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SafeHouse Denver, Inc

With your help, SafeHouse Denver provides emergency shelter, extended stay housing, counseling, & more to domestic violence survivors. Our ability to provide these often life-saving services for free is possible because of the generosity of our community. Thank you for considering a donation!

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General Information

Official Name
Safehouse Denver Inc​​​​​​​
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1649 Downing Street
Denver, CO 80218
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Voice Calls Only
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Mission Statement

SafeHouse Denver's mission is to assist adults, children and youth in reclaiming their right to a life free from domestic violence.

SafeHouse Denver strives to:
• intervene in domestic violence with services that empower adults, children and youth to live free from domestic abuse.
• prevent domestic violence through education efforts that foster and support a broad movement for violence-free communities.
• facilitate an interactive, collaborative community response to relationship violence that identifies victims earlier, makes victim services more accessible, and builds community awareness and accountability.

Organization History

In 1977, five courageous women established an Emergency Shelter for women and children fleeing from domestic violence, calling it SafeHouse for Battered Women. In the early 90's, we changed our name to SafeHouse Denver and opened a nonresidential Counseling and Advocacy Center to address the needs of those pursuing intervention services, but not necessarily emergency shelter.

In the summer of 2018, our long-term vision of opening an Extended-Stay Program (ESP) was realized. The ESP provides safe, independent apartments for Shelter residents who are out of acute crisis but in need of short-term housing.

Since our founding, SafeHouse Denver has expanded education and outreach efforts, especially to bilingual individuals, low to middle income individuals, older adults, teens, the LGBTQ community and other populations at high risk for domestic violence. Today, SafeHouse Denver is the only agency in the City and County of Denver providing a full continuum of care for survivors of domestic violence.

For the past 42+ years, and as we look toward the future, SafeHouse Denver remains committed to providing high-quality, compassionate programs and services to survivors of domestic violence and the broader community that is ultimately impacted by this issue. We thank you for standing alongside us in this important effort.


When María was a little girl, she dreamed of growing up to be a painter. She painted nearly every day, even into her young adult life.

When she married and had a daughter, she would try to find time to keep painting. But her husband told her she had no talent. He told her she was useless and childish. He hurt her with words and, eventually, began to hurt her physically. María lost her desire to paint.

Estaba asustada. I was afraid. Every day, I was afraid of what his mood would be, if he would push or hit me, or just tell me that he hated me. I didn't know which one hurt more.
My mamá said to stay. That it would get better as we grew older. That all the women in our family went through the same troubles. My abuela said that this was part of our culture. My sister said that women should be submissive.

But when my daughter looks at me, I see her ojos inocentes - innocent eyes. I know I want more for her. I want more for me. I want to be the last one of my family to have to go through this. Entonces, nos vamos - we leave.

We make it to SafeHouse Denver and I am quiet. Not many people speak Spanish, and my English no es bueno. My Advocate speaks Spanish, though, and we begin to talk. She tells me "no estas sola" - that I am not alone.

My Advocate helps me find a job and school for my daughter. She shows me where the Spanish application is for long-term housing. My Advocate understands when I say I miss mi familia.

My little hija finds happiness here, too. Her English is better than mine, and before too long, she is playing with the other niños at the Shelter. She tells me she is glad we left because I am not sad anymore.
Soon we are accepted into a long-term housing program. My work is steady and I even found a car to buy. Christmas will be hard without mi familia, but I know that I have support, and I know now that I am fuerte - strong.

I saved a little money too. I bought a paint set for my daughter and me to paint together. I told her I used to dream of being a painter. She told me she dreams of being strong like her mommy. Both dreams are possible now, gracias a SafeHouse.

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