The Colorado General Assembly created the DVP (formerly the Domestic Abuse Assistance Program) in 1983 to provide support and resources to people in abusive or violent relationships. Anne Markley, Executive Director of TESSA, joined us on the panel to share her story and experiences as a survivor of domestic violence. The Advocate Safehouse Project (ASP) is the only nonprofit organization that offers services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Garfield County, and is the only organization with a Safehouse program in the Roaring Fork Valley and Garfield County. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced some form of domestic violence. A shooting that killed seven people at a birthday party in Colorado Springs on Sunday appears to be the result of domestic violence, according to Mayor John Suthers.
The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was created within the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1989 to address the needs of veterans with military-related PTSD. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has identified 8 strategic initiatives to focus the Agency's work on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities. The Colorado Springs Club Q page provides updates to keep the community informed about the incident and offers information about local services. The Center on Domestic Violence is an academic, research and service center based at the University of Colorado in Denver. Domestic violence advocates are asking people to take the time to raise their awareness of an issue affecting an alarming number of homes. Haseya is the only program in Colorado that provides domestic and sexual violence services specifically for urban indigenous survivors.
Local agencies in Colorado Springs and Pueblo say they tend to see more cases of domestic violence during the holiday season. Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment (DOVE) has been providing advocacy services to victims of domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA) who are deaf, deafblind, deaf, disabled and hard of hearing (DDBDDHH) throughout the state of Colorado since 2000. This website is just part of a significant change to make all services in the state of Colorado inclusive and accessible. Marta has a master's degree in psychology with more than 28 years of experience in marriage, family and child counseling. She has extensive education and experience working with victims of family and domestic violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, and trauma. Marta trains individuals and families to become safe, caring, healthy and loving in order to develop a vision for the future that can become their reality.
Explore our resources to find organizations that offer additional resources on domestic violence, trauma, mental health, and substance abuse. The SAMHSA disaster app helps first responders focus on people in need by providing resources for any type of traumatic event, including tip sheets; guides for first responders, teachers, parents, and caregivers; and a directory of behavioral health service providers in the affected area. The Colorado Crime Victim Compensation Program can help offset the victim's financial burden related to funeral, mental health, medical and other expenses. To find domestic violence services near you, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (723 (P)) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).