End Abuse Long Beach

Committed to providing programming to educate and strengthen our community so that we may better prevent and combat abuse.

2018 End Abuse Long Beach Award Recipients

Juana Melara, Housekeeper and Advocate

Juana Melara was born in El Salvador. She migrated to the United States when she was 16 years old. She is currently married with 2 children, 2 grandchildren and one on the way. Juana loves to spend time with her grandchildren and loves watch sports.

Juana is a housekeeper in the City of Long Beach. She is part of an invisible workforce that is mainly comprised of immigrant Latina women seeking a better life for their families. Although the work that she does is very important and helps to strengthen the local economy, she often feels that most people including hotel patrons rarely understand how hard housekeepers work. It is common in the industry for housekeepers to be vulnerable to sexual abuse and heavy workloads. 

Both Juana and her husband of thirty years work in the hotel industry, and they feel great pride that through their hard work, they have provided an honest living for their children. For the past four years Juana has fought to pass a local city policy to address sexual assault and heavy workloads. After much adversity and failing twice in council, Long Beach voters passed Measure WW. Juana’s tenacity and breaking the silence was a catalyst the sexual assault conversation thru out the nation. 

Juana states “I know that you don’t need a college degree to clean toilets, but we should still be treated with respect as workers and human beings.”

Kimberly Crawford Wee, M.A. Director of Residential Services, Century Villages at Cabrillo


As Director of Residential Services at Century Villages at Cabrillo (CVC), Kim supports a dedicated team that serves formerly homeless veterans, youth, and families. In her work at the Villages at Cabrillo for almost two decades she has worked collaboratively to strengthen and expand the community resulting in thousands of lives being transformed.

Kim began her work in social services and as an advocate for women in Connecticut over 20 years ago. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Psychology at Central Connecticut State University. As an undergrad she worked in the Women’s Center where she first began her work as a certified domestic violence counselor and sexual assault advocate. Her work as an undergrad led to being offered a prestigious graduate fellowship to study substance abuse and sexual assault on college campuses throughout the state. In 1998, she relocated to California where she began working at a domestic violence shelter in Orange County which led to her career path in the field and to Long Beach.

In 2000, she started her work in Long Beach at a domestic violence agency as Program Coordinator. She worked to integrate the shelter and agency into the new community and to build the program into the success it is today. She held several leadership positions in the agency including the Senior Director of Contracts and Quality Assurance.  Ms. Wee remains active in the domestic violence movement as a graduate of BlueShield’s Strongfield Leadership Program, an intense 18-month statewide initiative for leaders in the domestic violence field and as a long time member and current President of End Abuse Long Beach. 

Kim currently resides in Orange County with her husband and amazing 7-year old son Maddox. She enjoys spending time with friends, parody songwriting, party planning, golfing, dancing, travelling, and is hoping to resume her interest in rock climbing as a family activity. 

She states: “My whole life I have seen myself as a voice for those who needed help, as time goes on I find my voice just gets louder and stronger.”

Past Recipients


Tim Varvais, M.A., M.S., Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services 

Nathan Swaringen, L.C.S.W., The Guidance Center


Jessica Alvarez, Parent Safe Passages 

Virginia Zart,  Junior League, WAG

Ellen Hartwick, The LGBTQ Center Long Beach


Tracy Colunga, City of Long Beach

Stephanie Dowds, City of Long Beach


Sergeant Eric Hooker, and The Long Beach Police Department, Vice Investigations Team


Dominique Quevedo, Legal Aid Foundation Los Angeles

Tory Cox, PhD, University Southern California



Giovanna Martinez, WSLB

Bryan Littlefield, Volunteer at For the Child and Larry Wong American Heritage Foundation


Upcoming Trainings

New Speaker/Topic Each 2nd Thursday of the Month

In case you missed it you can find many of our presentations on our you tube page or in the "Publications" section of this website

No upcoming events.

