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Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund supports local programs - Taxpayer check-off offers easy way to support domestic violence survivors

posted Feb 17, 2017, 10:48 AM by Nicole Grabowski - CDHS
DENVER (February 17, 2017) — The Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund (CDAF) helped the Colorado Department of Human Services Domestic Violence Program (DVP) provide funding to 47 local domestic violence programs that answered 64,643 crisis calls and served 22,650 adults and children in 2016.

CDAF is a voluntary “check-off” contribution that taxpayers can make on their state income tax form (Line 2 of the Voluntary Contributions Schedule Form 104CH). Coloradans donated more than $175,000 on their 2015 tax returns to the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund. 

“The state’s tax check-off program is an easy way for taxpayers to give to support a cause that they are passionate about,” said Brooke Ely-Milen, MPA, domestic violence program director. 

“Many rural programs in Colorado do not have the resources to sustain a permanent emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence and their children. This funding provides a crucial bridge to safety until a survivor can find another permanent, safe location. The availability of emergency motel or hotel vouchers to temporarily house survivors who flee violent homes is just one example of the many ways CDAF supports local programs and services for survivors of domestic violence and their children in Colorado. "

Colorado was the first state in the country to allow taxpayers to make a voluntary contribution to a state program using a portion of their state tax refund. The Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund joined the short list of programs on the state tax return in 1983.

Contributions to CDAF support local domestic violence programs and services such as:
  • 24-hour crisis line services
  • Emergency housing options
  • Support groups, counseling and advocacy
  • Safety planning and information and referrals for victims and their families
  • Community education and prevention efforts
  • Children’s programming and advocacy
To learn more and connect to local domestic violence programs to get help, visit
Nicole Grabowski - CDHS,
Feb 17, 2017, 10:48 AM