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Victory :)

18 Apr

Victory :)

Apologies for being late but AB 593 was signed and passed by Governor Edmund Brown Jr. The bill was in effect January 1st of this year. Thank you for everyone’s support and effort!

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1 is 2 Many by Vice President Biden

5 Sep

Please visit website for more information.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/1is2many

Teen Dating Violence Workshop

24 Apr

Our group was so fortunate to be given the opportunity to have a workshop for teens at a Long Beach Boys & Girls Club to teach them about teen dating violence!

Day One consisted of a discussion on the cycle of violence, types of violence, and warning signs, along with videos to provide them examples. We also introduced to them the Dating Bill of Rights and did an activity in which they created anger diagrams focusing on where anger stems from, what it can induce, and how to prevent it from leading into violence.

Day Two was a fun day for the teens as we gave them scenarios about teen dating violence and using the tools and the information provided to them on the previous day, they were to create a skit to present how to best handle violent situations. The teens were very creative and mindful of teen dating violence and we were all so proud that they gained knowledge from what we have shared with them!

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We sure met with Senator Alan Lowenthal!

12 Apr

California State Senator Alan Lowenthal visited CSULB to discuss and address students’ concerns regarding state legislation. Of course, we Student Nurses took this opportunity to bring up AB 593! A fellow student brought up the issue of our overcrowded prison system and the Senator stated that any means to decrease number of prisoners in turn can lower state costs. We then spoke up and asked the Senator whether he would support AB 593 as it can be an adjunct to this relief of prison costs. Senator Lowenthal claimed that he would need to read the bill, however, he did agree that this was a cause that he could attest to!

We approached him after to let him know more of AB 593 and handed him one of our flyers. Furthermore, he claimed to know our very own Assemblymember Fiona Ma, who has started this endeavor. We cannot be thankful enough for Senator Lowenthal to not only hear our voices, but to agree to support AB 593!

Meet and Greet Alan Lowenthal!

21 Mar

MEET, LEARN, SHARE, & GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR, ALAN LOWENTHAL!

We would like to share this wonderful opportunity to meet and greet California State Senator Alan Lowenthal at our own California State University of Long Beach at the event, Policy on Tap! Come and check it out!

How to Find Your Elected Officials

21 Mar

Here are various links to help you find the elected officials in California!

Congress.org

  • Simply enter your zip code and click, ‘Go’

California State Legislative Representatives

  • Simply enter your zip code and click, ‘Search’

California State Assembly Members

California State Senators

How to Apply for a Restraining Order

21 Mar

HOW TO APPLY FOR A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER 

Obtaining a restraining order requires effort on your part!  You will need to visit the courthouse & police station several times to complete all of the necessary steps.  Missing any of these steps can be dangerous for you!  You should understand that the other party will receive notice of your request and will have an opportunity to appear in court.  Please, read the instructions carefully and check off each step as you go along:

I.  TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER (LASTS UP TO 21 DAYS ONLY)

  1. FORMS:  Pick up a free application & instruction packet in Long Beach Courthouse, Room 205. If you hand write the forms, use black ink & write neatly.  If you need assistance, go to Legal Aid’s Domestic Violence Clinic in Room 40C (4th floor, back corner) of the Courthouse, Monday, Wednesday & Friday; intake at 9 a.m.   Note: Legal Aid can only help eligible clients – their staff will tell you if you are eligible for free legal assistance.
  2. FILING (1st time): When your forms are complete, go to Room 205, Window #4 (Clerk’s Office) to file the forms.
  3. COURTROOM:  The Clerk will send you either to Dept. A  (Room 41 on the 4th Floor) or Dept. N. (Room 24 on the 2nd Floor.)  In the courtroom, give your court file to the Bailiff and take a seat. The judge will determine if a temporary restraining order should be granted and may ask for additional information.  When the judge has signed your temporary restraining order, the Bailiff will notify you.
  4. FILING (2nd time) & COPIES: The Bailiff will instruct you to go to Room 205, Window #4 with the court file. Give all the papers to the Clerk, so that you can have your order entered.  Ask the Clerk for photocopies of the following papers (no charge):
    • Request for Order (DV-100) & any supporting dox  2 conformed copies (1 for you & 1 to serve)
    • Notice of Court Hearing (DV-109)    2 conformed copies (1 for you & 1 to serve)
    • Temporary Restraining Order (DV-110) ,if issued  2 conformed copies (1 for you & 1 to serve)
    • Order to Waive Court Fees and Costs,if obtained  1 conformed copy (for your own records)
    • The Long Beach Court Clerk will also make a complete copy & deliver directly to Long Beach Police Dept.

5.  SERVICE (1st time): Arrange for personal service on the restrained person.  The restrained person needs to receive copies of the: Request for Order (DV-100), any attached documents you filed with your request, Notice of Court Hearing (DV-109), Temporary Restraining Order (if issued) (DV-110),  and a blank Answer to Temporary Restraining Order (DV-120).

