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In Colorado, LGBTQ-Partner Violence Is Domestic Violence
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Many people have a narrow conception of what domestic violence looks like. Typically, they envision a scared wife cowering from an abusive husband. Domestic violence can take many forms, however.
 
Not only can it include a variety of family members as well as significant others, but it also includes violence among same-sex partners.
 
Violence in the Colorado LGBTQ Community
 
The LGBTQ community has been slow to… Continue reading this article

CO Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse: What’s the Link?
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Domestic violence is a tragic reality in relationships across the county. Lawmakers, social workers, and educators have worked hard to assess the causes and what actions should be taken to curb domestic violence deaths.
 
The solutions are not easy to find. Not all domestic violence cases are the same. One in four women have experienced domestic violence, but one in nine men are also victims of domestic violence.… Continue reading this article

When the State of Colorado Charges Victims with Domestic Violence
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Domestic violence is an epidemic throughout the United States, and Colorado has chosen a more aggressive approach than most states in fighting it – but these policies don’t always work in favor of the victim. In fact, victims themselves may even be charged with domestic violence, which can result in jail time, loss of custody, and other serious penalties.
 
Protect yourself with the knowledge of Colorado’s domestic violence… Continue reading this article

What It Means to Face Domestic Battery Charges in Colorado
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Batterer – it’s not a pretty stigma. However, if you are charged with domestic battery, stigma and damage to your reputation will be just a few of the many consequences you face.
 
Even an accusation of domestic violence will trigger an automatic protective order. This order is intended to protect the alleged victim, but it results in severe restrictions on the defendant’s civil liberties – especially if the… Continue reading this article

Can Domestic Violence in Colorado Be Charged as a Federal Crime?
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When Colorado police respond to a domestic violence call, and have probable cause to believe it has occurred, it is mandatory for them to make an arrest – regardless of whether the alleged victim denies any violence has occurred.
 
In these cases, it is the state pressing charges, not the victim.
 
However, there are a handful of scenarios which are even out of the state’s hands. In… Continue reading this article

False Allegations of Domestic Violence: Why Coloradans Make Them
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Many domestic violence allegations are legitimate cries for help, and they should absolutely be taken seriously. However, false claims do unfortunately occur in Colorado from time to time.
 
False claims of domestic violence are a disservice not only to the person accused and to any children from the relationship, but also to the millions of Americans who are genuine victims of domestic violence.
 
Unfortunately, failing to investigate… Continue reading this article

The Three Degrees of Domestic Assault in Colorado
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Domestic violence is a widespread crime throughout Colorado and the United States as a whole. Recent studies revealed that close to half of all murders of women in this country are done at the hands of a current or former romantic partner. Often, the conversation after a mass shooting turns to the connection between domestic violence and other crimes committed with a deadly weapon.
 
Our high rates of… Continue reading this article

What Teens Need to Know about Dating Violence in Colorado
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Relationships can be confusing, especially if you are a teenager. Teens are not always taught about what makes a healthy relationship, and the signs that contribute to emotional, physical, or other types of abuse.
 
Unfortunately, teen dating violence is a growing problem in Colorado. It happens to young men and women, and sometimes, even teens who try to defend themselves are caught and charged.
 
Below, we’re going to… Continue reading this article

You Don’t Have to Physically Hurt Someone in Colorado to Get a DV Charge
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Colorado does not have a standalone statute or charge dedicated to domestic violence. After all, domestic violence cannot be defined by one single action.
 
Instead, domestic violence (DV) is a broad term that is separated into a handful of categories. Physical violence is just one type of domestic violence, and is not the only type of DV that is against Colorado law.
 
In other words, even if… Continue reading this article

Colorado “Red Flag” Bill Makes Strong DV Defense Even More Important
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A new bill circulating through the Colorado state government may make it easier to take guns away from certain people. Specifically, judges may be allowed to seize firearms for six months or more from those who are categorized as “significant risks” under the new “Red Flag” law.
 
What exactly is this bill? How did it come into being?
 
On Dec. 31, 2017, a Douglas County sheriff was… Continue reading this article