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The CDHS Domestic Violence Program (DVP) is the sole government entity dedicated entirely to funding and sustaining community-based domestic violence services across the state. DVP oversees approximately $3 million annually in funding designated to intervene, prevent and respond to domestic violence. DVP is the lead authority within CDHS and state government for issues pertaining to domestic violence.
The mission of DVP is to partner with communities in the prevention of domestic violence while promoting the safety and well-being of survivors through good stewardship of funding resources. The vision of DVP is to promote and sustain a culture free of domestic violence for all Coloradans.
DVP does not provide services to the public. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and needs help, use the Domestic Violence Services Map below to find local advocacy services near you.
Colorado taxpayers elected to make donations through their state income tax return refunds to the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund (CDAF) in 1983. Learn more about the fund and how you can help by making a tax checkoff donation.
Colorado domestic violence-related resources:
National hotlines for survivors:
Click for information for funded programs on:
If you or someone you know is using abusive behavior, you can:
The following are resources that can help you to identify abusive behavior, approach abusers about their behavior, and provide information about treatment and education options for abusers who make the decision to stop their abusive behaviors. Before taking any action, consider the safety of the victim. If you know the victim, discuss your thoughts with that person so that he or she can appropriately safety plan.
In 1983, the Colorado General Assembly created the Domestic Violence Program (DVP) (formerly the Domestic Abuse Assistance Program). Located in the CDHS Office of Children, Youth and Families (formerly located in the Office of Behavioral Health), DVP is the sole government entity dedicated entirely to funding and sustaining community-based domestic violence programs across the state. DVP oversees approximately $3 million annually in revenue from several sources:
The Domestic Violence Program Annual Reports provide information on the delivery of services to Colorado citizens who have been victimized by domestic violence.
These reports include the type of services victims received, how many clients received services, and the funding that is provided to ensure this service delivery. DVP provides funding for domestic violence crisis centers throughout Colorado.
Click to view Domestic Violence Annual Reports on the Publications & Reports page.
The DVP provides funding on a four-year cycle. The next expected date of a funding opportunity is 2021.
Please see the last Request for Proposals for more information on requirements for funding.
An individual can file a report to DVP if the individual is dissatisfied with services performed or denied by a DVP-funded program. DVP may only take reports about DVP-funded programs. Click here to view the list of currently funded programs.
DVP cannot provide immediate solutions to dissatisfaction with services performed or denied. The role of DVP instead is to address concerns and make recommendations or requirements for program policy changes if necessary.
Any individual or organization can file a report. It is not limited to clients or potential clients.
Reports must be completed within 60 days of the event(s) and only after program grievance procedures are completed. All reports must be submitted via the Report a DVP-Funded Program form. Be sure to fill out the form completely. If you need assistance filling out the form, please contact DVP staff.
Please note that the DVP-funded program may ask you to sign their program Release of Information in order to share your information with DVP in order to better address the issue, but this is not a requirement to file a report.