October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic violence involving celebrities has garnered a lot of media attention over the last several weeks. The reality of domestic violence is that it affects 32 million Americans. One in 3 women will be a victim of domestic violence and/or sexual assault in their lifetime. It affects adults and children, both sexes, and is a serious preventable public health problem. Domestic violence happens when a person exercises inappropriate power and control over his/her intimate partner. This can include threats, isolation, economic control, verbal or physical battering or forced sexual acts. Too often victims feel trapped and helpless. The article “Why does she stay? That’s the wrong question”, by Christi Paul, illustrates this perfectly. If you or a friend need help, resources are available TODAY. TESSA is a non-profit agency that offers comprehensive and confidential services and programs to provide immediate solutions to problems and opportunities for permanent change.
The local TESSA Crisis Line is (719) 633-3819 or visit their website at www.tessacs.org.