Charity Partner

The Initiative

Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities, DBA The Initiative was founded in 1984 to fill a gap in services for women with disabilities who are survivors of domestic violence. The Initiative is now a statewide organization providing free and confidential advocacy that honors all forms of abuse, genders, and all disabilities. Our direct services are accessible, culturally-responsive, and trauma-informed. All services are mobile, available to monolingual Spanish speakers, survivors in rural areas, and are LGBTQ+ inclusive. The Initiative is also dedicated to creating systemic and cultural shifts to make a community that is safe for everyone. We do this by providing free community awareness education. Through both the Direct Services and Outreach programs, The Initiative strives to create an abuse free culture for all. The Initiative is the only organization in Colorado, and one of a few in the United States, providing these specialized services that are so critical to abuse survivors with disabilities.

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