SAGUACHE — On Saturday the annual fundraiser for the Saguache Sheriff’s Victim’s Advocate program was held on 4th Street in Saguache to help Victims Advocate Ellen Cox and her staff create domestic violence awareness in the county and assist victims.
The Chocolate Festival is held every year during October, Domestic Violence Month.
Those trying to escape domestic violence situations or who are trying to help those in abusive relationship can reach Cox at 719-655-2544. In Alamosa, Tu Casa also assists victims of domestic violence with temporary housing and counseling services. To contact Tu Casa, call 719-589-2465.
Below are some basic facts on domestic violence.
1. What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse or financial abuse (using money and financial tools to exert control).
Domestic violence is a pervasive, life-threatening crime that affects millions of individuals across the United States regardless of age, economic status, race, religion or education.
High-profile cases of domestic violence will attract headlines, but thousands of people experience domestic abuse every day. They come from all walks of life.
In a 24-hour survey, NNEDV found that U.S. domestic violence programs served nearly 65,321 victims and answered more than 23,045 crisis hotline calls in one day alone.
Batterers make it very difficult for victims to escape relationships. Sadly, many survivors suffer from abuse for decades.
It’s important for survivors to know that the abuse is not their fault, and they are not alone. Help is available for those who suffer from domestic violence.
Both men and women can be victims of domestic violence.
2. What are resources available for victims?
Survivors have many options, from obtaining a protection order to staying in a shelter, or exploring options through support group or anonymous calls to a local domestic violence shelter or hotline program. There is hope for victims, and they are not alone.
There are thousands of local shelters across the United States that provide safety, counseling, legal help, and other resources for victims and their children.
Information and support is available for victims of abuse, their friends and family:
If you are in danger, call 911, a local hotline or a national hotline.
NNEDV’s website has important safety tips and resources.
U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline provides confidential and anonymous support by phone 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224
U.S. National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline: Love Is Respect: provides teens and young adults confidential and anonymous support by phone 1-866-331-9474 or online real-time chat.
WomensLaw has legal information and resources for victims.
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence has information for survivors on the Domestic Violence Awareness Project Web site.
The Allstate Foundation has resources to end financial abuse at: Click To Empower.
Before using online resources, know that your computer or phone may not be safe. Some abusers are misusing technology to stalk and track all of a partner’s activities.
For more information, go to: https://nnedv.org/content/frequently-asked-questions-about-domestic-violence/