Many victims of domestic abuse or violence do not think their situation is "serious enough" to merit any help from the state or local government. However, that is the very purpose of a protective order: to prevent a situation form being dire or to the point of causing injury or a leading to a criminal charge. Colorado laws provide for this type of legal action. Do yourself a service and at the very least consider your options. Read on to find out what a protective order can do for you in Colorado. Then talk to an experienced family law attorney about your situation.
Domestic violence is more common than many people realize. It's a crime that has significant consequences, including possible jail time and a loss of gun ownership privileges.
The Rose Andom Center is set to open by this fall in Denver, Colorado. The $13.6 million project will provide services from 25 different agencies for domestic violence victims. The goal is provide these services to the 4,000 citizens of Denver who report domestic violence incidents every year.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, underage college drinking and abuse are public health problems. The NIAAA reports that 80 percent of college students drink alcohol and that half of them had at least one binge drinking episode in the last two weeks.
Domestic violence is not just a criminal charge that happens to everyday people. Celebrities are often charged as well. However, these cases often play out in the media. A well-known radio personality was arrested in Denver, Colorado, on Dec. 20 for an alleged domestic violence incident.
A charge of domestic violence can be life-altering. It can damage one's reputation, affect personal relationships with family and friends, and limit a parent's time with his or her children. Restraining orders and orders of protection are almost always granted in domestic violence cases. These court orders make it illegal for someone charged with domestic violence to have any contact with the victim in the case, which usually means that the defendant must find another place to live.
Domestic violence can be a very real problem for many in Colorado, as well as the rest of the country. There are several resources available for those who are in an abusive relationship; however, some women and men are often terrified to the point that they refuse to seek help. A new app for Android cellphones or iPhone may help.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists domestic violence as a public health problem, and one that is preventable and serious. Also called "intimate partner violence" by the CDC, it is a term used to describe abuse in a psychological, sexual or physical way by a former or current spouse or partner.
Domestic violence is not a crime that only happens to women. Men are also victims, although this occurs less frequently. Our Denver readers may be interested in a story out of Colorado Springs in which a woman has been charged with domestic violence after allegedly setting her ex-boyfriend's home on fire.
Arrests in domestic violence cases do not only occur with ordinary people, but with celebrities and well-known sports figures. On Aug. 17, Tywon Lawson and his girlfriend were both arrested in what the sheriff of Arapahoe County, Colorado, has called a "domestic violence incident."