JACKSON, Wyo. — According to education experts and psychologists, children exposed to domestic violence not only have more disciplinary problems at school, but they also perform considerably worse in math and reading than other students.
The American Counseling Association notes that: “Exposure to violent home and community environments, as well as an injury due to violence, contribute to both reduced academic progress and increased disruptive or unfocused classroom behavior for children, adolescents, and teenagers.”
In other words, the science is clear. Children and young people who do not have a safe, stable home have an infinitely more difficult time achieving the same academic successes as their peers.
“Without the support and refuge provided by a safe, stable home, kids are much more likely to face challenges both socially and academically,” says Sarah Cavallaro, Executive Director of Teton Youth & Family Services. “When there aren’t adults modeling healthy relationships, boundaries, and communication, it’s that much harder for kids to learn and develop those skills.”
And it’s not only children. The U.S. Department of Justice agrees that intimate partner violence is considered a barrier to women’s ability to find and maintain jobs because of their increased risk of physical and mental health problems. Add in the potential for missed work due to seeking medical care, attending court, or limited access to funds or transportation — it’s no surprise that an unsafe home presents roadblocks to a successful career.
“We see this frequently, right here in Jackson Hole. People who are navigating violence at home have a host of challenges to finding and keeping a job,” says Community Safety Network Executive Director Andy Cavallaro. “Whether it’s an abusive partner who cuts their victim off from a car or from bank accounts, who threatens to compromise their immigration status, or just ties them up in an excessive number of legal proceedings — it’s not hard to see how that would negatively impact your ability to be a great employee or further your career.”
Without a strong foundation — a home that is safe, predictable, and supportive — it’s nearly impossible for anyone to succeed. Whether that means academic success and a positive educational experience, or a rewarding career with potential for achievement and growth, having a stable home is critical.
Our community — from workplaces and classrooms to neighborhoods and friendships — is stronger and healthier when everyone can enjoy safety and stability. It creates space for each person to grow into their truest self. Community Safety Network and Teton Youth & Family Services help families move from crisis to stability, and that impacts all realms of the community.
The services provided by these organizations empower families to recover from trauma and move into confidence, stability, and safety. We hope you’ll join these dedicated nonprofits in supporting this innovative fundraiser, and investing in the stability of every family in the Jackson Hole community. Stability is the foundation for success, and when one of us succeeds, our whole community succeeds.
Local philanthropists Ted and Noa Staryk and Carrie Kirkpatrick have each made generous matching challenge grants of $50,000. Any donors who have not previously contributed to these organizations will have their gifts matched — an exciting opportunity to double your impact.
To make a contribution to the Growing Stronger Together fundraiser — or to learn more about the services and collaborative work of Community Safety Network and Teton Youth & Family Services — please visit StrongerJH.org.
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