About Us

The DDVCC is not a direct service organization for victims of domestic violence.  If you need immediate assistance call 911 or SafeHouse Denver at 303-318-9989.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to prevent domestic violence related fatalities through research, public policy, community collaboration, and by sharing information about the dynamics of domestic violence and evidenced based practices that reduce the risk of lethality.

Organizational Background:

The Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DDVCC) began as a task force in 1984, to address issues around Colorado’s mandatory arrest law (C.R.S. 18-6-803.6). A group of domestic violence advocates, Denver officials, police officers, attorneys, offender treatment providers, and community members recognized a need for coordination and collaboration to provide successful systems change and oversight. The DDVCC obtained its 501(C)(3) status in 1985, and for the past 26 years DDVCC has been a strong, multi-disciplinary, participant-driven forum for directing a coordinated response to domestic violence.

The organization helps facilitate an ongoing, state-of-the-art, coordinated response to domestic violence in Denver between community organizations and criminal/civil legal entities. This DDVCC’s principal goals include domestic violence prevention, increasing domestic violence victim and community safety, and effectively containing and holding abusers accountable. Any domestic violence victim served by a participating agency or system is positively impacted by our overall work. Primary activities of the DDVCC include leadership and coordination of the Denver Metro Domestic Violence Fatality Review (DMDVFR), ongoing involvement with Denver’s Triage Review Team, and partnership with the Rose Andom Center (RAC).

The DDVCC recognizes how devastating the impacts of domestic violence are on individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole. Only when all professions work together can we best help individuals and families and work to prevent future violence. The collaboration created by the DDVCC allows us to go beyond the direct services provided by each agency to a broader concept of advocacy that encompasses the social change that is required to end domestic violence in our community.