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October 2019

A message from our Executive Director...

Dear Friend,

Welcome to our special DVAM (Domestic Violence Awareness Month) edition of the YWCA Glendale newsletter. All month long we're hosting events, leading workshops and engaging the social media community through campaigns like Week Without Violence, Wear Purple Day, and #1Thing

Domestic violence affects millions of people each year, but it can be prevented. Domestic violence prevention requires the collective voice and power of individuals, families, institutions, and systems--each whose “one thing” adds a valuable and powerful component to transforming our communities.

That is why this October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), YWCA Glendale is asking “What is the #1Thing you can do to end domestic violence?,” as a part of a campaign launched by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Many people care and understand that domestic violence is a serious public health problem. They want to do something, but believe their actions can’t make a difference. It feels overwhelming. But change can start with only #1Thing. Imagine if all individuals in the City of Glendale each commit to doing just #1Thing to stop domestic violence. We could really see some serious social transformation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Right here in the City of Glendale, YWCA Glendale has served over 2,000 victims of abuse and violence this year alone. We need everyone - advocates, medical professionals, educators, survivors, researchers, policy makers, law enforcement officers, business owners, students, and more, to do #1Thing to stop domestic violence here in our community.

Don't stay silent. Join us in spreading awareness. 


Tara Peterson
Executive Director
YWCA Glendale

P.S. Please consider making a gift to support YWCA Glendale's vital services for women and families during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Click here to contribute today.

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Thursday October 3: Candlelight Vigil and Purple Tie Awards

To RSVP, contact Cynthia at cynthiamaher@glendaleywca.org or 818-242-4155 X 217 or RSVP on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/937386843274400/


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Meet Our 2019 Purple Tie Honorees

Alex Krikorian

Law Enforcement Advocate
Sgt. Alex Krikorian, Glendale Police Department

Alex was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Glendale, California.

In 2000, Alex graduated from Glendale High School.  Shortly thereafter he joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  Alex was called to active duty service after the 9/11 attacks and was eventually deployed to Iraq during the U.S. invasion in 2003.  Months after returning from Iraq in 2003, Alex joined the Glendale Police Department.   

Alex was assigned to the Patrol Bureau and in 2006; he was transferred to the position of School Resource Officer for Glendale High School.  After working as an SRO, Alex was transferred to the Detective Bureau where he was assigned to the Assault’s Detail.  The Assaults Detail’s main focus of investigation is Domestic Violence, Sexual Assaults, and Child Abuse.  Alex spent the next four years working with victims of these crimes and working closely with the District Attorney’s Victim Impact Program (VIP).  VIP is a specialized unit which focuses on addressing the needs of victims with unique vulnerability as it relates to domestic violence and sexual assault. During this time, Alex continued the already established relationship with the YWCA and would regularly present the law enforcement perspective to student domestic violence advocates. Having worked countless cases, Alex was transferred to the Robbery/Homicide Detail where he was eventually promoted to Sergeant and transferred back to the Patrol Bureau. In 2015, Alex was again transferred back to the Assault’s Detail as the Unit’s supervisor.

Alex maintained his relationship with the YWCA and helped to promote various Domestic Violence programs in partnership with the Glendale Police Department.  Alex worked with the Commission on the Status of Women to continue to secure funds for emergency assistance for victims of domestic violence. Alex spent the next three years supervising five Assaults Detectives before transferring to the Robbery / Homicide Detail.   


James Maddox

Volunteer Advocate
James Maddox, MSW, ASW  

James Maddox is a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America, V.V.A. and the Montford Point Marine Association.  He is also a member of the American Legion Post 218 in Pasadena and The National Association of Black Veterans NABVETS. He worked for many years as a volunteer National Service Officer assisting veterans and their families navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs.  He has an extensive background in marketing and underwriting commercial insurance specializing in liability coverage for technology and life science firms.

