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It’s been just over a year since the #MeToo movement exploded. RESPONSE, a Roaring Fork Valley organization working to end sexual abuse, is marking the occasion, as well as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with a storytelling event called "My Response" at the Wheeler Thursday night. They're hoping stories of survival might create a ripple effect that statistics can’t.

 

Switching The Focus: Motives Of Domestic Offenders

Oct 3, 2018
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This week, a talk on Domestic Violence offers a glimpse into the “minds of angry and abusive men.” It’s led by Jason Brewer, whose patients are convicted offenders, ordered by a judge to attend counseling.

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The Advocate Safehouse Project is the only resource in the Roaring Fork Valley that provides housing for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. This weekend the Glenwood Springs-based nonprofit hosted Luna Fest, a film festival of short films by, for, and about women. The goal was to spread awareness about domestic abuse in the valley.

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Local law enforcement agencies are hoping to simplify the process of getting help to victims of domestic violence. On Tuesday (10/20) Aspen, Snowmass and Basalt police joined the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office in creating the Valley’s first Advocate Initiated Response referral system.

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On February 10th, law enforcement responded to a domestic violence call at a residence near Parachute. They discovered a woman whose face was bloodied from being struck repeatedly. Later, the suspect - her husband - was shot to death by authorities after a high speed chase on Interstate 70. The fatal incident was one of two in Garfield County in February, where domestic violence played a role. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the problem of domestic violence is growing in parts of our region.

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Pitkin County’s Health and Human Services Department is launching a new website Monday meant to help with domestic violence. The site is called stopfightingithurts.com. It was designed to educate the community about the problem, and how it impacts children. Health and Human Services Director Nan Sundeen says it’s meant for neighbors, family and partners in relationship.

A Parachute-area man was shot and killed by law enforcement yesterday after a high speed chase on Interstate 70. The incident started late in the afternoon when deputies from the Garfield County Sheriff's Office responded to a felony domestic violence call in Parachute. Officers spotted the suspect and a pursuit ensued. The suspect reached speeds that exceeded 95 miles per hour over a stretch of about 30 miles.

Logan Hood is the Executive Director of RESPONSE. She says sexual assault and domestic violence is far  too common - even in the Roaring Fork Valley. Hood discusses issues in the valley, challenges the organization faces, and how communities can rally together for no-tolerance. 

Learn more about RESPONSE at www.ResponseHelps.org, or call the 24-hour support and crisis hotline at 925-SAFE. 

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The problem of domestic violence is being talked about nationally after footage of abuse by an NFL player went public earlier this week. And,  the National Domestic Violence Hotline reportedly has seen a spike in calls.