October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 14, 2013

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, injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.  Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of sex, age, race, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.

If you are concerned about a relationship you are in or have been, or if you are concerned about a friend’s relationship please contact CU-Boulder’s Office of Victim Assistance. It is a free and confidential advocacy and counseling center on campus for our students, staff and faculty. Located on the fourth floor of C4C, room S440, email: assist@colorado.edu or call 303-492-8855.

For more information please visit:

-The Office of Victim Assistance Intimate Partner Abuse pages under the “get help” tab

-National Coalition Against Domestic Violence http://www.ncadv.org/

-Follow our local safe houses for events going on in our community:

https://www.facebook.com/FollowSPAN (Boulder)

https://www.facebook.com/safeshelterofstvrain or 
http://www.longmontdomesticviolence.org (Longmont)

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