DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SafeHouse Denver, the only agency in the City and County of Denver to provide both emergency shelter and nonresidential counseling services exclusively to victims of domestic violence, marks its 35th anniversary in 2012. In commemoration of this milestone, it has created a special 35th Anniversary Fund. Gifts donated to the fund will enable the organization to grow its programs to better meet the needs of adults, children and youth experiencing domestic violence and allow SafeHouse Denver to reach more people.
All donations made to the Anniversary Fund – up to $35,000 – between now and March 31, 2013, will be matched by The Pioneer Fund, a private foundation established by the late Helen M. McLoraine to continue her lifelong support of organizations that serve the special needs of the community such as SafeHouse Denver.
“We’ve seen a measurable increase in the number of women and children staying in our emergency shelter for very long periods of time due to a complex combination of factors, including lack of transitional or affordable housing,” said Victoria McVicker, SafeHouse Denver’s CEO. “In 2011, we referred more than 2,400 women to other resources because our shelter was full. When a bed did become available, it was spoken for within 20 minutes. This Anniversary Fund, coupled with The Pioneer Fund’s extremely generous matching gift, will provide vital support to our organization’s emergency shelter program and carry us one step closer to fulfilling our vision of creating an additional facility for residents who require additional time to pursue affordable housing options and secure employment.”
SafeHouse Denver’s services empower survivors of domestic violence to build safe, self-sufficient lives and increase their awareness of the options and opportunities available to them in this time of crisis. The cost to shelter and provide comprehensive services to one woman and two children for a 30-day period is $6,000. At SafeHouse Denver, women are able to apply for extensions every 30 days so that women and their children are not forced to leave with no place to go.
Understanding Domestic Violence – Sobering Statistics
- Only approximately one-quarter of all physical assaults, one-fifth of all rapes and one-half of all stalkings perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police. (NCADV Fact Sheet)
- More than 1 in 3 women (35.6 percent) have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. (National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: Executive Summary)
- The most dangerous time in an abusive relationship is when a victim decides to leave. Of the 90 cases involving domestic violence-related fatalities reviewed by the Denver Metro Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee between 1996 and 2008, 70 percent of the cases (in which data could be collected) showed a history of separation between victim and offender, and 43 percent of the cases involved couples that were separated at the time of the fatality.
- Domestic violence is not just experienced by adults. One in three high school students has been, or will be, in an abusive relationship. (Liz Claiborne Inc. Love is Not Abuse)
About SafeHouse Denver
Established in 1977, SafeHouse Denver is the only agency in the City and County of Denver to provide both emergency shelter and nonresidential counseling services exclusively for victims of domestic violence. As part of its mission to assist adults, children and youth in reclaiming their right to a life free of domestic violence, SafeHouse Denver also runs a 24-hour crisis line and offers community education throughout the Denver metro area to help empower communities to prevent, reduce and effectively respond to domestic violence. For more information, go to www.safehouse-denver.org or “like” us on Facebook.