Artesia-Why We Stay: Domestic Violence from a Victim’s Perspective


Hosted by Grammy's House

A Seminar in response to Domestic Violence Awareness Month:  October 2012

Ocotillo Performing Arts Center
310 West Main Street (Parking on north side of bldg)
Artesia, New Mexico

Date & Time
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
8:30am – 10:30am
Cost: FREE
Registration: To attend students must register via e-mail through: or

Who Should Attend
All First Responders, Law Enforcement Officers, Telecommunicators, Firefighters, EMT’s, Paramedics, Victim
Advocates, Judges, Prosecutors, Social Workers, Mental Health Workers, Rape Treatment Center Workers,
Nurses, Family Members of DV Victims, Neighbors of DV Victims, DV victims themselves… ANYONE who does not
understand why a victim stays in the situation they are in.

Presented by
Francesca Fernandez-Aragon

About the Speaker
Francesca Fernandez-Aragon is a survivor of severe emotional and physical abuse. She has been able to rise out
of the ashes of domestic violence in her own past and become a role model, mentor, and instructor to others.
Using her own personal history she has been able to teach others by putting a face on the issue of family
violence. She is now an accredited instructor certified by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. She is an
adjunct instructor at the Albuquerque Police Academy, the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, the South
Eastern Law Enforcement Academy and the New Mexico State Police Academy. Mrs. Fernandez-Aragon lives and
works in Northern New Mexico and donates her time to the issue of domestic violence and regularly speaks to
audiences across New Mexico.
Her stories of living in a domestic violence situation are those that are rarely heard of until it’s too late.
Francesca uses her experiences to bring a better understanding to those on the outside that don’t understand
why a victim would stay in such a violent situation. Her main goal is to give first responders a different
perspective into the life of a domestic violence victim and to show them how they can make a difference in
helping the victim to leave. She speaks of how it was a Police Officer that made all the difference for her in
leaving her abuser.


We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.