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Raton Kiwanis and PBW partner to take a stand against domestic violence

RATON — The members of the Raton Professional Business Women and Raton Kiwanis Club are all geared up for their upcoming 21st Annual Walk/Run for Domestic Violence Awareness. The event begins at Ripley Park on Saturday, October 3 at 9 am. Both organizations continue to work tirelessly, joining forces to raise awareness whilst raising funds to help Alternatives to Violence (ATV). All proceeds go towards ATV programs which serve Colfax and Union Counties. Currently there are 40 organizations like ATV in New Mexico that provide domestic violence services at some level. Domestic violence is a serious problem in the area and throughout New Mexico. It is the single greatest cause of injury to women between the ages of 22 and 40. It affects men, women, and children in all socio-economic groups. Domestic violence damages families physically, mentally and emotionally, but it also affects workplace performance and is costly to business owners and taxpayers. Millions of dollars each year are lost due to insurance, hospitalization, and

medical leave. Children from homes with domestic violence suffer from low self-esteem, impaired mental development, and poor school performance. ATV staff are available 24 hours daily, offering emergency services, domestic violence education, safety planning, and more. While the number of incidents is not decreasing, there has been a noticeable reduction in the number of repeat cases. By being a part of this domestic awareness drive, you can help ATV provide much needed intervention and work together as a community to make life better for families. Registration takes place from 8 am on October 3 and for as little at $25, you will receive a free T-Shirt for your participation. There are more exciting prizes to be won by participants. Should you wish to register prior to the event, please contact Michael Anne Antonucci at 575-447-3723 or Paula Cacciatore at 505-918-3759. To find out more about what you can do to help put a stop to domestic violence now, please contact Lee Phillips at Alternatives to Violence: 575-445-5778