The mission of The Alliance is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault and to empower victims through education, services and social change. The Alliance addresses the needs of domestic and sexual violence victims in Chaffee County through comprehensive advocacy services which are free and confidential. The Alliance has added services and programs to enhance outreach to the Latino community, engage lawyer's for victims and assist survivors with finding and acquiring housing.
Background: The Alliance, previously called the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse, has been providing services in Chaffee County for 35 years. The Alliance was established in 1982 by a group of concerned local citizens, operating on a volunteer basis, and calling themselves the Chaffee County Task Force. The Task Force saw a need for battered women's services and began meeting that need. The Alliance hired its first Director in 1988 and became incorporated as a 501(c) 3 in 1989. The Alliance hired a Children's Coordinator in 1997 and an Adult Advocate in 1999. Currently, The organization operates under a 9-member Board of Directors, an Executive Director, Adult Advocate, Housing Advocate, Youth Advocate, Latino Advocate and several Volunteer Advocates. The mission of The Alliance has remained the same but services have been expanded to include providing teen dating violence education, court/legal advocacy, a housing program and a children's program. All services provided by The Alliance are confidential and free of charge.
I was a victim of domestic violence for 18 years. I was beaten and sexually violated repeatedly by the man I called my husband. I had no self esteem and no one to turn to. I was going to die if I didn't leave soon, and I knew it. I decided after four hours of torture, and being locked in my bedroom, that this was to be my last beating. He went to work the next morning and that was my chance. I grabbed the kids and what I could, and drove for four hours to Salida. I rented an apartment, bought the local paper and found an ad for the Alliance Against Domestic Abuse (AADA). I called and they invited us to come over. My children and I came to a place where we were welcomed and were allowed to express their feelings about what they witnessed. I was treated with respect and my healing could begin. Through their support groups, peer counseling and referrals, AADA has given me and my children tools for living and supported us throughout our emotions and life trials. My children finally feel safe and we have a new, wonderful life. Thank you AADA, I couldn't have done it without you!
-- Simply signed, 'Survivor'