Local Business SupportsSafehouse in Combatting Abuse in the Local Community
PR contact: Leigh Grace, PR Manager 704-231-9789, firstname.lastname@example.org
BOULDER, Colo., December 15, 2005—Domestic violence is the most common cause of injury to women in the United States–more frequent than automobile accidents, muggings and rapes combined- and will affect approximately one in every four Colorado women during her lifetime. Boulder’s Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) is committed to ending violence against women, youth and children in Boulder and Broomfield County by providing services and shelter for battered women and their children.
For the third year in a row, Spectra Logic Corporation has elected to support the Safehouse for the corporation’s annual charity drive.
“Many of the goods needed to help women and children during their stay at the shelter have been fulfilled through contributions by generous businesses like Spectra Logic Corporation,” said Anita Mancinho community fundraiser of Safehouse Progressive Alliance.
Spectra Logic associates have run an in-house drive for the past month to collect as many of the Safehouse’s “Wish List” items as possible, and then donate them directly to the shelter. These items are provided to women and their children to assist them during their stay at the residential shelter or during the transitional program.
“By dedicating the Charity drive to the Safehouse for the third consecutive year, Spectra Logic associates have shown a deep concern for the local women and children who are affected by domestic violence,” said Leigh Grace, public relations manager for Spectra Logic.
Domestic violence is a common crime; in fact, more than six million American women are beaten each year. In hopes of ending these injustices, the Safehouse offers numerous programs that not only assist victims of abuse, but help educate local area residents about the underlying causes and consequences of domestic violence. The Safehouse Progressive Alliance’s residential emergency facility and 24 hour crisis line provide safe shelter, counseling, advocacy, food and clothing to individuals seeking refuge from an abusive relationship. Their Advocacy Program provides crisis intervention and ongoing advocacy for battered women involved with law enforcement and the justice system. Their Outreach Counseling Program offers individual and group counseling for women, youth and children, as well as transitional support including access to subsidized housing, case management and skill-building courses.
This year, the Safehouse held its first annual “Jam for Justice” which is a cultural and political action jamfest that encourages resistance to racism and injustice; and promotes peaceful and all-inclusive communities. Many other Safehouse events promote awareness of domestic violence, including: The Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence Guild Presents Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling and Walk the Talk: Taking Steps to End Violence in our Communities.
About Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence
SPAN began providing services for battered women and their children in the fall of 1979, and to date has sheltered more than 6,758 women and children, responded to 136,944 crisis calls, counseled 17,402 individuals on an outreach basis and performed more than 7,800 educational presentations on interpersonal violence for groups throughout Boulder and Broomfield County. The organization’s goals include: ensure a continuum of meaningful support and resources available to women, children and youth who have experienced interpersonal violence; challenge beliefs and behaviors that condone interpersonal violence and promote social norms that support the safety, dignity and liberation of all people; and engage in local, state, national and global efforts that promote economic, racial and social justice. For more information, contact Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence at (303) 449-8623, or visit the organization’s Web site at http://www.safehousealliance.org.