GLENDALE—The Armenian Relief Society of Western USA and the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women partnered to feature a screening of the short film “Loves Me, Loves Me Not” at the Glendale Central Library on October 25. The 28-minute film brings awareness to the issue of domestic violence by focusing on a violent relationship between a couple.
The program began with moderator Christine B. Powers, staff liaison to the CSW, inviting Denise Miller, Chairperson of the CSW, and Lena Bozoyan, Chairperson of the ARS of Western USA, Regional Executive, for remarks to the audience. Both Miller and Bozoyan focused on the efforts of their respective organizations, including raising awareness of important social issues, such as domestic violence.
After viewers attentively watched the film, Powers introduced a 4-member panel to address the audience during a question and answer period. The panel included Dr. Levon Jernazian, a psychologist and co-founder of the ARS Child, Youth, and Family Guidance Center; Detective Steve Corrigan of the Glendale Police Department; Raquel Ortiz, Domestic Violence Program Manager at the YWCA of Glendale; and Heather Poole, a private immigration attorney who volunteers for the Domestic Violence Project of the LA County Bar Association.
Audience members were able to raise questions surrounding the film and domestic violence, in general, and received feedback from each of the panelists in their respective fields of expertise. As such, information was exchanged from the legal perspective, where to seek support and resources, how the police department handles domestic violence cases, restraining orders, as well as the psychology of the victim and offender.
The ARS of Western USA, established in 1984 and with regional headquarters in Glendale, CA, has 27 chapters and more than 1,500 members in five western states. The ARS-WUSA operates a Social Services Division, a Child, Youth, and Family Guidance Center, and funds numerous youth programs, scholarships and relief efforts.
For further information, please visit www.arswestusa.org or call 818-500-1343.