A $10,000 grant from Rose Women’s Organization, a donor advised fund of Rose Community Foundation, will bring the innovative END Violence project to an additional public school in Denver this fall. The project was pioneered by the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver in 2010.
END Violence is a training and educational program designed to equip teachers and other school personnel with the skills necessary to identify children who have been exposed to domestic violence and help them and their non-offending parent find services. The program will also facilitate violence prevention programs for students.
“There is a recognized need for innovative school-based intervention and prevention services for children exposed to domestic violence in Colorado,” said Barbara Paradiso, director of the Center on Domestic Violence. “This project helps fill that need. It also will teach children about healthy relationships so they know the red flags that could lead to abuse.”
The END Violence program has served 28 public schools in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, Brighton and Lafayette over the last 18 months. The grant will enable the Center on Domestic Violence to bring the program to an additional school in Denver. The name of the school will be announced in August and services will begin this fall.
Schools participating in the program have reported significant improvements in the skills and confidence of the staff members who have undergone the training. More than 1,200 teachers and school staff members have participated in the training, and more than 200 victims have been provided services through the program. As many as 10 million children in the U.S. witness violence in their homes annually, episodes that may result in severe injury or death to the child or a loved parent. The Denver Police Department responds to more than 15,000 domestic violence calls each year. Many of these involve homes with children.
The grant is among more than 200,000 received by the University of Colorado since the 2006 outset of Creating Futures—an unprecedented $1.5 billion fundraising campaign to support teaching, research, outreach and health programs on CU’s four campuses.