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Community Advocacy Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)

Description

The Community Advocacy Program (CAP) was implemented after thoughtful evaluation of our emergency shelter and advocacy programs. We analyzed our traditional shelter program model and, with feedback and input from our clients, made innovative changes to better serve those in need. Specifically, we reduced our bed space to seven beds, still providing emergency shelter to those in imminent danger, and now offer wrap-around advocacy where our Community Advocates assist victims in developing safety plans, provide case management, support and advocacy to help victims protect themselves and their family from further violence. New clients, as well as clients currently receiving therapy, legal advocacy and/or shelter services are eligible to participate in CAP. Client outcomes realized by CAP include: maintaining a safe living environment, completion of the client's goals, decrease in physical violence and depression, easier access to community resources, greater independence and ultimately remaining violence free. Currently, the Crisis Center is the only agency in Colorado offering the CAP program.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Client outcomes realized by CAP include: maintaining a safe living environment, completion of the client's goals, decrease in physical violence and depression, easier access to community resources, greater independence and ultimately remaining violence free.

Lethality Assessment Program

Class

Crime & Legal 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)

Description

Implementation in 2016 of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) by the Crisis Center and Douglas County law enforcement agencies allows law enforcement to identify victims of intimate partner violence who are at the greatest risk of being killed. Based upon the victim's assessment, the officer will immediately contact the Crisis Center and encourage the victim to speak with the Crisis Center advocate to address any immediate concerns and plan for safety. This real-time intervention by law enforcement and the Crisis Center proves to have positive impact on victim safety and ultimately saves lives. Since August 2016, law enforcement has contacted the Crisis Center on over 300 calls where the offender is highly lethal. Of those calls, approximately 30% of victims are now receiving services through the Crisis Center. In Douglas County, currently 400 officers have received training and use the 11-question assessment to understand and respond effectively to the victim in a highly lethal relationship. To expand this model throughout the State of Colorado, the Crisis Center has presented at two state-wide conferences to police, DA's Offices, probation officers and system/non-system-based victim advocates. Now, several other counties are considering implementing this model.



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Evidence of Program's Success

Since August 2016, law enforcement has contacted the Crisis Center on over 300 calls where the offender is highly lethal. Of those calls, approximately 30% of victims are now receiving services through the Crisis Center.

Emergency shelter

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Description

Our shelter program includes a 24-hour crisis line and 7-bed emergency shelter for adult and child victims of domestic violence. Crisis line calls are responded to by trained advocates and volunteers who offer crisis intervention, and provide information, referrals and support. If danger is imminent from violent perpetrators, we arrange for victims to stay in our emergency shelter. If we are full, we support the client in finding other safe options. While in our shelter, clients receive assistance with daily essentials for living, advocacy and support, therapy, legal advocacy and access to a wide array of other community resources. Clients may continue with non-residential services after leaving shelter.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Client surveys show positive results in our emergency shelter program. The data below summarizes our 2017 program outcomes. Exiting shelter client surveys are positive with 95% overall satisfaction. Specifically, clients reported the following:
• 87% gained knowledge about community resources
• 92% know more ways to plan for their safety
• 100% are more self-sufficient than before engaging in services
• 93% understand the violence was not their fault
• 83% stated their overall emotional health and well-being have improved

24-hour crisis line

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Crime/Abuse Victims
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

24-hour crisis line: (303) 688-8484 or (888) 247-7472 toll-free

Advocates and volunteers are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, support, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies.

We welcome individuals from the deaf and hard of hearing community to contact at the above numbers via relay services.

The Crisis Center keeps all information provided by you confidential. However, we are required by law to break confidentiality when there is reported child or elder abuse; and if there is threat to harm self or threat to harm others.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Clients being helped in a timely manner from our crisis line advocates.

Therapy for adults and children

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Crime/Abuse Victims
Families

Description

One of the greatest differences between the Crisis Center and similar agencies in Colorado is our therapy program. We understand the impact of domestic violence and the long-term negative effects it has on a victim's sense of safety and well-being. Helping a victim heal requires strong trauma informed intervention methods, in which our staff are highly trained. The Crisis Center employs Master's level clinicians who provide free on-going therapeutic services to adults and children who have been traumatized by domestic violence. Besides the standard talk therapy, the Crisis Center employs a wide array of innovative trauma-based interventions that aid in the overall healing of clients, including:
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma.
• Animal Assisted Therapy involves animals as a form of treatment with the goal of improving a client's social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.
• Sand Play Therapy is a powerful therapeutic technique that facilitates the psyche's natural capacity for healing.
• Child Play Therapy is a counseling method used to help children communicate their inner experiences using toys and play.
• Group Therapy allows clients to discuss and process their feelings and situations together under the supervision of a therapist.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Outcomes from our non-residential therapy and advocacy programs are positive as well, with an overall satisfaction score of 95%. Specifically, clients reported the following:
• 94% gained knowledge about community resources
• 96% of clients state they know more ways to plan for their safety.
• 95% are more hopeful about their future
• 91% are more self-sufficient than before engaging in services
• 86% stated their overall emotional health and well-being have improved
• 95% stated their parenting skills have improved and they are able to connect with their children in a healthier way


Legal Advocacy

Class

Crime & Legal 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Crime/Abuse Victims
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Our legal advocacy program provides domestic violence victims ongoing legal support and information, assistance with paperwork, and support at court appearances. Our legal advocates provide general information about legal processes, help victims file protection orders, child custody, assist with immigration issues, provide support at hearings, and offer attorney and other referrals as needed.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2017, our Legal Advocates assisted 258 clients with over 600 supportive contacts.

Community Outreach

Class

Public, Society Benefit 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

The Crisis Center offers specialized training, educational presentations, violence prevention initiatives, annual fund-raisers, and outreach booths to raise awareness of this very important social issue.

Additionally, we provide community outreach and educational opportunities. Specific to youth, we continue to partner with Douglas County schools for The Outrage, a dramatic, theatrical presentation performed by teens-for teens, which exposes the threats and realities of teen dating violence. This program is now a part of the curriculum for Douglas County 10th graders.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2017, the Crisis Center educated 8,392 individuals through community outreach and technical assistance presentations.

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