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Prevent Domestic Violence

The Office of the Attorney General is committed to being an active partner to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault and to help improve services for victims and offenders.

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In April 2015, Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman awarded a grant of $1 million to help finance the construction of the new Rose Andom Center in Denver where community organizations and government agencies will work together under one roof to provide for the needs of individuals and families affected by domestic violence.

 

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over a current or past partner. Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical, emotional, sexual, and /or economic abuse.

 

Who Does It Affect?

No one is immune to domestic violence.

Domestic violence occurs in all races, cultures, socioeconomic groups, religions, ages, and sexual orientations.

The effects of domestic violence and sexual assault are far-reaching. From homes to schools to neighborhoods to businesses and communities, many people experience the impact.

Data from CDC's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) indicate the following:

  • An estimated 9% of women and 1% of men experienced attempted or completed rape by an intimate partner during their lifetime.
  • Severe physical violence was experienced by an estimated 22% of women and 14% of men. This includes being hit with something hard, being kicked or beaten, or being burned.
  • Twenty-nine percent of women and nearly 10% of men in the United States have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner and reported that the violence impacted them in some way (e.g.., made them feel fearful or concerned for their safety, resulted in an injury or need for services, or they lost days from work or school).

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Efforts in Colorado

There are many efforts occurring in Colorado to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Several statewide organizations provide assistance to local organizations in the form of state of the art practices and training.

There is a need for expanding prevention efforts, especially with regard to promoting respectful, nonviolent intimate partner relationships through individual, community and societal level change.