VACAVILLE — Supporters of the Vicky C. Hope Foundation converged on Andrews Park Saturday to spread awareness of domestic violence.
The second annual Festival of Hope provided an opportunity for the community to learn about the local nonprofit organizations that help women in abusive situations as well as raise funds through raffles and dance sessions. The event also served to remember Victoria Corral, a Vacaville mother who fell victim to domestic violence when she was shot and killed by her boyfriend in 2011 when she was 34.
“The tragedy that happened to our family . . . we don’t want it to happen to anyone else,” said foundation president Steve Pansini, brother-in-law of Corral.
Several nonprofits were on hand Saturday to distribute information about their services.
LIFT3 Support Group provides peer counseling and crisis intervention to help victims of domestic violence in Solano County. The nonprofit has a crisis shelter in Fairfield and a transitional shelter in Vallejo. The group also offers life-skills training, including an Empowering Relationship Class that’s scheduled for Friday.
“(Sometimes) people don’t realize that they are in a domestic violence relationship,” said LIFT3 volunteer coordinator Chrissy, who refused to give her last name because she is a victims’ advocate.
Also in attendance were representatives from the prison ministry Kairos, which works with incarcerated men.
“We want to reach the aggressors,” said Olga Saltiban, founder of the Vicky C. Hope Foundation and mother of Corral.
“We want to be proactive in finding solutions for those who are angry and violent . . . let them calm down,” she said.
The Vicky C. Hope Foundation offers anger prevention and role modeling and also serves as a support group for families.
“A woman is a beautiful creature and is worth being respected,” said Saltiban. “. . . and she needs to see herself like that.”
For more information about the Vicky C. Hope Foundation, visit www.vickychope.org.
To use the LIFT3 crisis line, call 425-1867.
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