A Message from the Executive Director and the Board President
While every year is unique, this past year has been original in so many ways. For POV, it was a year of, “not business as usual.” After many years of a highly produced and successful Humanitarian Awards Gala, the Board and Staff opted to create an event on a smaller scale with fewer expenses, hosting it at our Downtown LA Metro headquarters. We transformed our office into a special venue with delicious catering, a signature cocktail and valet parking. We launched our Domestic Violence Action Fund (DVAF), at this invitation-only reception event. About 100 special guests mingled and socialized and learned about the new Imagine Life Without Domestic Violence Campaign, as the song from Hamilton goes, “in the room where it happens.” Our guests were able to hang out in the hub of our emergency, intervention, prevention and education services, where #metoo survivors have been coming for years for counseling, support and healing. This change of venue was a big hit, resulting in a successful fundraising event.
We sustained another growth spurt this past year. We are now at 50 plus employees and receive so much support through our dedicated volunteers. We continue to grow as we try to accommodate the demands of survivors who are coming forward even more, due to these issues gaining more attention. Last year, we served over 41,000 people through our expanded Trauma Recovery Center services, TRIUMPH Model for healing, and the very active Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) programs. We launched a new partnership: the Off Limits Sexual Harassment Hotline, with LA Metro Transit. Now, train, subway and bus riders have the option of calling our hotline for confidential services and support.
The other “unusual business” this past year, is the courage of survivors sharing their stories through the resurfacing of the simple, yet profound statement, #metoo. Sleeping traumas have been awakened and the world has noticed. This is a moment that POV and the movement to end sexual and domestic violence has been working towards for almost 50 years. With 25 support groups, we persevere in finding ways to respond to the needs of these individuals and the community. It is a bit overwhelming at times, but nothing we can’t handle.
After all of the headlines and hashtags, the who’s next and what’s next, we continue our work of social service, social change and social justice. Headlines don’t end violence–action does. We continue to find ways to bring the marginalized to the center, and to include the forgotten, the silenced and the left out. We are committed to preventing violence from happening in the first place through education and to challenge the parts of our culture that oppresses, demeans and violates. We thank you for your interest in Peace Over Violence, and hope you will continue to support us in our quest to build relationships, families and communities free from violence.
The Year in Numbers
37,843 people served through programs & services
20 Support Groups in 3 languages
12,059 people reached through violence prevention education, Empowerment Self Defense, and “In Touch With Teens” Curriculum
8,760 hours of emergency response
42,794 social media followers
11,833 hotline calls
13,901 survivors and their families served
Highlights from the Year
Vagina Monologues & V-Day Santa Monica
In February, POV celebrated V-DAY’s 20th anniversary with a special production of Vagina Monologues presented by V-DAY Santa Monica. Artists and activists Jane Fonda, Frances Fisher, Angelica Ross, Ashlee Marie Preston and others gathered at the Broad Stage and shared moving stories from Eve Ensler’s historic Vagina Monologues. Ticket sales benefited POV’s services and programs. Thank you V-Day Santa Monica!
Films Over Violence
With so many new films and documentaries telling the stories of survivors and exposing violence, we began a Films Over Violence series. The events showcased short and full-length films addressing sexual, domestic and intimate partner violence, their impact on society, and efforts to uplift survivors’ experiences.
The Little Girls We Were… And The Women We Are - The stories of five Indian women, survivors of incest and child sexual abuse, who share their journey from abuse to recovery and messages of hope.
I Am Evidence - Survivors, advocates, and experts from across the nation expose the alarming number of untested rape kits in the United States.
What Doesn’t Kill Me - British filmmaker Rachel Meyrick tells the story of the women and children who are fighting back against a court system.
PROFESSIONAL TRAININGS & CONFERENCES
National Sexual Assault Conference
Advocates from across the country converged in Anaheim for “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation.” For the first time, an entire conference track was dedicated to self-defense. POV participated in all of the conference’s self-defense workshops:
Embodying Resistance: Self-Defense Training for Social Justice - Darlene DeFour, Martha Thompson and Zoe Muñoz
The Neurobiology of Bravery: Managing the Stress Response to Create More Effective Bystanders - Meg Stone and Patti Giggans
Healing from Sexual Trauma: A Movement-Based, Empowerment Self-Defense Approach - Clara Porter, Lauren Taylor and Yvette Lozano
Women in Film
POV provided a Professional Training to Women in Film (WIF) staff working to develop a new hotline. This hotline serves as a resource for members of the film industry who have been impacted by sexual violence and are looking to take legal action. POV provided a training that covered topics such as rape culture, trauma-impact, and crisis intervention. WIF staff enacted hypothetical crisis calls to get first-hand hotline practice. WIF and POV are strengthening a partnership that includes support, ongoing training, and client referrals.
