Crime/ Abuse Victims
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Befriending the Body - trauma sensitive yoga is an evidence based, behavioral health program that promotes health and wellness for clients.
Staff collected, completed and validated evaluations from 151 participants of the Befriending the Body trauma-sensitive yoga program who attended in 2014-2015.
To measure the effectiveness of the series, participants completed pre- and post- evaluations for the Trauma Symptom Checklist (TSC-40), Scale of Body Connection (SBC), and Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire (Q-LES-Q-SF) measurement instruments. The following outcomes were demonstrated:
◦Trauma Symptom Checklist - a 40-item self-report measure that evaluates symptomatology in adults associated with childhood or adult traumatic experiences. It measures aspects of posttraumatic stress and other symptom clusters found in some traumatized individuals. The instrument consists of six subscales: Anxiety, Depression, Dissociation, Sexual Abuse Trauma Index (SATI), Sexual Problems, and Sleep Disturbance, as well as a total score. The TSC-40 is measured on a scale from 0 (never) to 3 (often), and subscale scores are a sum of participant scores for relevant questions.
The TSC-40 results revealed statistically significant (p < 0.05) decreases in the following symptoms:
◦Dissociation (raw score decreased from 5.49 to 3.85)
◦Anxiety (raw score decreased from 6.71 to 5.27)
◦Depression (raw score decreased from 9.05 to 6.43)
◦Sexual Abuse Trauma Index (SATI) (raw score decreased from 4.93 to 3.74)
◦Sleep Disturbance (raw score decreased from 9.00 to 6.78)
◦Scale of Body Connection - a 20-item self-report measure, designed to assess body awareness and bodily dissociation in mind-body intervention research. The SBC is measured on a scale from 1 (not at all), 2 (a little bit), 3 (some of the time), 4 (most of the time) to 5 (all of the time), and subscale scores are an average of participant scores.
The SBC results revealed statistically significant (p < 0.05) changes:
◦Body Awareness (mean score increased from 3.35 to 3.64)
◦Body Dissociation (mean score decreased from 2.07 to 1.90)
◦Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire - a self-report measure designed to assess the degree of enjoyment and satisfaction experienced by participants in various areas of daily functioning, including feelings/emotions, physical health/activities, leisure time activities, health activities, and social relations. Participants indicate degree of enjoyment and satisfaction on a scale of 1 (not at all) to 5 (frequently or all the time), in each of the aforementioned areas.
The Q-LES-Q-SF revealed relevant, but not statistically significant changes in overall life satisfaction (mean score increased from 3.73 "fair" to 4.08, "good")
Crime/ Abuse Victims
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Crisis intervention, counseling and case management for victims of any crime, property or personal injury. Information and referral, emergency financial assistance, advocacy, support groups for victims, witnesses, family and friends.
In 2013, 90% of clients felt very satisfied or satisfied with the CTR services, and 94% of clients found CTR services very helpful or helpful in reducing trauma symptoms they identified during the initial crisis assessment. Specific pre and post-test evaluation analyses are listed under the Successes page of those programs.
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Crisis intervention, counseling and case management for children and their families.
Support Groups for child victims or witnesses of violence.
The current project investigated the impact of a support group delivered to children who were victims of crime. A repeated measures analysis of variance was conducted to examine changes from pre to post support group among children. Significant differences from pre to post were observed for both depression and anxiety, with children reporting experiencing less symptoms after attending the support groups. Present findings suggest that as a result of the support group participants reported having an easier time sleeping and paying attention, feeling less upset and less guilt, and more of an interest in spending time with others. The children also endorsed decreases in heart pounding, breathing difficulties, headaches, stomachaches, and sweating and less fear. The project demonstrates that children from varying ethnic backgrounds who have experienced a range of crimes can benefit from support groups and that providing these groups is important for daily functioning and development.
Deaf & Hearing Impaired
Physically Disabled nec
The Elder Program provides crisis intervention, trauma recovery and other care management services to older adults or persons with a disability who are victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect by caregivers and financial abuse.
Services include our 24-hour hotline, available in English and Spanish, crisis counseling, emergency financial assistance, care management, Senior Companion accompaniment and transportation services, advocacy, individual and group counseling sessions, information and referrals and educational workshops. CTR strives to provide culturally and linguistically responsive services and offers specialized care tailored to the needs of elders and people with disabilities. At CTR, a police report is not required to receive assistance, allowing our services to be more accessible to individuals who fear reprisal from their caregivers.
The Personalized Crime Prevention Plan is a project of the ElderDisability Program which teaches crime and injury prevention to support elderly andor disabled adults in taking an active role in the safety of their homes and neighborhoods. Our safety assessments cover security issues like doors, locks, windows and lighting as well as injury prevention issues like proper medication storage and home hazard identification. Risk assessments also address identifying potential fraudulent mail offers and telephone solicitors. When CTR and the client identify risks that need correction, staff helps facilitate and pay for the repairs. In partnership with the Denver Police Department, Staff conducts assessments to include neighborhood safety and how to lower the risk of injury if attacked. All assessments are held at the individual's home.
In 2013, the Elder and Disability Program served 150 individuals, including victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, homicide, suicide, fraud, caregiver abuse, aggravated assault, robbery and gang-related violence. Personal crime prevention planning was conducted for 184 individuals in their homes, including several nursing home facilities. Furthermore, our Senior Companion provided transportation, accompaniment and visitation to 84 individuals. This one-on-one attention provides vital intervention and one-on-one attention to our most vulnerable victims, ensuring a continuity of care that reduces post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and increases the clients' safety and security in their home.
CTR continues to see an increase in the reporting of robbery, fraud and identity theft and assault. With incomes tight and retirement savings lost, many seniors who may never have considered turning to a nonprofit for support are now desperate for assistance. A victimization that may have gone unreported in the past may now cause serious financial and independent living consequences for an older adult or individual with a disability. Assistance with rent, food, transportation, crime scene restoration (such as window and door repairs after a home invasion), and medical needs such as replacement of prescriptions and eyeglasses continue to be the most common request as a result of crimes against these individuals.
Crime & Legal
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Immigrant victims of domestic violence who are married to a US citizen are dependent on their abuser to petition for their legal residency status, thereby creating a vulnerable and dangerous situation when violence occurs. In order to maintain power and control, abusers may threaten the victim with deportation, loss of custody and violence. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is federal legislation that offers provisions for immigrant victims of domestic violence andor sexual assault to apply to the United States government, without their abusers' assistance, to become a legal permanent resident. Under this act, victims are able to work with an immigration attorney to obtain legal permanent residency status.
151 individuals received assistance in 2013 with obtaining their legal status and work authorization in the United States. DCCV continues to manage the largest number of pro bono VAWA immigration cases in the state of Colorado.
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
The Translation & Interpreting Center provides native speaking, culturally sensitive language professionals in over 41 languages.
The Translation & Interpreting Center is growing its customer base anywhere between 5-15% each year. We continue to secure funding from Adams, Douglas and Arapahoe Counties to provide free translation and interpreting services to victims of crime. In 2013, 486 crime victims received up to two hours of free language services thanks to our funders and donors.