Candlelight vigil to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Yuma, CO, October 4, 2011

The New Directions Domestic Violence Project invites the public to “remember, celebrate and connect” at a candlelight vigil to observe October Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Lake Yuma, Thursday, October 20.

Participants will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the east side of the lake by the Community Center where candles will be provided. People may bring flowers if they wish to float on the lake at the end of the event.

The event will be held to raise awareness of a topic that is sometimes difficult to understand and connect people who want to send the message that domestic violence is not tolerated in our community. Resources and information will be available on how to recognize and talk about domestic violence.

New Directions provides confidential crisis intervention and supportive services in English and Spanish to victims of domestic violence in Yuma and Washington counties.

Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive tactics which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against an intimate partner with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control over the victim. It occurs in epidemic proportions, impacting an estimated 6.2 million American women every year and causing more injury to women than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined. It is a lethal crime, claiming the lives of an average of four women each day.

New Directions is one of three community based domestic violence programs in the 13th Judicial District. The program is funded in part through a Rural VAWA grant partnership between SHARE, Inc. Morgan County Domestic Violence Program and Help for Abused Partners in Sterling.

More information is available by calling the Resource Center and asking for the New Directions Project at 970-848-3867 or 1-800-794-3867 for long distance calls.

For domestic violence emergencies after hours call 970-630-8161.