Domestic Violence Program

CDHS-OCYF-DVP-large (3).jpgThe Domestic Violence Program (DVP) contracts about $3 million to community-based domestic violence advocacy programs (programs) that intervene, prevent and respond to domestic violence.

The mission of DVP is to partner with communities to promote the safety and well-being of domestic violence survivors and prevent domestic violence through good stewardship of funding resources and the advancement of quality programming. The vision of DVP is to promote and sustain a culture free of domestic violence for all Coloradans.

DVP is committed to serving Colorado community-based domestic violence advocacy programs and survivors without prejudice regarding level of income, actual or perceived sex, including gender identity, gender expression, religious beliefs, actual or perceived sexual orientation, immigration status, age, race, creed, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, spoken language, disability, or military status or any other factor. DVP is dedicated to funding programs that are committed to creating an environment that is accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma-informed for all domestic violence survivors and their families.


Find A Community-Based Domestic Violence Program Near You

DVP does not provide services to the public. 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 domestic violence-related resources: 


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 survivor. If you know the survivor, discuss your thoughts with that person so that he or she can appropriately safety plan.


About the Domestic Violence Program

The Colorado General Assembly created DVP (formerly the Domestic Abuse Assistance Program) in 1983. DVP has several funding sources, including:

  • Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund - Colorado taxpayers may elect to make donations through their state income tax return refunds to the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund (CDAF).
  • Family Violence Prevention and Services Act - The Federal Congress approved the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act in 1984. 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.
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) - Additional funding for community-based domestic violence programs was secured through the TANF block grant in 2004.
  • Marriage License, Civil Union and Divorce Filing Fees - A portion of the fees collected from marriage licenses and divorce filings were directed to DVP starting in 2008.

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.