Advocates offers these tips to people who know someone that may be in danger.
Listen in a non-judgmental, supportive manner.
Be supportive, regardless of the number of times they return to the relationship.
Remind them that they are not alone and are not to blame for the abuse.
Make referrals to programs that offer assistance to victims of domestic violence. Encourage them to make contact with a victim advocate to discuss options.
Assist in developing a safety plan.
If they tell you they are afraid, trust that there are good reasons for that belief.
Tell them you’re concerned for their safety.
Tell them that they deserve better than this.
Be there for them even when you don’t understand their decisions.
For help in Routt County, people can call Advocates at 970.879.2034. The 24-hour crisis hotline number is 970.879.8888. In Moffat County, people can call Open Heart Advocates at 970.824.9709. The 24-hour crisis hotline number is 970.824.2400. In an emergency, call 911. Those looking for resources outside Northwest Colorado can call 800.799.7233.