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July 27, 2011

Our hearts, thoughts and compassion go out to the family and friends of Ralph Bell

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Ann Atkins 802.863.0003

SafeSpace is the anti-violence/anti-discrimination program of the RU12? Community Center located inthe Champlain Mill in Winooski, Vermont. SafeSpace provides support and advocacy services to Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) survivors of violence. Although located in ChittendenCounty, SafeSpace is available to LGBTQ victims of violence statewide.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior that one person uses to gain and maintain power and control over another person. Often the world is reminded about domestic violence as a result ofsomething tragic happening. When tragedy strikes news media outlets report on domestic violence andas a society we become aware and are reminded again of this often silent epidemic.

SafeSpace condemns the use of violence. Our hearts, thoughts and compassion go out to the family of Ralph Bell, a recent victim of domestic violence homicide. Ralph’s death, like so many others ended suddenly and tragically and we mourn the loss of lives to this senseless act of violence.

The rate of violence in same sex relationships occurs at the same rate as heterosexual relationships,one in every four relationships will experience some form of domestic violence. Each year the numberof LGBTQ survivors served continues to grow. The SafeSpace Program provides support and advocacyservices, resource and referrals, court and hospital advocacy and training opportunities for the greatercommunity to learn more about the issues of domestic, sexual and hate violence and how it impacts anLGBTQ person and the larger community.

If you or someone you know is in need of support please contact the SafeSpace Program at 802-863-0003. Advocates are available Monday through Thursday from 9am until 6pm, and on Friday’sfrom 10am until 2pm. If there is a crisis emergency and immediate help is needed outside of regularSafeSpace office hours Vermont has a 24 hour domestic violence hotline that can be reached by calling1-800-228-7395 and a 24 hour rape crisis hotline available at 1-800-489-7273. Advocates are available

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