On a typical day in Colorado Springs, the police department answers as many as 30-40 domestic violence calls. To respond to the alarmingly high rates, TESSA serves more than 10,000 survivors every year through comprehensive services.
When TESSA was established in 1977 as Battered Women’s Services, TESSA offered only a referral line. Over the decades, as TESSA saw the range of challenges survivors faced, new programs emerged that today include:
- 24-hour Crisis Line that receives approximately 4,000 – 5,000 calls each year
- 32-bed Safehouse that is the second-largest domestic abuse shelter in Colorado
- Court support program serving almost 2,000 victims each year who are seeking protective orders
- Children’s and counseling programs
- Hospital support, responding to call-outs 24 hours each day
This year TESSA is recognizing its 40th Ruby Anniversary with several new initiatives, including its new Housing First Program as well as Project LIFT that will provide local attorneys to domestic and sexual violence victims seeking protective orders. In July TESSA also hosted the Champions of Change Summit focused on domestic violence prevention to catalyze greater community engagement. The Summit involved community leaders from every sector to develop three to five initiatives to move the needle on domestic violence prevention in the region.
TESSA offers multiple avenues for getting involved in addition to donating that includes volunteering at events, becoming a victim advocate, and providing leadership. TESSA also offers workshops for medical providers who to utilize the latest literature on domestic violence epidemiology, pathophysiology, and screening.
To schedule a Lunch & Learn or request brochures, contact TESSA Development Director Becky Treece at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 785-6816. To make a referral to TESSA, contact the Crisis Line at (719) 633-3819.