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1200 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Tel: (213) 481-7464
Fax: (213) 481-7147

Children Services

Children's Clinic M-F 9am-5pm
(213) 482-9400

Services & Programs
(213) 481-4260

Family Counseling
(213) 482-9400

Adult Services

Adult Clinic M-F 8am-7:30pm
(213) 481-1347

Domestic Violence Program
(213) 481-1792

Adult Services & Programs
(213) 481-1347

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Say it Loud. No Abuse

just because



A true story about a former male client of Amanecer’s domestic violence program:


No one expected that Luis could be a victim of abuse at the hands of his girlfriend. After all, the thirty-year-old was a former gang member and had done time in prison. When his friends pressed him about his black eye, bruises and broken bones, he lied. How could he tell them that his pregnant girlfriend was his abuser? When his son was born, Louis jumped at the chance to escape. He and his infant son found a safe place to live, and Louis began his role as a single dad.

But it wasn’t easy escaping the emotional impact of the abuse he had suffered. He felt ashamed of being an abused man. He desperately wanted someone to talk to who could help him understand what he had gone through – and how the situation could have been avoided. Most importantly, he feared for his son. He could not bear the thought of his son suffering such abuse or ever becoming an abuser.

Louis found the support and help he needed at Amanecer. Although most of the participants in the agency’s program for victims of domestic violence are women, our staff understands that anyone can be a victim of abuse. Through counseling, case management, and parenting training, Louis’s rebuilt his self-esteem and is determined to provide a better life for himself and his son.


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