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Farmington police sponsor two community events
Domestic violence survivor will speak on Tuesday
FARMINGTON — A local survivor of domestic violence plans to speak as part of two community events involving the Farmington Police Department.
The woman is the featured speaker at an event presented by Farmington police in its "Choices" series. The event takes place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Sycamore Park Community Center at 1051 Sycamore St. in Farmington.
The speaker will share her story of living with an abuser and how she was able to escape from her abusive relationship, according to Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen.
Allen said the presenter requested that her name not be revealed.
A former gang member, Jorge Cuevas, spoke as the first part of the "Choices" series in January at the Sycamore Park Community Center. That event with Cuevas filled the gym at the Sycamore Park Community Center.
The success of the event led Farmington police to make it an ongoing series of community presentations, Allen said. She said Farmington experiences domestic violence like any other area, explaining that alcohol appears to be a factor in a lot of cases to which officers respond.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as battery, sexual and physical assault, and other abusive behaviors that are a part of a pattern of power and control committed by one intimate partner against another.
Nationwide, one in three women and one in four men have been physically abused by an intimate partner, with one in seven women and one in 18 men having been stalked, the organization says.
A Farmington police detective and a victim advocate will also speak, providing an overview and local statistics of domestic violence.
Allen hopes everyone who attends becomes educated about domestic violence and gains an understanding of the difficulty a victim faces in an abusive relationship.
Several area organizations and agencies, including the San Juan County District Attorney's Office, the Family Crisis Center and DNA Legal Services, will have information booths at the event.
The police department is also partnering with the San Juan College Herencia Latina Center and the ENLACE (Engaging Latino Communities for Education) program to host the Dia de los Niños celebration, a free family event on April 28.
Arely Caro, the new director of the Herencia Latina Center and ENLACE, said the event is named after a children's day celebration in Mexico with the focus on loving and appreciating children.
Caro said Farmington police and the college are using the event to highlight safety and educational opportunities offered in the community. She added she hopes the event will help the Farmington police and college build a relationship with the community.
It will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on April 28 in the parking lot of the college's 30th Street campus at 3539 E. 30th St.
A number of safety activities, including a child ID kit booth and car seat installations, will take place. Games and activities will be set up for children, including face painting, balloons and prize giveaways. The Farmington police bomb robot also will be on display.
Those attending also can learn more about Farmington police programs, including Women With Insight and the Citizens’ Academy and sign up for San Juan College ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. The event also will feature information booths from such organizations as the Farmington Public Library.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.