PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, September 25, 2014

DVS Flag on State Street

Domestic Violence Solutions Flags
Fly on State Street in memory of Alexandra Joyce Tang
Alexandra Joyce Tang was born on July 2, 1988 to Alexander and Elizabeth Tang. Alexandra had a wonderful childhood growing up in Santa Barbara. Her love for her family and of the city kept her here throughout college. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology after transferring from Santa Barbara City College with two Associate’s Degrees. Constantly surrounded by loved ones, Alexandra (known lovingly to family as “Sandra” and to friends as “Alex”) came from a large family and an even larger extended family. She had a great love for people and it showed.
Alexandra loved spending time with family and friends and was one of 21 grandchildren on both sides of the family. Artistic and creative, Alexandra also loved to sing, though was often too shy to do it in public. She loved animals and babysitting her sister’s cat. When she was three, she enjoyed a family vacation to Sydney, Australia where she gained her love for koala bears. With a fondness of history and travel, Alexandra dreamt that one day she would visit the great pyramids of Egypt. She also enjoyed going to the beach, hiking, cooking, playing tennis and basketball, cheering on the Lakers (her favorite team), painting and trying new foods. A dedicated Honor Roll student, Alexandra worked for the City of Santa Barbara while in college, and also spent time volunteering. She was looking forward to a career helping others – her first job out of college was working with Autistic children, which she found challenging, but extremely rewarding.
She is survived by her parents, Alexander and Elizabeth Tang, older sister, Candice Tang Nyholt, brother in-law, Josh Nyholt and numerous uncles, aunties and cousins.

What: Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County, with the creative design by Patricia Bartoli-Wible, have updated their flag artwork to inspire and educate others on social change. The butterfly symbolizes the hope, happiness, beauty, change, and growth that can come when we work together to put an end to the intergenerational cycle of domestic violence within the Santa Barbara community.

When: October 9 – October 17, 2014
· In this country, a woman is battered every 15 seconds.

· Each year in this country, as many as 4 million women are battered and nearly three thousand are killed.

· Domestic violence is the single most common cause of injury among women seeking medical attention – surpassing auto accidents, muggings and rape combined.

· At least 3.3 million children annually witness physical and verbal abuse among adults in their homes. Children in homes where domestic violence occurs are physically abused or seriously neglected at a rate 1500% higher than children from the general population.

Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County is the county’s only full-service domestic violence agency, committed to ending the intergenerational cycle of domestic violence through prevention and intervention services, and through challenging society’s attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to effect social change. DVS provides the county’s only 24-hour shelter services for battered women and their children, as well as the county’s only transitional housing programs for domestic violence survivors. DVS also operates four 24-hour hotlines; accompanies police on domestic violence calls; works to prevent domestic violence through teen outreach and education programs; and provides comprehensive counseling services to men, women, and children affected by domestic violence.
DVS programs serve Santa Barbara, Lompoc, and Santa Maria.

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