TESSA supports healing for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault (DVSA) in the Pikes Peak region. Services include our Safehouse program, 24/7 Safe Line, confidential advocacy, counseling, legal and housing aid, youth and children’s programming, as well as community outreach and educational resources. Through these programs and services, TESSA strives to realize our vision of a community free of violence.
Our clients come from all walks of life, and interpersonal violence knows no racial, ethnic, gender, or socio-economic boundaries. Calls into our safe line in El Paso and Teller counties increased from 800 to 1200 per month, and the number of victims served grew from 15,000 to 23,000 a year – indicating the considerable additional stressors currently being placed on families in our community.
Due to unprecedented demand for secure, protective housing, donations to TESSA will go directly to supporting clients at life-threatening risk in our emergency Safehouse program.
Roughly 37% of women and 30% of men are party to domestic violence at some point in their lives. About 12% of homicides are committed by a victim’s intimate partner.
“I'd finally left my abusive spouse, and I left quickly due to endangerment. They helped give me resources and guidance until I could secure my apartment. My son and I are now safe, and we are living in healthy environments.” — Holly - Utilized services in 2021