POV Advocates Answer Metro’s OFF LIMITS Sexual Harassment Hotline
Since 2017, POV has partnered with LA Metro to expand the 24-hour OFF LIMITS Sexual Harassment Hotline. The hotline is available to those who have experienced sexual harassment while riding Metro. Transit riders are encouraged to seek support by calling 844-633-5464 to speak with our trained counselor-advocates about resources and follow-up services such as counseling and case management. This exciting partnership is part of a larger effort to to create sexual harassment-free zones around Los Angeles.
Media & Communications
Throughout the year, POV volunteers and staff shared their expertise with outlets including news media, local universities, podcasts, and consultations. Our presence continues to grow; we believe every request is an opportunity to educate the community and provide awareness and resources.
Domestic Abuse from a Digital Distance: Smart Devices Used to Torment and Confuse
Prevention & Policy Division Director, Melodie Kruspodin on KTLA 5: “Often, things that people who abuse do seem really innocuous and benign in and of themselves. But they’re part of a larger pattern of abuse happening within the relationship and within the context of someone trying to intimidate and have control over their partner.”
Spectrum’s In Focus CA: Denim Day
We participated in a three-part Denim Day series about the history of the campaign and its continued relevance today. Spectrum then joined the official Denim Day rally and press conference at City Hall to cover speeches and interview Denim Day champions Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Aloe Blacc, Maya Jupiter, and Yesika Salgado.
City News Service
Feature Story News
Hoy, LA Times en
LA City 35
Los Angeles Times
Straight White Guy
USC School of Film
The 19th Annual Denim Day
OFFICIAL DENIM DAY RALLY
POV kicked off Denim Day with a rally and press conference on the steps of City Hall. Denim Day Spokescouple Maya Jupiter and Aloe Blacc emceed the rally, welcoming influential Angelenos to the stage with a united message: There is no excuse and never an invitation to harass, abuse, assault, or rape!
In response to POV’s anti-sexual harassment initiative, Not on My Watch, Mayor Garcetti and Deputy CEO of Metro Stephanie Wiggins declared Los Angeles and the LA Metro sexual harassment-free zones. Their unprecedented announcement was a result of the partnership and advocacy being done by POV in the community.
High School & College
High Schools and universities across the country and world hosted Denim Days on their campuses, working to create an environment that supports survivors and dismantles rape culture. Here in Los Angeles, high school students from the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex STOP Club (Students Together Organizing Peace) hosted lunchtime activities like a Denim Day fashion show, speakers, and jeans-decorating to show their support for survivors and encourage their peers to get involved.
Students from USC, Occidental College, Santa Monica Community College, UCLA, Cal State LA, Pasadena City College and LA City College showed up for Sexual Assault Awareness Month by tabling and hosting panels on their campuses. The USC Race & Equity Center hosted Reclaiming Our Time, a panel to discuss trauma and healing for survivors who are women of color. Panelists included Dr. Sumun L. Pendakur, Kamilah Willingham, Dr. Nooshin Valizadeh, Payal Sinha, Esq., and Dr. Elizabeth Reyes.
This year we welcomed the commitment of new partners Fox Gives and IPSY. Fox Gives (of FOX Entertainment Group) invited POV to speak with their employees about the importance of creating a workplace free from sexual harassment and abuse. After the success of this training, FOX decided to host a Denim Day of their own, encouraging workers to wear denim and take photos. For every photo shared on their personal social media accounts, Fox donated to POV’s services and programs.
Cosmetic company IPSY amplified our message through their social media platforms talking about consent, the impact of sexual violence, and the importance of transforming bystanders into “upstanders."
Denim Day’s international reach and social media presence expanded in 2018 with posts and messages from India, Indonesia, Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Peru, Mexico, Mauritius, Kenya and more. Countries all over the world joined in the effort to raise awareness around erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual harassment, abuse, assault and rape.
DENIM DAY ALLIES & SUPPORTERS
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
First 5 LA
Fox Entertainment Group
The Hilton Foundation
LA Galaxy Foundation
Nick Lachey, actor, singer, tv personality
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Melina Perez, three-time WWE Women’s Champion
Aly Raisman, Olympic gold medalist and survivor
Rape Abuse & Incest National Network
Mira Sorvino, Academy and Golden Globe Award winning actress
Eric Stonestreet, Emmy-winning actor and comedian
SPONSORS & PARTNERS
The California Endowment
Duffy Kruspodin LLP
Mark Ridley Thomas, Supervisor, Second District
RAMO Law PC
DENIM DAY RALLY SPEAKERS
Patti Giggans, Executive Director of POV and founder of Denim Day
Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles
Danah Cleaton, Survivor and Denim Day Campaign Poster Model
Yesika Salgado, Poet
Priya Swaminathan, Interim Executive Director TIME’S UP Entertainment
Stephanie Wiggins, Deputy CEO of LA Metro
Alexis, Youth Over Violence Leader, Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
Rashad Beal, Schools Over Violence Program Manager
Avis Ridley-Thomas, Co-Director of the Institute for Nonviolence
Councilwoman Nury Martinez, LA City Council
Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, LA City Council
The Los Angeles Times
LA County Office of Education
Programs & Services
Youth Leadership Institute
During the summer, POV hosted our annual Youth Leadership Institute. A group of students eager to transform their communities worked together to shift a culture that perpetuates violence.
