TUCSON, Ariz. (KVOA) — That’s a sobering statistic, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Nearly 20 people in the United States are abused by their partner every minute.
So, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Pima Community College hosted a resource fair on domestic violence and sexual harassment.
Kristen Kiernan, who has dealt with domestic violence for many years, said: “I can share that because I’ve been through it and I know what it’s like to feel helpless and fear for your life.” “I will,” he said.
This experience inspired Kristen to host Today’s Resource Fair to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual harassment.
She emphasized that “we are holding a resource fair here that includes resources that are less known to the public, with the aim of helping victims escape abuse.”
“We need to recognize, for example, that one in three women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime,” Keenan added.
Last year alone, 12 people lost their lives to domestic violence in Pima County. Pinal County had eight other deaths, and Maricopa County led the state with 65 deaths.
Now, Kristen is advocating for survivors to take similar steps to overcome domestic violence.
She advises: “Find an advocate who knows what they’re talking about, someone who knows what it’s like to walk in their shoes. Find someone you can talk to confidentially about the problem. They can help you figure out a solution and a safety plan.”
If you are currently experiencing abuse, or know someone who is, you can get help from the ACESDV Helpline by clicking the link below: Arizona Sexual and Domestic Violence Resources (arizonasurvivors.org).