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Denver Shines Light on Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DENVER – Tuesday, October 1, 2019 – With October recognized as National Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness Month, today, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver Police Chief Paul M. Pazen and Margaret Abrams, Executive Director of the Rose Andom Center, gathered to discuss resources for those experiencing domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, dangers and  domestic violence myths.

“Ending the cycle of domestic violence starts by exposing the legacy of pain it creates and embracing the survivors and their families who need our support,” Mayor Hancock said, “I do it every single day in memory of my sister, and I encourage everyone to start this important conversation with the ones they hold dear during the month of October. Together, we can shine a light on this issue and make a life-changing difference for those who need it most.”

There are many myths about DV. One such myth is that DV is a private matter and no one else’s business. This is false. DV is everyone’s business, it is against the law and is just as much a crime as violence outside the home.  Another myth is that DV does not affect “that many people”. This too is a fallacy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in four adult women and approximately one in seven adult men report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.

An additional myth is that if someone is a victim of DV and is seeking help that they need to report it to the police. This is also false. While contacting the police is advised, it is not necessary in order to receive assistance from other support agencies. The Rose Andom Center provides a comprehensive approach to assisting victims of domestic violence that can be achieved without law enforcement involvement. 

The Rose Andom Center has helped more than 4,000 survivors since opening in 2016. There, survivors can receive help with safety planning, counseling and advocacy, learn about options for filing restraining orders and custody, file for public benefits, and access health care services all while utilizing free child care, in a safe and caring environment.

“Many victims feel hopeful for the first time when they see the support and scope of services available here, and realize they are not alone,” said Margaret Abrams, Director of the Rose Andom Center. 

In addition to the many victim-focused partners housed at the Rose Andom Center, the Denver Police Department dedicates 10 detectives, two sergeants and one lieutenant to provide law enforcement services, and access to Denver Police Victims Assistance. To learn about options or to find out more about the Rose Andom Center, please visit www.roseandomcenter.org or call 720-337-4400.

“Domestic Violence is complex,” said Chief Pazen. “The Denver Police Department is committed to helping those experiencing domestic violence receive the services they need, and we are also committed to working with potential offenders to address the problem before it starts or escalates.”

Additionally, officials discussed warning signs, also known as red flags. If someone is displaying some or all the following behaviors, their partner is encouraged to contact an intimate partner violence advocate for options and/or help.

  • Tells you that you can never do anything right, insults, and demeans you
  • Shows extreme jealousy of your friends and time spent away, and keeps you or discourages you from seeing friends or family members
  • Looks at you or acts in ways that scare you
  • Controls who you see, where you go, what you do, or how all the money is spent
  • Prevents you from making your own decisions
  • Tells you that you are a bad parent or threatens to harm or take away your children
  • Harms you, your loved ones or animals

To “shine a light” on domestic violence, Empower Field at Mile High will be lit purple (the designated DV awareness color) on the east façade of the building from Tuesday, October 1st through Tuesday, October 8th, each evening from dusk until 10:45 p.m. Additionally, Denver’s City and County Building will be illuminated in purple on October 1, 2019. Also, Max Media will generously play domestic violence public service announcements during October. Lastly, throughout the month of October, Facebook.com/DenverPolice will contain facts and information on DV resources.

Below is a list of video links created by Denver Police, which can be used with credit to DPD:

Additional information on the Denver Police Department’s approach and DV resources can be found at Denvergov.org/DomesticViolence.