Together, we can prevent violence: DVAM 2020
Updated: Oct 1
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official views of Canyon Creek Services.
Written by: Tanisha Barker, Awareness & Prevention Staff CCS
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month—a month dedicated to raising awareness about a public health crisis that affects 1 in 3 Utah women and 1 in 5 Utah men.
Every day, we at CCS serve survivors of domestic violence and see firsthand the tremendous impact that this violence has on individuals, families and our community. Domestic violence is unfortunately a very prevalent issue in our community. However, domestic violence is also preventable. Here are some answers to a few of the frequently asked questions we are often asked about domestic violence and the work we do at Canyon Creek Services.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior where a one person exercises power and control over another person. Abusers use physical, emotional, financial, digital, and/or sexual abuse to control their partner. Anyone can be a victim, regardless of their gender, age, race, nationality, ethnicity, ability, economic class, education level, sexual orientation or religion.
What is the typical abuser like?
Anyone can be a perpetrator of violence. Abusers can even be trusted members of the community.
Why don’t victims of domestic violence just leave their abusers?
Leaving an abusive relationship is statistically the most dangerous time for a survivor. Many victims cannot leave an abusive relationship due to threats of harm, the inability to survive financially, a lack of resources and the desire to keep their family together and safe. Regardless of whether survivors stay or leave their abusive partner, the violence is never their fault.
Is Canyon Creek Services the same as Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center or the women’s shelter?
Canyon Creek Services was previously Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center however, in July of 2018, we changed our name to more accurately portray the wide variety of services we offer to all survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and to the community.
From July 1 2019 to July 1 of 2020, CCS served 770 survivors, 28 of these survivors were male, 189 were children, and 165 accessed our emergency shelter. Additional services CCS provides to survivors include individual advocacy, court and medical accompaniment, crisis intervention, safety planning, emotional support, housing services, 24 hour hotline advocacy, mental health services, individual service plans, support groups, information and referrals, and much more. We also provide services to Spanish speaking survivors.
A goal of CCS is to become as well known for our prevention services as we are for the services we provide to survivors. CCS carries out community education, awareness and violence prevention programming in order to achieve our vision of “Communities Free of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.” For more information or to get involved, please contact email@example.com.
What can I do to help?
Teach your family about healthy relationships, consent, and healthy emotional coping skills. Model healthy, safe behaviors and help them practice these skills every day.
Contact public officials and encourage them to support community policies and practices in regards to violence prevention.
Believe survivors when they share their story. No one deserves abuse, and they are not at fault for what has happened to them. Listen to and validate their feelings and experiences.
If you know or suspect someone is being abused, reach out to them and ask how you can safely help. Don’t do anything without their consent as it could put them at a greater risk for harm. Refer them to the Canyon Creek Services hotline at 435-233-5732.
If you know or suspect someone is an abuser, don’t condone their actions. Tell them no one deserves to be treated in an abusive manner no matter the situation.
Be an active bystander. Stand up and step in when you suspect abuse may be happening.
Support survivors by making in-kind or financial donations to Canyon Creek Services or contacting us for volunteer opportunities.
In order for us to end domestic violence in our area, we all must unite to do our part to stop violence. This public health crisis usually happens behind closed doors, but it is a public problem that is harming our children, families, friends, and community.
Please join Canyon Creek Services at our events throughout October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. More information about our events can be found at www.canyoncreekservices.org/dvam
Dine Out to Prevent Violence Food Truck Roundup
October 1st from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM by The Soda Nerd
2nd Annual CCS Legacy Gala Masquerade: Exploring the Mask
October 9th from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM; purchase online or in-person tickets here:
Dine Out to Prevent Violence Community Dinner
October 22nd from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Pizza Cart
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Candlelight Vigil
October 29th at 6:00 PM in the Heritage Center, Conference Room 7
If you or someone you know has experienced domestic violence or sexual assault, we are here for you. Contact our hotline to be connected with an advocate via call or text at 435-233-5732.
Canyon Creek Services (CCS) provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield counties. Services include emergency shelter, crisis intervention, information and referral, court and medical advocacy, mental health services, housing advocacy, safety planning and more. Help is available via the 24 hour hotline 435-233-5732 (call or text). CCS also provides awareness, education and prevention services in order to achieve our vision of “Communities Free of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.” For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.