Hundreds march for domestic violence awareness
Chanting in English and Spanish and holding signs with slogans such as "Overcome fear, report it" and "1 in 5 women experience domestic violence," more than 250 people marched for three hours in the rain before rallying inside the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God at 7th and Broadway. The marchers temporarily forced the closure of portions of 3rd Street, Olympic Boulevard and Broadway.
The event was organized by Godllywood, an international organization focused on empowering women against domestic violence, said Monica Mora, 30, a Fresno native who joined the march Saturday afternoon. The Los Angeles chapter took hold recently, Mora said, and this is Godllywood's first march in Los Angeles.
Mora said she joined Godllywood because she personally connects with the issue.
"I grew up in a violent home -- my father drank a lot and my mother didn't say anything for a long time," Mora said. "She was scared to be alone and didn't know what to do. So many women out there are like that, and we need to tell them they can overcome it."
-- Rosanna Xia
Photo: More than 200 people filed into a church in downtown Los Angeles after a march against domestic violence. Credit: Rosanna Xia