Say Something: Stopping Violence Before It Occurs

November 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by violence and hurt in the world. Our hearts break every time an innocent life is lost to violence. And so we wonder, what can we really do? Violence often seems random and unexpected; a community seems safe until it is not. But together we can make a difference. Together we can learn the signs and intervene to stop violence before it occurs. This is true for suicide, domestic violence, and most mass shootings.  What we hear about most on the news is mass shootings, but those are not the biggest gun safety issue. 62% of gun deaths every year are from suicide. 50 women are killed by their intimate partner every month. These are not just impersonal statistics, but they are ones that touch each of us. Whether we realize it or not, there are people we know and care about whose stories are reflected in those statistics. We can make a difference, we can commit to being peacemakers and learning how to stop violence in our own communities. Join us for this important workshop on Friday November 9 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary as we explore how each of us can make a difference.

This workshop will be focused on learning:

  1. The signs that someone is at risk of violence to themselves or others
  2. How to figure out what to do when you notice those signs
  3. How to take concrete action

We will explore and then practice with real life examples so we can build experience recognizing signs, assessing, and acting. Together we can reduce violence, threats, and tragic consequences if we know what to do and when we need to act. We are co-sponsoring this workshop with the Livermore Police Department, who will share what happens when you involve the police, when that is appropriate, what what information is helpful.

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