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Domestic violence: Make it your business, Grand County

Domestic violence is one of the most common “unspoken” societal issues; it’s the “drinking and driving” of 20 years ago.

For generations, domestic violence has destroyed relationships and families, yet few voices are heard. Despite its shocking toll, domestic violence continues to thrive because many of us look the other way or choose not to get involved, As recent fatalities in Grand County demonstrate, the time for speaking out is now.

Statistics show that between 1,000 and 1,500 deaths per year in the U.S. are the result of murder-suicide, most of which are between intimate partners. While most domestic violence does not result in death, this statistic is not comforting to someone who lives in constant fear of physical and emotional abuse.

Then, there’s the other “silent” victims – the children who are either physically or emotionally involved in the violence or witnesses it. For the sake of families, communities and society, we need to eradicate domestic violence.

To accomplish that, everyone needs to make domestic violence their business.

If you hear someone making threats regarding hurting themselves or someone else, you have a moral obligation to report it or tell someone you feel can help. If you are in a situation that you feel is “unhealthy and or dangerous” as the potential victim or perpetrator, tell someone and/or get help before it is too late Situations can escalate far beyond anything you would ever expect very quickly.

The emotions can build over a long period of time, and pent-up frustrations that can erupt. It is not bad and you will not be judged for asking for help prior to something happen; such responsible behavior will be much better than after an event that can never be taken back. As a community we must respect these people who come forward, as it takes great courage.

There are resources in the county available to help you and the people you care about. Colorado West Mental Health, Cynthia H. Rose LMFT (Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Provider) and ADVOCATES: Victim Assistance Team are on call 24 hours a day. Reach out when you see warning signs of relationship violence.

– This article was prepared by members of Grand County’s ADVOCATES

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