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Monologues against violence

Proceeds of local perfs will go to anti-abuse groups

V-Day isn’t exclusive to Feb. 14. Conceived in 2001 by “The Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler, V-Day is a movement to end violence against women. Through March 8, proceeds of local “Monologues” performances will be donated to anti-abuse groups. Here, three L.A. orgs offer empowerment.

TALKING POINTS: According to Los Angeles Community Action Network, more than 70% of downtown L.A.’s female residents have experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. In response, the Downtown Women’s Action Coalition aims to improve residents’ current housing and resources by influencing government policy while encouraging dialogue at monthly meetings on Skid Row. “It is no longer acceptable for us to (allow) life to be taken away from women in this community,” says director Becky Dennison. New members and volunteers welcome. Contact Cangress.org.

MAKE PEACE: In 2001, abuse survivor Tammy Johnston founded Focus, a project that uses Chinese martial arts to teach victims how to rebuild self-esteem. “Our program is all about peace, putting mind, body and spirit in focus,” Johnston said. “Self-defense is a bonus.” Focus conducts hourlong workshops of Tai Chi Chuan and Kung-Fu for women and children every Saturday at noon. Classes are held at McCambridge Park in Burbank, but the org is looking for more classroom space. Visitors, participants and donations are welcome. See Focus101.net.

PREVENT: The mission of nonprofit Break the Cycle is to engage, educate and empower teens to form violence-free relationships. The group offers free legal services, peer leadership and outreach programs to youths ages 12 to 24. “Instead of putting a Band-Aid over a gaping wound from years of abuse, we’re curing the problem before it infects years of a person’s life,” says executive director Jessica Aronoff. The org is always looking for volunteers and donations. Contact Breakthecycle.org.