In 2005 New Mexico had an estimated 201,267 reported incidents of domestic violence. Sadly, Grant County ranks 14th in the state for the rate of domestic violence incidents (per 1000 people). Our county rates significantly higher than the state average for domestic violence cases involving weapons and injuries. Every year domestic violence shelters, like our local El Refugio, Inc., offer services for hundreds of survivors and their families in a safe and secure environment. According to Maria Morales-Loebl, Director of El Refugio, "Survivor services are one step in healing the disease of domestic violence. There's widespread violence in our society and as a community we must come together to examine this violence and find a solution."
Domestic Violence Proclamation -- Monday, October 2, 2006, at 9 a.m. at El Refugio, 800 S. Robert. Join the community as mayors from the many municipalities in Grant County proclaim October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Domestic Violence Vigil -- Friday, October 6, 2006, at 5:30 p.m. in Gough Park. Join community members to speak out against violence against women, men and children. Music, a Healing Bowl Recognition, 5VoicePoem, survivor and children speakers. Participate at the speak-out mike to stand against Domestic Violence.
Clothesline Project-- Saturday, October 7, 2006, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the El Refugio Parking Lot, 800 S. Robert St. Come and create a T-shirts to memorialize a victim of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Shirts will be displayed in a healing rainbow. The Clothesline Project increases awareness and raises visibility about the impact of family violence on a community level. It also celebrates the will to survive in such difficult circumstances by providing an avenue for victims to break their silence.
Mudcat's Benefit Dance- Saturday, October 14, 2006, at 8 p.m. in the Buffalo Bar, 211 N. Bullard, the Mudcats will host a benefit dance for El Refugio. This is a smoke-free event. Suggested $10 donation for entrance and all proceeds will go to aid the local domestic violence shelter El Refugio in continuing its work. No Minors.
Domestic Violence Awareness Film Festival -- Join us at the Western New Mexico University's Student Memorial Building on the third floor in Room AV3 every Tuesday in October at 6 p.m. to review films that illustrate the impact of domestic violence on families and the community. A group discussion will take place after each film. Films to be announced. Film festival sponsored by the WNMU Multi-cultural Affairs & Student Activities.
For more information call 538-2125. Activities sponsored by El Refugio, Inc, the Grant County Community Health Council, and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Taskforce
Last Updated on Saturday, 16 November 2013 18:00