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Last updated 1:23PM ET
December 18, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Domestic Violence Issues
(2007-10-17)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: A local area grass roots organization, Alternative Horizons, is one group that assists victims and survivors of domestic violence.

From January to June of this year, Alternative Horizons has responded to 1,419 requests for service and helped 725 different people.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner reports.

SARAH: Domestic violence is occurring in our communities. The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence hosted a meeting in Durango on Tuesday, partly in honor of Domestic Violence Month and in preparation for the legislative session.

In an exercise, that evoked discussion about domestic violence issues and ways to stop it, service providers, law enforcement, state and local elected officials, victims, counselors and treatment providers came up with two reoccurring topics; education and funding.
Colorado State Representative Ellen Roberts says that education may be the key to generating further funds for domestic violence.

ELLEN ROBERTS: I GUESS WHAT I WOULD SAY ON THE FUNDING ISSUE, IS THAT AND HEARING THAT OVER AND OVER, THAT'S NOT ENCOURAGING TO US JUST BECAUSE FUNDING IS SO TIGHT. BUT UNTIL WE CAN EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT HOW THERE ARE THESE HUGE ECONOMIC IMPACTS THAT GO INTO PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO GO TO WORK, THE IMPACTS ON THE FAMILIES, THE TREATMENT THAT'S NEEDED. WE HAVE TO SHOW THAT IF WE DO A BETTER JOB DEALING WITH DV THEN WE WILL SAVE MONEY, WHICH IN TURN CAN BE USED TO DO WHAT WE RECOGNIZE AS NEW NEEDS OR ADDITIONAL NEEDS.

According to the Project Safeguard 2006 Fatality Review, 41 people died in domestic violence related incidents in Colorado in 2006, including two children. The review also shows that nearly half of all murders in Colorado are committed by a current or former intimate partner.

Stacy Kellogg, crisis service and Development Director with Alternative Horizons says that from this meeting Alternative Horizons along with the CCADV will continue the conversation on domestic violence and work on possibly changing the law.

From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Sarah Baumgartner
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