Our program was presented by Adele Pincock, Community Advocacy Coordinator for the DOVE Center who shared some unsettling statistics relating to sexual assault / rape, domestic violence homicides and other violent crimes not only throughout the nation, but in our own community as well. Adele noted, her organization needs more men involved in the activities relating to the mission of this crisis facility, including getting trained to speak to local organizations about this problem which saw 24 women with children housed at the facility. More than 192 children were exposed to violence in the home. According to the National Violent Crime Index, Utah is below the national average for incidences of all forms of domestic abuse except sexual assault and rape for which we are above the national average. “Locally, calls to our domestic violence hotline are up this year and domestic violence is learned behavior so we are raising another generation of abusers unless we can teach them to handle their anger and frustration in healthier ways.”
How can SGR help?
· - more well-trained volunteers are needed for a variety of services needed to address shelter, advocacy or counseling
· - the DOVE Center needs to share its story to more groups in the community
· - there needs to be more men involved in the mission of the DOVE Center
· - hold a drive for donated goods and services for DOVE Center clients
· - fundraising is especially needed for emergency client assistance
· - donate online to the DOVE Center during the upcoming “Love UT/Give UT”