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Intimate Partner (Domestic) Violence

Domestic violence, or intimate partner violence, can be a single abusive event or a pattern of coercive behavior used as revenge or to control, punish, or intimidate an intimate partner.  It can occur to anyone, any age, gender, race, religion, culture, or sexual orientation.  Domestic violence can take many forms, including abuse that is verbal, physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, and/or financial.

No one should suffer abuse from a loved one, but if you are, the Denver Police Department and many others are here to help.

The Denver Police Department has a specialized investigative unit dedicated to domestic violence crimes and a Victim Assistance Unit that have partnered with the Rose Andom Center which is a centralized location where community-based organizations and city government agencies work collaboratively to serve victims of domestic violence.  


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What Are The Signs Of An Abusive Relationship?

Does your partner:

  • Tell you that you can never do anything right?
  • Show extreme jealousy of your friends and/or try to limit your time spent away?
  • Keep you or discourage you from seeing friends or family members
  • Insult, demean, or shame you with put-downs?
  • Take your money or refuse to give you money for necessary expenses?
  • Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
  • Control who you see, where you go, or what you do?
  • Prevent you from making your own decisions?
  • Tell you that you are a bad parent or threaten to harm or take away your children?
  • Prevent you from working or attending school?
  • Destroy your property or threaten to hurt or kill your pets?
  • Intimidate you with guns, knives, or other weapons? 
  • Pressure you to have sex when you don’t want to or do things sexually you’re not comfortable with? 
  • Pressure you to use drugs or alcohol?

Domestic Violence can be experienced in one or more of the following behaviors: 

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional/ Psychological Abuse
  • Economic Abuse
  • Threats
  • Stalking/ Cyber Stalking

Each victim’s experience will be unique and may take place during different time frames.  The following are signs of abusive behavior that may be experienced. 

Intimidation/ Threats

  • Threatening harm to someone or their friends/family.
  • Threatening to lie to law enforcement.
  • Threatening to commit suicide.
  • Using legal status and immigration as an intimidation factor.

Sexual Abuse

  • Forcing sexual acts through manipulation or threats.

Economic Abuse

  • Preventing someone from getting or keeping a job.
  • Limiting access to income.


  • Controlling what someone does or who they see.
  • Damaging relationships with family and friends.

Emotional/ Psychological Abuse

  • Attacking self-worth, name-calling, criticism, and humiliation.
  • Being possessive and jealous.
  • Making someone feel like they are going crazy.

Using Children or Pets

  • Using children as a means of guilt and/or controlling mechanism.
  • Threating to take children away or to call human services.
  • Sabotaging birth control or forcing pregnancies.
  • Abusing or mistreating pets when this behavior is used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge directed against the victim


  • One’s cultural/religious community may be very small. This can stop victims from seeking help due to fear of isolation or shame.  
  • Preventing victims from practicing religion, or forcing the victim to act against religious beliefs.   
  • Abusers may use religious examples to excuse abusive behaviors.
  • Abusers may isolate the victim from being around other religious/ cultural members to prevent them from seeking help.

More Information

Help is available

  Emergency Assistance (call or text)   9-1-1
  Denver Health Emergency Department   303-436-6000
  Legal Assistance   
  Colorado Legal Services   303-837-1321
  Project Safeguard   303-219-7049
  Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center   303-692-1165
  Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center   303-295-2001
  Community-Based Services
(hotlines, counseling, emergency resources, support)
  Center for Trauma & Resilience   303-860-0660
  Colorado Crisis Services—Mobile Crisis   844-493-8255
  Healing from the Heart   303-733-1176
  Latina SafeHouse   303-433-4470
  Maria Droste Counseling Center   303-756-9052
  Mental Health Center of Denver   303-504-7900
  Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners   844-493-8255
  Servicios De La Raza   303-458-5851
  Asian Pacific Development Center   303-923-2920
  Survivors Organizing for Liberation   888-557-4441
  DOVE (Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment)   303-831-7874
  ROSE ANDOM CENTER   720-337-4400
  The Initiative   303-839-5510
  Streets of Hope   303-433-2712
  Community Outreach for Children/Youth/Family   
  Project Pave   303-322-2382
  Denver Childrens Advocacy Center   303-825-3850
  Shelter/Housing/Counseling/Case Management   
  Gateway Domestic Violence Services   303-343-1851
  SafeHouse Denver   303-318-9989
  SafeHouse Progressive Alliance   303-444-2424
  United Way 211   303-561-2111
  Criminal Justice Resources   
  City Attorney-Victim Resource Program   720-913-8020
  County Court Probation Victim Advocate   720-913-8372
  Denver Crime Victim Compensation   720-913-9253
  District Attorney-Victim Assistance   720-913-9008
  VINE (Victim Notification and Information Everyday)   1-888-263-8463
  DPD Victim Assistance Unit   720-913-6035
  DPD Pretrial Victim Services Unit   720-913-6035
  Division of Criminal Justice Victim Programs   303-239-4442

 Turning Point  303-780-0170
 National Institute for Change  303-231-0090
 Aurora Center for Treatment   303-340-8990 
 Creative Treatment Options   303-467-2624
 Park Hill Counseling   720-387-7931 
 IDEA  720-949-0095 
 Spanish Clinic   303-934-3040 
 Running Creek   303-805-1218 
 AB Counseling   303-237-3599 
 Mental Health Center of Denver  303-617-2424 
 Choices in Living  303-937-7696

Contact the Rose Andom Center

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The Denver Police Department is pleased to partner with the Rose Andom Center, where intimate partner (domestic) violence survivors can find the safety, support, and services they need.

ASL Information

Services Include:

  • Safety Needs - referral and access to shelter services
  • Safety Planning
  • Risk Assessment
  • Crisis Intervention, access to 24-hour hotlines
  • Safe space for children to play while their parent meets with service providers
  • Basic emergency needs for victims in need
  • Access to law enforcement
  • Assistance filing protection orders
  • Counseling and advocacy for adults, children and youth impacted by domestic violence
  • Facilitate access to public benefits (i.e. TANF, Medicaid)
  • Advocacy and information regarding the criminal justice system response
  • Assistance with a range of civil legal needs (i.e. custody, child support, bankruptcy)
  • Assistance with job readiness, skill building, job search and referrals
  • Referrals to transitional and permanent housing resources

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1331 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204

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Non-Emergency: 720-913-2000
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