Create a community that will not tolerate domestic violence.
The Rose Andom Center will improve the lives of domestic violence victims by facilitating better access to services and staff of community organizations and government agencies in a single, safe location.
Many individuals in our community experience physical, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse in their intimate relationships. In fact, in 2013 alone the SafeHouse Denver crisis line received over 18,000 calls and the Denver Police Department investigated and filed over 4,148 domestic violence reports.
The effects of this type of abuse are profound – a victim may be left homeless, jobless, with acute or chronic health problems, and suffering from depression and/or anxiety disorders. No single agency or resource can effectively respond to the scope of needs most victims and their family’s face. Further, community agencies are scattered across Denver making it difficult to access services and overwhelming victims who often visit numerous organizations to address the full scope of their needs.
The community and personal costs are staggering, with 1 out of 5 workdays missed by women due to domestic violence, millions of dollars spent each year to treat abuse related injuries, and children too traumatized by the violence they witness at home to focus at school. Yet if we can change the system by making the process simpler, we can stop the cycle of abuse earlier – saving lives, taxpayer money and children’s futures.
At the Rose Andom Center community organizations and government agencies will work together under one roof to provide for the needs of individuals and families affected by domestic violence. By co-locating staff and crucial services in one place, not only will these organizations and agencies be able to provide more and better coordinated services, but victims and their families also will be able to access the full range of services and support they need in a single, safe location.
The staff of partner organizations and agencies will provide a wide array of services to victims of abuse. At the Rose Andom Center victims and their families will be able access domestic violence counseling, mental health services, crisis intervention, civil legal support, law enforcement services, job readiness and job search assistance, and information regarding the criminal justice system among other critical services. At the Rose Andom Center victims will be given referrals to additional community organizations that can provide for victims other needs.
Services will be available to all victims, regardless of their willingness to involve the police.
As a public-private collaboration, the Rose Andom Center will serve an estimated 3,000 victims per year in a warm, welcoming facility that empowers victims to make the best decisions for their families.
Learn more about the Family Justice Center model at the National Family Justice Center Alliance.
Denver has a long history of successful, coordinated intervention in responding to domestic violence. Over the past eight years, community- and city-based agencies have worked together to realize their dream of a centralized, collaborative facility where domestic violence victims could access comprehensive services in their journey to find safety from abuse. The Domestic Violence Triage Review Team was formed in 2006 and meets daily to provide case specific risk assessment and intervention. Made up of many of the agencies now involved in the Rose Andom Center, the Team’s effectiveness has been nationally recognized as a showcase model of best practices. The members of the Triage Team, along with many others, have now advanced their dream of a centralized facility.
Denver Leadership Support
The importance to the Denver community of a proactive and efficient response to the terrible scourge of domestic violence has been recognized by such leaders as U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, former Governor Bill Ritter, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, District Attorney Mitch Morrissey and former City Attorney and current Hogan Lovells’ Managing Partner Cole Finegan. They all share the vision of “One Place” to help increase access to services for victims who need help in our community. They’ve all helped so much in these initial phases and stand ready to assist in moving this reality forward.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock made this domestic violence center a goal of his administration and helped identify and secure a building at 1330 Fox Street as an ideal site for our domestic violence resource center. This plan was supported by the Denver City Council and we are fundraising for a major renovation of the building to create a safe, welcoming environment for victims and their children.