1 Is your mother, sister, or daughter in an abusive relationship? Are you?
2 You are not alone. We can provide you with the help and resources you need.
3 Fill out the form and record your story or call, text, or email us.
For 50 years, the Hmong Colorado community had no culturally appropriate domestic violence resources.
We are advocating for the voices of domestic abuse victims in our Colorado Hmong community. The lack or absence of domestic violence reports does not imply that domestic violence does not exist, nor does it imply that it is a minor issue. It's a red sign that indicates a deeper narrative.
The victim's voice is being silenced. Furthermore, the survivors' voices are under attack.
The death certificate won't tell you about her abuse. Although friends and family knew she was a victim of domestic violence. The family kept silent about her. The victim was shamed by her family and friends. No longer able to handle the stress of being cheated on and abused by her husband she took her own life by hanging herself in her living room with her unborn baby.
The perpetrator could be a spouse or partner, a family member, an associate, a cohabitant, or a household member such as a roommate with whom the victim is or has been in a romantic relationship. It frequently happens to someone with whom the victim shares a life, a home, or children.
For example, a perpetrator can be a woman leader at a church. She will use religion to subjugate women and shame them to stay in abusive relationships. She will even tell victims to keep their abuse hidden and will often times use bible verses out of context to shame victims for leaving or attempting to leave an abusive relationship.
A Colorado Hmong woman got her head shaved by her abusive husband. They went to church, where she was frequently encouraged to return to her abuser. This isn't the first instance of abuse. Her spouse physically and emotionally abused her in front of family and church members.
PABNEEG aspires to be a safe space for victims to report and gain access to resources as well as be a catalyst for change that abuse will not be tolerated.
A lack of cultural awareness might escalate violence against victims and their children. We want to educate our community about domestic violence and the fact that abuse is frequently committed by someone close to the victim. We are also working hard to educate doctors, attorneys, other professionals, and the court about the implications of a lack of cultural understanding of domestic abuse.