DENVER– Throughout the month of April, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Human Services (DHS) and the City and County of Denver will “Paint the City Blue” to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The City’s push is part of the greater national effort to promote prevention as well as social and emotional well-being services for children and families who are victims of child abuse.
“Child abuse is a tragedy that affects too many of our families both here in Denver and nationally,” Mayor Hancock said. “To deliver a world-class city where everyone matters, we must look at ways we can better prevent these terrible events while protecting and supporting our children with strong services and programs.”
To help raise awareness, the City and County Building, as well as select buildings around the city and metro area, will be adorned with giant blue ribbons provided by the Kempe Foundation. In addition, the City and County Building will be lit with blue lights during the evening hours. City employees and Denver residents are also encouraged to wear blue on “Paint the City Blue” Day on Wednesday, April 4.
DHS has partnered with Prevent Child Abuse Colorado to host a “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign for the second year. Through a variety of activities, DHS hopes to deliver a preventative message to Denver families and bring awareness to the issue of child abuse. Pinwheel Gardens will be on display at various Denver Public Schools, Denver Botanic Gardens, Children’s Museum of Denver and other city buildings throughout the month of April.
"A top priority for Mayor Hancock and Denver Human Services is keeping our children safe," Penny May, manager of Denver Human Services said. "We need our entire community's help to prevent child abuse and to strengthen families."
For a listing of additional activities, workshops and information from Denver Human Services, visit DenverGov.Org/PreventChildAbuse.
Awareness and vigilance is not limited to the month of April. To report suspected child abuse or neglect in Denver, please call DHS’ 24-hour hotline at 720-944-3000.