Altabank Supports Organizations that Offer Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence launched DVAM in October 1987. Its purpose is to unite communities and organizations working on domestic violence issues and raise awareness.
Altabank is proud to work with local organizations such as the DOVE Center located in St. George, Utah and CAPSA located in the Cache County and Bear Lake area. Both institutions provide a safe shelter and care for those seeking to achieve empowerment, hope, and independence.
According to the DOVE Center, in Utah 1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Domestic violence can be linked to approximately one death in Utah every month. One in 4 men in Utah will experience domestic violence. While women are 10 times more likely to die from abuse than men. Though these numbers may be grim, there is hope to be found.
Both CAPSA and the DOVE Center are doing their best to combat these stats, making a significant difference. According to CAPSA, they have assisted 2000 individuals by giving them supportive services following a domestic violence incident. Without CAPSA thousands of individuals would not have advocacy or therapy to help them heal from their abuse. They’ve provided 400 individuals with safe places to learn, process, and gain a support network.
The DOVE Center provided 12,825 services last year. They provided 8,172 shelter and transitional shelter bed nights for victims as well. Counseling services were provided to 279 individuals, groups, and families.
Organizations like CAPSA and the DOVE Center offer services that are crucial to the survival and wellbeing of domestic violence victims. Some of the services that are offered include:
It’s important to have a safe outlet to disclose information. Access to these resources is one phone call away for victims in need of support or shelter.
Emergency Shelters and Transitional Housing
In some cases, victims of domestic violence need a quick solution to escape an abusive situation. These shelters provide a temporary safe place for victims of domestic violence. Often these shelters assist victims with their financial burdens, allowing them to become self-sufficient.
Victims of domestic violence can experience physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse. They may also be victims of stalking, exploitation, or neglect. These organizations offer free counseling services. These services help empower victims and give them coping skills to deal with their trauma.
Education and Training Services
Educational services challenge myths and misconceptions centered around domestic violence. They usually involve community outreach and involvement. They educate children, teachers, and parents about the warning signs of domestic violence. There are even medical training opportunities for those who need medical assistance.
There are various volunteer opportunities offered by both organizations as well. CAPSA has opportunities like managing booths at events, daycare assistance, or being a part of their mobile crisis team. The DOVE Center offers opportunities for individuals to engage in their community by spreading awareness. You can answer phones for their outreach center or assist with their marketing.
We encourage our community to check out the resources provided by the DOVE Center and CAPSA below. Altabank cares about the health and well-being of all its customers and the communities they service. We encourage the community to learn of the warning signs of domestic abuse. If you are a victim of abuse and are located in the St. George area please call the DOVE 24-hour crisis and support helpline at (435) 628-0458. If you are located in the Cache Valley or Bear Lake area please contact CAPSA’s health line at (435) 753-2500.
For more information about domestic violence awareness visit https://www.capsa.org/ or https://dovecenter.org/.