The League of Women Voters of Pueblo:
- Opposes any act of domestic violence;
- Recognizes domestic violence as a serious problem in the Pueblo community;
- Supports any legislative or community effort that provides for the safety of victims;
- Promotes self-sufficiency for victims;
- Holds offenders accountable.
The League of Women Voters of Pueblo realizes there are a variety of causes for domestic violence in Pueblo: low self-esteem, alcohol and chemical dependency; cultural background which includes ethnic, socio-economic, religious and general educational makeup of the community; learned family behavior, family acceptance as well as community acceptance of violent behavior. All economic classes are involved. A lack of community awareness allows domestic violence to continue.
The League of Women Voters of Pueblo believes action is necessary to address the domestic violence problem in Pueblo. Three areas are identified: support for victims; community education and involvement; and improvements in the criminal justice system.
Support for victims includes shelter, safe houses and counseling. Programs are needed to both train and utilize victim advocates. The effectiveness of domestic violence treatment both for the victim and the perpetrator needs to be studied.