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Raising Awareness About Verbal and Physical Aggression

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is in October

Emerge Playground spot


People who deal with cases of domestic abuse say despite the discussions, education, outreach and assistance programs to address this issue, the abuse continues to occur at alarming numbers.

In Tucson alone, police and organizations such as Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse are receiving thousands of telephone calls each year.

Emerge! recently opened a new space to help with its mission, complementing an emergency shelter and services such as crisis intervention efforts and support programs for individuals or groups.

The organization's executive director, Ed Mercurio-Sakwa, encourages residents to take part in Domestic Violence Awareness Month by wearing items with the color purple and taking steps against domestic violence.

Dolores spotlight As a young mother, Dolores VillaseƱor was the victim of domestic abuse for more than a decade. She is now helping other young women by sharing the story of how she turned her life around.
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