Luna County Healing House renovation underway

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DEMING – The hard work and dedication of the Luna County Healing Home staff was behind the interior remodeling of offices and living quarters. The Healing House is Luna County’s shelter for survivors of domestic violence,

Renovation of the facility is well underway and was made possible by funding received from the New Mexico Legislature in the form of capital expenditures.

This renovation is long overdue, according to the Luna County government. The purpose of the county’s program is to help our clients escape domestic violence and provide them with a safe and secure environment.

The ongoing goal is for guests to have a beneficial and healing experience during their stay at the Healing House. The impact staff seek under the renovation plan is that clients gain that sense of security in a beautiful refuge to promote a stronger sense of well-being and lessen the impact of the trauma of relocation. that they endured.

In 2020, Luna County Healing House provided residential services for 75 adults and 55 children. From the start of the renovations, the Friends of the Maison de Guérison were notified and without hesitation stepped in to cover the accommodation costs of our clients in the hotels from May 9, 2021 to May 31, 2021.

Friends is a non-profit organization whose vision is that all families in Luna County live free from domestic violence. They are instrumental in establishing the Healing House and providing other means of support to families escaping the clutches of domestic violence.

The children's playroom is completely organized in an orderly manner at the Healing House.

Friends also lent their support by providing $5,000 for educational toys, activities, swings, shelves and more for customers and their children. The staff are extremely grateful for their generosity and continued support.

The Healing House’s mission statement is to provide comprehensive support and intervention services to those affected by domestic violence by providing emergency shelter, protection order advocacy, counselling, legal advocacy, immigration and education and training courses.

Domestic violence is categorized into three phases and is deeply associated with power and control. Here are the phases of the cycle of violence:

Stage 1

Creation of tension (the abusive partner may become increasingly irritable and angry and may engage in a level of abusive behavior; slapping, verbal and/or psychological abuse. The abused partner may become fearful and may try to make the abuser less angry or hostile in an attempt to defuse the situation to avoid an explosion. The victim may seek the assistance of law enforcement only to be told that nothing can be done until the violence occurs).

Stage 2

Explosion (the acute incident of bodily harm is physical, sexual, or verbal abusive behavior. Explosion is usually the shortest phase and can last from a few minutes to a few days. This phase can lead to serious injury or death The victim will do whatever they feel is necessary to survive, which may include asking family, friends or law enforcement for help.

Phase 3

Quiet time or honeymoon (the environment of the abusive relationship becomes tranquil and even pleasant. The abuser apologizes and promises to change. This can include gifts, promises to ask for help, reminders of good moments of the relationship, etc. The victim may see the abuser sincerely apologizing and viewing the abuse as an aberration. This is usually the longest phase of the cycle, but it can gradually shorten over time. is also when the victim asks for help, due to the window of calm and safety. ).

Victims of domestic violence can be male or female and the nature of the abuse can be physical and mental. Once a victim enters the facility, they receive counseling and referrals for a 90-day stay.

Luna County has a clear message for survivors of domestic violence: “You are not alone.”

October is recognized in Luna County as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

For more information, please contact Luna County Healing House Program Director Melissa Mata at [email protected]

Bill Armendariz can be reached at 575-546-2611 (leave a message) or [email protected]

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