In 2013 he enrolled in the University of Southern California Master of Social Work program with a focus on veterans and military families.  He graduated from the School of Social Work in May 2016 with a Master of Social Work degree. While at USC his concentration was Community Organization, Policy and Administration (COPA). His populations of interest are Veterans, Older Adults, and victims of Sexual Assault, victims of Human Trafficking and victims of Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence.

While at USC he was encouraged by several professors to think about becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). After some reflection he decided that in order to be an effective policy person, he needed to be an LCSW. He began volunteering at the Glendale YWCA in April 2017. Where he worked with individuals and groups for 26 months and completed the required 3,000 hours to qualify to sit for the LCSW exam.


Albert Hernandez

Community Partner Advocate
Albert Hernandez, Executive Director, Family Promise of the Verdugos

Albert Hernandez works at Family Promise of the Verdugos where he has served as Executive Director for five years. Hernandez has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 17 years most notably with Boys & Girls Clubs around Southern California. Hernandez is active in the communities of Burbank & Glendale. He serves on various boards including Leadership Burbank, a member of Glendale Noon Kiwanis and Glendale Latino Association where he serves as Board President.

He is most proud of his time at Family Promise of the Verdugos where along with his team they've grown the organization from serving four families per day to now serving 50 families per day. Family Promise offers an array of programs including a 90-day emergency shelter, rapid rehousing and transitional housing. In 2018, the organization helped 79 homeless families secure employment and move into housing within an average of 56 days. The organization currently has a 97% success rate and continues to increase capacity to serve families experiencing homelessness. Under Hernandez’s leadership Family Promise received the 2016 Non-Profit of the Year award from the 25th Senate District.  In 2017, Albert was named one of 30 Top Visionary Leaders by the Southern California Leadership Network and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

Having be been brought up in a family of 11 brothers and sisters with a single mom has given him the strength and motivation each day to help individuals who are at-risk.



DV Program Participants at YWCA Participate in Clothesline Project

Nearly 50 program participants took part in the annual Clothesline Project at YWCA Glendale. The Clothesline Project is a display of shirts with graphic messages and illustrations created by survivors of violence or family members of victims of violence. 


Clothesline Project Display
October 4 – October 31
10 am – 3 pm (Mon-Fri)
YWCA Glendale



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Week Without Violence: Gun Safety Workshop on October 17

Moms Demand Action

Moms Demand Action

It’s up to all of us to protect kids and our community. We're proud to partner with Moms Demand Action for Speak for Safety and Be SMART. Join us to learn about safe gun storage and the Gun Violence Restraining Order, a historic new tool for removing guns from those who are at risk of harming themselves or others.

Thursday, October 17th at 6pm
YWCA Glendale
Regency Room
735 East Lexington Drive
Glendale, CA 91206

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/237549153799292/





October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

Support survivors during the month of October

YWCA Glendale 31 Days of Giving

1 in 4 women experience domestic violence with severe physical abuse. 15 million children are exposed to domestic violence each year.

Donate Now
A gift from you will keep our critically needed programs available by providing shelter, food, and emergency services to battered women and their children. Please, give today to help end violence against women and children.
• $2,500 – supports a family in our housing 1st program for 2 months
• $1,000 – provides aftercare for a family leaving our shelter for 3 months
• $750 – provides 50 hours of case management to a mother
• $500 – sponsors a field trip for the children at Sunrise Village
• $250 – provides diapers for a baby in our shelter for an entire year.
• $150 – feeds a family at our shelter for an entire month
• $75 – provides a mother with transportation to and from work for a month
• $50 – provides sanitary products for a mother for 3 months

Please, give the gift of hope to victims of domestic violence.


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City of Glendale Issues Proclamation Recogning Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Thank you, Glendale City Council and Mayor Ara Najarian, for recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month! We look forward to our collaboration with the Commission on the Status of Women to continue our efforts to raise awareness and unify our voices to end domestic violence. #DVAM2019 💜



Jacob & Jacob Anniversary Party on October 3 to Benefit YWCA Glendale's Domestic Violence Program

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