Advocates: Providing Support for Victims in Leadville
As the holiday season gets underway, visions of the perfect family gathering seem to appear on every screen. Unfortunately for many, these events also lead to the breaking open of old wounds and arguments, often leading to domestic violence. In fact, there is generally a sizeable increase in violent crimes in the home during this time of year.
In Leadville, it’s the Advocates of Lake County that stands ready to provide practical, immediate assistance to victims of crime and domestic violence who cannot return safely to their homes.
In fact, this year alone between January 1 and October 31, the Advocates served 225 victims, primarily women and children. Of these victims, 197 were victims of domestic violence. The Advocates provided safe housing to 45 victims, emergency financial assistance to 46 victims and criminal justice support to 102 victims, with the majority of the survivors served are referred by family and friends.
Established in 1983, the Advocates of Lake County empower clients to make healthy choices by exploring options, meeting emergency needs for safety, and non-judgmental and supportive services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once immediate needs for safety and shelter are met, the Advocates provide longer term support through crisis counseling, legal advocacy, court support, financial assistance, victim’s compensation, information and referrals.
As a non-profit organization, the Advocates rely on support from the community by attending fundraising events, making private donations and volunteering. Every dollar, every item and every hour makes a difference to the individuals the Advocates serve.
Please consider a tax-deductable donation today so that the Advocates may continue their efforts in Lake County to help all members of the community feel safe and be safe. Another way that residents can help is through making donations of simple household and personal items. So if you’re doing some holiday shopping, keep this list handy and an eye out for sales! Then contact The Advocates to make arrangements for your donation to be delivered.
The Advocates of Lake County can be reached at 719-486-3530.