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Gateway Domestic Violence Services

Gateway works to prevent and eliminate intimate partner violence through a 24/7 crisis line, residential care, counseling, and by increasing awareness and understanding about relationship violence and healthy relationships.

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Program Overview

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Crime/Abuse Victims
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)

Description

Gateway Domestic Violence Services prvides 24/7 emergency services to adults and children fleeing domestic violence and works to prevent and eliminate intimate partner violence by providing:

* A 24-hour Crisis Line offering crisis intervention, information and referrals
* Emergency Shelter and an Extended-Stay program for up to 39 victims and their children
* Individual and group counseling by licensed therapists for victims and their children
* A community development program with education, training and volunteer opportunities
* A Court Advocacy Program that coordinates with police, prosecutors, courts probation, and other service
providers to increase the effectiveness of intervention and treatment of domestic violence incidents
* Co-located services at the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services building in Aurora

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Evidence of Program's Success

Please see individual program areas.

Nonresidential Counseling Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

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

Description

Professional one-on-one and group counseling services are provided to victims and their dependent children to address trauma, improve safety and support healing from relationship violence. Counselors also advocate for domestic violence survivors and support community connections that help them to regain control of their lives and cultivate healthy opportunities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Gateway's professional counseling services for adult domestic violence survivors includes education about relationship violence and healthy relationships, building self-esteem and self-empowerment, setting boundaries and safety planning. Counseling services for children focus on creative, nonviolent activities that help them to build self-esteem and promote constructive emotional expression. Last year, counseling services were provided to 1,291 women, 339 men, and 768 children.

Emergency Shelter and Extended-Stay Care

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

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

Description

Gateway operates an Emergency Shelter and an Extended-Stay facility. The Emergency Shelter in Aurora can house 24 victims of domestic violence, including children and pets, for up to 30 days. The longer-term, Extended-Stay residential care facility in southern Arapahoe County can house 15 people for up to 90 days. Gateway was the first shelter in the Metro area to allow family pets to accompany victims to shelter.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Residents at the Emergency Shelter are asked to commit to a minimum stay of three days, providing time to work together with a caseworker to set goals, develop a safety plan, receive counseling and emotional support, and identify needed resources. The opportunity to stay up to three months in the Extended-Stay facility helps to decrease the risk of further victimization through homelessness and improves the ability of survivors to achieve self-sufficiency.

Last year, nearly 9,000 bed nights were provided for 210 women, 5 men, 190 children and 20 pets. At any given time, almost half of those housed in shelter were children. Most families (92%) move from Gateway's shelter to a permanent home. This is critical as domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children in the United States.

24 Hour Crisis Line

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Crime/Abuse Victims
General Public/Unspecified
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

Gateway's Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, making it possible for victims of domestic violence to quickly and easily alert others to their situation and to get help. Professional counselors and trained volunteers staff the Crisis Line, carefully listening and providing services and referrals that offer safety and care for individuals experiencing psychological or physical abuse in their intimate relationships.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Gateway Crisis Line, which is continually publicized online and through social media and paid media (billboards), receives more than 12,000 calls each year. However, calls in 2020 are on track to be much higher. Victims of domestic violence who have been trapped with their abusers at home because of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to Crisis line calls tripling during the first half of 2020.

The needs of callers to the Crisis Line are assessed to determine the best course of action, including being directed to shelter services, connected to counseling, provided with information on emergency and community resources and referred to advocates and supportive community agencies.

The Crisis Line is equipped to serve the hearing-impaired and callers who do not speak Spanish or English. The 24/7 line has continued without interruption throughout the pandemic, and Gateway is proud to be able to maintain its commitment to successfully find the best resources to support each caller.

Court Advocacy Program

Class

Crime & Legal 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Crime/Abuse Victims
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)

Description

Gateway's Court Advocacy Program provides victims of domestic violence with information on their legal options and support from trained advocates throughout court processes, as well as case management for follow-up services and care. A special children's area provides a comfortable space and care for children while parents are in court.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Advocacy services are provided to more than 2,500 victims at the Aurora Municipal Court (in-person and virtually), with translation services provided for Spanish-speaking victims. In addition to criminal court legal supports, Gateway's Court Advocacy Program also provides information on civil matters such as restraining orders, child-support enforcement and divorce/separation.

Advocates work one-on-one with domestic violence victims and their children with safety planning, crisis intervention and emergency services - including providing cell phones to victims who don't already have phones to ensure quick access to 9-1-1.

Gateway was the first agency in the Denver Metro area to open a Court Advocacy Program and continues to serve as a resource to shelters around the country interested in developing similar programs.

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