Multicultural Services at Rise Above Violence
By: Maria Hernandez
Did You Know?
Domestic Violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors directed at achieving and maintaining power and control over an intimate partner and can include physical violence, emotional abuse, isolation of the victim, economic abuse, intimidation, coercion, and threats. Domestic violence occurs among all race/ethnicities and socio-economic classes regardless of age, sex, spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability. Anyone can become a victim.
For women of color, high rates of poverty, poor education, limited job resources, language barriers and fear of deportation among immigrant survivors increases their difficulty finding help and support services.
Facts and Statistic
According to the CDC, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence by their intimate partner at some point during their lifetimes. Over 10 million people are affected each year!
1 out of 10 women in the United States will be raped by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
16.9% of women and 8% of men will experience sexual violence other than rape by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
In 2017, the CDC also reported:
47.5% of American Indian/Alaska native women, 45.1% of African American women, 37.3% of Caucasian women, 34.4% of Hispanic women and 18.3% of Asian-Pacific Islander women experience sexual violence, physical violence, and or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
2 in 5 lesbian women, 3 in 5 bisexual women will experience rape, physical violence and/or stalking in their lifetime whereas 1 in 4 gay men, 1 in 3 bisexual men will experience rape, physical violence and/or stalking in their lifetime.
How Rise Can Help?
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Rise Above Violence will never discriminate anyone because of their race, age, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, spiritual beliefs, or sexual orientation among others. We understand survivors of domestic violence are already going through a hard time and we will make the necessary accommodations to make sure everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Whether it’s help with counseling and support to help with housing, court advocacy, finding shelter or resources, Rise is here 24/7.
We have an advocate in the office that speaks Spanish and our language line is also available with over a hundred languages including ASL to help communicate with survivors. We believe all people have the absolute right to live free from violence and we are here to help!
If you or someone you care about has suffered from Domestic Violence you can call a Rise Advocate at any time day or night. 970-264-9075