Either: Personal Service (a person you choose): Find someone who is willing to personally deliver the papers to the restrained person.  This could be a friend, relative, colleague or neighbor.  Note: 

    •  You CANNOT serve these papers yourself.
    • Ask someone over the age of 18 to serve them, in person.
    • Serve the restrained person as soon as possible, after your papers are filed.
    • The person who serves must hand over the papers to the restrained person & tell them it is a restraining order.
    • The papers cannot be left in a mailbox or with a friend.
    • If the restrained person drops the papers or refuses to accept them, leave the papers there.
    • The restrained person does not have to sign anything. 
    • After the restrained person is served, the person who serves the papers needs to fill out and sign the Proof of Service (DV-200, In Person, CLETS).  
Or:   Personal Service by the Sheriff: Take 1 copy of each document to the Sheriff’s office located on the 2nd Floor, Room 202 of the Long Beach Courthouse so that the Sheriff can serve the papers.  The Sheriff will mail you a Proof of Service after service is complete.

KEEP THE PROOF OF SERVICE IN A SAFE PLACE and be sure to bring it with you to court on the day of your hearing or the judge will not be able to issue a Restraining Order After Hearing. 

6.  POLICE (1st time): After the restrained person has been served with the temporary restraining order, you must take a copy of the completed Proof of Service form to the Police Department at 400 West Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802 so that the police can register that the restrained person now has notice of the order.

If you have carefully followed steps 1-6, your temporary restraining order has been properly filed, served and registered with the police department.  HOWEVER, you must follow further procedures to ensure that you get a full restraining order and ongoing police protection. 

II.  ORDER AFTER HEARING (LASTS UP TO 5 YEARS)

7.  PREPARE COURT FORM: In your packet of forms, you have a court form called RESTRAINING ORDER AFTER HEARING (ORDER OF PROTECTION) (DV-130). This form should be filled out prior to the hearing.  If you need help with this form, prior to your hearing date, bring a copy of your temporary restraining order to Legal Aid’s Domestic Violence Clinic, Long Beach Courthouse, Room 40C, ANY Monday/Wednesday/Friday; intake at 9 a.m.  

8. SCHEDULED COURT HEARING: You MUST attend court on the day and at the time noted on your court order. Be there early, dress appropriately (like going to church or an interview) and be polite with all court staff.  Don’t forget your completed Proof of Service form & your prepared DV-130!!  What happens in Court?

A. If you do not appear in court for the hearing, you will no longer have a restraining order.

B.   If you do appear at the hearing with a valid Proof of Service, and if the restrained person chooses not to appear at the hearing, and if the facts support it, you will most likely get some type of restraining order.

C.  If you and the restrained person both show up at the hearing, the judge will ask questions of both of you.  Be sure to let the judge know why you still need the Court’s protection.  The judge may issue the order, depending on what both of you state in court.

D.   If there are children involved and both you and the restrained person appear in court for the hearing, the judge may require both of you to see the Court Conciliator (5th Floor, Room 503, (562) 491-6130) in order to resolve problems with child custody and visitation.

9.  FILING (3rd time): After the hearing, file the new order in Room 205 & get 2 copies.

10. SERVICE (2nd time):  If the restrained person did not appear in court, he/she must be served with the RESTRAINING ORDER AFTER HEARING (DV-130).  Probably, this will again require personal service (see #6 over.)  You will need another completed and signed Proof of Service form. 

11. FILING (4th time): You must file the original Proof of Service in Room 207 & get a copy.

12. POLICE (2nd time): You must take the RESTRAINING ORDER AFTER HEARING and a copy of the new Proof of Service (if required)  to the Police Department immediately so that your order will be entered in the California Law Enforcement computer system which enables the police to provide better protection for you!  Note: Your temporary restraining has expired so the police do not have records of a current order protecting you. Congratulations!!  If you have carefully completed steps 1-12, you should now have a valid restraining order, signed by a judge, filed with the court, served on the restrained person, and entered into the California Law Enforcement computer.  

Remember: 

  • You should carry a copy of your restraining order with you at all times.   
  • Also keep a copy in your home, car, workplace, child’s school/daycare/babysitter and anywhere else where you frequent.   
  • Focus on your safety at all times & call 911 for any emergency. 
  • Call any of the resources below for general questions relating to domestic violence. 

How to Find Your Polling Place

17 Mar

You can find your polling place by following these simple steps:

  • Find the county  you live in on the Secretary of State website by clicking here or copy and paste www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_ppl.htm
  • Click on the link listed for your county or call your county elections office listed to find your voting precinct

Not sure what county you live in? Simply enter your zip code with the U.S. Census Bureau or call our Voter Assistance Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE.

