Domestic Violence Awareness Month just around the corner

By Ashley Wilson | Rise above violence

Domestic violence touches the lives of many, if not most, people in some form or way.

It affects a victim’s friends and family who care and worry about them. Domestic violence affects the teachers who teach children who are too traumatised, worried or tired to study because of the chaos at home. It affects employers who rely on victims to be productive, reliable employees but have more sick days than many of their peers due to trauma or being controlled by their bully. Domestic violence impacts health services or mental health providers who ‘treat’ a victim’s symptoms, but to whom the victim may not have disclosed the true cause of their pain or emotional instability. Domestic violence impacts the community as it can become a public safety issue, where children become more violent because they learn this behavior at home, or domestic violence escalates and involves neighbors or community members when the incident occurs in happened to the public.

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On average, 400 victims of domestic violence come to Rise Above Violence for support each year. Support can take the form of crisis support, safety planning, safe shelters, emotional support, legal assistance and education or support for children who have been exposed to violence.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a specific time of year – the month of October – when we work to strategically reach out and educate the community to raise awareness of the domestic violence issues our community faces .

Awareness plus action is what will bring about change for our community. For community members who would like to help in any way, we have many upcoming events; We hope that you may plan to attend any or all of these events.

Join us today at 5:30pm at the Tennyson Event Center for our Art Above Violence Gallery preview night with music by Stephany Bouchier and a cash bar. It will be a great time seeing the art, learning more about the October 1st event and enjoying great music over a glass of wine.

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To kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we’re hosting the seventh annual Art Above Violence event on October 1 from 7-9pm at the Tennyson Event Center. We will celebrate the amazing stories of strength and honor the healing of survivors in our community over an evening of music.

Also starting on October 1st is the iRISE Adventure Challenge for those hoping to get or stay active in October. Sign up today to learn how you can win our amazing grand prize package and challenge yourself to complete 30 miles in 30 days.

Join the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners and Pagosa Springs Town Council meetings on October 4 to designate October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We would love for our congregation to come out and support the proclamations.

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Our last Coffee Talk of the year will be held on October 20th at 9:00 am at the Tennyson Event Center. We will share ideas and information as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, as well as have coffee and treats to come together for a while to make a difference.

We appreciate the support of all sponsors and supporters of these events and our generous community. For more information, visit our website or email [email protected]

Rise is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides 24-hour support and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault or other forms of violence, serving approximately 400 victims each year. Rise also works to eliminate violence through education for youth and our community. All programs and services are free and confidential, including emergency prevention education and empowerment programs. Visit for more information or call (970) 264-9075 to speak with an attorney today.

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