New Horizons Crisis Center is a non-profit organization based in Richfield with outreach support services in Sevier, Sanpete, Wayne, Piute, and Millard Counties. It dedicates time and efforts to educating and empowering victims with support and resources. Too often, many are misinformed into believing that domestic violence is something that doesn’t affect our rural areas, or people “like us.” It is important to understand that domestic violence can affect anyone regardless of their age, gender, social status, religion, or race.
Since the year 2000, at least 42% of Utah homicides were domestic violence related. According to the Utah Coalition for Domestic Violence, one in three women is a victim of domestic violence. Additionally, 36.9% of Utah women will experience rape, stalking, and/or physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and New Horizons takes this opportunity to spread our message of hope to anyone who has encountered domestic violence. It is their goal to bring about more awareness and understanding across Central Utah by “painting” the town purple with purple ribbons, yard signs, and purple porch lights.
You may have noticed these purple porch lights before. Often associated with courage and survival, purple represents the resilience of survivors, and the bravery it takes to escape an abusive situation. Purple is a color of empowerment, and it’s a way for communities to come together to face the critical issue of domestic violence. The simple act of displaying a purple porch light helps to create an environment where survivors feel more inclined to seek help. A purple porch light says, “You’re safe here, you can talk to me, I support you”.
All community members are invited to participate in this worthwhile endeavor by purchasing a yard sign and a purple light bulb. These items are available at the Richfield and outreach offices, and 100% of the proceeds from this fundraising effort go towards supporting the victims that we serve. In addition, there are many other ways to get involved; the organization is always looking for donations of clothing, food, and everyday necessities.
“We always welcome those who want to volunteer for our organization, whether it be through advocacy, or assisting with upkeep at our locations. We always welcome monetary donations, which can be made by contacting us directly,” said Brooke Burrows, volunteer coordinator. “We at New Horizons are grateful for the constant and enthusiastic support we receive from our communities. Without your kind donations, our organization would not be able to provide the wonderful kind of support that we’re able to give to so many in need. We are grateful for your support in helping to raise awareness and put a stop to domestic violence.”
For more information about New Horizons, to make a donation, or to learn more about the services and resources visit online at centralutahcrisisintervention.org, or in person at the headquarters in Richfield, 145 East 100 North. The office can be reached at (435) 896-9294. The crisis line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be reached at 1-800-343-6302.