Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner abuse, is best understood as:
- a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological abuse as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship.
- Abusers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, and or injure a current or former intimate partner.
- Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of sex, age, race, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
2015 Events for DV awareness month:
- Race Against Domestic Violence 5K Saturday, October 3 at 8:00am
- Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley and LEVI (Longmont Ending Violence Initiative) will be co-hosting the 2nd Annual Race Against Domestic Violence 5K Run/Walk. Proceeds from this annual, all-ages family event will benefit victims of domestic violence and their families.
- Chili cook off during Broncos vs. Raiders Football game Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 2:00pm
- Fundraiser for Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence (SPAN)
- Person Expecting Women: Perspectives on gender neutrality in anti-rape activism in India Oct. 12, 4:30pm, UMC Aspen Room. Presenter Himika Bhattacharya, PhD
- Film showing “Two Spirits” Documentary and Discussion Wednesday October 21, 11am -1pm
- Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. He was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16. Two Spirits explores the life and death of this boy who was also a girl, and the essentially spiritual nature of gender.
- Conversation Circles, October 22nd, 4-5pm, CUE lounge in the C4C, 3rd floor.
- OVA, CAPS, and CUE staff will be leading a conversation circles on intimate partner abuse and relationships in communities of color. FREE dinner!
For more resources:
- The Office of Victim Assistance Intimate Partner Abuse pages under the “get help” tab
- Follow our local safe houses for events going on in our community:
- LIKE OVA on FB: https://www.facebook.com/CUvictimassistance (look for more events throughout October here)
- Also remember CU has policies that prohibit this type of conduct. For more information on CU’s policies visit the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, http://www.colorado.edu/institutionalequity/policies