Domestic Violence – Self-Care

Domestic Violence Awareness Month began with the first Day of Unity observed in October 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Read more…

Domestic Violence – Wearing Purple isn’t Enough

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But awareness or wearing the color purple isn’t enough; it’s only a start. Inform yourself, get involved, become part of the movement to make lives better.

Here are some events this week:
Bozeman, October 8th, Taste of HAVEN
Dillon, October 8, Dillon Women’s Resource Center Women’s Symposium

What is domestic violence? What do you associate with the term domestic violence?

Domestic violence can be described as the systematic use of physical, emotional, mental, economic, and/or sexual abuse tactics to gain and maintain power and control in an intimate relationship.

Abusive partners often isolates their partners from friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers and others. Isolation is one factor to watch for.

If you are interested in learning about how to help someone in an abusive relationship, contact your state domestic violence coalition. They may have resources for you or refer you to your local organizations.

Here are some resources:

Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

National Network to End Domestic Violence

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

National Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center




Don’t Ignore Violence Next Door

Niagara Falls

The recent bombings at the Boston Marathon and last year’s elementary school shooting in Connecticut have captured people’s attention. The media have inundated us with coverage about these horrendous acts of violence. People are outraged, to the extent that no-one wanted to provide a grave site for the dead Boston bomber.

Yet another type of violent criminal that lives in almost every community often escapes any repercussions or legal responsibility. Many people forget, ignore, or maybe aren’t even aware of  the violence that happens regularly in their neighborhoods. Read more…

Montana Crime Statistics

April 21 – April 27 is designated  National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Here are some statistics from the Montana Board of Crime Control for 2012. Keep in mind that these statistics are based only on reported crimes.

37,013 – reported victims of crime in Montana

3,723  – victims of domestic  violence

367 – adult victims of sexual assault

754 – child sexual abuse victims

1,378 – child physical abuse victims

2,912 – elder abuse victims

212 – robbery victims

8,145 – adult victims of assault

Again, these numbers are only for reported victims. Many crimes are never reported.

Regarding women victims, most women are assaulted by non-strangers.

Support victim advocates and organizations providing help to crime victims.

Learn about crime prevention. Advocate for systemic change that fosters violence prevention.

Educate yourself about risk awareness, reduction, recognition, and avoidance. Be aware, prepared, and ready to take action if necessary.

In an imperfect world, the only one whom you can always rely on to be there for you is you yourself.

Stalking Awareness Month

January is Stalking Awareness month. Stalking is a crime under Montana law and under the law of the every other state in the United States. It is also a crime under federal law. Read more…

Sexual Assault Awareness Month


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Three Rivers Defense is committed to combat sexual violence through personal safety education and self-defense training. Ask about our Special Discount for April sexual assault and rape prevention courses.  Read more…

More on Stalking


Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person substantial emotional distress or fear of  harm.

Stalking is pervasive, destructive, dangerous, and potentially lethal.

3.4 million people are stalked each year in the United States.

Stalking is a crime in all 50 states of the United States. Do you know your state’s stalking laws?

Visit for more info.

For Montana, see Montana stalking law

January is Stalking Awareness Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to focus on a crime that affects 3.4 million victims a year.1 This year’s theme-“Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.- challenges the nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it. Read more…

Nearly 1 in 5 women raped in their lifetime

The CDC recently released the 2010 Findings of its National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. Read more…

Don’t Just say “No” to Violence – Take Action

Asking people to “Just Say No” can be an excuse for not doing any more than trumpeting a tired slogan. Without more, it’s a meaningless phrase – an excuse, not to take action.

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