EDITOR: It has seemed to me that Supervisor Efren Carrillo has done a good job representing his constituency as well as serving as a good activist role model to young residents of every ethnicity and political persuasion. He has recently made some mistakes in judgment and behavior and has said that he recognizes that they were mistakes. And he is taking responsibility for them. He is said to be receiving appropriate services designed to prevent future such mistakes.
I have learned that people can change once they recognize that they have a problem. Let's not throw the baby out with the bath water.
EDITOR: Another shocking headline, another tragic event leads to another community member lost as the result of domestic violence. The headlines paint a disturbing and developing picture: "SR woman strangled, husband arrested," "SR man charged in wife's strangling" and, most recently, "Couple had turbulent marriage."
YWCA Sonoma County defines domestic violence as threatening behavior that seeks to control and exercise power over another. This behavior can include one or all of the following: emotional abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, physical abuse, financial abuse and/or threats of abuse or violence to a partner's children.
YWCA Sonoma County's 24-hour crisis hotline fields calls every day — on average 3,000 calls annually. We are Sonoma County's leading provider of domestic violence services, and we have been for almost 40 years. Our confidential safe house shelter provides refuge for families, and our therapeutic preschool offers counseling for the most vulnerable victims.
If any of the above listed behaviors describe your situation or a situation you are aware of, we implore you to contact us at 546-1234. This one action may very well save another community member from being lost.