Welcome to Violence Free Colorado’s weekly news update containing a few news stories from Colorado and beyond featuring issues related to gender-based violence. By presenting highlights from the week’s news in this format, we hope to make it easier to keep up with the news stories from around the country AND increase media literacy.  “What is media literacy?,” you ask. Great question! Check out this handy resource or visit Violence Free Colorado’s media literacy page.


Argentinians hold rallies against domestic violence: Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets across Argentina to condemn violence against women after a series of brutal murders. Carrying signs with slogans like “machismo kills” and “enough deaths”, Argentinians flooded the streets of Buenos Aires and more than 100 other cities on Wednesday.

Domestic Violence Is As Serious a Problem on Campus As Sexual Assault: Katie Baker at BuzzFeed has a new piece out about one of the less attention-getting aspects of Title IX: that it’s supposed to protect students against domestic violence as well as sexual assault. The problem is that people are blaming the environment itself for sexual assault, instead of choices made by rapists to rape. In reality, hookup culture is not the exclusive or even dominant culture of colleges, and kids are almost as likely to opt into long-term dating relationships as they were in previous generations. That’s why domestic violence is, as Baker notes, just as serious a problem as sexual violence on campus.

Why So Many Domestic Violence Survivors Don’t Get Help — Even When They Ask For It: Over the course of a single day last year, 67,646 adults and children received help from local domestic violence programs. But during that same 24-hour period, 10,871 other requests were not met because advocates did not have enough resources.

Son of Broncos owner tells 911 he’s “blood of the city”: The woman on the other end of the 911 call yelled something out before the line was cut off, so the Glendale dispatcher called back. The phone was in the apartment of John Bowlen, the son of aging Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and the heir apparent for running the team. The 29-year-old answered the phone, and tried to get the dispatcher to go away.