Speaker Series: Tulin Acikalin – "Collaborating for Safety"


Speaker Series: Tulin Acikalin – "Collaborating for Safety"

On November 18 2014, Pacifica Institute hosted Tulin D. Acikalin,  Managing Attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid, for her talk on “Collaborating for Safety: Helping Families and Children Live Free from Violence”.

Ms. Acikalin clearly explained the complex dynamics of domestic violence, and its short and long term impacts on children, and finally helped us understand the role we can play in stopping domestic violence.  Ms. Acikalin described Power and Control Wheel which is a particularly helpful tool in understanding the overall pattern of abusive and violent behaviors that are used by a batterer to establish control over his partner. With few real life examples, Ms. Acikalin articulated that children who witness domestic violence are damaged more than those who are directly victimized.

As one of the many communities in the Bay Area,  to end domestic violence, we must end children’s exposure to domestic violence and support  those victimized in their efforts to escape the abuse. There are many resources available  both in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  Next Door (www.nextdoor.org) would be one of the agencies that can be contacted either by a victim or a bystander to seek for help (Hotline: 408-279-2962).

The evening concluded with a delicious buffet of Turkish food and great follow up discussions at dinner tables. 




One thought on “Speaker Series: Tulin Acikalin – "Collaborating for Safety"

  1. Tulin D. Acikalin

    It was a pleasure to discuss this important topic. To thousands of Bay Area residents living in poverty, justice is not an abstract ideal. It is food, shelter and protection. It is the difference between staying in poverty and getting out; between dependence and self-reliance. But without help, justice is often denied.

    Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) is there to protect the most vulnerable among us – families and individuals living in poverty, seniors, children, individuals with disabilities, immigrants and survivors of domestic violence. We help people protect their livelihoods, their health and their families. We are the only legal aid organization serving the entire Bay Area — from Napa Valley to Silicon Valley, BayLegal is your partner in justice.

    If you are a survivor of domestic violence or sexual assault, you will need to be referred to our dedicated line by your local Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault agency, police department or court.

    For legal advice on legal matters involving Housing and Public Benefits, call our Legal Advice Line to apply for assistance Toll-Free – (800) 551-5554. The Line is open Mondays and Thursdays 9:30am-3:00pm; Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30am to 1:00pm.

    Please call our Health Consumer Center Legal Advice Line at 1-855-693-7285 if you need help with a health care issue or if you are having problems with unfair medical billing and need legal help. The Health Consumer Center is open Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm serving residents of the following Bay Area counties:

    Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Sonoma

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