Display Signifies Domestic Violence Month & Victims
If you’ve driven by the Lake County Courthouse in the past few days, you’ve probably seen the bright pink display of silhouettes. Those 120 signs represent the number of victims reported to Law Enforcement in 2014 (Jan. 1 thru Sept. 30, 2014) who were affected by domestic violence. The sea of pink against the courthouse lawn is a stark reminder that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
In addition to the display, the Leadville City Council and Mayor Jaime Stuever will sign a Proclamation at this Tuesday (Oct. 7) meeting, recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness month and those who serve the victims.
Unfortunately, when it comes to domestic violence, Lake County is above the average.
“Actually,” explained Gretchen Scanlon Executive Director of the Advocates of Lake County. “The number of victims (represented on the lawn) that we serve is higher than that. Domestic violence is still a problem in Lake County.”
And the recent downturn in the economy may have re-created the same kinds of situations that led to the non-profit organization’s humble beginnings thirty years ago, when Leadville has dealing with the massive layoffs from the closing of the Climax Mine.
Established in 1983, the Advocates of Lake County’s mission is to assist victims of domestic violence and their families through prevention, education and, with The Alder House, a place where victims can call home during their transition to a new, secure life. Initially an all-volunteer organization, the Advocates now consists of 3 full-time staff and countless volunteers.
So when you pass by the display – which will remain through the month of October – be sure to take note. And if it moves you to help, there are a variety of options. Whether it’s assisting directly with victims, or through fundraising efforts (pancake breakfasts, etc), your time commitment helps local families. If you’re interested, contact Gretchen at 719-486-3530. Those interested in donating can do so by mailing a check to Advocates of Lake County, P.O. Box 325, Leadville, CO.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, please contact the Advocates at (719) 486-3530.