Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund supports local programs

DENVER (Feb. 1, 2018) — The Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund (CDAF) helped the Colorado Department of Human Services’ (CDHS) Domestic Violence Program (DVP) provide funding to 47 local domestic violence programs that answered 63,671 crisis calls and served 18,124 adults and 4,501 children in 2017.

CDAF is a voluntary “check-off” contribution taxpayers can make on their state income tax form. Coloradans donated more than $167,000 on their 2016 tax returns to the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund.

“Making a one-time contribution on your state income tax form is one of the simplest ways to make a difference in the life of a survivor of domestic violence,” said Brooke Ely-Milen, Domestic Violence Program director for CDHS. “Domestic violence survivors are the women, men and children who live just down the street. Providing help, hope and a pathway to safety through your generous contributions helps build stronger communities together.”

Colorado was the first state in the country to allow taxpayers to make a voluntary contribution to a state program using a portion of their state tax refund. The Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund joined the short list of programs on the state tax return in 1983.

Contributions to CDAF support local domestic violence programs and services such as:

  • 24-hour crisis line services
  • Emergency housing options
  • Support groups, counseling and advocacy
  • Safety planning and information and referrals for victims and their families
  • Community education and prevention efforts
  • Children’s programming and advocacy

To learn more about local advocacy services in your area funded by the CDAF, visit



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