When it comes to domestic violence, numbers can be deceiving. Lonnie Chavez of the Grand Junction Police Department, domestic violence cases do not paint an accurate picture by themselves because the incidents are not crimes –– they are crime enhancers.
The term refers to a domestic violence charge that can only be attached to another crime, such as battery, assault or stalking.
“It makes it difficult because we can’t do anything and we know it is happening, but there is nothing we can do [if they don’t report it].” According to law enforcement and academic officials, the statistics fluctuate according to the size of the university.
“Domestic violence is in every ethnic, socio-economic background,” said Fort Collins District Attorney Emily Humphrey.
“It doesn’t matter if you are educated or a male or female, domestic violence has been around.” “People don’t think that the crime can happen, but it does.
It happens all the way up: race, age, education,” Humphrey said.
Training is critical to stopping the cycle of violence against women in the socially complex campus environment.
After all, faculty and staff juggling heavy workloads may not be aware of their responsibilities or how to respond to incidents, and students are often unaware of and unprepared for the types of sexuality-related issues and challenges they may face.
As a former executive director of a domestic violence shelter as well as a former director of a campus-based women's center, I've witnessed firsthand the impact of gender-based violence on our campuses and in our communities.
In the face of the sometimes overwhelming pink-washing we experience every October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, some of us might not realize that October also marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
This presents an excellent opportunity to increase our understanding of intimate partner violence.
Affirmative consent means affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.
It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that he or she has the affirmative consent of the other, or others, to engage in the sexual activity.