Tri-County Resources, Hilltop's domestic violence advocacy program serving Montrose, Ouray, and Delta Counties, welcomes October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime, and, on average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.
"Domestic violence is active in our local communities and we feel that National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an important time to bring attention to the issue," says Aimee Quadri-Chavez, program coordinator for Tri-County Resources. Quadri-Chavez states that between Jan. 1 - June 31 of this year, Tri-County Resources housed 78 women and children in emergency safe houses and served 128 clients through support services in the three-county area. Services include crisis case management, legal advocacy, support groups, referral services and education. In addition, the program runs a 24-hour crisis hotline in which staff responded to 911 crisis calls during the six-month period. All services are free.
The economic downturn has had a devastating effect on local programs working to serve survivors of abuse. While a bad economy does not cause domestic violence, it can make it worse. At the same time, there are fewer options for survivors to escape. According to the Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey, nearly eight out of 10 domestic violence shelters nationwide reported an increase in women seeking help, while the vast majority experienced decreases in funding.
"It's imperative that communities speak out against domestic violence", says Quadri-Chavez. "Tri-County Resources is committed to continuing public awareness efforts, as well as services for victims of this devastating crime. Our staff is available at any time to speak to groups or individuals about the issue."
Throughout October, communities across the country will mourn for those whose lives were taken by domestic violence, celebrate the tremendous progress victim advocates have made over the years, and connect with one another with a true sense of unity to end domestic violence.
For more information or to make a donation to Tri-County Resources, call (970) 252-7445.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please contact Tri-County Resources at any of their crisis lines: Montrose, 249-2486; Delta, 874-4941; Ouray, 626-3777.blog comments powered by Disqus