What can you do?
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP SOMEONE WHO IS BEING ABUSED
- Call our hotline: 970-247-9619
- Educate yourself about the resources in the community that can help
- Listen! Tell them abuse is not their fault
- Believe them. You may be the first person she/he has trusted to tell
- Be supportive and let her/him know that help is available
- Do not be judgmental
- Violence increases 75% when a woman leaves an abusive relationship - do not assume leaving is the right and/or safest thing for her to do
- Encourage her/him to call our hotline anytime: 970-247-9619
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP SOMEONE WHO IS BEING ABUSIVE
- Don't ignore the abuse. Hold them accountable for their actions
- Encourage them to seek help
- Call our hotline for further assistance
WAYS TO MAKE ENDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE YOUR BUSINESS
- Cultivate a respectful attitude toward women in your family and at your workplace. Avoid behaviors that demean or control women.
- When you are angry with your partner or children, respond without hurting or humiliating them. Model a non-violent, respectful response to resolving conflicts in your family. Call a domestic violence or child abuse prevention program for their help if you continue to hurt members of your family.
- If you have a friend or co-worker who is afraid of her partner or who is being hurt, offer her your support and refer her to the 24-hour Alternative Horizons hotline at 970-247-9619.
- Learn about domestic violence services in your community. Contribute your time (volunteer!), resources or money. Call 970-247-4374 to find out more.
- Call the police if you see or hear violence in progress.
- Talk to your friends and neighbors when they belittle women, make a joke about violence, or ignore a battered woman.
- Write to movie producers, movie companies, internet businesses, video game producers and TV stations to speak out about violence against women.
- Develop a woman's safety campaign in your workplace, neighborhood, school or house of worship. Build a consensus among your colleagues and neighbors that abusive behavior and language is unacceptable.
- Co-sponsor a citizens' monitoring group with your local domestic violence program to insure that law enforcement officers, judges and probation and parole personnel receive training about domestic violence and enforce the law.
- Examine your own life for violence and oppressive behaviors. Try to live a violence free life.