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September 24, 2004 > Breakfast to Address Domestic Violence in the Workplace Will Kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Breakfast to Address Domestic Violence in the Workplace Will Kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month

by Leslie McGarry

Domestic violence knows no boundaries - it crosses all socioeconomic lines and doesn't stop during work hours. Most people don't realize this. Since education is key to preventing domestic violence and assisting its victims, Senator Liz Figueroa will raise awareness of domestic violence issues by hosting SAVE's (Shelter Against Violent Environments) 2nd Annual Breakfast Eye Opener. The program will address domestic violence in the workplace. The Breakfast Eye Opener will be held Friday, October 1, 2004 from 7-9 am at the Fremont Marriott, 46100 Landing Parkway, Fremont. Tickets are $75, with all proceeds benefiting Shelter Against Violent Environments (SAVE).

The dynamic Rosie Allen, KGO 810-am news co-anchor, returns as emcee. Michelle Guido, San Jose Mercury News Reporter, will share her personal story about her friend and colleague, SJ Mercury News photographer Luci Houston, who was brutally murdered by her husband. A domestic violence survivor will tell her experience of having to bring her personal ordeal public to her corporate manager and co-workers. Marianne Balin of Blue Shield Against Violence will then present strategies to help employers respond effectively to domestic violence and give meaningful support to their employees. Senator Figueroa will also present the Liz Figueroa Domestic Violence Prevention Award to volunteers Larry and Marie Danner for their outstanding work to raise domestic violence awareness in the community. This is an inspiring and informative program - a Breakfast you won't want to skip!

The statistics about domestic violence in the workplace compelled SAVE to inform the community, particularly the business community, about this often undisclosed phenomenon.

  • Between 3 - 4 million women are battered each year and 96% of them experience problems at work.
  • Batterers often use time and equipment to harass their victims during work hours.
  • Abused women experience more physical health problems than women who are not abused.

Additionally, a survey of 100 senior executives in Fortune 1000 companies about domestic violence indicates:

  • 91% think that domestic violence affects the working lives of their employees.
  • 32% think that their bottom line has been affected.
  • 68% believe that their company's performance would benefit if domestic violence were addressed among their employees.

SAVE is a non-profit community-based organization founded in 1976 to address the needs of people experiencing domestic violence. Its mission is to provide alternatives to domestic violence through support services, advocacy and education. Proceeds will benefit SAVE's many services, including an emergency shelter, transitional housing, a 24-hour crisis hotline, legal, medical, employment and housing assistance, outreach and community education and counseling.

Other SAVE events to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

October 16: Step Away from Violence Step-A-Thon, 10am-12pm, Club Sport of Fremont, Fremont, CA
October 21: Service of Remembrance, 6:00pm, Fremont Senior Center, Fremont, CA
October 23: Hope Workshop, 6:00pm, MindBodyZone, Fremont, CA
Sept. & Oct.: Violets Against Violence, purchase potted violets for $10, Fremont Flowers, Fremont, CA

For more information on any of these events, please call the community office at 510-574-2250.
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