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
1. Cultivate a respectful attitude toward women in your family and at your workplace. Avoid behaviors that demean or control women.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Learn about domestic violence services in your community. Contribute your time (volunteer!), resources or money. Call 970-247-4374 to find out more.
5. Call the police if you see or hear violence in progress.
6. Talk to your friends and neighbors when they belittle women, make a joke about violence, or ignore a battered woman.
7. Write to movie producers, movie companies, internet businesses, video game producers and TV stations to speak out about violence against women.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Examine your own life for violence and oppressive behaviors. Try to live a violence free life.