Colorado taxpayers can use checkoff on tax form to help domestic abuse victims

DENVER -- While one in four adults will be abused during their lifetime, domestic violence can happen at any age.

February is Teen Domestic Violence Month and there is a way to help the issue when filling out tax returns.

On a Colorado state tax return paper copy, checking the box on line 28 and indicating the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund, the second charitable contribution listed, will provide a donation.

If doing taxes online, the tax agency should ask if you want to donate. The same instructions can be followed.

“The domestic violence abuse fund exists so that we can assure that survivors and victims of domestic violence and teen dating violence can get help and resources that they need," Brooke Ely Milen with the Department of Human Services said.

The organization is within the state's Department of Human Services. It helps fund groups such as Project Safeguard, a nonprofit that helps provide legal advice to abuse victims.

“This can be a really important tool in creating safety and the ability for that person to move on with their life,” Nancy Olson with Project Safeguard said.