Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Taskforce
In 2013, Grant County ranked 12th in the state for the rate of domestic violence at 8.0 per 1,000 people. This is a significant drop from 2012 when Grant County ranked 5th in the state with a rate of 10.6 per 1,000, according to The Incidentsand Nature of Domestic Violence in New Mexico XIII. Police reported that 69 percent of incidents cases included injuries, in comparison New Mexico averages 43 percent of cases reported injury.
Domstic violence service proiders aided 283 adults, 115 children and 60 offenders in 2013.
New Mexico reports a high rate of sexual violence, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 20 men expereince as rape or attemtped rape during their lifetime, according to the Sex Crimes in New Mexico report.
The Health Council partners with the community group the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Task Force to address the serious problem of interpersonal violence in our county. The DV-SA Taskforce meets the first Thursday of each month at 12 p.m. (noon), contact our office for location (575) 388-1198. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Because power dynamics is part of the domestic violence and sexual assault, the health Council also supports Grant County CARES (Community Advocates for Respect, Equality and Safety) Grant County Health Council office, 214 N. Black St. Newest community action team of the Grant County Community Health Council focused on bullying-prevention for all age groups in our County. Public encouraged to attend.
Please click below for the Grant County Health and Wellness Plans for Interpersonal Violence Priority:
Below are some of the Health Council's recent community efforts:
Sexual Assault Protocol:
The 6th Judical District District Attorney's Office unveiled a three-county protocol to streamline a cordinated response to reported sexual assault and child abuse. The protocol includes community agencies that offer support and services for survivors. The Health Council has partnered to help promote community trainings in Grant County on the protocol so survivors receive the aid they need! Pictured is District Attorney and Health Council member Francesca Estevez (in foreground) as Shauna McCosh of the GRMC Sexual Assault Examiner Nurses presents during the first Protocol Training held in 2014.
Crime Victim's Rights Week:
With community partners, including service providers and the District Attorney's Office, we helped coordinate Crime Victims' Rights Week this year. There are many services available to help crime victims available to aid in compensation and recovery.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE):
The Health Council supported efforts for founding of the Gila Regional Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program by funding training for nurses while GRMC generously covered the staff's training time. This partnership continues with support for monitoring the SANE grant and community outreach coordination like April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month. SANE sevices are free and survivors can have evidence stored for up to one year after the time of their incident to decide to file a criminal complaint, thanks to a partnership with the Grant County Sheriff's Department. SANE Crisis Line: 1-866-750-6474
The Art of Peace:
For October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we coordinated a partnership with 35 local artists to bring a message of peace to downtown Silver City. Over 45 peices of diverse artwork was displayed all month then sold to benefit our local domestic violence shelter, El Refugio, Inc.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and Intervention Guide and Symposium:
With the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Taskforce, the Health Council brought state and regional leaders to discuss better community response and reporting of these serious crimes. As a result the Taskforce helped create a pocket-sized and unassuming prevention and intervention guide that is distrubited by law enforcement and service providers to victims to aid them in better access ing community resources.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2015 13:10