ATV's Services Never Take a Holiday

You may not realize it, but domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking are highly prevalent around the country, and a harsh reality right here in Northern Colorado.

Each of those violent crimes has seen an alarming surge in the face of COVID-19. As most of the population is working and spending more time at home, victims are forced to be in tight, dangerous confines with their abusers. The pandemic has put many people in financial hardship; perpetuating stressful living conditions, alcohol consumption and substance abuse, even resulting in new violent scenarios.  Additionally, the holidays can add to the stress with family obligations, gift buying and other holiday expectations that become pressures rather than enjoyment. Unfortunately for many, the holidays aren’t a season of merriment or peace. It can be difficult for many to navigate the hustle and bustle of heightened emotions and challenges that may culminate into violence.

Alternatives to Violence (ATV) is a non-profit organization located in Loveland that provides shelter, advocacy, education and resources for people impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. The wide variety of free services includes emergency shelter, 24-hour victim advocates, court advocates and community education advocates. ATV can be reached 24 hours every day at (970) 669-5150. The staff is specially trained to help victims of all identifying genders in crisis find emergency shelter, connect with community services or implement a safety plan. ATV’s office staff can help guide survivors on how to obtain skills and work their way towards long-term, independent living.

In addition to shelter and crisis intervention, ATV partners with the Loveland Police Department, other local law enforcement agencies and local hospitals to provide 24-hour crisis intervention and victim advocates at a crime scene, in the hospital, before, during and after a criminal case or to support clients with legal assistance.

ATV also works on efforts to change the stigma, stereotypes and myths about these types of violence throughout the community, while exploring different ways to reach those that might be victims.

If you suspect a friend, loved one or neighbor might be the victim of an abusive relationship watch for telling signs such as intense jealousy, controlling or humiliating behavior. When confronting the victim, do not be judgmental. Let the person know you are there to help and listen. Offer ways to assist with their daily routine. Stress the importance of self-care and getting out to seeing family and friends. If the person admits to being in an abusive situation, encourage him/her to seek legal intervention, counseling or shelter. Whatever the person chooses to do it’s important to remain supportive, to let that person know you are there for them so they will continue to trust you.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking, please give Alternatives to Violence a call at (970) 669-5150. If you would like to help, and are interested in either volunteering or donating money or much-needed items, please visit alternativestoviolence.org.

Alternatives to Violence is able help those in need in our community because of the generosity of the community. It is the grants, in-kind and monetary donations from business partners and individuals that help to keep our doors open and our phone lines on. We are greatly appreciative for living in such a caring community.

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