Learn more from the official blog of Stand Up Colorado:
What do you picture when you think of relationship violence? Raised fists? Black eyes? Backhanded slaps? Punching holes in the wall? Smashing things? Although those are all acts of physical abuse, they only scratch the surface of the behaviors used to maintain power and control in a relationship.
Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)? Not only is it a great reason to put on your boldest purple – outside of the Rockies being in the playoffs – but it gives us all a chance to reflect on the prevalence of relationship violence in all of our communities.
Consent is a word we’re hearing more and more of these days, but there aren’t enough in-depth conversations about what it actually means – especially in the context of relationships. We talk with local experts about what healthy sex is and how we can all practice it in our own relationships.
Relationship violence doesn’t just occur in adult relationships where a couple is married or living together, but begins as soon as we start to date in high school and college. Not only does a majority of violent behavior begin between the ages of 12-18, but people experience the highest rates of relationship violence between 18-24.
Why do people use abusive behaviors? The answer to this question evades most of us in the general public – even those that use or experience them – and is often replaced by a number of myths that have been perpetuated for decades. Learn more about the role power and control plays in relationship violence.