S.H.A.R.E., Inc. Domestic Violence Program has opened a local office in Yuma with an advocate available Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon; one to five p.m. at 910 S. Main Street, second floor, and by appointment by calling the 24-hour crisis line and office telephone 970-867-4444 or toll free 1-877-867-9590.
“Our goal is to provide more immediate access to services for victims in Yuma County through a local office,” said Silvia Castillo, S.H.A.R.E. advocate.
S.H.A.R.E., Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) community-based domestic violence agency providing services to battered women and their children in Morgan County and other areas of Northeast Colorado since 1981. The main office and the shelter are located in Fort Morgan. Multiple services include 24-hour crisis response, emergency shelter, individual advocacy, safety plans, court accompaniment, assistance with protective orders and filing for victim compensation. S.H.A.R.E. serves over 300 adults and children from Northeast Colorado each year. Last year S.H.A.R.E. received 153 crisis counseling calls; 108 adults were provided crisis counseling in person and 60 women and children attended support groups.
There are no nationwide statistics on rates of domestic violence in rural areas versus urban communities, though a number of regional studies have found women in small towns and isolated rural areas experience domestic violence at an equal or higher rate as their urban peers. Those in rural areas have less access to resources and endure more severe physical attacks according to a 2015 report by the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.
Privacy of information given by victims to S.H.A.R.E., Inc. advocates is protected by Colorado law. This includes information clients tell advocates about themselves and their families. It also includes information about whether or not a person is currently or has ever been a client. This is in contrast to government-based victim services such as those provided by an office of a district attorney or law enforcement agency, which are not covered under the privacy statue. Information given to a victim assistant employed by one of these agencies is not confidential and can be shared with others.
The mission of S.H.A.R.E., Inc. is to empower adults and children to live free from domestic violence. We work actively in the community to create awareness, safety and accountability. The ultimate goal of S.H.A.R.E., is the elimination of domestic violence. Toward this end, we focus on community involvement and support, personal empowerment of domestic violence victims, and the well-being and care of children who experience domestic violence.