The Crossroads Safehouse Outreach Program exists to increase safety and healing and decrease the isolation of victims of domestic violence and their children in a safe community setting. The services available include:
-Short-term, goal-directed advocacy
-Assistance with safety planning
-Connections to resources for planned, short-term interventions
-Referrals to ongoing therapeutic care or counseling when appropriate
-Support groups for victims and children who have been exposed to domestic violence
-Domestic violence education
The following story from an Outreach Program client illustrates the ways this program helps victims in our community:
"My husband's abuse started to get worse and worse. He always knew how to hurt me emotionally, but after he started becoming physical with me I knew I needed to leave. I was connected with Crossroads by the police officer who responded to my house during a bad argument. Crossroads gave me a safe place to stay until my husband was arrested and a protective order was put in place. After I returned home, I was physically safe, but I still needed to work through the years of abuse that had taken its toll on me. During this overwhelming time, I leaned on Crossroads for support. My advocate and I talked about ways that I could keep myself safe in case my husband returned and I confided in her about my fears and about what had been happening in my relationship. She talked with me about the cycle of abuse and common ways abusers try to hurt their partners. Having the support of my advocate really helped me be able to make this change for myself from the inside out. Every time we would meet, I felt stronger and more in control of my life."
Crime/ Abuse Victims
The DART program was created in 1988 to provide law enforcement with additional on-site support for domestic violence calls. DART calls are made by local law enforcement officers and hospital staff to Crossroads and are answered 24/7 by highly trained volunteers and staff that report to the scene to provide potentially life-saving resources and support to victims and their children. In 2017, Crossroads DART advocates responded to 414 crisis calls, a 47% increase over the previous four years' average.
DART provides victims support and crisis intervention by education victims about domestic violence, referrals to resources, safety planning, explaining their rights, and helping them navigate the criminal justice system.
Victims are at greater risk of serious violence to themselves and their children without comprehensive, 24/7 crisis intervention. The sooner a DART advocate speaks with a victim, the more likely the victim is to know about and take advantage of the statutory rights and other resources that are available through Crossroads to keep them safe.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
The Youth Program at Crossroads Safehouse provides crisis intervention, safety, and personal advocacy for children who are secondary victims of domestic violence. The agency works across generations to mitigate the effects of trauma and enable families to move forward. Crossroads utilizes a trauma-informed, strengths-based advocacy model that is short-term and empowers each family member to reach their goals. Youth victim services are available to both residential and non-residential (Outreach Program) clients. Programs include:
• Group therapy, including music, art and animal therapy
• "Time to Play" group allows children to enjoy the playroom and playground
• "Hands Are Not for Hitting" education and prevention curriculum
• Age-appropriate individual advocacy
• Family advocacy for parenting support
• Access to resources such as tutors, child therapy, and family case workers
Each part of the Youth Program is designed to give kids the 1-on-1 attention their parents may be unable to provide as they heal from trauma and prepare to take their next steps. Even during the simplest interactions, Youth and Family Advocates provide children with gentle instructions for the development of skills such as sharing, conflict resolution, and healthy communication. These tools are essential as families move through the long-term process of rebuilding their lives without violence.
Crossroads also facilitates a youth education and prevention program called "Time to Talk" in Poudre School District high schools. This program is based on a peer-education model and aims to reduce domestic violence and increase awareness. Trained youth advocates facilitate eight "Peer Trainer" education sessions each year for up to 50 junior and senior high school students. These students spend seven hours in each training session learning about domestic violence and the red flags of unhealthy relationships. After the training, these Peer Trainers present the information to younger students during health classes. Each of these presentations is attended by a qualified volunteer or staff member to answer more difficult questions that may arise, but sessions are led by Peer Trainers.
On an individual level, success may look different for each client or family. For many, it is most clearly defined by the parent and child moving forward with their lives, free from abuse. Crossroads provides the education, resources, support, and referrals families need to achieve lasting positive outcomes and tracks each participant's experience throughout their journey with the organization.
In 2017, served 300 children and teens with specialized youth victim services. Because safe, stable, nurturing relationships are so crucial to creating healthy childhoods, the organization considers the parent's progress in achieving safety and stability when evaluating youth-specific results. This is the most reliable indicator that children in the Youth Program will achieve successful outcomes. Last year, 89% of clients reported that they knew more ways to plan for their safety, and 90% reported they knew more about community resources as a result of the services they received at Crossroads.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Crime/ Abuse Victims
Over the three decades that Crossroads has been serving victims of domestic violence, we have learned that eight weeks in the Safehouse does not always give victims the skills and ability to move directly back into the community from which they came. Our facility has six rooms for transition to independent living, with the option to stay up to six months. Program participants also have access to advocacy, counseling, support groups and referrals to education housing and employment opportunities in the community.
