EVERY October, Tu Casa, Inc. joins with its partners, supporters, and allies across the country to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).
October was first proclaimed as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1989. Since then, October has been a time to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and be a voice for those who may be experiencing it. Domestic violence is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality.
Tu Casa Inc. encourages everyone to get involved and help raise awareness about domestic violence. This year San Luis Valley residents can participate by getting involved by using the hashtag #WeAreResiliant. This is the official hashtag for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s DVAM activities, a campaign to “Recognize Our Resilience.”
The color purple
Tu Casa Inc. also hopes to spread awareness by asking staff and the community to wear purple every Friday in the month of October. The color purple has been nationally recognized as the symbolic color to show support for those who have experienced domestic violence and let them know that help is available for themselves and their families.
Light up the Night event
Tu Casa will hold its 2nd Annual Light up the Night event on Friday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m. under the West Pavilion in Cole Park, Alamosa. This free event works to honor victims, survivors, those who have passed, and anyone who has been affected by domestic violence. Refreshments will be served.
The ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. with a welcoming introduction and guest speakers from Tu Casa’s community and partners. Participants will take time to drop flowers in the river with a moment of silence and a performance by the Adams State University percussion group in honor of the survivors in the San Luis Valley.
The night’s event will culminate with a candlelight vigil to light up the night and an opportunity for anyone who wants to share their stories or experience. Attendees are encouraged to take photos and participate in the activities.
More on Tu Casa, Inc.
Tu Casa, Inc., which houses Tu Casa and the Children’s Advocacy Center of the San Luis Valley (SLV CAC), is a non-profit agency that works to empower children and adults to live healthy, violence-free lives throughout the San Luis Valley. All services are free, confidential, and available in English and Spanish.
The Tu Casa, Inc. 24-hour hotline is 719-589-2465. Make a donation at www.slvtucasa.net. Those interested in volunteering with Tu Casa or who seek more information about events can contact Tu Casa at 719-589-2465.