Domestic & Intimate Partner Violence: Colorado

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse.

On this episode of Amplify America, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence President Ruth M. Glenn explains the scope of domestic violence in America and the current policies under consideration that could aid in the protection of victims and its prevention, Denver businesswoman, philanthropist, and survivor Rose Andom talks about how she survived witnessing domestic abuse a child, experiencing it as an adult and how she used her success to help others facing the same, and Nicole P. Castillo, program director of the Rose Andom Center tells us how their domestic violence counseling, support, and protection services help the people of Denver navigate pathways to safety and justice.



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Rose Andom
Ruth Glenn
Nicole Castillo

Guest Info

Ruth M. Glenn

Ruth M. Glenn

President & CEO, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Ms. Glenn is the CEO and President of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Previously Ms. Glenn was employed by the Colorado Department of Human Services for 28 years and served as the Director of the Domestic Violence Program (DVP) for the last nine of those years, retiring in 2013.

Ruth has worked and volunteered in the domestic violence field for over 27 years and holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Colorado Denver, Program on Domestic Violence. Ms. Glenn has served on many domestic violence program and funding boards, provided hundreds of presentations on domestic violence victimization and survival, testified before the Colorado State legislature and the United States Congress, and provided consultation, training, and technical assistance on a local and national level on victim/survivor issues. As a survivor, Ruth also often shares her experience to bring awareness about the dynamics of domestic violence.

Rose Andom

Rose Andom

Businesswoman, Philanthropist and Domestic Abuse Survivor

Rose Andom is a successful Denver entrepreneur and former McDonald’s franchise owner. Her lead gift of $1 million endowed the Rose Andom Center, Colorado’s first family justice center— a centralized, collaborative facility where domestic violence victims can access comprehensive services in their journey to find safety from abuse. In 2019, the Denver organization accommodated more than 4,000 client visits.

Having her name on the building represents more than her financial contribution; she is a survivor herself. As a child who witnessed domestic violence perpetrated by her father against her mother, and later experienced it in her own marriage, helping women in abusive relationships is deeply personal.

Rose was the first person in her family to graduate from college and earn an MBA. It was while she was living on her cousin’s couch after fleeing her abusive marriage that she found a job at McDonald’s. She ascended from assistant manager to restaurant manager and then from area supervisor, business consultant, training consultant, franchising manager, and ultimately, McDonald’s franchisee. After purchasing franchises in Kansas City and California, Rose acquired the prominent locations inside Denver International Airport in 2000 where, under her leadership, sales tripled.

Rose has been an active member of many leadership groups, Vice-Chair of the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association, and has employed hundreds of people at her restaurants.

Nicole Castillo

Nicole Castillo

Program Director, Rose Andom Center

Nicole Castillo is a data-and values-driven nonprofit leader with over twelve years of experience in advocacy, public policy, and program management. She has worked in the field of domestic and sexual violence survivor advocacy in a variety of settings from healthcare to community-based organizations in New York, Massachusetts, and Colorado. Nicole is passionate about helping teams and organizations articulate complex topics to diverse stakeholders, and brings extensive experience in coaching diverse teams, setting mission-driven goals, and implementing evidence-based practices. 

Nicole holds a BA from Colorado University Boulder and an MDiv from Harvard University. She also holds certificates in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Tufts University, as well as in Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Nicole is a committed volunteer and has served on several nonprofit boards that focus on reproductive justice, ending intimate partner violence, supporting LGBTQ youth, and promoting the advancement of women in politics. She has also been actively engaged in local and national efforts to support Latinx communities in technology and civic engagement. Nicole currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

Show Notes

According to the National Network Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional and psychological abuse, sexual abuse and financial abuse.

Signs that you or someone you know is being abused include their partner showing extreme jealousy, their partner isolates them from family and friends, their partner has complete control over their finances and makes all important life decisions, their partner threatens to harm them of their family, or their partner destroys their belongings.

Signs that you or someone you know is abusive include you thinking of yourself as being “in charge” in your relationship, you feeling that your way is the only correct way to do things, you have hit, kicked, slapped or pushed your partner, others tell you that you seem paranoid, or your partner seems afraid.


  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner.
  • Only 34% of people who are injured by an intimate partner receive medial care for their injuries.
  • Domestic violence is associated with higher rates of depression and suicidal behavior.

Ways To Help:

  • Do not pass judgment.
  • Encourage them the abused and abusers to seek counseling.
  • Volunteer at a domestic violence shelter or hotline.
  • Donate money or needed items to domestic violence shelters.
  • Advocate for policies support the immediate and long term needs of victims and survivors.
  • Support victim/survivor-informed responses to domestic violence are most effective at creating metrics for recovery and accountability.

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