About Us

What We Do

End Abuse Long Beach encourages, promotes, and facilitates programming and activities that strengthen the prevention and treatment of child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, and sexual assault.  End Abuse Long Beach supports collaboration and cooperation among community agencies that provide related services, provides relevant educational opportunities for the community focused on prevention and treatment, and strives to enhance the skills of the community members who provide direct-services in the field.

Monthly Programming

Our General Meeting is held 2nd Thursday of each month
8:00 a.m-9:30 a.m.
at The Alpert Jewish Community Center 

3801 East Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90815

CEUs are offered for most of our programs - Provider number: 130171

~Coffee and Refreshments provided by the board at each program

~Free parking always available at The Grand located just steps away 


The Long Beach Area Child Trauma Council was founded in 1975—the first such Council in California and the second in the United States. We spearheaded the creation of the California Consortium of Child Abuse Councils and earned a strong reputation as a leading voice in child abuse prevention. In July 1996, The Child Trauma Council merged with the local Domestic Violence Council to become The Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention Council. The Council was incorporated in 1993. In June, 2005, the Council renamed itself, End Abuse Long Beach

Previous Presenters




Jan 12th Paula Cohen Esq. Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

"Compensation Services to DV Victims"


Feb 8th Adam W. Sternberg, Psy.D. Access and Wellness Services Director at the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic

“Early Detection and Treatment of Trauma”


Mar 8th CarolAnne Peterson, USC

"Strangulation -  Did you ask the questions, did you miss the clues?"


Apr 12th Alyce LaViolette, M.S., MFT "Women, Vicarious Trauma and Sexual Harassment"


May 10th Mona Delahooke - In conjunction with For the Child/First 5 Grant Project

"Supporting   Resilience Recovery in Children with Trauma"


Jun 14th Long Beach Father Friendly Initiative Panel

Jul 12th   Mandy K. Mount, Ph.D. Director UCI Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE)

"Sexual Trauma and the Survivor Experience"

Aug 8th   Ellen Hartwick, LCSW, MSW Clinical Director at The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach

"Trauma-Informed Care in LGBTQ Community" 

Sep 13th  Jorge Rivera, Community Organizer with LiBRE (Long Beach Residents Empowered) 

"Stress, Trauma, and Systems Change" 


Jan 12th  Lisl Schweers, LCSW Clinical Social Worker –Professionals" LIFE Survivorship and Transition Program, USC”

"Introduction of Mindfulness Based Practices for Helping"

Feb 9th  Wayne Munchel, LCSW, TAY Services Director, Stars Behavioral Health Group

"Trauma Informed Care for Foster Youth"

Mar 9th  Patricia Costales, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer The Guidance Center 

"Child trauma, clinical ethics and political advocacy as it relates to mental health"

Apr 13th Michael Kass, Facilitator, Coach and Storyteller “Storytelling to Build Community and Create Change"

May 11th Nathan Swaringen, LCSW, Clinical Therapist, The Guidance Center "Paper Tigers - Reforming Schools Through Trauma Informed Practices"

Jun 8th Tory Cox, LCSW/PPS, Clinical Associate Professor, Assistant Director of Field Education, Director of VAC Field “School Social Work: National Perspectives on Practice in Schools”

July 13th Jill Marie Ippolito, Founder/ED of UpRising Yoga “UpRising Yoga”

Aug 10th Greg Carlsson, LMFT Private Practice, Pasadena, CA “Why am I thinking about my client’s trauma all the time?”

