TW: This article contains content that some readers may find distressing, including mentions of abuse.
Those familiar with Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple, are familiar with the abuse Celie suffered at the hands of her father and husband. It went beyond physical to sexual, mental and emotional abuse.
According to a 2020 report from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 36.8% of women and 30.5% of men in Colorado experience physical or sexual violence or stalking from an intimate partner. In fact in 2020, 15% of homicides in Colorado were committed by an intimate partner.
In conjunction with DCPA Theatre Company’s production of The Color Purple, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts shares a repository of services for victims of domestic abuse. If you or a loved one is a victim, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.799.7233 (TTY 800.787.3324) for help.
The State’s Domestic Violence Program funds a variety of community-based domestic violence advocacy programs that are designed to intervene, prevent and respond to domestic violence. Visit this website for an interactive map of state-wide resources.
24-Hour Crisis Line 303688.8484
The Crisis Center provides emergency shelter, therapy, legal advocacy and community-based advocacy for those suffering from domestic violence. All services are free, confidential and meet best practices of trauma-informed care.
24-Hour Crisis Line 303.831.7874
Specializing in support of those who are Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled or Hard of Hearing, DOVE provides advocacy support for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of abuse. In addition to community education and outreach, the nonprofit assists victims and survivors as they navigate legal, medical and human services systems.
24-Hour Crisis Line 303.420.6752
Family Tree provides bilingual (English and Spanish) services for survivors and children who have faced domestic or sexual abuse or stalking. The organization offers an emergency shelter, safety planning, legal advocacy, supervised parenting time and community resources to those in Denver and the surrounding area.
Gateway Domestic Violence Services
Crisis Line 303.343.1851
Gateway Domestic Violence Services offers emergency shelter, extended-stay care, licensed counseling and court advocacy for individuals in the City of Aurora and Arapahoe County.
National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
Hotline 800.799.7233 (TTY 800.787.3224) • Text 88788
Offered through the National Domestic Violence Hotline, The Hotline and LoveIsRespect.org offer live phone, text and chat support staffed by trained advocates for teens ages 13-18 who need immediate, confidential assistance with dating abuse.
Rose Andom Center
720.337.4400 M-F, 9am-5pm
While not a shelter or 24-hour hotline, the Rose Andom Center offers a variety of support services for victims of domestic violence including advocacy, children’s services, civil and criminal legal, medical, self-sufficiency and counseling. The website also has an impressive list of emergency shelters and other resources.
24-Hour Crisis Line 303.318.9989
SafeHouse Denver provides emergency shelter, extended stay, counseling and advocacy to adults, children and youth. The organization also provides bilingual individual and group counseling, advocacy services and safety planning.
Servicios de la Raza
24-Hour Crisis Line 303.953.5930
Servicios de la Raza is a bi-lingual human services organization that serves Denver’s low-income Spanish-speaking populations with linguistically and culturally responsive social services. Among the many ways they offer support to the community is their VISTAS (Victims in Safe Transition and Self-Sufficiency program. Through VISTAS, they offer case management, mental health services, victim advocacy, education, referrals and legal representation to victims from across Colorado.
TESSA of Colorado Springs
24-Hour Crisis Line 719.633.3819
TESSA is a confidential safehouse that provides victim advocacy, counseling, children’s programs, community outreach and education. Services are available for women, children and other victims escaping abuse.
A Woman’s Place
24-Hour Crisis Line 870.356.4226
As the only domestic violence shelter in Weld County, A Woman’s Place offers free, confidential services to women, men, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals and families who are in imminent danger or homeless due to domestic violence. They offer a safe shelter, safety planning, counseling, victim and legal advocacy, and case management. Additionally, A Woman’s Place has access to Language Line Solutions, which connects victims with a translator so that they can offer services in over 100 languages.