October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Wear a White Ribbon or Purple Ribbon to Show Your Support! Click below to take action.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is a national movement to bring public attention to the problem of intimate partner violence. While October is the official month for this campaign, many individuals and organizations in Longmont make domestic violence awareness their goal every single day.
- Domestic violence is Longmont’s No. 1 public safety issue. More people are injured from domestic violence than any other crime in Longmont.
- Domestic violence is a serious public health issue. Nearly one-third of American women report having been physically or sexually abused by a boyfriend or husband at some point in their lives.
- Many children exposed to domestic violence exhibit behavioral and physical health problems, and what they experience growing up has an enormous impact on their future relationships.
- Between 13-25% of teenage girls have been in a physically or verbally abusive relationship.
Domestic violence is not a family, individual or police issue – it is a community issue. Domestic violence in Longmont can be stopped, but it is going to take our residents working together to create a unified community that does not tolerate domestic violence. You can help. We ALL can.
Month of October – “Off the Shelf” – Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Avenue – A display of books and materials on domestic violence throughout the library.
October 3, 2015 – Race Against Domestic Violence 5K – 9 am. –
Join us for a morning of family fun while making a difference in the community. Entry fees will include snacks and a handsome t-shirt to commemorate your participation. Proceeds will support the victims and survivors of domestic abuse served by Safe Shelter St. Vrain Valley and LEVI (Longmont Ending Violence Initiative). All runners are eligible for a FREE 10-minute massage post race offered by Alternative Family Medicine and Chiropractic. Pre-registration is recommended.
Date, time, location: October 3 / Registration- 8:00 AM; Race starts-9:00 AM/ Dawson Park of McIntosh Lake in Longmont, CO (Southeast side of the lake)
Adult, $30; Ages 7-12, $15; 6 and under, free
Day of event, $5 additional
October 9, 2015 – Light of Hope – 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Isaak Walton Park, 18 S. Sunset. Community event and candlelight vigil to remember and honor victims and survivors. Call Safe Shelter at 303.772.0432 for more information.
October 14, 2015 – Domestic Violence Film – 6:00 – 8 p.m. – Longmont Public Library.
We’ll be looking at how domestic violence continues post separation in the documentary No Way Out But One. A discussion will follow covering the topics of custody, child support and other civil issues in domestic violence. Check out the trailer HERE.
October 21, 2015 – 22nd Annual Beth Haynes Award – 2 p.m., Boulder County District Attorney’s Office Training Room. This award recognizes the outstanding work of a Boulder County law enforcement officer. This year Detective Joanna Shuler from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is the recipient. Six Longmont Police Department officers will be recognized as nominees.
The following articles have appeared locally in the media during October:
- “Ray Rice Video Fuels Domestic Violence Awareness, Events”,Whitney Bryen, Longmont Times Call, October 2, 2014
- Why Don’t They Just Leave? City Line, October 2014
- Take Action to Help During Domestic Violence Month, CityLine, October 2013
“Take Action Against Domestic Violence This Month” – Trish Wood, Longmont Times Call, October 11, 2012
Recognize Teen Dating Abuse” – Virginia Creager, Longmont Times Call, October 11, 2012
“We Can All Fight This Form of Terrorism” – Longmont Life, Septemeber/October 2012
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Educate yourself: Get the facts, and find out what resources are available in the community. Browse this website and contact LEVI for more information.
Help a victim: Let them know you are there for them. Tell them they don’t deserve to be abused and that they can live a life free of abuse. Let them know about area services that can help. Services for victims include but are not limited to safe shelter, counseling, social services, legal advocacy, legal aid, low-income healthcare and child care, protection (restraining) orders, temporary safe pet housing, sexual assault resources, employment, self-sufficiency assistance and housing. Children who have been exposed to domestic violence can receive counseling, mentoring, supervised visitations and safe exchanges between parents.
Talk to an abuser: Always remember that while an abusive person may be open to talking with you, true change can only occur if that person is willing to be accountable for their actions, and be willing to take the necessary steps to help themselves. Domestic violence certified treatment and counseling is available to abusers.
Wear a ribbon! The purple ribbon helps raise awareness for domestic violence. The white ribbon is a symbol men wear to show they want to end ALL violence against women. Ask others to wear a ribbon.
Individual ribbon pick-up locations:
- Longmont Police Department lobby (ribbons are located in the wall display just to the left of the Records desk)
- Longmont Civic Center
- Longmont Senior Center
- Longmont Public Library
- Longmont United Hospital
Distribute ribbons. Please help by distributing purple and white ribbons to othes in the Longmont area – at your place of employment, at church, at your civic organizations, or some place else. Contact LEVI to arrange to pick up larger quantities of purple and/or white ribbons.
Set a good example: Other people see your behaviors and actions, especially young people. Treat others with respect, and teach the young people in your life that domestic violence is wrong.
Raise awareness in larger groups, such as during Sunday church services, during business meetings, or group meetings. Here are a few ideas: Ask your pastor for a couple of minutes to talk about efforts to end domestic violence, or ask to have it included in the bulletin or talked about in a sermon. During a business meeting or other group meeting, take a few minutes to talk about the efforts.
Take a stand: Domestic violence is not a private family matter. It is not an individual issue. It is not just a women’s issue. And, the police cannot solve this problem alone. Every single person can and should play a role in resolving domestic violence in Longmont.