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History & Funding of DVP

In 1983, the Colorado General Assembly created the Domestic Violence Program (DVP) (formerly the Domestic Abuse Assistance Program). Located in the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Office of Children, Youth and Families (formerly located in the Office of Behavioral Health).  DVP is the sole government entity dedicated entirely to funding and sustaining community-based domestic violence programs across the state. DVP oversees approximately $3 million annually in revenue from several sources:

Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund

Colorado taxpayers elected to make donations through their state income tax return refunds to the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund (CDAF) in 1983.  


Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

Beginning in 1984, the Federal Congress approved the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA).  This created a grant for states to assist in establishing, maintaining, and expanding domestic violence programs and projects to prevent family violence and to provide immediate shelter and related assistance to victims of family violence and their dependents.  These funds go directly to programs and provide training and education for workers across Colorado.


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Starting in 2004, additional funding for crisis centers was secured through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant, which was a result of the loss of State general fund dollars due to budget shortfalls.

DVP Approximate Revenue

Heirloom Marriage Certificates

In 2008 the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) began issuing heirloom marriage certificates.  A portion of the $50 fee for each heirloom certificate issued is collected by DVP.

Marriage License, Civil Union and Divorce Filing Fees

Beginning in 2009, a portion of the fees collected from marriage licenses and divorce filings were directed to DVP for the distribution to domestic violence crisis centers.