Peace House Receives Key Funding from Vail ResortsGrant Supports Peace House Programs that Enrich the Lives of Children Who Have Witnessed or are Victims of Domestic Violence
Thanks to a generous EpicPromise grant from Vail Resorts, Peace House has received funding that propels our mission to end family violence in the community through education, outreach, support services and shelter. The EpicPromise grant specifically strengthens the Peace House programs that assist children who are victims of or are witnesses to domestic violence. The funding also boosts our education program, which last school year reached more than 12,000 Summit and Wasatch county students, grades K through 12. Age appropriate instruction, approved by Prevent Child Abuse Utah, helps students recognize domestic and dating violence, navigate the Internet safely and plan an escape route when violence threatens.
Youth education programs are critical to interrupting the cycle of violence. Domestic violence is not something that happens during an isolated incident of rage. According to the National Dating Abuse Helpline, “Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18. The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence,”
Peace House now has in place a clinical therapy program specifically for children who are victims or have witnessed domestic abuse. Witnessing domestic violence is the single best predictor of children becoming either perpetrators or victims of domestic abuse later in life. The EpicPromise grant keeps this vital program in place.