Ted Bunch Speaks at Domestic Violence Seminar
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Several Mesa County agencies came together Thursday to help discourage domestic violence.
It started with a domestic violence academy in the early afternoon and ended with a free seminar with activist and public speaker Ted Bunch.
Bunch is the co-founder of A Call to Men, the leading national violence prevention organization. He says his goal is to get folks to look at domestic violence as a public issue, not a private one.
"It's one of the number one reasons why police officers get called out in the first place. Bringing that awareness of realizing things are happening in the homes, it would prevent a ton of other things that are taking place as a result of that," said Rachel Cappetto, a victim advocate with the Grand Junction Police Department.
"The main mentalities that we're trying to help combat is the sense of entitlement and power and control that one person may want to have over another person," said Isaac Gallegos, an officer with the Grand Junction Police Department and member of the Mesa County Domestic Violence Task Force.
Several parents, couples and friends attended the seminar which covered what all people can do to stop domestic violence.
"Focus more on respecting everybody, not having it be a male and female thing, but respecting everybody equally," said Gallegos.
Bunch will be meeting with faculty and student leaders at Colorado Mesa University Friday afternoon.