Advocates Recognize Domestic Violence Awareness
If you’ve driven by the Lake County Courthouse in the past few weeks, you’ve probably seen the bright pink display of silhouettes. Those signs represent the 238 victims of domestic violence that The Advocates of Lake County assisted in 2014, mostly women and children. And with the recent fresh snow, the sea of pink is also a stark reminder that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
To that end, The Advocates are joining with law enforcement and other partners in the community to raise the awareness that domestic violence affects not only its victims, but their children, extended family and friends. This cycle can continue for generations without intervention.
The Advocates of Lake County, Inc. is a private non-profit organization that provides confidential services to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault as well as operate an emergency shelter. The Alder House.
“We work with many people who never involve the police,” read a statement released by the non-profit organization. “As well as one third of victims whose issues have risen to a level of violence where law enforcement must intervene.”
Sixty-five percent of the clients access The Advocates’ services through their 24/7 hotline (719-486-3530) or are referred by family and friends. Approximately 35% are referred by law enforcement. The Advocates offer the following services: crisis intervention, safety planning, court advocacy, information and referral to available services in the community, as well as shelter housing. For more information call 719-486-3530 or connect with them on The Advocates of Lake County Facebook Page.
5th Judicial District Offers Legal Resources for Families
In celebration of Conflict Resolution Month, Colorado’s 5th Judicial District (Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit counties) is offering legal resources and assistance to couples and families representing themselves in family law matters during an event at the Summit County Justice Center from 2 – 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015.
A variety of professional services will be available at no cost. They include a parenting class from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to fulfill requirements in domestic-relations cases, counselors to help create a parenting plan, mediation services, Legal Aid services including information on financial aid and assistance in completing domestic-relations court forms. Spanish interpretation will be available.
Attorneys will be available to help with legal questions. Self-represented litigants with children are asked to make child-care arrangements; services will not be available to people who bring children to the event.
For more information, please contact Family Court Facilitator Laurie Mactavish at 970-547-2636.