What is Stand Up Colorado?

Stand Up Colorado is the first relationship violence prevention initiative of its kind in Colorado. The Movement is a statewide, collaborative, multi-year project that goes beyond raising awareness to alter behaviors and effect long-term social change.

The message is simple: relationship violence is not OK, but it is OK to ask for help. Working together, we can create a Colorado that values individual and community health and well-being, and does not tolerate relationship violence in any form.

Why Stand Up?

No matter who you are or where you come from, relationship violence impacts the communities in which we all live, work, play, and raise our children. It is not OK that:

  • One in seven people in Colorado experience relationship violence.[1]
  • 48 people in Colorado died in 2016 as a result of relationship violence.[2]
  • Between 20% and 50% of women experiencing homelessness cite relationship violence as the primary cause of their homelessness.2
  • Children exposed to relationship violence are more likely to develop social, emotional, and cognitive impairments.
  • Relationship violence costs the U.S. economy over $9.3 billion per year.[3]

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Stand Up Goals

Stand Up Colorado will:

  • Increase understanding of relationship violence.
  • Engage the community in prevention action.
  • Create a social climate that doesn’t tolerate relationship violence.
  • Provide a statewide helpline that serves everyone, including those who abuse.
  • Support behavior change for people who use abusive behaviors.
  • Decrease relationship violence in Colorado.

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When We Stand Up

Research and data show that reducing the incidence of relationship violence can advance the health and well-being of individuals and communities across Colorado by:

  • Decreasing child abuse and neglect.
  • Decreasing homelessness and poverty.
  • Reducing financial costs impacting individuals, communities, and organizations.
  • Promoting healthy relationship behaviors for a new generation.
  • Reducing the number of youth impacted by the behavioral, physical, and mental health effects of growing up in an abusive home.
  • Increasing the overall safety of our communities.
  • Decreasing bullying in schools and online.

Stand Up Values

All of Stand Up Colorado’s efforts are guided by the Movement’s core values:

  • Relationship Violence can happen to anyone.
  • Relationship Violence is never OK.
  • The burden for ending the violence shouldn’t be placed on those who have experienced abuse.
  • The responsibility for ending the violence lies first with those using abusive behaviors.
  • The community has a responsibility to change the culture that allows relationship violence to exist.
  • A positive, non-shaming, and people-first approach will empower individuals and communities to create change.
  • Change is possible—and expected—for individuals and communities.
  • All forms of oppression are interconnected. Social justice work in areas of race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation is critical to ending relationship violence.

[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

[2] Wilder Research Center (2004).

[3] Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The Economic Cost of Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking (2017). https://iwpr.org/publications/economic-cost-intimate-partner-violence-sexual-assault-stalking/.