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Who Can You Call?

We always encourage our students to seek the help that they need to feel safe. While the police may feel like safety for some, we recognize the failings of the police to respond effectively to our communities of color, as well as victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, and understand that calling the police may cause more harm than good. We believe it is our responsibility to keep ALL of our communities safe, which is why this page details options of the many amazing organizations you can call in the Denver area and nationally to help out yourself, a loved one, or a stranger in a variety of situations. We hope that you will seek out, share, and save this resource, and hopefully, check here first before calling the police.



211 by United Way: A confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state. Includes shelter referral services.

    • 2-1-1

Comitis Crisis Center: Emergency shelter, beds given out on a monthly and nightly basis

    • (720) 505-2628 (Nightly lottery, call before noon)

The Family Tree: Offers emergency shelter, an information help line, homeless prevention services, case management, education and employment services, and various other supportive services in order to help people achieve economic independence.

    • Homeless Hotline: (303) 467-2604


Mental Health

Buffs4Life: 24/7 Crisis Hotline for current and former student athletes at the University of Colorado

    • 1(833) 303-BUFFS

Colorado Crisis Services: 24/7 helpline

    • 1(844) 493-8255
    • Text “TALK” to 38255

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

    • 1(800) 273-8255


Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

DOVE (Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment): DOVE works with Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing (DDBDDHH) people of all ages and backgrounds who have experienced abuse. Crisis hotline connects to a videophone – if you do not have a videophone, call will be transferred to interpreting services at no cost.

    • (303) 831-7874 (24-Hour Crisis Hotline)

Gateway Domestic Violence Services: Crisis hotline for victims of domestic violence, providing counseling, referrals, and support. Pets accepted upon approval.

    • (303) 343-1851

Safehouse Denver: Emergency shelter, residential and non-residential services for victims of domestic violence of their family. Spanish speakers available 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday

    • (303) 318-9989 (24-Hour Crisis Line)

SPAN (Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence): In addition to providing free and confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the hotline also provides additional information about our Emergency Shelter Program and any other SPAN service.

    • (303) 444-2424 (24/7 Crisis Hotline)

The Blue Bench: 24-Hour sexual assault hotline. Also offers sexual assault prevention education programming, free or low-cost therapy, and case management for survivors of sexual assault in Denver and the nine surrounding counties.

    • (303) 322-7273 (English)
    • (303) 329-0031 (Spanish)

Roots of Courage: 24-Hour Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline

    • (303) 420-6752

VISTAS – Servicios de la Razas: The VISTAS program provides culturally responsive services to English and Spanish-speaking victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and general crime. Provides 24-hour crisis hot line, case management, mental health, legal/victim advocacy, education, referrals, and legal representation.

    • (303) 953-5930



4Star Durango: 4STAR serves the Four Corners region’s Transgender, Gender Expansive, and Intersex population and their families via support, information and networking.

    • (970) 247-3229

Colorado Anti-Violence Program: Addresses challenges and systems of oppression facing the LGBTQ community, offering direct survivor support and training opportunities for agencies committed to LGBTQ people’s liberation from violence.

    • (303) 852-5094 or (888) 557-4441 (24 Hour Hotline)

Trevor Project: 24/7 Crisis Intervention hotline

    • 1(866) 488-7386
    • Text TREVOR to (202) 304-1200

GLBT National Talkline:

    • 1(888) 843-4564


    • 1(877) 565-8860



(Please note, people answering these calls may be mandatory reporters, and required to make a report to CPS or law enforcement in certain situations)

CO4Kids: Colorado’s 24-Hour child abuse hotline

    • 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437)

Urban Peak: Provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.

    • (303) 974-2900

Voz y Corazon: Suicide prevention program through MHCD to provide free, community-based, culturally sensitive, mentoring and suicide prevention services to teens and their families. Services in Spanish and English.

    • (303) 504-6500



Asian Pacific Development Center: APDC provides victims assistance and support to those who have witnessed a crime. Their services include assistance in applying for financial services, emergency housing, and victim compensation funds; crisis counseling; case management and social services; and legal and personal advocacy. These services are provided free of charge to victims.

    • (720) 394-7909 (Crisis line)

Center for Trauma and Resilience: 24-Hour crisis hotline for those experiencing crisis related to being a victim of crime.

    • (303) 894-8000 (English)
    • (303) 718-8289 (Espanol)

Legal Information Network of Colorado: A collaborative network that provides confidential, no-cost, comprehensive legal information services for crime victims in the Denver metro area.

    • (720) 583-2929