The Colorado River Regional Crisis Shelter (CRRCS) will spend the month of October raising awareness and prevention about domestic violence.
The Colorado River Regional Crisis Shelter offers a
24-Hour Crisis Hotline (1-888-499-0911)
and provides counseling, information and referrals.
Our agency is committed to providing domestic violence victims with the highest quality of comprehensive care. We provide the advocacy and education that empowers victims to become survivors. CRRCS also provides emergency safe housing to female victims of domestic violence and their children. All services are confidential, free of charge, and offered in English/Spanish.
“Domestic Violence Awareness Month provides the opportunity to focus efforts on increasing awareness and promoting prevention. We want people to understand that domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, educational levels, sexual orientation or gender. It can happen to couples who are dating and it also happens in couples who are married or living together,”.
Colorado River Regional Crisis Shelter is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower individuals and their families to live a life free from domestic violence by providing protection, education and resources.
If you would like more information on domestic violence or would like to speak to someone about domestic violence please feel free to stop by our administration office located at 1301 Joshua Ave, Suite c, Parker, AZ 85344 or call 928-669-8620.
DEVELOP A SAFETY PLAN
It's difficult to develop a safety plan if you think the abuse is your fault. Abuse is not normal, and you deserve to be safe. The abuse will only get worse. Plan ahead, it could save your life.
BE READY TO LEAVE. Pack a bag with clothes, money, and important papers. Keep the bag in a safe place with a friend or family member. Also, include telephone numbers for police, shelter, relatives, or friends.
FIND A SAFE PLACE. If your home is not safe, leave. Go to a friend's or a shelter. Call the Colorado River Regional Crisis Shelter 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (1-888-499-0911) Or, go to a motel/hotel - save enough money for one night.
PLAN HOW YOU WILL LEAVE. Will you leave by car? Keep sufficient gas and have keys accessible. Have money for bus or taxi fare and know the station location. Also, know the number to call for a taxi. Will you leave on foot? Know where you can go. Know who you can call.
TALK TO YOUR KIDS. Tell them that the abuse is not their fault. Tell them to stay out of the fighting, and teach them to call 911 or seek help from a neighbor. Children mimic the actions of parents. It is very important to teach the kids about a healthy relationship. If you don't, the cycle may continue.
ARE YOU A VICTIM? - Does your partner:
- Hit, punch, slap, kick, choke or shove you?
- Destroy personal property?
- Keep you from seeing your family or friends?
- Control all the finances and/or take your money?
- Threaten to harm you or your children?
- Humiliate or embarrass you in front of others?
- Show extreme jealousy or make false accusations?
- Force you to have sex against your will?
- Put you down, but then tell you they love you?
- Frightened by your partner's temper?
- Afraid to disagree?
- Constantly apologizing for your partner's behavior, especially when they have treated you badly?
- Justifying everything you do, every place you go, or every person you see just to avoid your partner's anger?
- Avoiding friends or family because of your partner's jealousy?
- Afraid to break up because your partner has threatened to hurt you or themselves?
These are all examples of abusive behavior. If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be a victim of domestic violence. You are not to blame, and you are not alone - millions of people are abused by their partners every year.
During an argument, or if you feel tension building, avoid areas in your home where weapons might be available – the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or workshops.
If there are weapons in your household such as firearms – lock them up!
Know where there is a safe exit from your home – a window, elevator or stairwell.
Discuss the situation with a trusted neighbor if you can. Ask them to call 911 if they hear a disturbance. Find a code word to use with them if you need the police.
Always keep a packed bag ready.
Know where you would go to be safe if you have to leave, even if you don't really think you need to.
REMEMBER!! ... NO ONE EVER DESERVES TO BE ABUSED ... IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT
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