By Karen Hatfield
Special to The PREVIEW
On June 25, the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program will begin a 10-session mom’s empowerment group that will run concurrently with Kid’s Club.
Groups are held twice monthly, on the second and fourth Thursdays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with dinner provided for all attendees.
Additional information and location can be obtained by calling 264-9075.
Debra Ewing, an early childhood specialist, will facilitate the Kid’s Club, which focuses on helping children 5-12 navigate homes that are experiencing turmoil or violence.
Children living in homes with violence face challenges beyond the normal stresses of childhood. Often, the violence is a family secret and the child, being unable to control the adults or the discord they endure, develops coping behaviors that may not be appropriate.
Research shows that children in homes where control and power are used by one person against all other family members may experience anxiety, withdrawal, lack of attention and bullying behavior. What is set in motion for the child who lives with verbal, physical or emotional abuse is a cycle of failure, difficult social relationships and shame.