Colorado’s first “family justice center” opens in Denver tomorrow

The Rose Andom Center aims to make justice easier for people who have been in abusive relationships and suffered domestic violence.

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The Rose Andom Center aims to make justice easier for people who have been in abusive relationships and suffered domestic violence at the hands of their partners.

The new center, billed as the first of its kind in Colorado, will be unveiled in a ceremony with Mayor Michael Hancock and District Attorney Mitch Morrissey on Tuesday morning, then opened for business on Wednesday.

The center, located 1330 Fox Street, will put representatives of support services and legal agencies alike under one roof to serve an estimated 3,000 people per year.

Dozens of groups will have a presence or will partner with the center, ranging from the from the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to the Denver Police Department.

The project is a public-private collaboration. It’s named for Rose Andom, a successful business owner who also is a survivor of domestic violence herself; she gave $1.5 million, leading the fundraising campaign for the project.

The project’s overall budget was $13.6 million, with $3.5 million coming from the city of Denver, the Denver Post reported, and much of the rest raised privately.