September, 2022

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Exposure to Violence can be a Precursor to Suicide

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Typically, domestic violence and suicide are treated as separate public health issues. However new data strongly indicates that exposure to violence can be a precursor to suicide. People in abusive relationships may lack feelings of safety and supportiveness in their home life, adding to overwhelming feelings of hopelessness.


Research indicates that exposure to violence leads to an increased risk of suicidal behavior in people. “Survivors of intimate partner violence are twice as likely to attempt suicide multiple times, and cases of murder-suicide are most likely to occur in the context of abuse.” States Richard Mc Keon, PhD, Chief of suicide prevention branch at the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 


According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 and the tenth leading cause of death overall in the U.S. Additionally, children and youth exposed to domestic violence, were consistently twice as likely as their non-exposed peers to have at least one suicide attempt and a greater risk of dying by suicide by the age of 20.


September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and the goal is to destigmatize conversations about suicide, acknowledging the links between exposure to violence and suicidal behaviors, promoting education, awareness, and suicide prevention.


Know the warning signs of suicide:

  •  Increased alcohol and drug use.
  • Aggressive behavior.
  •  Withdrawal from friends, family, and community.
  • Dramatic mood swings.
  • Impulsive or reckless behavior.
  • Collecting and saving pills or buying a weapon.
  • Giving away possessions.
  • Tying up loose ends, like organizing personal papers or paying off debts.
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family.

Risk Factors

  •  Exposure to Domestic Violence &/or Sexual Abuse.
  • History of Child Abuse trauma.
  • Prolonged stress.
  • A family history of suicide.
  • Untreated Mental Illness.
  • Substance use - Drugs can create mental highs and lows that worsen suicidal thoughts.
  • Intoxication - More than 1 in 3 people who die from suicide are under the influence of alcohol at the time of death.
  •  Access to firearms.
  •  A serious or chronic medical illness.
  • Gender - Although more women than men attempt suicide, men are nearly 4x more likely to die by suicide
  •  A recent tragedy or loss.


Safety Plan

  • Know the person's general information, families contact information, mental health, medical history, and medications.
  • List of things of what might help the person. 
  • If you or someone you know is in an emergency call 911 immediately.
  • If you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.


For more information on suicide prevention please visit NAMI at the link below.

Visit NAMI Website

Save the Date for

Candlelight Vigil


Please mark your calendar and Save the Date to House of Ruth's Annual Candlelight Vigil, "Voices Emerging From Within The Walls," in honor of victims and survivors of domestic violence. This event is free and open to the public. See you there!

Date: October 20, 2022 at 6pm.

Location: 599 N Main St. Pomona, CA.

Voices From The Heart

Crowdfunding Campaign

To kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, House of Ruth will be launching a Crowdfunding Campaign to ignite public awareness and broaden conversations about domestic violence, while raising funds for critical House of Ruth programing.

Participating in this campaign is easy. All you need to do is create your own team page, by clicking on the link below, and ask your friends and family to donate.

Your page can be shared via social media, email, or text. You can choose to remain anonymous by clicking on anonymous giving and your name will not appear on any page.

When: Now thru October 31, 2022

Where: Virtual

To Participate

  • Engage by creating and personalizing your own fundraising page and solicit sponsorships from family and friends. (Please check your junk email if you do not receive the confirmation email in your inbox.)

  • Share the Voices From The Heart Crowdfunding Campaign with family and friends via social media, email, and/or text.

  • Check & cash donations will also be accepted for this campaign.

  • All donations over $25 will have the option to receive a personalized purple heart with their name, or a tributes name, and a 20 character message you wish to give to a survivor of domestic violence. Heats will be displayed at our Annual Candlelight vigil, on October, 20th.

  • For more information or help with setting up your page, please contact the Development department at 909-868-8027 or email at

House of Ruth Crowdfunding Page

House of Ruth Mental Health Drive


The Counseling Department at House of Ruth welcomes you and your family to come out and join us at the first bi-annual Mental Health Drive.

The House of Ruth Mental Health Drive is a safe space designed to collectively learn the best mental health practices for families and for our  community.

There will be food, games, prizes, raffles, mental health screenings, self-care stations, and so much more. We look forward to seeing you and your family there!”

Date/Time: Saturday, November 12th 2022 from 11am-1pm. 

Location: Pomona Outreach Office 599 N. Main St Pomona CA. 91768.

Cost: Free to the public. 

For more information: 909-623-4364.


Save The Date for the
House of Ruth 45th Anniversary Gala
Please join us on March 09, 2023 to celebrate House of Ruth's 45th Anniversary Gala and support our vital mission of preventing domestic violence and ensuring the safety and well-being of those impacted by it.

Date/Time: March 9, 2023 at 6:00-9:00 P.M.

Location: Padua Hills Theater, 4467 Padua Ave. Claremont CA. 91711

For more information on sponsoring the event, please contact Rhonda Beltran, Chief Development Officer at 909-868-8007, via email or visit
Become a Sponsor
Purchase Gala Tickets

House of Ruth Immediate Needs!

We need your help with the following brand new items:

  • Floor Fans

  • Journals 

  • Pull up's (sizes 4 and up)

  • Disposable Shavers

  • Children's toothpaste

  • General School Supplies

  • Cleaning Supplies

  • Phone Chargers/wall adapter/or portable phone chargers

  • Anti tracking signal blocking cellphone bags

  • Cell phone/laptop camera cover

Please click on the link below to access our Amazon Smile wish list.

For more information or to schedule a donation drop off, please email Sabrina Almaraz or Rhonda Beltran at Thank you for your support.

** Please Note: We are currently not accepting gently used items at this time. All gently used items can be donated directly to:

Acts Thrift Store, 232 E Foothill Blvd Pomona CA., 909-491-3199.

House of Ruth will receive store credit that can be used by House of Ruth clients. Just let them know House of Ruth referred you.

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