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High Risk At High Altitude: 'The Pandemic' Of Domestic Violence And Its Impact On Survivors In The Roaring Fork Valley

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Local nonprofit Response provides crisis support for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse from Aspen to El Jebel. They also teach middle and high school classes throughout the Valley, including this class at Aspen Middle School about sexual consent and how to build healthy relationships. “We don’t shy away from talking to kids about the dark side of relationships in order to steer them towards the light parts of relationships,” said executive director, Shannon Meyer.

Domestic violence has been called the “pandemic within the pandemic.” Research has shown that in times of stress and isolation, abuse increases, and yet, local groups like Response know that domestic violence is not new to the Roaring Fork Valley.

The local organization provides 24-hour support for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse who live and work from Aspen to El Jebel. The nonprofit does everything from crisis counseling, to helping survivors get housing and legal assistance. They also teach middle and high school classes about sexual consent and how to build healthy relationships.

As part of our ‘High Risk at High Altitude’ series, Morning Edition host Eleanor Bennett recently spoke with Response’s executive director, Shannon Meyer about what Meyer has witnessed during the pandemic and the particular challenges survivors face in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Editor’s note: If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in their relationship or feeling unsafe, you can reach the Response help line at 970−925−SAFE. You can also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE. They’ll connect you with a trained support provider in your area.

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