There have been frequent headlines involving professional sports figures who have engaged in behaviors that are unprofessional, at best, criminal at the worst. When the subject matter is domestic violence, fans and community leaders tend to take notice, since professional sports as a whole publicly condemned such behavior. Colorado baseball fans may be aware of the calls for one CEO to be suspended over his actions early last month.
There has been a renewed effort to ensure that abuse and violence against women and other victims is no longer a secret matter. As a result, victims have been emboldened to speak publicly on serious issues such as domestic violence and other harmful behaviors. There may be many Colorado residents who have been victims of abuse and are unsure of how to protect themselves or their children from this frightening behavior.
Last October, Colorado baseball fans cheered after their team defeated the Cubs in a playoff game. What many may not have known is that one of the Cubs, Addison Russell, would be suspended on allegations of domestic violence. Though the accusations first surfaced in 2017, it was more than a year before officials with Major League Baseball took action.
The current government shutdown has impacted many projects that have not been in the headlines. Some of these programs include outreach efforts for victims of domestic violence. In spite of the current woes of the federal government, there are many Colorado residents who may be in need of assistance with protecting themselves and their loved ones from this serious problem.
The one place that is supposed to provide solace and comfort is the family home. Sadly, for too many victims, this place of refuge becomes a nightmare when they are subjected to domestic violence. Regardless of the level of violence, Colorado residents who are enduring this type of behavior deserve to find relief and safety.
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.