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October 6, 2023

Majority Leader Duran Receives Award for Domestic Violence Activism

Duran received the Domestic Abuse Survivor Heroes (DASH) Award from non-profit Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abuse during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

GOLDEN, CO – Majority Leader Monica Duran yesterday was awarded the Domestic Abuse Survivor Heroes (DASH) Award by Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abuse for her ongoing legislative efforts to support survivors.

“It is an unbelievable honor to be presented with the DASH Award by Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abuse,” said Majority Leader Monica Duran, D-Wheat Ridge. “Unfortunately, my experience with domestic violence is not unique. As a survivor, I have made it my mission at the Capitol to secure more resources and be a voice for those suffering in silence. While we’ve made great legislative progress, domestic violence is on the rise across the country and I am doubling down on my commitment to help foster a violence-free future for all Coloradans.” 

“From spreading awareness at the state legislature to spearheading policy changes that support survivors of domestic violence, Majority Leader Duran embodies our mission,” said President of Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abuse, Diane Wall. “With Majority Leader Duran’s lived-experience and ongoing advocacy for our cause, she was the obvious choice for this year’s DASH Award. In partnership with champions like Majority Leader Duran, it is our goal to shine a light on this important issue and provide survivors the resources they need to start anew.”

Majority Leader Duran has spent her legislative career advocating for survivors' rights and services. In addition to the 2023 DASH Award, Majority Leader Duran was recently awarded the Aquamarine Award by Violence Free Colorado.

Majority Leader Duran has spearheaded pivotal legislation supporting survivors, including HB23-1222, which established standards for domestic violence cases tried in municipalities and increased data sharing, and SB22-183 which invested $48 million toward providing critical resources, programs, and support to victims of crime, including domestic violence. She has also passed laws to protect survivors of domestic violence by strengthening enforcement of requirements that certain domestic violence abusers relinquish their firearms.

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