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Claire Joyce Memorial Mass & Recommitting to Domestic Violence Awareness in Octoboer

  • October 29, 2010
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Philippine Center, 447 Sutter St. (BTW Stockton & Powell Sts) Social Hall, 5th Floor, San Francisco


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Filipina Women's Network

Filipina Women's Network

in collaboration with the

Philippine Consulate General
Domestic Violence Consortium
San Francisco Department on the Status of Women

and the
FRIENDS of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women
invite you to a
Memorial Mass
for  Claire Joyce Tempongko

officiated by
Fr. Arnold Zamora
Pastor for the Parish of Holy Name of Jesus in San Francisco
Marking  the Annual October  Observance  of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Clara Tempongko and the children of Claire Joyce

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma

Speaker pro Tempore
Chair, California State Assembly's Select Committee on Domestic Violence

Liz Aguilar-Tarchi, Esq.
San Francisco District Attorney's Office

Friday, October 29, 2010
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Philippine Center
447 Sutter St. (between Stockton & Powell Sts)
Social Hall, 5th Floor
Light Lunch to follow Mass and Program
RSVP:  www.FilipinaWomensNetwork.org/events

Claire Joyce Tempongko Remembered.  Her death helped improve San Francisco's domestic violence response system.

Claire Joyce Tempongko, 28, was murdered by an ex-boyfriend in October, 2000.  He stabbed her 21 times in front of her children.  It took almost 10 years for justice to be served with the second-degree conviction of Tari Ramirez in 2008.  In response to Tempongko’s murder, the city overhauled how criminal justice and social service systems respond to domestic violence, including initiatives to share information among all criminal justice agencies and digitize 911 recordings so they are quickly available for use as evidence in court.

A 2002 investigation by the City Attorney’s Office faulted the Police, District Attorney’s Office and Probation Departments, for failing to work together to protect Tempongko. The Department on the Status of Women subsequently drafted a blueprint for domestic violence response, which included 100 recommendations for law enforcement departments.  According to Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, the city has trained over 400 people since 2006 undefined district attorneys, police officers, 911 dispatchers, probation officials undefined side by side to encourage communication when it comes to domestic violence response. Out of the tragedy of Claire Joyce Tempongko's murder has come landmark policies and procedures designed to prevent domestic violence homicides.


In the 16 years since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), we have broken the silence surrounding domestic violence to reach thousands of survivors, prevent countless incidences of abuse, and save untold numbers of lives. While these are critical achievements, domestic violence remains a devastating public health crisis when one in four women will be physically or sexually assaulted by a partner at some point in her lifetime. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recognize the tremendous progress made in reducing domestic violence, and we recommit to making everyone's home a safe place for them.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) evolved from the "Day of Unity" in October 1981 conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.  The activities conducted were varied and diverse and had common themes: mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence. In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year marks the initiation of the first national domestic violence toll-free hotline. In 1989 the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 101-112 designating October of that year as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

-- Adapted from the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Manual of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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