From spending their summer days learning about the impact of sexual and domestic violence, to taking trips to The California African American Museum and the Autry Museum of the American West, the youth leaders learned about the history that has led us to where we are today.
Connecting the youth to local leaders and government, the youth visited Los Angeles City Hall and the Los Angeles Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission meeting, and had a visit from CA Senator Holly Mitchell and Vice Mayor of Huntington Park, Karina Macias.
With the tools they learned from the In Touch With Teens curriculum, their lived experiences, and guidance from experts, the youth spent the final two weeks of the institute working in focused tracks to practice their new skills in their schools, families, and communities.
Community Organizing & Mobilizing
Youth learned how to develop relationships with their community and work with partners to organize. They worked on developing a conference to be further developed by the Prevention Division and the Youth Leaders as a part of their continued involvement throughout the year.
Creative Writing & Communications - The youth in this track studied the history and benefits of using their voices as instruments of change. Students learned different ways to communicate messages through poetry and spoken word, debate, public speaking and Interviewing methods. Working closely with our community partner, “Say Word LA,” a spoken word group consisting of teenagers who have performed nationwide, youth participated in a workshop culminating in touching spoken word presentations at our graduation.
Digital & Social Media
Youth explored the effectiveness and reach of utilizing social media to educate, advocate, and organize around issues that they care most about. Each member developed and created their own digital story to connect what they learned during the Institute into a message that they felt their communities needed to know about. From LGBTQ inclusivity to the impacts of intergenerational violence, to teen dating violence, the youth created poster campaigns and videos to tell their stories.
Thank you to the Los Angeles Kings for your continued support of the Youth Leadership Institute and investment in the future of our communities.
Honoring the “Sister Survivors”
In 2018, ESPN honored the “Sister Survivors,” the more than 300 victims who came forward as victims of their gymnastics doctor. ESPN and The ESPY production team knew that this was going to be a big moment in our movement, but an even bigger moment for the survivors who would be attending. Recognizing this, ESPN contacted POV to be a resource leading up to the event, the day of, and via our hotline for additional support. POV counselor advocates were present throughout the entire pre-production process and on the day of and witnessed an incredibly thorough and trauma informed way to honor the courage of these survivors and survivors everywhere.
It’s the evening before one of the most exciting days for the world of sports, The ESPY Awards, produced by ESPN. The crew and producers are making sure every aspect of the show is prepared and ready to go. Rehearsals have gone on all day, every light is where it needs to be, every camera positioned to capture the evening, every person ready to make this show better than the last. Then, the chaos of producing a show of this magnitude is put on hold.
ESPN chooses to honor the bravery of hundreds of athletes who were victimized by former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor, Larry Nassar, with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. Of the more than 300 survivors who came forward, 141 were flown in from all over the country for a moment that would leave everyone who witnessed their strength speechless. The last time that many of them were in a shared space, was in January of 2018, when Judge Rosemarie Aquilina gave each of them the opportunity to share their victim impact statements.
The survivors and some of their loved ones wait in a space that will transform into the green room come showtime. The mood is mixed. There are hugs and laughter, excitement to see one another. Simultaneously, the trauma that these survivors have been through and the awareness that this award is not only an honor, but also a reminder of why all of these athletes were brought together was not lost on ESPN. On their own, they contacted Peace Over Violence to have advocates present and available to the survivors and their families. These advocates were present on the evening of The ESPYs, and the day before, when ESPN made the conscious choice to share the video they created for this award with the survivors. The entire process was not only intentional, but focused on the resiliency of survivors.
An Evening Over Violence
We have witnessed profound transformation in communities working towards lives free from violence this year and an uproar of empowered voices publicly and privately, online and offline. This watershed moment is undeniable. Inspired by this activism, we chose to have our annual event in October, Domestic Violence Awareness month, serve as an opportunity to not only fund raise, but to connect, commemorate and celebrate.
