Domestic Violence Academy Brings Awareness
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Authorities say domestic violence is one of the best kept secrets in town, so Thursday multiple Mesa County agencies came together to put an end to it.
The Mesa County Domestic Violence Task Force held its fifth annual domestic violence academy in conjunction with law enforcement, judicial staff, case workers and counselors who work with domestic violence issues at the Two Rivers Convention Center.
Officials say one in four women and one in ten men in the United States fall victim to domestic violence every year.
The academy is hoping to reduce domestic violence through bringing awareness, understanding, and providing resources for victims.
"It's a community secret. We often say it's a family secret, but it's a community secret. Nobody likes to talk about it because it's embarrassing, it's humiliating. It strikes at a part of us that's our emotional side and that makes us very vulnerable, and we don't want to respond. It's easier to push it under the rug, to hide it, but it's there," said Karla Kitzman, chairperson for the domestic violence academy.