FAMILY CRISIS OF SAN JUAN COUNTY
In early 1978 in Farmington, NM, Marge Atkinson and a few other women, started to take victims of domestic violence into their own homes to help them and to try to keep them safe. They soon found out that they were now included in the crisis; during the next few years Marge Atkinson founded Marge Atkinson Home for Women and Children which became state funded and started the first protective shelter. The non-profit organziation has helped to pioneer a model for empowering families of domestic violence to take control of their lives.
The central office for Family Crisis Center, which serves for administrative and counseling purposes, has ad a variety of locations. The agency has set up offices all over Farmington during the past fourteen years. Such places have been a Lutheran Church, a warehouse, and several businesses. Our current location was also donated by the City of Farmington. It serves many purposes with private offices to counsel the clients.
Many programs developed over the course of the years, such as services for men, women, teens, and children. Once again the protective shelter and the main office locations have outgrown their space, and our needs are expanding daily. We have obtained land for Marge's place and in 2010 we built a new protective shelter for men, women, and children of domestic violence.
- Every 9 seconds in America, someone is physically abused by someone who says, "I love you."
- San Juan County, New Mexico sees Domestic Violence rates at THREE TIMES the national average.
- Family Crisis Center gave protective shelter to 422 people in Farmington in 2013.