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RISE Launches New Campaign

A local non-profit victim assistance organization is bringing its message against domestic violence front and center, with the addition of a new billboard in Downtown San Luis Obispo.

RISE announced the launch of its new public awareness campaign, “focused on the relationship between health and experiences of sexual assault/abuse and intimate partner violence,” the organization said in a news release.

“Traditionally at RISE, we focus on the mental and emotional health of our clients and the physical safety afforded by our emergency shelters,” said Jane Pomeroy, associate director. “We are excited to partner with local healthcare providers to address the underlying physical health problems associated with gender-based violence and to connect patients with needed community resources. This is a public health issue, and we look forward to strengthening our partnerships in the healthcare field.”

The billboard is at the corner of Monterey and Pepper Streets below the railroad bridge in Downtown SLO.

RISE also launched two new resource webpages on its RISEslo.org/health website, designed for survivors and healthcare providers. “Visitors to the pages can learn about how their relationship can affect their health,” RISE said, “how to talk to healthcare providers about their relationship, what to expect during an appointment, and available resources and options. Healthcare providers can learn how to screen for gender-based violence, how to refer patients to needed community resources, and what to do when they’re unsure how to respond.”

RISE operates a 24-hour support line, (855) 886-7473 (RISE), and is “ready to respond by phone and in-person to hospitals and doctors’ offices to support patients and healthcare providers and answer questions associated with discussing gender-based violence in healthcare settings.

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