It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month: How To Get Involved
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and although domestic violence occurs in our community year round, this month serves as an added reminder of how we can support victims.
Alternatives to Violence (ATV), a local nonprofit that provides shelter, advocacy, resources and more to victims of domestic violence, offers northerners a number of ways to get involved.
“Domestic violence thrives in silence,” said Kari Clark, executive director of ATV, in our “Tuned In to NoCo” interview. “In order to be able to support and help victims and survivors and prevent domestic violence in the future, we all need to talk about it in the community.”
On Wednesday October 13, the organization is hosting Domestic Violence: Shedding Light in Our Community, an event designed to educate participants on how to recognize situations of domestic violence and how to help someone who is facing it. Guests can attend in person at Realities for Children (308 E County Rd. 30, Fort Collins) or via Zoom.
During the last week of October, ATV is encouraging the public to don purple, the color of domestic violence awareness, and to post photos on social media tagged with # ATVDVAM2021. The association is also always open to volunteers and donations.
Besides attending events and raising awareness, one of the best ways to get involved is simply to learn about the issue at hand.
“I just appreciate that anyone finds out what they can. Someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, so the more information you have the better you can help,” Clark said. “One in four women and one in seven men are currently victims of violence. Let’s do our best to get people out of these situations.”
Learn more about Domestic Violence Awareness Month by listening to the full “Tuned In to NoCo” interview with Kari Clark below.