Peacekeepers Domestic Violence Program hosts walk/run to raise awareness

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The Peacekeepers Domestic Violence Program is hosting its 16th annual walk and run Oct. 18 at Kit Carson Park. It will be the first time the event, sponsored by the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, will be held in Taos. The run will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

“We value the sacredness of all life,” say the event’s organizers at Peacekeepers. “Domestic violence is not a Native tradition.”

The run is one of several ways Peacekeepers tries to educate the public, particularly Native Americans, about the devastating impacts of domestic violence. Peacekeepers also offers legal services, a crisis hotline, transitional housing, a re-education program for batterers and outreach to victims of domestic violence. Research shows that 4 in 5 Native women will experience violence in their lifetime, according to a May 2016 report from The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women.

More than half of the women reported violence that was sexual, physical or both. Physical violence includes occurrences where women are hit, strangled, slapped or suffer some other bodily harm by someone they know. Among Native youth, more than 60 percent report being exposed to violence in different sectors of their lives – at home, school and within their community, according to information from Peacekeepers and the coalition.

“Although the numbers are stunning, the National Institute of Justice report validates what tribal communities have known for years – the high rates of violence are widespread and it affects almost every single Native family,” according to The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women. “Native youth who see violence in the home are 75 percent more likely to become a future victim of violence or a perpetrator. And according to the Indian Health Service data, violence accounts for 75 percent of deaths for Native youth, 12 to 20 years of age.”

To sign up for the walk or run, email jbird@enipc.org or ssanchez@enipc.org. For more information about Peacekeepers, call (505) 753-4790 or (800) 400-8694.

For more information about the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, see csvanw.org/resources/what-is-domestic-violence.

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