In a historic building in Downtown LA, the NoMad Los Angeles, An Evening Over Violence was a night filled with gratitude, leaving all of us at POV and our guests inspired and recharged. We worked to create a space that left people feeling like they were part of a community and a movement committed to violence prevention. In a time where we are being faced with ignorance, racism and rape culture, it was important for this event to be an evening that made attendees feel a sense of relief that they were amongst like minded folks–that they were among friends. An Evening Over Violence was a celebration. It was a chance to celebrate the movement to end sexual and domestic violence, highlighting specifically those who have been with us throughout our story.
Voice Over Violence Award
Terry Crews, Actor/Former NFL Player
For years, we have known Terry Crews as the hilarious and charismatic actor, known for his strong presence. Beyond who he is as an actor and artist, Crews has used his platform and inspiration from his own personal experience as a survivor of sexual assault and a child who witnessed domestic violence, to address toxic masculinity and the critical role that men play in ending these types of violence. Recognized by TIME Magazine as a Person of the Year/Silence Breaker, his impact has grown through his courage and willingness to be vulnerable. As someone who has been able to acknowledge how toxic masculinity has permeated his life, he has demonstrated how much he recognizes the impact of trauma and what a leader, warrior and advocate he is.
Legacy Over Violence Award
Cathy Friedman, Peace Over Violence Associate Director
We were thrilled to honor Cathy Friedman for the decades of service, compassion and excellence that she’s dedicated to the organization and its mission. Not only has she written or supervised the writing of hundreds of grants, POV is what it is because of Cathy’s skills in program development and strategic planning, co-creating one of the most consequential sexual and domestic violence centers, ever.
IMPACT OVER VIOLENCE AWARD
ESPN, for The ESPYs and the 2018 Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Peace Over Violence advocates witnessed the level of consideration and thought that ESPN put into this award. From the rehearsals to the evening of The ESPYs, there was a strong, dedicated effort to ensure that the “Sister Survivors” felt comfortable and empowered. This was an intentional decision to recognize survivors everywhere. With the Impact Over Violence award, we were honoring every person involved in making the ESPYs a positive experience for the 141 survivors: ESPN leadership, The ESPYs producers, specifically Executive Producer, Maura Mandt, Keri Potts, ESPN PR/Senior Director, and the backstage crew. We are honoring the courage of the survivors whose stories continue to shift the world of sports and the movement to end sexual violence.
Pam Palmer & Elaine Tumonis
Friedman Renov Family & Friends
Nakatomi & Associates
Jehan Agrama and Dwora Fried
Fox Gives by Twentieth Century Fox
The California Wellness Foundation
Duffy Kruspodin, LLP
Patti Giggans & Ellen Ledley
Frank & Inez Quevedo
Christina Mauro & Dawn Bey
L.A. Care Health Plan
Statement of Financial Position
BTS USA Inc.
Duffy, Kruspodin & Company, LLP
Employee Community Fund of Boeing
LA Care Health Plan
MUFG Union Bank
Bodek Harris Family Fund
Cathy Friedman and Michael Renov
Jehan Agrama and Dwora Fried
Laney Vazquez Esq.
Marc and Shelagh Baseman
Maya Jupiter and Aloe Blac
Fabiola Montiel Tellez
Lauren von Bernuth
Lori Leigh Beesley
Mary Lee Wegner
Patti Giggans and Ellen Ledley
Rebeca Mendez and Adam Eeuwins
Alyce Laviolette, M.S, MFT
Billie Weiss, MPH
Elaine Tumonis, ESQ.
Ellen Ledley, LCSW
California Office of Emergency Services
California Victims’ Compensation Program
California Department of Public Health
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Los Angeles County Department of Public and Social Services
Mayor’s Office, City of Los Angeles
Family’s Source, City of Los Angeles
Gang Reduction Youth Development, City of Los Angeles
Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice
Office on Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice
Volunteer & Internship Opportunities
The Peace Over Violence family thanks our volunteers for their dedication and compassion. Their commitment to youth, survivors, families, communities and the violence prevention movement is invaluable. Together, they have countless hours of service towards building a world free from violence - it’s because of them that we are that much closer.
If you are interested in becoming
a volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
+ Counselor Advocate: 24-Hour Crisis Hotline and Emergency Response
+ Counselor Advocate: Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART)
+ Legal Internship
+ MFT/MSW Clinical Internship
+ Violence Prevention Specialists
+ Voices Over Violence
+ Youth Over Violence Leadership Institute
Peace Over Violence relies on financial support from the community. Your generous gift will contribute to the continuation and success of our programs.
Board of Directors
Christina Mauro, President
Stanislav Gorbunov, Vice President
Dawn Bey, Treasurer
Yasmin Dunn, Secretary
NATIONAL ADVISORY Board
Jackson Katz, PhD
Laney M Vazquez
Susan B. Sorenson
Helmstetter Family Foundation
J.B. & Emily Van Nuys Charities
L.A. Kings Care Foundation
The California Wellness Foundation
The Friendship Fund
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