Domestic Violence Program awards nearly $3 million in contracts to help prevent domestic violence and respond to Coloradans in need
DENVER (October 5, 2017)—The Colorado Department of Human Services’ Domestic Violence Program (DVP) announced today contract awards totaling nearly $3 million to 45 community-based organizations. The funding will benefit an estimated 23,000 Coloradans affected by domestic violence.
DVP provides funding to community-based programs that offer free and confidential supportive services such as crisis intervention, safety planning, case management, advocacy, counseling, and emergency shelter to adults and children impacted by domestic violence. These services increase awareness of community resources and help more Coloradans prepare a plan for their ongoing personal safety.
“Domestic violence is a tragedy that touches far too many Coloradans,” said DVP Director Brooke Ely-Milen. “DVP funding helps support a network of essential domestic violence services throughout Colorado’s diverse communities. This will give adults and children in Colorado who are affected by domestic violence the opportunity to seek help and explore options that will increase their safety and well-being."
DVP funding is awarded in three categories.
Comprehensive domestic violence services in local communities around the state to ensure advocacy services are available in as many counties as possible – 67 percent of total funding awarded.
Specialized domestic violence services that address the unique needs of underserved populations by providing access to programs and services. These include specialized programs for deaf or LGBT Coloradans, legal advocacy, or school-based counseling for youth – 16 percent of total funding awarded.
Project-based funding to address infrastructure needs at community-based programs such as enhancing the workplace environment with updated technology, incorporating diversity through cultural assessments, or meeting children’s needs through targeted services for children and youth – 17 percent of total funding awarded.
Contracts are awarded on a year-to-year basis for a maximum of four years beginning on October 1, 2017. Each year a non-competitive renewal application and contract renewal process is required, pending contract and program compliance by awardees.
The DVP contracts include both federal and state dollars. Federal funds for the DVP contract are awarded to the State of Colorado from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act at the U.S Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau ($1,666,695) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Family Block Grant ($629,677). State funds are allocated from the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund income tax check-off program and marriage license and divorce filing fees ($696,817).
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you or someone you know would like to reach a free and confidential community-based advocate, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.7233. For a list of local programs in Colorado, visit https://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/