Domestic Violence Awareness Month isn’t until October, but three groups in Oakland will host events this month to raise awareness about and provide support for victims of domestic violence.

On Apr. 15, from 6 to 8 pm at St. Mary’s Center Conference Room, 925 Brockhurst St. in West Oakland, an event sponsored by the city of Oakland aims to raise community awareness about domestic violence, and provide help for survivors. Counselors will be on hand to talk with those who have experienced domestic violence, information and resources will be provided and youth who have experienced domestic violence will share their experiences. The event is co-sponsored by the City-County Neighborhood Initiative, Family Violence Law Center, A Safe Place, Highland Hospital’s Caught in the Crossfire Program, and Youth Radio.

On Apr. 17, Patten University of Oakland will sponsor the play “U R Not Alone.” This event takes place at the Malonga Casquelourd Arts Center (formerly the Alice Arts Center), 1428 Alice St., at 3 p.m. It captures the dynamics of domestic violence and what a victim goes through. At the end of the play Oakland police will speak for 10 to 15 minutes on “A Time Fore A Plan!”, a 10-point safety plan for family members and loved ones of victims of domestic violence about what they could do to help. Tickets are $25 at the door and $20 in advance.

On Apr. 23 to 24, a newly-founded Oakland-based non-profit production company, Don’t Even Tripp Productions, is debuting its first play in Walnut Creek, at 1601 Civic Dr. at 6:45 pm. It touches on issues such as the Oakland prostitution ring, domestic violence, addiction to prescription pills and the hardships of true forgiveness.

This Saturday, Apr. 10, at 3 p.m. a preview of the play will be held at Youth Uprising, 8711 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland. This will serve as a meet-and-greet for the creators and participants of the play and is open to all media and bloggers as well as any Oakland art groups. For additional information, e-mail Arielle Vaughan