Q. What should you know about domestic abuse?
A. Domestic abuse is any physical or emotional indignity that causes harm and that occurs between people involved in an intimate relationship or between family members. For example: kicking, hitting, slapping, punching, pushing, biting, pulling of hair, choking, forced sexual behavior, threats, harassment, or withholding of needs such as food, money or affection.
A. Domestic abuse occurs in all walks of life regardless of one’s economic status, race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender. Although most cases of domestic abuse that occur are those in which the man is the abuser, men are also victims of domestic abuse. Neither men nor women should feel any guilt or shame in seeking help.
A. It is dangerous to continue with the misconception that domestic abuse will subside on its own. Typically, without help, the abuse will only get worse. You don’t deserve to be mistreated.
On campus, you can call or go to:
The MSCD Counseling Center, Tivoli (TV) 651. (303) 556-3132
The Institute for Women’s Studies and Services, 1033 9th Street Park. (303) 556-8441
Or off campus, you can call:
Safehouse Denver Outreach Services (24 hour crisis line support) (303) 892-8900
Colorado Domestic Violence Coalition at 1-800-799-7233 or (303) 831-9632.