Hi! I hope you are ALL healthy and well. Please see the [letter and] Press Release [below letter] from the Denver Police Department in relation to staying safe physically, mentally and emotionally during this time of increases stress and quarantine. During these challenged times, it is imperative that we take care of ourselves but more importantly, that we take care of each other.
If you see a crime in progress, please call 911. With more people home, our neighborhood watch should be in full effect with the incredibly increase of eyes and ears in our neighborhoods. Also, please remember to be vigilant of the businesses that are closed. When you are out for essential business, exercising or walking your dog, keep your social distancing and PLEASE make sure you to call 911 if you see suspicious activity in our nonessential retail locations. If you have a business that is currently closed, we want to help provide signage to deter criminal activity at your place of business. Remember that those who are considered “nonessential” are counting on the residents, remote security systems and the police department to keep watch while they can not be present. If we do this, we will be a good neighbor.
In closing, please remember to stay home and only travel out of necessity. We are all this together and will be on the other side shortly. Please feel free to share this valuable information on your forums, internal communications and services for the homeless.
Stay healthy and be well!
Officer Theresa Gillian
Denver Police Department
Resources for Residents Experiencing Abuse in the Home
DENVER – These are challenging times, but the City and County of Denver is doing its part to ensure that those who find themselves in hard times have the help and access to the resources they need. This is especially true for those who live with an abusive partner. Regardless of the stay at home order, there continues to be resources and support for victims of domestic violence and child abuse.
“Staying safe and healthy during this time isn’t just about washing your hands or physical distancing, it’s about ensuring that where we ‘stay at home’ is safe, too,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “If you are housed with your abuser, you are allowed to leave to find a safe place to shelter. If you need help with that, there are resources for you.”
There are simple ways to reduce the stress COVID-19 brings, such as, limiting the amount of news you watch or read, going for a walk while minding social distancing, playing a board game, reading a book, limiting anything that could alter your judgement, such as alcohol or marijuana, taking a timeout if things become too much, and many others ideas to help create a positive and safe place at home. A video from Mayor Hancock with a message about COVID-19 and home safety can be accessed by clicking here.
Resources regarding domestic violence and child abuse:
- Denver Police services
- Call or text 911 for emergencies or 720-913-2000 for non-emergent police service requests. www.Denvergov.org/DomesticViolence for domestic violence information and resources
- Rose Andom Center
- 720-337-4400, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm – www.RoseAndomCenter.org for more information
- Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
- 844-CO-4-Kids or www.co4kids.org
- Safe House Denver – provides both emergency shelter and non-residential counseling and advocacy services to adults, children and youth experiencing intimate partner violence
- 24-Hour Crisis Line at 303-318-9989 or www.Safehouse-Denver.org
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse
- 1-800-799-7233 or www.thehotline.org
- Latina Safe House – provides bilingual and culturally sensitive services to Latina survivors of domestic violence and their families
- 303-433-4470 or www.latinasafehouse.org
- City of Denver services
- Call 311 or visit www.Denvergov.org for COVID-19 information about jobs, housing food, etc.
“For those who find themselves potentially causing harm to their partners and/or kids, the Denver Police Department has help for you too,” said Denver Chief of Police, Paul M. Pazen. “We recognize that preventing abuse is of the upmost importance, which is why we encourage those who act in a way that is or can be harmful to their loved ones to visit denvergov.org/preventingdomesticviolence.”
Resources for those who may harm a partner or child:
|National Institute for Change||303-231-0090|
|Aurora Center for Treatment||303-340-8990|
|Creative Treatment Options||303-467-2624|
|Park Hill Counseling||720-387-7931|
|Mental Health Center of Denver||303-617-2424|
|Choices in Living||303-937-7696|