La Casa, Inc. believes in prevention of domestic violence and abuse. As a result, our team works diligently to raise public awareness about domestic violence and abuse and about all services offered at La Casa, Inc. Currently, our focus is doing presentations in the school system to prevent our youth from abusive situations. However, we are available to the entire community through advocacy, tablings and presentations.

To invite us to present, please send us an email, at least two weeks prior to the event in question. In addition, we have employees dedicated to rural outreach. It is important to us to ensure that the often forgotten rural communities know that they have a voice and that we are willing and able to help them as well. We have an advocate available to work within these communities to offer all of the services we offer at our main campus in Las Cruces. For convenience, we operate an office in Anthony, NM. That office is fully staffed and offers the same services we offer at our main campus.

If you are in need of any services related to domestic violence, feel free to call, visit or email us.

EDUCATION AND PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT

Simply put, knowledge is power. The more we can inform and educate people about domestic violence and sexual assault, the closer we can get to eliminating it.

WHAT IS ABUSE?

Domestic violence is not always easy to define. Learn more about what abuse is.

Domestic violence is a pattern of learned behavior in which one person uses assaultive and controlling behaviors against another (an intimate partner) to maintain power and control. This can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and stalking. Violence can occur in any kind of relationship: marriage, dating or same sex. It can also take many forms and can happen all the time or once in a while.

  • Verbal name-calling or put-downs
  • Keeping a partner from contacting their family or friends
  • Withholding money
  • Actual or threatened physical harm
  • Sexual assault
  • Stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Intimidation

If you are being abused, please remember it is not your fault. You don’t deserve this, and no matter how scary it is, you are not alone. La Casa, Inc. is here to help.

Understand The Problem

Common statistics illustrate just how much our society, on both a local and national level, is affected by domestic violence. Gets facts and statistics.

Understand Your Role In Prevention

There are things you can do, on both personal and community levels, to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. Understand your role in prevention.

On A Personal Level

  • Believe survivors.
  • Don’t blame victims.
  • Educate yourself on violence against women by learning the facts and the prevalence. For example, did you know most sex offenders aren’t strangers? Eighty-six percent of abusers are known by their victim.
  • Learn how to take action if you witness a violent act against a friend or neighbor. While it can be a scary or awkward situation, the difference between not doing anything and doing something could mean the difference between life and death.
  • Hold your friends accountable when they disrespect women and girls.
  • Engage others in discussions about violence against women.
  • Speak out against racist, sexist or homophobic jokes.
  • Avoid engaging in, supporting or encouraging sexual harassment.
  • Applaud others who speak out against violence and oppression.
  • Reconsider spanking or hitting your children.
  • Teach kids that respect is the minimum in a relationship and lead by example. Let them know what acceptable behavior is and what the limits are.

For Men Specifically

  • Choose your words carefully and respectfully when speaking of the women in your life.
  • Show your strength by speaking up to men who are using their strength for hurting.
  • Refuse to let TV, movies, music or other people define what it means to be a man for you.
  • Understand that it takes more than just not being a batterer or a rapist to be a good guy.
  • Treat all women and girls with respect.
  • Don’t patronize sex workers or strip clubs.
  • Ask every time — don’t assume you know what your partner wants.
  • Get involved with La Casa, Inc. and be an example of kindness and compassion to other men.

On A Community Level

  • Contact your local movie theater and ask them to display the La Casa, Inc. Crisis and Support Line, 800-376-2272, on the screen during previews.
  • Invite a speaker from La Casa, Inc. to your class, work or community group.
  • Speak out when the media minimizes domestic violence.
  • Make the media accountable for their actions and guide them to take reports seriously.
  • Involve La Casa, Inc. in local community groups through speaking engagements, fundraisers or volunteering projects.
  • Ask the government to have funds earmarked to help combat domestic violence and provide treatment for those who have been abused.

Understand The Culture

By helping people become more aware of cultural influences that contribute to domestic violence and sexual assault, we can help prevent violence before it starts. Understand the culture of abuse.

People often say the best way to eliminate a problem is to eliminate its source. Of course, it’s humanly impossible for us to go around and stop every rape, assault or act of abuse when it occurs. But by helping people become more aware of cultural influences and how they can contribute to domestic violence, we can help prevent violence before it starts.

Here are some ways to be mindful of the culture influences in your day-to-day life

  • Avoid buying entertainment that glorifies sexual violence and the objectification of women and girls.
  • Learn how racism, sexism and homophobia are connected.
  • Learn about power and control tactics.
  • Do a Google search for “rape” and see that most of the results are for pornography, not prevention.
  • Understand that putting boys and men down by calling them “ladies” and “girls” hurts everyone.
  • Celebrate all aspects of masculinity, including compassion and sensitivity.
  • Understand how cultural beliefs contribute to interpersonal violence and support ways to encourage it to stop before it affects another generation.
  • Let boys cry.
  • Praise women and girls for something other than the way they look.
  • Respect every person’s — even a child’s — right to say no.

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