Domestic Violence Program

CDHS-OCYF-DVP-large (3).jpgThe Domestic Violence Program (DVP) is the sole government entity dedicated entirely to funding and sustaining community-based domestic violence advocacy services across the state.  DVP oversees approximately $3 million annually in funding designated to intervene, prevent and respond 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.

Find A Community-Based Domestic Violence Program Near You

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.

Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Colorado domestic violence-related resources:

National hotlines for survivors: 

Resources for People who Choose to Use Abusive Behavior

If you or someone you know is using abusive behavior, you can:

  • Click here for a list of the Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board's approved list of treatment providers
  • Call the StandUp Colorado Helpline at (855) 978-2638 to talk to someone about the behavior and local resources

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.

About the Domestic Violence Program

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:

  • Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund - Colorado taxpayers elected to make donations through their state income tax return refunds to the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund (CDAF) in 1983.  
  • Family Violence Prevention and Services Act - Beginning in 1984, the Federal Congress approved the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.  This created a grant for states to assist in establishing, maintaining, and expanding domestic violence programs and projects to prevent family violence and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance to victims of family violence and their dependents.  These funds go directly to programs and provide training and education for workers across Colorado.
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - Starting in 2004, additional funding for crisis centers was secured through TANF block grant, which was a result of the loss of State general fund dollars due to budget shortfalls.
  • Heirloom Marriage Certificates - In 2008, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment began issuing heirloom marriage certificates.  A portion of the $50 fee for each heirloom certificate issued is collected by DVP.
  • Marriage License, Civil Union and Divorce Filing Fees - Beginning in 2009, a portion of the fees collected from marriage licenses and divorce filings were directed to DVP for the distribution to domestic violence crisis centers.

Funding Opportunities

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.