In 2017, 27 people (including 14 women and 13 children) participated in the Co-Located Housing Program. These former residents of Crossroads Safehouse chose a new life of budding self-sufficiency for themselves and their children after leaving their abusive homes.
Crime & Legal
The Bringing Justice Home Project is a project of Crossroads Safehouse that provides eligible low-income domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking survivors with no-cost legal services. The program provides legal services ranging from advice and drafting/preparation services, to full representation regarding civil legal matters such as protection orders, custody, support, divorce,and some housing and employment law matters. Eligibility: must meet eligibility screening requirements including income
"Emily" came to Crossroads on more than one occasion seeking shelter from her husband, "Eric." During these times, Emily had their three children with her and was pregnant with their fourth child. Through a referral from a Crossroads Safehouse Advocate, Emily received services applied for help to file for a Dissolution of Marriage and establish a safe environment for parenting time for the children and their father. After review, Emily qualified for services and began working with an attorney immediately. A Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and Protection Order were filed. Within weeks, Emily established therapeutic parenting time for the children. Emily's case is still in the courts and she is on the road to self-sufficiency and safety.
When victims decide to leave an abusive situation, they may feel that leaving the family pet behind is the only option. Between 21-60% of victims have delayed leaving their abusers because of concern over their pets.
Crosstrails is a unique program that provides emergency shelter/foster homes for pets belonging to safehouse residents, ensuring safe and confidential housing for the entire family. Foster homes provide shelter for animals for up to eight weeks via anonymous, pre-screened volunteers. All animals are pre-examined and vaccinated and food is provided by Crosstrails donors. Animal behavior consultation is available if needed.
Crosstrails is a joint effort of Crossroads Safehouse and numerous kennels, veterinarians, and individual volunteers in the community.
When victims choose to leave an abusive relationship and come to Crossroads for shelter and safehousing knowing that Crosstrails will foster their pet for up to seven weeks, we have succeeded in our mission of providing a safe environment for victims of domestic violence in Larimer County as well as their pets.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Our emergency shelter provides safety to domestic violence victims and their children and acts as the foundation for all other programs and services available to those in need.
Crossroads' shelter is a 29,000 square foot facility with a state-of-the-art security system that houses all programs and services as well as residents and staff. Crossroads can provide housing for 32 families (up to 104 beds) available to domestic violence victims and their children for up to eight weeks. Crossroads is open 24/7/365 and provides all programs and services to victims and their families at no cost regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, income level, religion, or sexual orientation.
Crossroads' emergency shelter provides more than just safety and shelter to victims and their families. We strive to break barriers victims may face and encourage them to seek help through our comprehensive services that are victim centered.
Basic Needs: Victims may come to Crossroads with nothing, leaving their home in the middle of the night with their children and the few belongings they can carry. We provide free food, clothing and basic need supplies through our on-site food pantry and boutique.
Medical Care: Often times victims and their children have been denied medical care from their abuser or are afraid to seek medical attention because of mandated reporting regulations. Through our on-site medical unit residents and their children can conveniently and confidentially obtain medical check-ups and services at no cost.
Advocacy: Both victims and their children receive an advocate upon entering the safehouse through our Family Advocacy model. An advocate is available 24/7 at Crossroads to deliver services and support to both residents and non-residents. Our highly trained, compassionate advocates walk side by side with victims and their families through their journey and assist them with safety planning, navigating available resources and play a vital role in helping them move towards permanent safety.
24/7 Crisis Line: Our Crisis Hotline is free, confidential and available 24/7 to those seeking help or information. Our highly trained advocates and volunteers provide support, information, and referrals to services in the community to those in need of help for themselves or a loved one.
Legal Advocacy: Our legal advocates can help victims navigate the legal system, identify their rights, attend bond hearings on their behalf, and help victims regain their independence and move towards permanent safety through the criminal justice system.
Support Groups and Therapy: Weekly support groups are available to both residents and non-residents as well as free counseling services to ensure the emotional and psychological well-being of those we serve.
In 2017, the emergency shelter program served 438 people, including 250 adults and 188 children, and the average shelter stay reached a record-breaking 40 days. Trained victim advocates answered 1,693 crisis calls and 10,501 non-crisis calls for information, referrals, and assistance.