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Letter: Combat domestic violence

Our community has recently experienced the death of two individuals, allegedly both stemming from domestic violence. These are unfortunate events affecting not only the victim and their family but also dispatch, law enforcement, attorneys, other human service providers and community members in general. These deaths are quite unfortunate but it does give us the opportunity for awareness and education. Domestic violence is a silent epidemic, within our community and extending nationally and internationally. One in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.

When a death occurs from domestic violence we often ask ourselves, “How could this have happened?” We all need to look at ourselves because we all play a role in ending the silence and preventing domestic violence. If you would like to learn more about how you could help please contact our office at 970-945-2632.

Advocate Safehouse Project is the local agency providing confidential services for victims of both sexual and domestic violence and has expertise around the issue. Our mission is to promote healthy and violence-free relationships through education, advocacy, empowerment and safehousing. If you or someone you know is being abused, reach out and get help. Or if you are one of the service providers or community members who have been triggered by these unfortunate events, please contact us. We are happy to help anyone who has been impacted by domestic violence. Our 24-hour Help Line is: 970-945-4439.

April 19-25 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. From 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, the Two Rivers Coalition for Victim Advocacy is hosting a candlelight vigil to “honor survivors and those we lost” at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs. There will be memorial rock painting, refreshments and music by Defiance Stringband. Let’s use this week and event to raise awareness, share prevention tips and emphasize the far-reaching impact domestic violence has on individuals. We must work together to empower victims to report domestic violence and to provide the necessary support they need to move forward and rebuild their lives.

Crystal Young

Advocacy coordinator, Advocate Safehouse Project

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