Vail Daily letter: Ending domestic violence | VailDaily.com

Vail Daily letter: Ending domestic violence

Please join Bright Future Foundation in recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence leaves a devastating impact on women, men, and children, regardless of background or circumstance. Statistics show that one in four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime, and, on average, three women are killed every day at the hands of a current or former intimate partner.

Throughout October, communities across the country will mourn for those whose lives were taken by domestic violence, celebrate the tremendous progress victim advocates have made over the years, and connect with one another with a true sense of unity to end domestic violence. Bright Future will participate in these efforts to promote awareness. We hope you will join us by sharing social media posts or participating in community events. It can also be as simple as wearing purple — the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month — during the month of October and using this as a way to tell others why ending domestic violence is important to you.

Annually, Bright Future Foundation provides almost 700 individuals with crisis intervention services. As Eagle County's only community-based domestic violence and sexual assault agency, Bright Future serves our clients with a holistic approach in an effort to support each of them to experience long-term change, and ultimately individual self-sufficiency.

Please visit MyBrightFuture.org to learn more about our prevention, crisis intervention, advocacy and long-term healing services. Core programs include: 24/7 crisis hotline (English and Spanish), Freedom Ranch Safehouse/emergency shelter and transitional housing, psychological services, legal representation, financial literacy, youth advocacy and mentorship, and outreach education.

Sheri Mintz

Executive director, Bright Future Foundation