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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Chances are you know someone who has experienced domestic violence. 12.7 million people are physically abused, raped, or stalked by an intimate partner every year in the United States.  That is more than twice the population of the state of Colorado.  That is 24 people every minute.  This could be your co-worker, your neighbor, your aunt or your nephew.  Shine a light on domestic violence this October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and learn more about how you can recognize the signs and offer help and support to those that need it most.

In Colorado, the Domestic Violence Program (DVP) is the sole government entity dedicated entirely to funding and sustaining community-based domestic violence programs across the state.  In 2013, DVP administered funds to 46 programs that responded to 67,398 crisis phone calls and served a total of 25,259 residential and non-residential survivors of domestic violence and their dependents as well as housing 62 pets.

You can help those seeking services by contacting your local domestic violence program to donate your time or money.  Learn more about the Domestic Violence Program.