Relationship violence is not OK. It is OK to ask for help.

Our Colorado community values health, well-being, and will not tolerate relationship violence in any form. As we recognize and act to prevent this violence, people who choose to abuse will take responsibility for changing their behavior and Colorado will create a future free from relationship violence.

1 in 7 people in Colorado have experienced relationship violence.

What is Relationship Violence?

Relationship Violence—also known as domestic violence—is a pattern of behaviors used to coerce, intimidate, threaten, manipulate, and/or maintain power and control over a current or former intimate or dating partner. It includes physical and sexual aggression, threats, intimidation, psychological abuse, and financial deprivation. The person experiencing abuse is never to blame. There is help available for both those experiencing abuse and those using abusive behaviors.

Stand Up Colorado Helpline

The Stand Up Colorado helpline is a statewide resource for everyone, whether you are a person who is using violence, experiencing violence, or wanting to help someone. The helpline is staffed by relationship violence advocates at TESSA, a community-based organization in Colorado Springs, to talk with you about what is going on and refer you to additional resources.

Call 855.9StandUp (855-978-2638)

In 2016, 48 people in Colorado died as a result of relationship violence


Relationship violence can be difficult to identify. Many people who are using, experiencing, or witnessing relationship violence don’t recognize it as abuse. Any one of these behaviors alone may not indicate an abusive relationship, but it’s important to know the red flags and take time to explore them. Know the warning signs and remember that help is available if you think that you or someone you know might be using, experiencing, or witnessing relationship violence.

Am I Using Abusive Behaviors?

Do you think you are behaving in ways that are harmful to someone you care about? Admitting that you are doing something wrong is the most difficult step. It’s a choice to use abusive behaviors. It’s also a choice not to. There is never an excuse for being abusive and it is never the fault of anyone else. If you think you are using abusive behaviors, you can change. You can stop hurting the people you care about.