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A Safe Place raises awareness of domestic and dating violence with 10th annual walk at Lake Merritt

on October 3, 2011

A Safe Place, an agency that provides help for victims of domestic violence, was founded 34 years ago and is one of Oakland’s only domestic violence centers.  From an emergency shelter program to a 24-hour crisis line, A Safe Place offers comprehensive services to battered men, women and children.

A Safe Place hosted its 10th annual Walk Against Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence at Lake Merritt on Saturday to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In 2010, Alameda County reported over six thousand calls for domestic violence – more than two thousand of those calls involved a weapon.

“Thirty years ago, we weren’t working with law enforcement, the criminal justice system or faith based institutions,” said Carolyn Russell, director of A Safe Place, about the organizations collaborative efforts.  “We’ve worked hard to build these partnerships.”

Many local figures attended the event including members of the Oakland Police Department, City Council member Desley Brooks, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and Mayor Jean Quan.

“I write personal checks for A Safe Place,” Quan said.

For more information about services, upcoming events, or ways to support A Safe Place, visit



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