Recently, yet another National Football League player was arrested on allegations of abuse. This is not the first time Reuben Foster has had allegations of domestic violence associated with him. Though all states, including Colorado, have laws that are intended to protect victims and hold offenders accountable, there are some who are urging the NFL and the players to take a stronger stand.
Of all the social issues that can have the most detrimental effect on families, one of the worst is abuse that impacts children. Studies have shown that, even when domestic violence is not directed specifically at children, they still suffer psychological trauma. Though there are many shelters that are geared toward helping Colorado victims, these programs do not include the abuser.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health claims that the disabled population is more likely to suffer abuse, especially by caregivers. Sadly, though, there are many domestic violence shelters located here in Colorado and most other states in the country, but many of them are not equipped to assist those who may suffer from a disability. Fortunately, many organizations are working to ensure that this vulnerable segment of the population can also benefit from the services these shelters provide.
Those who are in law enforcement are entrusted to protect the safety of the residents in their jurisdiction. Of all the people under their protection, it may seem reasonable to expect that their personal families would be the highest priority. Unfortunately, the scourge of domestic violence can touch any family, even those who are charged to uphold the laws. Any Colorado resident could be at risk when a relationship becomes volatile.
Sadly, in spite of many public service campaigns, the statistics for abuse in the home continues to rise. Officials in many states are struggling to find resources to offer adequate assistance to domestic violence victims. Colorado residents who have been a victim of abuse may seek legal protections from their abusers.
Those who are in an abusive relationship often feel that they have no place to turn for meaningful help. There are many types of abuse, and victims of domestic violence may sometimes feel that the circumstances in their lives do not rise to a serious level that merits assistance. There are likely many Colorado residents who could benefit from assistance provided by a compassionate family law attorney.
No one is immune to family abuse, including those who are admired in the world of professional sports. There have been many incidents that have involved allegations of domestic violence, though not every accusation ends in charges. Colorado residents who face this serious social issue do have recourse to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.
The majority of families in Colorado live in warm, nurturing environments where the members provide support for one another. Unfortunately, there are also families who experience the trauma of domestic violence in many different forms. In an effort to draw attention to this serious social issue, October has been designated as an awareness month.
Every year it seems that a well-known athlete falls from the fans' good graces for one reason or another. That may be why it is refreshing when a player who has been accused of domestic violence is later found not guilty. Unfortunately, as some Colorado families are aware, this type of behavior and allegations are not uncommon.
Relationships are often difficult enough, especially when they are nearing the end. As a result of the elevated stress and emotional levels, the threat of domestic violence will sometimes become a factor. Colorado families do not have to face these situations on their own.