Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence

Survivors of domestic violence and their families continue to face devastating impacts caused by the Covid-19 crisis. With additional support from our donors, SPAN can meet the increased needs of survivors and their families through emergency services, counseling, housing, and advocacy.

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Emergency Shelter and Resource Center

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Crime/Abuse Victims
Families
Homeless
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

The SPAN Emergency Shelter Program provides crisis intervention, safe shelter, advocacy, and counseling for individuals and families who have experienced interpersonal violence. Staff and volunteers are available 24 hours a day on our crisis hotline to listen, provide information and referrals to available resources, and conduct intakes for persons needing immediate shelter. The shelter facility provides a safe, temporary residence for women and children, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, who are seeking refuge from an abusive relationship. In addition to food and clothing, residents receive case management, counseling, legal advocacy, and information to help them establish a life safe from violence. Services provided through the Emergency Shelter Program are available in English and Spanish. The shelter facility has a capacity for 27 people and residents may stay up to 45 days.

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Evidence of Program's Success

From January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 SPAN provided Crisis Hotline assistance to 11,332 individuals seeking help due to interpersonal violence, a 31% increase over 2019, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of contact with the Crisis Hotline, 208 individuals and families engaged in Shelter services.

95% of shelter residents reported having a decreased sense of isolation and improved knowledge of community resources as a result of their stay at SPAN's Emergency Shelter and the support they received there. 77% of these children demonstrated decreased trauma symptoms as a result of this contact.

Counseling Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Crime/Abuse Victims
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens

Description

The Counseling Program addresses a broad continuum of needs, from early intervention to long-term support toward self-sufficiency for adults, youth and children who have been impacted by domestic violence. Individual and group counseling sessions are offered in English and Spanish in Boulder, Lafayette, Broomfield, and at various community-based locations throughout the community. Population-specific services are available for immigrant and Spanish-speaking survivors, older victims of abuse, and survivors of relationship violence within the LGBTQ+ communities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

With the onset of COVID 19, SPAN's Outreach Counseling Team researched best practices for advocacy and counseling protocols via remote technology. During 2020, SPAN provided individual and group counseling to 562 adults and children. As a result of these services, at least 90% of SPAN's counseling clients indicating that their counseling sessions had helped them develop better strategies for safety and stability and helped to reduce isolation and emotional distress.

Training & Community Education

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations

Description

The Training and Community Education Program focuses on early intervention, prevention, and social change. Students in grades K through 12 are prepared to recognize signs and causes of violence and to integrate violence-prevention strategies into their peer relationships, families, and community. Community trainings inform area residents about abuse, challenge personal and organizational beliefs that perpetuate interpersonal violence, and promote equity and social justice. The Creating Protective Environments project began in 2019 and funding secured for 2020-2021 with the following goals: 1) to assess Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) policies and practices at the district and school level that impact the social, cultural and physical environments of schools; 2) to implement and institutionalize the use of Hot Spot Mapping in BVSD schools; 3) to make programming and processes generated by this project sustainable.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2019, SPAN initiated a, 5-year collaboration called the Creating Protective Environments project. We are working to foster evidence-based, community-level changes in the social/cultural environments of schools within BVSD that are proven to improve prevention factors and decrease risk factors as related to sex assault and violence. The long-term goal for SPAN's 5-year project is to implement and institutionalize community-level changes in the social/cultural and physical environments of schools throughout BVSD that are proven to provide the greatest potential to reduce sexual violence and its consequences.

Youth leadership is key to the program's success. Our youth leadership team includes multiple volunteers who are meeting several times each month, who receive a stipend for their expertise, and who are supported and led by SPAN staff members (three peer Youth Advisors and an adult Program Coordinator).

The greatest strength demonstrated by SPAN's Peers Building Justice Program (PBJ) is the youth participants themselves. With a core group of youth who have developed considerable leadership capacity through their PBJ activities, PBJ youth have shown initiative in creating new partnerships and outreach events.

Legal Advocacy

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Crime/Abuse Victims
Female Adults
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

The Legal Advocacy Program provides crisis intervention and ongoing advocacy for survivors of interpersonal violence involved with law enforcement and the justice system.

Individuals received crisis intervention, advocacy, support and referrals from SPAN as they dealt with legal issues related to the abuse in their lives. This included support from a SPAN advocate immediately following law enforcement involvement in a domestic assault, help applying for protection orders, free legal clinics and referrals to local attorneys.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2020, SPAN supported 224 survivors with support around legal issues related to the abuse. SPAN Lawyers for Victims Project (LFVP) also provided 65 survivors with pro bono access to attorneys, including 29 people who had legal representation as they applied for Protection Orders and pursued post-divorce decree/child custody relief from the courts.
95% of these survivors reported having increased strategies for staying safe and 93% demonstrated increased knowledge of community resources because of contact from SPAN staff and volunteers. 40% of Legal Advocacy Program clients engaged in additional SPAN services, demonstrating the importance the Advocacy Program as a gateway for survivors into SPAN's comprehensive support. 90% of LFVP participants felt they had achieved a successful outcome in their case; 100% of LFVP clients said they were safer, more stable and more connected to community resources because of the services they received.

Housing and Transitional Services

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Crime/Abuse Victims
Families
Female Adults
Female Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

The Transitional Services Program provides long-term, comprehensive support for domestic violence survivors and their children as they work toward emotional and economic self-sufficiency. Services include access to affordable housing, long-term case management, and skill-building classes focused on education, careers, job search skills, financial literacy, computer skills, parenting, and nutrition.

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Evidence of Program's Success

SPAN's Transitional Service Program provided critical basic needs support and intensive housing advocacy to 241 survivors and their children in 2020, as the COVID crisis disrupted the fragile stability and self-sufficiency that people had previously built. With a widespread loss of jobs among many of SPAN's Transitional Service Program clients, staff quickly implemented a triage method to identify people's most critical needs and connect them with resources, while also providing emotional support for survivors and their children who are experiencing fears around COVID that are compounded by trauma and instability. SPAN's Housing staff negotiated with landlords, helped survivors apply for and access financial resources, and delivered emergency food boxes to keep these vulnerable families and individuals safe and stable. SPAN provided intensive housing advocacy to 165 individuals and families, including providing more than $160,000 in financial assistance to keep people in stable housing.

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