Archive for the ‘Domestic Violence’ Category

Domestic Violence and the BIPOC Community

July 15th, 2022 by ATV Staff

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, despite social or economic status, ethnicity, or geographic location. However, studies show that women of color experience domestic violence at a higher rate. For instance, “One report shows that Black women suffer domestic violence at a rate 35 percent higher than that of white females.” Another study shows “48 percent of Latina women reported increased violence from their partners after emigrating to the U.S.”

There are many reasons that could be contributing to this disparity. Members of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community have their own unique challenges when it comes to facing domestic violence issues and their causes.

  • Financial burdens are often associated with domestic violence. Many low-income neighborhoods have a greater minority population, so they are further prone to financial stress which can culminate into violent behavior.
  • Many underserved communities do not always have immediate access to help, like shelters, so victims hesitate to leave. Victims may also feel like they don’t have a place they trust to turn to because of past experiences with racism or other experience that prevents them from confiding in anyone.
  • Perpetrators aren’t afraid that their victims will run or report them. For many BIPOC individuals, religious or cultural beliefs prevent them from leaving their marriage or relationship, so they don’t do anything about it. They may even view a domestic violence situation as a personal situation; not one to be shared with anyone.

Nearly 44% of the clients Alternatives to Violence serves every year are black, indigenous or of color. We strive to help survivors break free from a life of abuse and work hard to find the best resources that are culturally a good fit. All communication is confidential. If you or someone you know needs help breaking free from a domestic violence situation, please call us at 970-669-5150 or text 970-669-5157. We are here for you.


Ways to Help Domestic Violence Survivors in the Workplace

June 1st, 2022 by ATV Staff
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You may or may not know when someone at work is going through an abusive situation. Companies can support employees who may be in such a situation by opening a line of communication and providing resources. Here are a few steps and policies companies can put into place to support any employee who may be in a traumatic situation.

  1. Include a domestic violence policy in the employee handbook. This should include safety plans and guidelines for taking time off to handle legal matters.
  2. Hang information cards or flyers with important numbers and information in common areas.
  3. Encourage a mentally healthy environment, meaning encourage team members to check in with one another, offer coverage if someone needs to take time off
  4. Contact Alternatives to Violence for a free company training session on how to help employees experiencing domestic violence. This also includes signs that may help identify a team member experiencing violence, like missing deadlines, changes in personality or distant feeling.
  5. Show your company’s support for domestic violence prevention with a drive to collect donations from ATV’s Wish List; offering a matching gift opportunity; volunteer day at an organization like ATV that supports domestic violence survivors or wearing purple during October Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Most importantly, we want to make sure the person is getting the help they need as soon as possible so they don’t get further immersed into an abusive situation.

If your company is interested in an education seminar, please contact our Outreach Advocate, Marigaye Barnes, at 970-669-5150.

Paddles and Spirits Were Raised at the 5th Annual Purple Ribbon Breakfast

April 28th, 2022 by ATV Staff

Nearly 200 attendees came out to support victims of violence in our area by helping to raise money for critical services provided by Alternatives to Violence. If you were able to join us, thank you for being there and sharing in an inspiring hour together.

Our own Youth Advocate, Joe O’Bryan, served not only as emcee for the event, but provided entertainment with a few songs while the event wrapped up.

We tested the crowd’s knowledge about domestic violence with a True/False paddle raise. We were impressed by the number of correct answers!

We were privileged to have three remarkable local women share their personal ­– and very different –­ journeys with domestic violence.

  • Jacki Marsh, Mayor for the City of Loveland
  • Allie Reilly, 2022 Mrs. Colorado Petite
  • Queen Dedria Johnson, Founder of Queen’s Legacy Foundation

The event also gave us the opportunity to celebrate Alternatives to Violence’s 40th anniversary. In fact, we were honored to have one of the founders of Alternatives to Violence present at the event, Roxie Ellis!

We announced two special programs happening to commemorate our 40th year.

  • 40 Random Acts of Kindness: We are challenging the community to collectively perform 40 acts of kindness. This is an easy way to brighten someone's day, while also raising awareness for ATV. For complete details on how to participate, please visit here.
  • Free Tote Bag: If you commit to donating $40 every month for a year, we will send you a free anniversary eco-friendly tote bag! Learn more here.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Bank of Colorado, UCHealth, Rowes Flowers, Realities for Children, The Group Inc. Real Estate, Marci and Greg Foust, Jim and Laddie Adell and James Zack Consulting. These sponsors help to ensure that as much money as possible that is raised goes to servicing clients.

To see photos from the event visit our Facebook page here.

We are grateful by the love shown to the speakers at the event and the positive feedback we have received. We hope to see you at The Purple Ribbon Breakfast next year!

Debunking Myths About Domestic Violence

August 29th, 2020 by ATV Staff

There are many myths and misconceptions about domestic violence. We shared many of them this month on Facebook. In case you missed any of them, we’ve compiled them here. Of course, this is not an all-inclusive list, but many of the most popular ones.

Myth: Abuse takes place because of drugs and alcohol Substance abuse does not cause domestic violence. While alcohol and domestic violence are frequently paired, it is never the sole reason behind it. It may increase the level of violence or it may be used as an excuse for the violence, but it is not the cause. Learn more here.

Myth: Abused victims can just leave Leaving is more complicated than it seems. There are many factors that prevent victims from leaving. Reasons may include financial restrictions, children, pets, social pressures or religious beliefs. Aside from danger, you can find a list of many reasons why people stay in abusive relationships here.

Myth: Domestic violence only happens among poor, minorities or in rural areas. Domestic violence does not recognize class or race. It happens throughout all levels of society, income and geographic locations. Stats don't really show the true prevalence of domestic violence among middle and upper class. Such women often stay quiet out of social concerns or have the means to stay in a hotel, not needing shelter services, from which statistics are often derived. Learn more here.

Myth: Domestic violence only affects women According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Learn more here.

Myth: Domestic violence is only physical Abuse is not only physical but can be verbal or emotional too. Abuse can be controlling leaving victims fearful and without liberties. Abusers may also make threats against personal property and pets. Learn some of the signs of non-physical abuse here.

Myth: Domestic violence is a private matter We have a community responsibility to help one another. If you or someone you know needs help, please call Alternatives to Violence at (970) 669-5150.