11:10 am - Monday September 25, 2017

TESSA Observes Domestic Violence Awareness

While Domestic Violence awareness, prevention, and advocacy are our daily focus here at TESSA, every October we focus our efforts on reminding the community of the work that we do. Statistically we know that 1 in 4 women will be the victim of intimate partner violence in her lifetime. In El Paso county, that number remains consistent. Please consider helping TESSA promote the following events. The event of particular interest to media partners is Silent Witness on Friday, October 5th. Red silhouettes representing victims of domestic violence who have lost their lives will be placed on the lawn of the Pioneer’s Museum, creating a striking tableau. Additionally, TESSA staff and survivors are available for interviews or presentations anytime, but particularly throughout the month of October. Please consider calling our office to schedule a speaker for your event or broadcast.
September 24th – October 28th – Beauty Brands 2012 End Abuse Campaign
Beauty Brands at 7214 North Academy Blvd in Colorado Springs will dedicate one month to domestic violence awareness. Proceeds from the sale of Redken “Guts” as well as customer’s direct donations will benefit TESSA.
October 5th –Silent Witness
From 11:30 to 1:00pm, the lawn of the Pioneer’s Museum will be dedicated to local victims whose lives have been lost as a result of domestic violence. Observers will be invited to view the Silent Witness silhouettes and pay their respects. Speeches will be given at the gazebo by the Honorable Doug Miles and the family of domestic violence victim Jaclyn Funderberg, who was killed by her abuser in 2007.
October 6th – COS Portraits for a Cause
The Colorado Springs Creative Photography Group will donate their time and talent to offer portrait sittings to the public. Each sitting will receive high resolution images on a disc which are then yours to keep. These sessions will be held at the Myron Stratton Campus from 10:00am to 4:00pm for a minimum $25 donation directly to TESSA. Those donating over $100 will receive a complimentary 11 x 14 matted print. Discs may be picked up at the TESSA main office within 3 weeks. Contact photographer Simone Severo at monisevero@hotmail.com or 719-963-0481 for details or visit www.simonevision.com.
October 12th – October 14th – Safe Quarters “Feet on the Street”
TESSA’s Auxilliary will host this community- wide effort to collect change and other financial contributions to support TESSA’s safehouse. Donation sites will be at area Walmart and Sam’s Club locations.
October 27th – NEVER a Victim Self Defense Class
This class will be held at Fountain City Hall, Fountain, CO from 10-2pm. TESSA will receive 20% of proceeds. This is a fun-filled and empowering opportunity for women everywhere. Please visit http://www.never-a-victim.org/ to register. Questions can be directed to Doris at 719/339-1959 or at doris@never-a-victim.org.

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