October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A proclamation at the Oct. 5 Parker Town Council meeting made this official in the Town of Parker. The proclamation was signed by Vice Mayor Jerry Hooper.
To mark this occasion, Colorado River Regional Crisis Services will hold their Autumn Awareness Street Festival from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14 on Joshua Avenue from Arizona Avenue to 14th Street.
The proclamation signed Oct. 5 notes domestic violence is felt not just by individuals and families, but communities and the nation as a whole. The proclamation goes on to state that 24 people in the United States are victims intimate partner violence every minute, and that one in four women and one in ten men have experience sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
“Victims of domestic violence are more likely to experience long-term mental and physical health concerns including a higher risk of chronic disease, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety,” the proclamation stated.
The CRRCS event is to raise awareness of domestic violence, but CRRCS says it will be a lot of fun as well. There will be vendors with food and merchandise, as well as a 50-50 raffle. There will also be swag bag giveaways. The event will have special activities for children.
There will be live music from Kevin Jaxon & Midnight Sun. DJ Fabe will be spinning records with more music.
CRRCS strongly recommends face masks be used and social distancing be practiced to protect everyone’s safety.
Joshua Avenue will be closed for this event.
This is a free event. For more information, call CRRCS at 928-669-8620.
If you or anyone you know is in a domestic violence situation, CRRCS can help. Call their toll-free help line 24-hours a day at 1-888-499-0911.