For 30 years, Project Safeguard has worked in the Denver metro area to protect the rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Our legal advocates may be the first point of contact for victims of domestic violence seeking protection from a dangerous, even deadly, situation. Assisting victims in their use of the civil legal system, we help them to increase their safety through protection orders, safety planning and referrals to community resources. The services provided are critical to their future safety and peace of mind.
Please consider supporting the work of Project Safeguard in 2016! Here are three ways to help this holiday season:
Do your holiday shopping through AmazonSmile
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Make a one-time, tax-deductible gift to support our work!
Your gift of $75 will provide legal advocacy services to help a victim of domestic violence file for a Temporary Protection Order (PPO).
Your gift of $150 will provide legal advocacy services to help a victim of domestic violence file for a Permanent Protection Order (PPO).
Gifts of any amount will support these critical services for victims. Thank you for supporting Project Safeguard!
Program Director Megan Pratt and RAAP's Volunteer Coordinator Dan Church tell Friday's audience about their programs
On April 20th and 21st, a group of community volunteers, V-Day Denver, performed a ground breaking theatrical work to benefit Project Safeguard and our close ally, the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program. The piece, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer, is a collection of monologues edited by Eve Ensler, the award winning author of The Vagina Monologues, and is performed in cities around the world as part of the V-Day movement. V-Day is a global activist movement that performs artistic works to raise awareness and funds for organizations that are already doing work to end violence against women and girls.
The Jungle Room of the Mercury Cafe was filled to capacity and then some for Friday’s opening night. The piece, which opens with a monologue written by Howard Zinn about witnessing an act of violence by his father against his mother, moved deftly and disarmingly between funny and heart wrenching. The audience laughed along with performer Cheryl Storey as she recounted author Kathy Najimy’s tale of being a high school sophomore trying to impress the senior boys. They also made good use of the small packets of tissues provided by the cast as RAAP’s own John Nelson told of author Mark Matsouek’s journey of discovering his own complicity in the culture which allowed for all the women in his family to suffer violence. They stood and cheered when the piece’s final monologue, based on Eve Ensler’s essay Over It, declared that in the coming year, one billion women will speak out again sexual violence because “we are over it!”
The Saturday crowd was equally energized and engaged with the cast. Both shows featured a raffle, with winners receiving rafting trips, massage gift certificates, private wine tastings, and gift bags from local boutiques.
The event raised over $5,000 due to the amazing generosity of the audiences. That money will go to help survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault get services right here in the Denver metro area.
Do you have a friend, co-worker, or family member that is in an abusive relationship?
Many people ask, “So why doesn’t she or he just leave”?
The question isn’t why doesn’t the victim leave; the question is, “Why does the partner abuse her”?
Some Reasons Victims Might Stay
- See no way out
- Being threatened
- To protect the children
- Religious, cultural or family beliefs would condemn him or her for not being a good spouse
- Abuser is a community leader or authority figure
- Nobody would believe him or her
- Low self-esteem
- Chances of injury or death due to domestic violence increase by 75% after a victim leaves
- Financial considerations
- Isolation from friends and family
What can you do?
- Become educated about domestic violence
- Recognize the signs
- Reach out to anyone you feel may be a victim, show your support and concern
- Listen and believe when someone talks about domestic violence
- Provide a list of community resources to individuals seeking help
- Encourage victims to use the resources to help themselves and their children
- Make others aware of the magnitude of domestic violence
What can you say?
- “I am concerned for you and your children.”
- “You didn’t/don’t cause the violence.”
- “You don’t deserve to be abused.”
- “Abuse is not love.”
- “You are not alone.”
- “There are people you can talk to who know about domestic violence.”
- “I am sorry this is happening to you.”
- “You are brave to reach out for help.”
- “I am proud of you for protecting yourself and your children.”
- “Be proud of yourself.”
Join the Project Safeguard staff and board for an evening of fun to benefit Project Safeguard. Have a drink, sing a song, and help support our programs!
We’ll be joined by DJ Rytz who will be running Denver’s best karaoke. We’ll have drink specials, contests, and more!
Who: Project Safeguard, DJ Rytz, and you!
What: Karaoke for a Kause to benefit Project Safeguard’s programs
When: November 12th 9-11 PM, Karaoke contest starts at 10!
Where: El Charrito, 21st and Larimer, Denver
Let us know you’re coming! Visit our event on Facebook.