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Local Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities for youth

Just in time for Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) Month in October, Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program (ACVAP) and Youth Violence Prevention Education have partnered with San Juan Basin Health Department in offering The Nurturing Parenting Program.

This year’s domestic violence awareness theme is, “I’m there for you.” Not just a bumper sticker, “I’m there for you” is to encourage parents to be committed to being available, to be open and accepting, and to strive to listen to their children, especially if there is any indication that your child might be involved in abuse of any kind.

The Nurturing Parenting Program is a 16-week program to support and strengthen families through education in empathy and caring, responsibility and discipline. Held every Thursday evening at the Head Start building on 475 S. 8th St. from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., “Nurturing” and ACVAP provide dinner and offer group-based sessions in which parents, children and teens explore healthy and loving communication and positive behavior management. Our collective focus is to promote nonviolence within families and all relationships.

The program is open to all families, so join us in a commitment to strengthen communication with your children and ensure that they know you’re there for them.

Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program’s Youth Violence Prevention Education Program, a nonprofit agency, promotes the belief that all people have the right to live free from violence by providing support and advocacy services for victims and education for youth and our community.

For more information, call Liz at 264-4152, Ext. 31.