Los Angeles and Orange County Poll Finder

County of Los Angeles Poll Finder or copy and paste http://www.lavote.net/LOCATOR/

Orange County Poll Finder or copy and paste http://electionmapping.ocgov.com/pollfind/

  • Simply input your home address and press ‘Submit’

How to Register to Vote

17 Mar

Are You Already Registered to Vote?

To find out if you are currently registered to vote, visit the Secretary of State’s Check Status of Your Voter Registration web page. If you are not registered to vote, you can follow the simple steps below.

Registering to Vote

To register to vote in California, you must be:

  • A United States citizen,
  • A resident of California,
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day,
  • Not in prison or in county jail (serving a state prison sentence or serving a term of more than one year in jail for a defined “low-level” felony), or on parole, post release community supervision, or post-sentencing probation for a felony conviction (for more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State’s Voting Guide for Currently or Formerly Incarcerated Californians), and
  • Not found by a court to be mentally incompetent.

How You Can Register to Vote

Simply step through the screens and fill in the information requested on the form. Then print it, sign it, and mail it directly to the county elections office address that is pre-printed on the form. If you have any questions, you may contact the Elections Division at elections@sos.ca.gov or (800) 345-8683.

New Voter Assistance

For a voter registration form in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese, visit the Secretary of State’s New Voters web page.

  • Pick Up A Voter Registration Form

You can pick up a voter registration form at your county elections office, library, or U.S. Post Office. It is important that your voter registration form be filled out completely and be postmarked or hand-delivered to your county elections office at least 15 days before the election.

If you are enrolled in California’s Confidential Address Program, Safe At Home, please do not attempt to register to vote using this site. To register to vote, contact the Safe At Home program toll free at (877) 322-5227 or by email at safeathome@sos.ca.gov.

Upcoming California Registration Deadlines

Election Date Your registration must be
postmarked no later than:
June 5, 2012
(Presidential Primary Election)
May 21, 2012

Please click here to learn more about California voting registration

California Secretary of State Debra Brown. (2012). Voter registration. Retrieved from http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm.

Are You Affected?

16 Mar

I was telling my coworker about AB 593 and our blog this morning and she intently listened and did not offer much feedback throughout the conversation. She later confessed to me that she currently has a friend whose husband is abusing her. According to my coworker, she and her friends have talked to this abused woman over and over again in attempts for her to leave the relationship, which has yet to happen.

After this interaction, it dawned on me more so than before, that some of us readers and supporters of this bill may be personally affected by this cause. You may be one of the victims or know of someone who is. It is imperative to understand what domestic violence victims are emotionally enduring and where their state of minds lie. Furthermore, I’d like to address how we can help them as loved ones and offer resources and guidance.

Victim’s Point of View 

(Here are some but not limited to and for the purpose of this example, the abuser is male and the victim is female)

1. Low self-esteem and feelings of shame
This may prevent seeking help.

2. Self- blame
“He wouldn’t have hit me if I didn’t provoke him.”

3. Wants to preserve the home/relationship
Culture may not allow divorce or separation.

4. Denial
“He apologized and said he loved me right after.” <– cycle of violence.

5. Avoidance of help.
This is where we come in as family and friends.

How to help the victim:

1.  Listen without judging

Keep in mind that the victim too will feel judged by you, and being told what to do can be just as controlling as the abuser.

2. Let her know the abuse is not her fault.

3. Be honest yet supportive.
Make her aware how afraid you are for her and her children without imposing pressure.

4. Reassure her that she is not alone.

5. Explain that abuse in a relationship is a crime.

6.  Call a domestic violence help hotline and devise a safety plan with her.

7. Think of other ways to help her.
Lending money, offering to store her belongings, giving her a ride to the shelter, assisting in finding a new place, etc. 

8. Get advice yourself by calling a domestic violence hotline.

Long Beach Resources

1. Long Beach Police Dept/Domestic Violence Unit (562) 570-7277
2. Victim Witness Assistance Program (562) 491-6310
3. Women Shelter of Long Beach (562) HER HOME
4. Su Casa Shelter (562) 402-4888
5. Family Service Support Group (562) 867-1737
6. YWCA Sexual Assault Crisis Program (877) 943-5778
7. LA County Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 540-4000
8. Sexual Assault Hotline (800) 656 HOPE
9. Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (562) 435-3501
10. 911

Again, there are just some of the ways we can understand the victim’s emotions and help stop the abuse. Please feel free to add more to this list and to share your stories of how you are affected.

JamieJoy C. -SN

Domestic Violence Services (2012). How to help a friend. Retrieved from http://dvsbf.org/get-help/how-to-help-a-friend/
End Abuse Long Beach (2012). Domestic violence safety plan. Flyer.
An Abuse, Rape, and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection (2011). Domestic violence: common victim attitudes and beliefs. Retrieved from http://www.aardvarc.org/dv/vicattitudes.shtml