When it comes to domestic violence, the statistics are sobering: About 20 people per minute in the U.S. are physically abused by an intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Nationwide, roughly one in four women – and one in nine men – experience severe intimate partner physical violence, sexual violence, partner stalking with injury, and other types of assaults.
Fortunately, Pierce County has several organizations that rank among the state’s leaders in providing resources and refuge for domestic abuse survivors, two of which are the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center (CJFJC) and Our Sister’s House (OSH), both located in Tacoma.
This Community Care Conversation, hosted by Elevate Health’s Clinical Director of Integration and Transformation, Kim Bjorn features two guests: Abi McLane, Assistant Director of CJFJC and OSH Executive Director Kelli Robinson. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, celebrated each year in October, this podcast episode explores domestic violence awareness and strategies to support those experiencing abuse.
Physical violence is often just the tip of the iceberg in abusive relationships, according to McLane and Robinson, who added that for many survivors, finding a “way out” is a process that can take time, patience and planning.
Every survivor’s journey looks different. But the one commonality is it takes time to do it. – Abi McLane, Assistant Director of CJFJC
Listen now to learn about how CJFJC and OSH are working to eliminate domestic violence through intervention, support and prevention services.
Read the full story here and access community resources below:
- Crystal Judson Family Justice Center
- Our Sister’s House
- Casteele Williams and Associates
- Tacoma Pro Bono
- Rebuilding Hope
- Washington Trafficking Prevention
- Catherine Place
- KWA-We Are Family Home
- YWCA of Pierce County
- Centro Latino
- Tacoma Community House Victim Advocacy Program
Elevate Health Podcast, sponsored by Elevate Health and its subsidiary OnePierce Community Resiliency Fund, can be accessed at ElevateHealth.org, or on Spotify, Google Music, Audible, Amazon Music, or other major listening platforms.