Create a community that will not tolerate domestic violence.
Improve the lives of domestic violence victims by combining community resources in a single, safe location.
In Denver, more than 4,000 cases of domestic violence are reported to the police each year, with many more never reported. One third of battered women are re-victimized within six months. Without help, children in these families suffer life-long repercussions and often repeat the patterns of domestic violence.
Getting help can be difficult. In the current system victims may have to travel to a dozen or more different agencies, often with no reliable transportation and children in tow. This process is overwhelming, shakes their belief in justice and often discourages them from seeking help in the future.
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 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.
The Rose Andom Center, modeled after 80 other Family Justice Centers successfully operating across the country, will create a “wrap-around” service delivery model to provide victims with one central location for coordinated services involving 25 distinct agencies, including resource providers from both community-based organizations and the civil and criminal legal systems.
As a public/private partnership, the Rose Andom Center brings together seven government and fifteen community-based resources in a single location, as well as a streamlined referral process to additional offsite partners. This alliance will increase access to services and the safety of domestic violence victims and their children. The effectiveness of each of the partner organizations will be elevated through the process of collaboration.
The Center will focus on the needs of domestic violence victims including safety, confidentiality, counseling, children’s services, legal assistance, shelter and job referrals, and medical care. 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. Our commitment to a coordinated, collaborative approach stems from recognizing the complex nature of the issue and the distinctive challenges in finding effective long-term intervention. Effects of abuse may leave a victim homeless, jobless, with acute or chronic health problems, suffering from depression and/or anxiety, and struggling to effectively parent children who have also experienced trauma from the violence they have witnessed, or perhaps experienced as well.
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 find help for anyone who needs that 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 in April and we are in the midst of planning and fundraising for a major renovation of the building to create a safe, welcoming environment for victims and their children.