Programs and Services
24-Hour Crisis Line | 719.633.3819
Staff and trained volunteers provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and community referral services to domestic violence and/or sexual assault survivors.
Safehouse | 719.633.3819
TESSA’s Safehouse provides emergency shelter, food, case management, counseling, and support to female survivors and their children. Women and children can remain in the Safehouse up to 42 days. The Safehouse Program provides safe shelter vouchers to adult male victims and their children through collaborations with local hotels.
During their stay, victims describe their needs to confidential victim’s advocates. Based upon this intake, an individual may select from a variety of services including:
- Parent coaching
- Case management
- Assistance in securing permanent safe housing, employment, childcare, adult educational opportunities, and even new identitie
Children’s Program | 719.633.1462
The Children’s Program offers therapeutic and non-therapeutic services for children who have witnessed domestic violence and/or been victims of child abuse. Available to both children residing in TESSA’s Safehouse (Residential) and children from the community-at-large (Community), services include:
- Individual Counseling (Residential & Community)
- Psycho-educational/age-appropriate support groups (Residential & Community)
DoVE Kids/Kids Club
- Child-specific Advocacy (Residential & Community)
- Recreational opportunities (Residential)
- Case management (Residential)
Victim Advocacy | 719.633.1462
TESSA staff and exceptionally trained volunteers provide advocacy, systems assistance (criminal justice and other institutional systems), court support, and community resources and referrals for survivors experiencing domestic/intimate partner violence, dating violence, intimate partner stalking, and/or sexual assault. Multi-cultural, multi-lingual advocates provide services for Spanish-speaking individuals. Services are provided in a secure and safe environment. Advocacy allows victims to:
- Identify options
- Develop safety plans
- Receive assistance with temporary protection orders
- Acquire information and referrals
Hospital Call-Outs: Confidential Victim Advocates provide 24/7 hospital response to victims seeking medical attention due to an incidence of abuse and/or sexual assault.
DHS Liaisons: Two of TESSA’s Confidential Victim Advocates are co-located in the El Paso County Department of Human Services’ TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families) Division. These advocates work with TANF clients who identify domestic violence as an issue or barrier to achieving self-sufficiency. 719.444.8119
Counseling Program | 719.633.1462
Staff therapists provide clinical services to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. TESSA’s therapists, specifically trained to address the psychological issues that result from interpersonal violence, provide on-site:
- Individual psychotherapy
- Psycho-educational support groups for adult victims of domestic violence
- Therapeutic support groups for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors
These services encourage participants to work on self-esteem, provide education about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, and assist in goal setting and problem solving.
Community Outreach | 719.785.6842
TESSA staff and trained volunteers are available to any group requesting a specific or general presentation. Specific topics include:
- TESSA Programs and Services Overview
- Dynamics of Domestic Violence and/or Sexual Assault
- Teen Dating Violence
- In Her Shoes
- Bystander Intervention
- ‘It’s Your Business’
- Survivor Stories
TESSA provides training and education to schools, businesses, community associations, judicial system partners, and faith-based organizations. In addition, TESSA staff work closely with many schools in our community to provide education and outreach to teachers, staff and students around interpersonal violence prevention, teen dating violence and healthy versus unhealthy relationships.