The mission of Project PAVE is to empower youth to end the cycle of relationship violence. The cycle of relationship violence is generational and affects people in every community. PAVE’s approach to ending this cycle is through Intervention, Prevention Education, and Youth Leadership.
Project PAVE was established in 1986 in response to a number of violent incidents in the Denver area. Community leaders came together to create a framework for intersecting early in the lives of youth and families exposed to relationship violence. Following the shooting and paralysis of an attorney in a domestic violence case, Project PAVE programming expanded to include Intervention, Prevention Education and Youth Leadership as an innovative approach to ending the cycle of relationship violence. Understanding that children exposed to violence often become victims or perpetrators later in life, programs are tailored to the meet the unique needs of children and youth who are victims and/or witnesses of domestic violence, physical or sexual assault, child abuse, or teen dating violence.
About Our Services
Project PAVE provides effective, culturally-relevant Intervention, Prevention Education, and Youth Leadership programs in underserved communities. The three core program areas implement two effective strategies: awareness and outreach efforts that prevent violence and often result in victim identification, followed by therapy that addresses the impact of violence on victims and their families.
Because Project PAVE partners with elementary, middle, and high schools throughout our community, many clients in our partnering schools are identified as victims of relationship violence or are referred by area youth service providers. Although domestic violence, teen dating violence, and child abuse are found in all communities, Project PAVE focuses its resources on underserved populations. Seventy-six percent of clients have annual household incomes less than $25,000.