NORFOLK, VA – January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and Norfolk Public Library (NPL) is partnering with Samaritan House to help break the cycle of abuse. The two organizations are coming together on Monday, January 11 at 6:00 p.m. to present "Violence Across the Lifespan: A Presentation on Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking." The virtual presentation is geared toward ages 16 and up. Registration is not required. A Zoom link is available for participants.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an uptick in domestic abuse. Samaritan House reported an 80% increase in people seeking shelter to escape violence from March to May 2020. Participants will learn the definition of domestic violence and human trafficking along with the ways these issues intersect. Q&A and resources will be provided.
ABOUT NORFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY: The Norfolk Public Library offers access to information, books, programs, and online resources to meet the needs of our diverse community for life-long learning. The library system consists of two anchor branch libraries, ten branch libraries and a Bookmobile. All programs are FREE of charge. Visit www.norfolkpubliclibrary.org or call us at 757-664-READ for more information. NPL- Creating a City of Readers.
ABOUT SAMARITAN HOUSE: Since 1984, Samaritan House has sought to foster personal safety, growth and self-sufficiency in adults and their children through freedom from sexual and domestic violence, human trafficking, and homelessness in Hampton Roads by providing emergency and permanent housing, support services and community outreach to victims. For additional information, visit: www.samaritanhouseva.org.