Violence against women: It's a men's issue
Since men are the primary perpetrators of abuse both against males and females, in 2017, Safe Shelter engaged in a three-pronged prevention initiative based on the belief that boys and men have the responsibility for changing the prevalent culture that condones and facilitates violence against women. The initiative is designed to give men and boys the tools to understand abuse and safely advocate on behalf of victims. The initiative’s programs are the White Ribbon Campaign; Coaching Boys Into Men; and Stand Up Colorado. All of the programs are being developed with a grass roots approach including St. Vrain Valley Schools, community leaders and professionals, parents, and any community members who want to play a role in ending partner abuse. The common goal is to provide men with the tools to intervene safely and act as allies and advocates in order to break the cycle of domestic violence.