Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

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December Program Agenda

The Council meets on the second Thursday of each month at 8:00am at the
Alpert Jewish Community Center unless otherwise noted


Thursday, December 13, 2012


8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Networking & Introductions
8:20 - 9:30 a.m. - Program


Alpert Jewish Community Center, Senior Room
3801 E. Willow St
Long Beach, CA 90815
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End Abuse Long Beach's Annual Abuse Prevention Awards

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Bryan Littlefield

Volunteer, For The Child, and Larry Wong American Heritage Foundation

Bryan Littlefield
In Recognition of:
  • Over 10,000 volunteer hours (and the longest serving volunteer) at For The Child, working on food drives, Christmas gift distribution, and Mobile Unit Driver;
  • 15 years as a child advocate for the Child Abuse Response Team (CART) - sharing the on-call during non-business hours 7 days a week; and
  • 10 years of service coordinating U.S. historical field trips for under-privileged children through the Larry Wong American Heritage Foundation.

Bryan Littlefield is the longest serving volunteer at For The Child, starting at age 20 and accumulating over 10,000 volunteer hours!  He works on the food drives and Christmas gift distribution, and he drives the Mobile Unit to school locations, enabling therapists to provide counseling and psychological therapy to children in an appropriate environment at their school sites.

Bryan has been a child advocate in the Child Abuse Response Team (adjunct to the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)) for 15 years, going out to hospitals to advocate for children brought in for examination by forensic nurses and for police interviews—this is particularly notable because the Team functions during non-business hours, 7-days a week.  In addition, Bryan is one of the key mentors for advocates joining the Team, and provides technical support for the 24-hour nurse call-up system.

As CEO of the Larry Wong American Heritage Foundation for 5 years, and by providing 10 years of service in total to the organization, Bryan coordinated annual field trips to historical sites in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Philadelphia. To help fund these trips, Bryan takes on the tough job of spearheading fundraising activities for the kids to help pay for their trip, enabling under-privileged children to attend.

Bryan was born in Hollywood, CA and moved to Long Beach when he was 13 years old.  He worked for his father at Budweiser. There, he learned about helping others because they donated money to For The Child, and organized fundraisers on behalf of non-profits. He continued to work for Budweiser for 20 years and left as Executive Director of non-beer product development.

Bryan has been in real estate for over 20 years, and is a licensed notary.  In 2011, Bryan started his own company, El Dorado Realty SoCal.

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Giovanna Martinez

Youth Services Coordinator,

Giovanna Martinez
In Recognition of:
  • Over a decade of service promoting the safety of children and youth who witness violence in their homes or in their relationships;
  • Providing hundreds of hours of community education on the dangers of teen dating violence, and the warning signs of unhealthy relationships;
  • Seven years service as a Domestic Abuse Response Team advocate with the Long Beach Police Department;
  • More than seven years of service to the Long Beach Unified School District as a violence prevention educator; and
  • Service on the LA County Domestic Violence Council's LGBTQ Subcommittee and the Youth Services Network Committee.

Giovanna Martinez is the Youth Services Coordinator for the WomenShelter of Long Beach and has worked with victims of domestic violence since 2001.   In her current role, Gio specializes in helping youth heal from the abuse they have witnessed and experienced. Prior to becoming Youth Services Coordinator, Giovanna started her work with young victims as an advocate at WomenShelter's emergency shelter's children's program.  There, she worked with children who were often in shock and grief at leaving their home and their parent's abuser. By providing a safe and comforting environment for the children, Gio and other staff helped these children to begin to heal from their experiences.

In 2007, Gio was promoted to the role of WomenShelter's Youth Services Coordinator at the Resource Center, where she oversees two client advocates.  Together, Gio and her team serve approximately 150 youth clients annually.  She and her staff have built a rapport with local area schools where they provide education and resources for students and teachers on teen dating violence. Giovanna is also an active member on the Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART), and works in conjunction with detectives from the LBPD Domestic Violence Detail to provide crisis counseling and emergency shelter services to victims at area hospitals, private residences or safe locations.

In her role as Youth Services Coordinator, Gio has helped to implement innovative programs to assist our community's youngest victims of family violence. After several presentations revealed a need, Gio and her team started a teen dating violence support group for young teen parents who were faced with the additional challenge of being victims of abuse, as well as a second group to address a growing number of Transitional –Aged Youth who had experienced or witnessed domestic violence as children and who had never received any support or help.  These young adults were now seeing domestic violence erupting in their own relationships.

In April 2012, Giovanna was the recipient of Soroptomist of Long Beach Woman of Distinction Human Rights/Status of Women award, as well as being one of The Long Beach Post 2012, 40 under 40 award winners.  After 10 years of service, and empowering victims to become survivors, Giovanna's passion for service continues to grow. She has returned to college to pursue her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy.

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