Mark Udall welcomed the U.S. Department of Justice's decision this week to award the City and County of Denver $300,000 in competitive grant funds to strengthen a coordinated community response to domestic violence in Denver. The grant is an example of the federal resources Udall has been fighting to secure for Coloradans through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which was successfully reauthorized this year following a sustained push from Udall and vocal support from more than 4,500 petition signers from around the country.
"The Violence Against Women Act has saved the lives of countless survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in Colorado and around the country," Udall said. "These competitive grant funds build on the work law enforcement, criminal justice agencies and victim services organizations are already doing and will help coordinate a communitywide response to domestic violence that better helps families in Denver."
VAWA helps disburse funds in support of programs and organizations that provide life-saving services, legal assistance and law enforcement response for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The grant to Denver will be used to strengthen relationships among law enforcement, prosecution and victim advocacy groups to coordinate a community response to domestic violence by providing training opportunities based on best practices, enhancing intervention efforts and establishing a facility to better help battered women and their children find a safe haven.