Bright Future Foundation has been committed to domestic violence and sexual abuse prevention for over 34 years in Eagle County. The organization is taking an innovative approach in its prevention efforts with its involvement in a new statewide campaign. Bright Future has joined with the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence and other partners across the state to launch the new Movement to End Relationship Violence: Stand Up Colorado.
Traditional prevention initiatives put the burden for change on survivors. However, Colorado’s campaign puts the responsibility on those who abuse to end the violence. Stand Up Colorado is a statewide, collaborative, multi-year relationship violence prevention campaign that goes beyond public awareness to alter behavior and effect long-term social change. The movement will prevent future relationship violence by shaping an informed, zero-tolerance public attitude that inspires individual and community action.
“Stand Up Colorado starts with the message that relationship abuse is not okay, but it is okay to ask for help,” said Bright Future Foundation Executive Director Sheri Mintz. “It is the responsibility of those who use abusive behaviors to seek help for themselves to change their behavior.
Bright Future is one of over two dozen organizations that were involved in the year-long planning and implementation process. Stand Up Colorado kicked off on October 1 at a rally in Denver that coincided with the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Moving forward, there will be a statewide social change campaign and local initiatives by participating organizations like Bright Future.
“A social change we want to see is the creation of more ‘upstanders;’ individuals who intervene when abuse does occur,” added Mintz. “It is vital that all members of the community take action to help end relationship violence.”
Stand Up Colorado is launching a website with information and resources for ending relationship violence. Click here to visit the Stand Up Colorado site.