Domestic Violence Awareness Month is held each October

by Jessica Young and Vicki Heisser  |   

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is held each October to bring out a collective voice in advocating for the end of domestic violence (DV). Alaska has a disproportionately high rate of DV when compared to the rest of the US. The UAA Justice Center defines DV as a pattern of abusive behavior used to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. This could include physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions. Local and confidential resources are available for anyone experiencing domestic violence. Advocates for Victims of Violence in Valdez is one resource. 

Students recently met with Rowena Palomar from Advocates for Victims of Violence (AVV) to learn more about the work AVV does and the services they provide. A big thank you goes to Rowena and AVV staff for all that you do for the Valdez community, and for taking the time to meet with us!

Advocates for Victims of Violence (AVV) provides confidential services to victims and their families that experience domestic violence and sexual assault by offering shelter, education programs, legal services, referrals to other service agencies for resources, and much more. AVV provides a 24-hour Crisis & Support Line (907)-835-2999. AVV has been serving the community for 39 years and Rowena shares, “We help those in Valdez, which has a population of about 4,000, but our coverage goes all the way to Glennallen and the Copper River area. We cover an area the size of Ohio.”

Click here for more information on domestic violence, including the causes and effects.