HOW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES IN NEW MEXICO CREATE SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
SANTA FE, NM – A diverse group of executive directors from domestic violence programs across the state of New Mexico will speak on their innovative approaches to providing victim services and the unique impact they each have on their communities. The event “RESULTS: Why Domestic Violence Services Matter in New Mexico” hosted by the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV) will be held during the legislative session on Wednesday, January 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the Santa Fe Capitol Roundhouse Rotunda.
According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Census Day report, during a single day in NM, a total of 951 victims were provided services by domestic violence programs in our state. This includes 276 adults and 393 children seeking refuge in emergency shelters, as well as 282 adults and children receiving non-residential services such as counseling or legal advocacy. There are only 28 state funded domestic violence programs in New Mexico for victims to reach out to for services.
Executive Directors including Marsie Silvestro of Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez of Enlace Comunitario, Coleen Widell of Help End Abuse for Life (H.E.A.L.), Lynn Gentrywood of DVRC and Alexandria Taylor of Valencia Shelter Services, will all speak on their respective programs and how their services yield results that strengthen families and communities.
Once survivors have received the services they need and have escaped their dangerous situation, they often express their gratitude to the program that helped them and share their success:
“The staff at the shelter saved me from returning to my relationship with their strong, kind, and compassionate skills to help me through the darkest time of my life. They taught me how to become strong again and gave me life-long skills to be a survivor and to not ever be a victim again. “ – Client from Valencia Shelter Services
“We arrived at the shelter and I honestly did not know what I was going to do… Right now, I am majoring in Human Services at Santa Fe Community College and I graduate with my Associates in Spring 2015 and plan to be a helper and do my best to make a difference; the way Esperanza made a difference in my family’s life and gave me what I thought I did not have, and that was hope.” – Naomi, mother of 2 and client of Esperanza Shelter
“Just 2 years ago, Angelica was in an abusive relationship, fearful for her safety and that of her three children. She came to Enlace where she received assistance to connect to community resources, divorce proceedings, and individual and group counseling. She is now an Enlace Comunitario board member, full-time accounting student at CNM, and serves in Enlace’s Promotora program as a violence prevention community leader. “ – Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Enlace Comunitario