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The Unintended Consequences of Colorado’s Mandatory Arrest Law

Colorado is one of the only states that has a mandatory arrest policy for domestic violence cases. In most states, it is up to the officer investigating a domestic violence call, to evaluate the situation and determine for themselves if it is dangerous enough to require that someone be arrested and removed from the household, in order to prevent further harm. Learn more about Colorado Mandatory Arrest Law below.
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Colorado’s Red Flag Law in Effect as of January 1st

Colorado’s red flag law went into effect on January 1st, 2020, and already within the first month of the new year, it has proven to be very controversial. While the law is similar to red flag laws in 17 other states, more or less, there are serious concerns raised by critics that the Colorado version infringes on the due process rights of the accused, and that there are potentially unconstitutional aspects to the way it will be enforced.  Continue reading

Colorado Sees Rise in Domestic Violence Abusers Threatening Deportation 

In 2018, a Denver-based domestic violence Latina shelter, known as Latina Safehouse, helped 150 clients escape their abusive partners. In 2019, the number already topped 300 with more than 6 months left to go. This safehouse is a nonprofit organization that specializes in serving domestic violence victims who are refugees or who are living in the United States illegally. The group’s director said that one particular domestic violence threat has been on the rise: the fear of deportation.  Continue reading

How Widespread is Domestic Violence?

According to New, most domestic violence incidents in Colorado are never reported, yet one in four women will experience an instance of domestic violence during her lifetime. Women between the ages of 20 and 24 are those at the greatest risk of becoming a victim of domestic violence and women of all ages are more likely to be injured in a domestic violence incident than in car accidents, muggings and rapes combined. Sadly, domestic violence often escalates into murder—every year one in three women who are victims of homicide were murdered by a current spouse or partner or a former spouse or partner. Continue reading


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