Colorado domestic violence programs get $3 million boost

Author: Joey Bunch - October 5, 2017 - Updated: February 21, 2018

Forty-five organizations that serve 23,000 Coloradans has $3 million more to fight domestic violence, the Colorado Department of Human Services said.

DHS’s Domestic Violence Program announced the contract awards Thursday morning

“Domestic violence is a tragedy that touches far too many Coloradans,” the program’s director, Brooke Ely-Milen, said in a statement. “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.”

The contracts include federal and state money.

About $1.7 million is awarded to the state by the Family and Youth Services Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and another $630,000 from a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant. The state provides another $697,000 from the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund income tax check-off program, which allows taxpayers to donate part of their return each year, as well as money from marriage licenses and divorce filing fees.

Last year, Colorado taxpayers used the check-off to contribute $175,000 to the fund.

DVP supports community-based programs that provide free, confidential support, including crisis intervention, safety planning, case management, advocacy, counseling and emergency shelter for adults and children affected by domestic violence, DHS said.

“These services increase awareness of community resources and help more Coloradans prepare a plan for their ongoing personal safety,” according to the department.

A list of those programs is available here.

The contracts are awarded year-to-year for up to four years. Though non-competitive, each program has to reapply annually to ensure contract and program compliance, DHS said.

DHS noted that 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, ” DHS said in its statement about the grants

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.