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Resources for domestic violence victims, survivors, and children

There were 63 domestic violence-related deaths in Colorado in 2020. Here are some resources to assist victims and their families.

Darius Johnson, Byron Reed

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Published: 4:00 PM MST March 1, 2022
Updated: 3:41 PM MST March 4, 2022

Domestic violence seems to be a growing problem since the start of the pandemic in 2020. And it shows in the numbers.

Last year three women were killed in domestic violence incidents in Arapahoe County, according to the sheriff's office.

Family members of two of the women shared their stories with 9NEWS as part of the Those Left Behind series which covers  domestic violence and its far-reaching impacts.


"Hearing stories day in and day out, seeing the faces of children day in and day out, hearing challenges within navigating legal systems or family systems," said SafeHouse Denver Director of Shelter Services, Cymone Williams.

That's what life is like at SafeHouse Denver, which is a shelter that supports victims, survivors, and children of domestic violence. 

Williams often finds herself answering the crisis line. 

"Out of the 10 calls, I answered, nine of them had a level of lethality tied to it.," she said. "Whether it's strangulation, access to weapons, or just those ongoing threats of physical, and just severe physical harm. Those are all calls that we see happening every single day." 

>Video below: Full interview with SafeHouse Denver's Cymone Williams

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