Sep 14th Camille Gear Rich, Associate Provost for Faculty and Student Initiatives in the Social Sciences and Professor of Law and Sociology, USC 

“Welfare Queen”

Oct 12th  Dr. Susan Mathieu, Senior Adult Coordinator, AJCC “Using Happiness as Our Own Therapy”

Nov 9th Patti La Place, CSULB “The intersection of DV and mental illness”

Dec 14th AWARDS Nathan Swaringen (TGC) and Tim Varvais (DCFS)


Jan 14th  Lt. Dan Pratt, Long Beach Police Department, Vice Investigations  "Human Trafficking in Long Beach"

Feb 11th  Colleen Friend, Ph. D., LCSW CSULA Department of Communication Disorders Office, Chair, Social Work Hall of Distinction “Bullying”

Mar 10th  Elisa Nicholas MD, MSPH, Chief Executive Officer, The Children's Clinic “Trauma Informed Care”

Apr14th  Dr. Michele Winterstein, Executive Director of For The Child and Vicki Doolittle, M.S., Executive Director of Su Casa  "When Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Happen in the Same Family"

May 12th  Barbara Hernandez, Psy.D., LMFT, LPCC, Vice President of Community Services Crittenden Services for Children and Families "Clinical aspects of trauma and its relationship to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC)"

Jun 9th  Laura Andrade, Ph.D., MAT Program Manager, HRSD Bureau of Clinical Resources and Services 

“Young Children in Care: Facts about outcomes of young children in open DCFS cases and what we need to do to improve their lives"

Jul 14th  Stephanie Dowds, Esq. Prosecuting Attorney, City of Long Beach "Prosecuting DV Cases"

Aug 11th  Rene Castro, MSW, Principal, Facilitation Lab LLC "Use of Self: An Interactive Exploration of Personal Identity, Power, Privilege and Oppression"

Sep 8th  Alyce LaViolette M.S., M.F.C.C. "Parenting curriculum, For Our Children, focusing on parenting when DV is an issue"

Oct 13th  Dominique C. Quevedo, Senior Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles “Immigration Relief for Victims of Violence and Abuse"

Nov 10th  Reggie Melrose, Ph.D. Psychologist & author "Brain Change by Stress and Trauma"

Dec 8th  Awards Jessica Alvarez, Ellen Hartwick, Virginia Zart


Jan 8th Shari Farmer "Victim-Witness Advocacy"

Feb 12th Deborah Johnson Hayes, PsyD "Military Families"

Mar 12th  Dr. Harvey Karp "Happiest Toddler on the Block"

Apr 9th  Tiombe Sewell, MFT "Child Sexual Abuse"

May 14th  Wayne Munchel, LCSW, TAY Services Director, Stars Behavioral Health Group

“What if ACES were the basis for your mental health system”

Jun 11th Change Paula Cohen, Esq., Senior Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of LA “DV and Family Law Basics”

Jul 9th Jorja Leap, Ph.D., MSW Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare, UCLA “Project Fatherhood”

Aug 13th Mandy Mount, Ph.D., Counseling Psychologist and Director of the UCI Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) office “Campus Sexual Violence”

Sept 10th Michael Lyde, Ph.D. Interval House Crisis Shelters and Centers for Domestic Violence, Lyde and Associates 

“Ujima Program, Engaging Men in the Anti-violence movement”

Oct 8th Marie Pletka, MFT  "Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)"

Nov 12th Mieko Failey, Esq., Staff Attorney and Manager, Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project, LA LGBT Center’s Legal Services Department

 "LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care and Domestic Violence"

Dec 10th AWARDS  Stephanie Dowds, Esq. Deputy City Prosecutor, City of Long Beach and Tracy Colunga, M.S.W. Neighborhood Relations Officer, City of Lo

previous presenters 2015-2017 (pdf)


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  • $30  Regular Membership
  • $45  CEU Membership includes free CEU credits for MFTs & LCSWs at eligible programs - otherwise $20 per unit non-members & Student members.

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Meet Our Board


Kimberly Crawford Wee, M.A.



Rosa Velazquez-Gutierrez 



Vicki Doolittle, M.S.



Tory Cox, LCSW, PPS



Mariela Ayala

Paula Cohen, J.D.

Erika Jewell, LCSW

Giovanna Martinez

Meena Montemayor, LCSW

Lorena Ponce

Marion Solovei, Ph.D

Michele Uglesich, LCSW  

Sharon Wie