Peace Over Violence, January Newsletter.
2016 was filled with reminders of why Peace Over Violence is needed now more than ever. We received an increase in hotline calls, an influx in walk-ins to both of our offices, and youth and the community looking for support and ways to come together. As we enter this new year, under a new administration, we are even more committed to meet the needs of the people we serve. January marks the beginning of training for two of our volunteer programs, Violence Prevention Specialists and Counselor Advocates. These volunteers are the reason we are able to meet the demand for our services. VPS volunteers will be active in local schools, businesses and communities. Advocates will be on the 24/7 Los Angeles Rape and Battering Hotline, and present in local hospitals and police stations working directly with victims of sexual and domestic violence from all backgrounds. We look forward to hosting more council circles and events, opportunities to come together in community. We are grateful to work alongside and be surrounded by empowered and motivated individuals, like the survivors we work with, our partners and the cities of Los Angeles and the West San Gabriel Valley in order to rise over violence. 

We see you and we are with you.
As we prepare to face a changing and challenging political climate, Peace Over Violence calls on its supporters, friends, volunteers, and all who believe in justice and equity, to stand together with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and stand up for violence prevention and healing, resiliency, solidarity and love. This is for girls and boys and women and men that believe that everyone has the fundamental right to a fair and equal chance at the pursuit of happiness in a tolerant and talented society. We march to invite our community to choose love over hate, inclusion over exclusion, unity over division and peace over violence.

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 
Meet up at 8:30am
March begins at 10:00am

The corner of 4th Street and Hill Street (one block from Pershing Square)

Downtown Los Angeles, Pershing Square to City Hall

The March will take place in Downtown L.A. starting at Pershing Square and will head towards City Hall for the rally.

If you can't meet us at 8:30am, find our Peace Over Violence flag and banner to join us somewhere along the March. Bring your friends and family. Contact Shirley, POV's Community Engagement Manager for further assistance at or call (213)955-9090.

I may be one of the few people who actually remembers the Sixties since I never did any drugs. I wasn't prone to, "Turn On, Tune In and Drop out," a phrase used by Marshall McLuhan to express much more than getting stoned and forgetting about anything constructive. I have vivid memories of the sit-ins, the protests, the resistance and the struggles to end the Vietnam War, promote civil rights, women's rights and gay rights. They were my teachers. College campuses were burning with protest energy. There were many marches; the March on Washington with Dr. King, The Poor People's March, the anti-war marches in every major city, campus activism, the Nixon anti-inaugural, etc., etc., etc. It seems like the tactics of that era are returning.


The Metro 888-Off-Limits (633-5464) hotline is answered 24/7 by highly skilled counselor/advocates from Peace Over Violence who are specially trained to address the issues related to sexual harassment on the transit system: trains, buses, subways, platforms, stations, bus shelters, and the surrounding areas. POV's credentials in operating this county wide hotline comes from running the Los Angeles Rape and Battering Hotline for the past 45 years. The longest continuous sexual and domestic violence hotline in the country. BUT THIS hotline is specific to LA county and specific to sexual harassment happening on LA Metro transit.

While the hotline is geared for victims of sexual harassment, the OFF LIMITS campaign is also aimed at engaging bystanders, "If you see something, say something." If you witness an incident, reach out to the victim and provide some support - simply saying, "I saw that, I'm so sorry that happened to you," can go a long way in comforting a victim.

You are not alone. Peace Over Violence is there to support victim/survivors and so is Metro. POV cares and Metro cares.

Whether you are someone who is in an abusive relationship or someone in society, intimate partner (IPV) or domestic violence (DV) is not an easy topic for anyone to address. The myths surrounding domestic violence make it difficult for anyone to seek and/or receive support, and this becomes even more challenging for men due to one of society's myths that they cannot be victims. We know that 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime, yet Los Angeles offers almost no community based resources for these men. It takes tremendous courage to acknowledge that violence, physical, emotional, verbal and/or sexual exists in a relationship with someone we love, and when someone is ready to seek support to heal there should be resources available.

Peace Over Violence is proud to be a leader in supporting this underserved population by offering a professionally facilitated, no cost support group for male survivors of IPV/DV beginning in February 2017. Not only is POV one of the only agency's offering support groups to male survivors, we also provide free case management and advocacy, and individual counseling. For more information contact our Metro Headquarters at (213)955-9090.

Joshua Beckett, MA, MFTi
Trauma Therapist

Open to the public with registration

Saturday, January 21, 2017
9:30AM to 12:00PM
Metro Headquarters


Wednesday, January 25, 2017
From 5:30pm until 8:00pm
Flintridge Center
236 W. Mountain St. #117
Pasadena, CA 91103

To RSVP contact (626)296-8433

Open to partners from Law Enforcement within the WSGV area

An inter-disciplinary, collaborative, community-planning committee compromised of district attorneys, law enforcement, advocates, medical personnel, S.A.N.E. Nurses and other SART team members for the purpose of coordinated intervention for victims/survivors of sexual assault. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017
From 9:00am until 11:00am
892 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Suite D 
Pasadena, CA 91103

For more information and/or to RSVP contact Melissa Morales at

There is no excuse and never an invitation to rape
SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, April 26, 2017