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1st Annual Purple Ribbon was a wonderful success!
Thanks to everyone in attendance!
Our first annual Purple Ribbon Breakfast was a success! Our emcee for the breakfast was Ann Clarke of Colorado Women of Influence and she did an incredible job. One of our speakers, Chief of Loveland Police Robert Ticer spoke about the ATV/LPD collaboration. Colleen Cushman spoke about her experience with domestic violence and how with the support of ATV was able to recover and move forward with her life.
We heard stories of triumph and inspiration from survivors who have been challenged, yet met those challenges head on and no longer victims of violence. We know that raising awareness of the issue of Domestic Violence in our community is vital if we are to adequately address the many repercussions that abuse has on the family.
It is hard to imagine that every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten, and that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner. It is even harder to imagine that most cases of domestic abuse go unreported. Raising funds to continue to provide services to victims is a challenge that we embrace as our responsibility and we need your help to do it.
Gaining stability after making the brave decision to escape the abuse in one’s own home creates even more challenges for the individual and ATV helps that victim address those challenges head on. With the addition of our SafeHouse we provide a continuum of care by giving the victim of domestic violence or sexual assault the option to leave the abuse rather than continuing to endure it. Accessing counseling and advocacy services for those impacted by violence is just the beginning of the uphill battle faced by victims of violence. Finding safe housing to shield them from continued abuse is daunting but with the SafeHouse we are able to do just that.
We didn't quite reach our intended goal of $20,000 but with your help, we made a dent. Should you have any questions or like a tour of our newly renovated SafeHouse please do not hesitate to call Glenda Shayne at 970-669-5150 ext.105.
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Welcome to Alternatives to Violence
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You can help in many ways, just go to our donation page and make an online donation, call 970-669-5150 or mail your check to 541 E. 8th St. Loveland, CO 80537
See SafeHouse brochure here.
Help ATV make Loveland SafeHouse a Reality!
THE IMPACT OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men are victims of rape (Black et al., 2011). But all of us are impacted by sexual violence. That’s because sexual violence affects communities and society — in addition to survivors and their loved ones. Because of this, it’s on all of us to help prevent it.
Sexual violence is a widespread problem. Sexual violence includes rape, incest, child sexual assault, ritual abuse, non-stranger rape, statutory rape, marital or partner rape, sexual exploitation, sexual contact, sexual harassment, exposure, and voyeurism. It is a crime typically motivated by the desire to control, humiliate, and/or harm — not by sexual desire.
Sexual violence violates a person’s trust and feelings of safety. It happens to people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, professions, incomes, and ethnicities.
An assault may impact daily life whether it happened recently or many years ago. Each survivor reacts to sexual violence in their own unique way. There are long-term and short-term impacts of sexual violence on overall health and well-being. Common emotional reactions include guilt, shame, fear, numbness, shock, and feelings of isolation. The psychological effects of sexual violence have been linked to long-term health risk behaviors. Reactions can range from PTSD and eating disorders to anxiety and depression. Physical impacts may include personal injuries, concerns about pregnancy, or risk of contracting an STI. Economic impacts of sexual violence include medical expenses and time off work.
Sexual violence can affect parents, friends, partners, children, spouses, and/or coworkers of the survivor. As they try to make sense of what happened, loved ones may experience similar reactions and feelings to those of the survivor. Fear, guilt, self-blame, and anger are a few common reactions.
Impact on communities
Schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, campuses, and cultural or religious communities may feel fear, anger, or disbelief if a sexual assault happened in their community. Additionally, there are financial costs to communities. These costs include medical services, criminal justice expenses, crisis and mental health service fees, and the lost contributions of individuals affected by sexual violence.
Impact on society
The contributions and achievements that may never come as a result of sexual violence represent a cost to society that cannot be measured. Sexual violence endangers critical societal structures because it creates a climate of violence and fear. According to the 1995 U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, sexual harassment alone cost the federal government an estimated $327 million in losses associated with job turnover, sick leave, and individual and group productivity among federal employees (Erdeich, Slavet, & Amador, 1995). Studies find sexual assault and the related trauma response can disrupt survivors’ employment in several ways, including time off, diminished performance, job loss, and inability to work (Loya, 2014).It is estimated that women in the U.S. lose about 8 million days of paid work and 5.6 million days of household chores because of violence perpetuated against them by an intimate partner (National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 2003).
Local sexual assault centers can provide help. In crisis situations, contact 1-800-656-4673.
For more information, visit www.nsvrc.org.
If you or someone you know has been abused, please call our 24 hour crisis line at 970-880-1000 or the office at 970-669-5150.
HOW YOU CAN HELP THE SAFEHOUSE
Imagine leaving your home quite possibly with only what you can carry with you in a bag. When we open our doors many families will do just that. A shelter like the SafeHouse provides a refuge from the abuse. Those in a shelter typically have no where else to go, some are waiting on family or friends to help them get back on their feet and may only need the shelter for a short time. Others do not have the emotional support of loved ones and require a longer stay to help them become stable enough to regroup and move forward.
The SafeHouse exists so that one who has been abused has the option to leave when they felt none existed before. With 8 bedrooms and 22 beds our needs will be great. We will provide all the basic needs that a family will need as they begin again. Please click on the wish list to learn what we do need. Anything you can do will help. Thank you in advance for your help.
Laundry detergent, liquid soap, new underwear for women and children, and shelf stable food.
Did you know that you can transfer your IRA funds directly to Alternatives to Violence with no tax consequences?
Donations made directly to a charity still qualify as a charitable donation but will not affect your income. Sound too good to be true? Consult your tax professional for all the details and see if you qualify. Here are a few of the details:
Taxpayers must be 70 ½ and required to take annual distributions from their IRA
There is a cap of $100,000
The charitable contribution must go directly to the charity
You cannot receive any goods or services in return and you must have a written receipt
Alternatives to Violence is a 501 (c) (3) organization. All donations are tax deductible.
We are a non-profit serving Southern Larimer County as victim's rights advocates. We service any victim of violent crime and specialize in domestic violence and sexual assault.
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