If you have or currently are experiencing dating or domestic violence, here are some options for what you can do next:

  • If you are ready to leave the relationship:

    • The Denver Metro area has a number of wonderful shelter programs that can safely house you. Space is limited, so you may have to call several locations before you find a bed. The Office of Equity would be happy to help you find shelter, as would The Phoenix Center at Auraria or the Advocacy and Support Center at Anschutz.
    • You may also have a friend or family member who can stay with– that’s great! Keep in mind that if your perpetrator knows where your friends and family live you may still want to be extra careful while staying with them.
    • Make sure you take important documents (birth certificates, social security cards, etc.), medications, and sentimental belongings with you when you leave.
  • If you aren’t ready to leave the relationship:

    • We understand that there are a lot of reasons why you may not be able to leave your relationship. However, your safety is the top priority for us. We encourage you to speak with us or a confidential resource (such as The Phoenix Center at Auraria or the Advocacy and Support Center at Anschutz to create a safety plan.
  • Reporting to the Office of Equity:

    • Whether or not the person who hurt you is part of the CU Denver | Anschutz community, we are here to help you.
      • If the person who hurt you is a CU student, faculty, or staff member, our office can launch an investigation to formally resolve your incident. This means that if after an investigation it is determined that the individual has engaged in behavior which violates our Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Abuse and Stalking Policy, we can issue disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion from school (for students) or termination of employment (for staff, faculty). Our office will work with you to determine any interim measures, and to address any safety concerns, with the hope that you will be able to continue your academic pursuits, or employment (if you choose to) with as little interruption as possible. We can offer a number of interim remedies and we will work with you to determine which ones you wish to utilize. Some examples of interim remedies we may offer are:
        • no contact orders;
        • alternative arrangements for classes, extensions on assignments (with faculty approval);
        • access to classes online;
        • offering incomplete (with faculty approval) or withdrawal (with faculty approval);
        • and/or safety escorts around campus.
      • We will consider any requests and make the determination as to whether or not the request is reasonable, and whether or not the university is able to accommodate the request considering the individual circumstances. In cases where serious or imminent threat to you or the campus community exists, we may consider taking actions such as building, location or campus exclusions.
      • If the person who assaulted you is not a CU student, faculty, or staff member (or you aren’t sure), we can still help you. If you need support around missed classes, late assignments, time off from work, or other campus related needs to help you feel safe moving forward, we want to help. You do not need to initiate an investigation to access our support resources or interim measures. However, if the information you share with us leads us to believe that others may be in immediate danger, we may be obligated by law to move forward with an investigation whether or not you want to, with or without your participation. In these rare cases, we will work with you and notify you when we are obligated to move forward, and will continue to inform you of the steps moving forward. We can also work with you to address any potential safety concerns or interim measures.
        • Can I report to both the University and the police? Absolutely! Please let us know that you’d like to also report to the police, and we can reach out to the appropriate law enforcement unit on your behalf. We may be able to set up a shared meeting to coordinate your reporting to both the University and law enforcement. We know it can be hard to talk about what happened, so we often work together with the police in an attempt to make things easier on you.
    • You can file a report with us via phone, email, or online form:
  • Reporting to the police:

    • At any time, you can call 911 and tell the operator that you need to report a domestic violence.
    • If you are not in immediate danger, you can also call the non-emergency line for the police in the jurisdiction where the violence occurred. For instance, if you live in Aurora but you were assaulted in Denver, you should call the Denver police. On the non-emergency line you can set up a time to talk to a detective to give your statement.
      • Can I report to both the University and the police? Absolutely! We work hard to collaborate with our local police whenever possible and with your permission. If you report to both, please let the police know that you are a student and want to report to us as well.
  • I want to get a protection order.
  • I just want to talk to someone about this:

    • There are many confidential options available for you for support:
      • On the Auraria campus, The Phoenix Center at Auraria has a 24/7 helpline with a trained advocate ready to talk with you anytime. Call 303-556-CALL (2255). You can also make an appointment in office with them by calling 303-556-6011, emailing info@thepca.org or visiting Tivoli 259.
      • On the Anschutz campus, the Advocacy and Support Center is open Tues. 8am-1pm; Weds. 9am-3pm; and Thurs. 9am-11am. They can be reached during those times at 303-724-9120 or in Building 500, C8000C.

Denver area Domestic Violence Shelters:

Gateway Domestic Violence Services
24/7: 303.341.1851
Gateway Domestic Violence Services

Other Domestic Violence Resources:

Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment
Collaborating, educating, and advocating to end domestic violence and sexual assault in the Colorado Deaf community.
303.831.7874 (TTY)
Survivors Organizing for Liberation
Formerly the Colorado Anti-Violence Program
Dedicated to eliminating all forms of violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities in Colorado.
24/7: 888.557.4441