In 2015, 61 percent of those supported in the DVS shelters were children.
For more information, to make a donation or to learn about the event, please contact Zoe Echternacht at or visit
Zoe Echternacht is the Marketing/Communications Specialist at Domestic Violence Solutions

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