In 1983, the Colorado General Assembly authorized the formation of the DVP.  This legislation created the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund (CDAF ) -a voluntary check-off contribution option on Colorado individual income tax forms.  The funds from the CDAF encourage the development and maintenance of domestic violence programs across Colorado.  DVP manages contributions from Colorado citizens to the CDAF.


In 1984, DVP received federal funds from the Administration of Children and Family to distribute to local, community-based domestic violence crisis programs.  These funds, the Family Violence Services and Prevention Act (FVPSA), are the largest funding source, nationally and in Colorado, for emergency services for victims and their children.


In 2004, after a state government budget shortfall eliminated the state's general fund dollars that supported domestic violence services for two years prior, DVP received a portion of the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant to distribute to local programs.


For the past 25 years, the DVP has successfully administered grants for local, community-based domestic violence programs.  The DVP funds are crucial to sustaining domestic violence services in Colorado.