Programs and services

TESSA offers confidential support and services for victims of Relationship Violence or Sexual Assault (RVSA) and their children.

24-hour safe line


TESSA staff provides help in crisis situations, works with victims to create safety plans, and connects victims with other community services.



TESSA’s Safehouse provides emergency shelter, food, case management, counseling, and support to female survivors and their children. The Safehouse Program can provide short-term safe shelter vouchers for local hotels to male victims and their children.

Safehouse residents have access to many support services including Confidential Advocacy, Counseling (adults & children), court support, and assistance with multiple local resources to:

  • Securing Permanent Safe Housing
  • Finding Employment
  • Accessing Childcare
  • Locating Adult Educational Options
  • Obtaining New Identities

Victim Advocacy


The TESSA team helps victims navigate the criminal justice system, provides legal assistance, and connects victims with community resources.

  • Identify Options
  • Develop Safety Plans
  • Receive Assistance with Temporary Protection Orders (TPOs)
  • Acquire Information and Referrals

*Hospital Call-Outs | 719.633.3819:
Confidential Victim Advocates provide 24/7 hospital response to victims seeking medical attention due to an incidence of DVSA

*DHS Liaisons | Cathryn: 719.444.8112 & Katie: 719.444.5615:
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.

Youth & Children’s Program


Children’s Program Therapists and Advocates work with children who have witnessed DVSA in the home. Services are for children residing in TESSA’s Safehouse and children from the community-at-large and include:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Psycho-Educational/Age-Appropriate Support Groups
  • Child-Specific Advocacy
  • Recreational Opportunities
  • Case Management

Counseling Program


Staff therapists provide therapeutic services to adult DVSA victims. These include:

These services encourage participants to work on self-esteem, provide education about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, and assist in goal setting and problem solving.


Rural Program

(Cripple Creek) 719-822-3033 | (Calhan) 719.243.4833

To better serve victims of DVSA in rural areas, TESSA has a full-time Confidential Victim Advocate based in Cripple Creek (serving Teller County), and one based in Calhan (serving Eastern El Paso County). Adult Counseling services are also available by appointment at these locations. Advocacy is available on a walk-in basis.

Community Outreach

Rica: 719.785.6813

TESSA Speakers are available to any group interested in a presentation about issues related to DVSA. Specific topics include:

  • Safe Dating
  • Building Healthy Relationships
  • DV 101
  • SA 101
  • Bystander Intervention
  • TESSA Programs and Services
  • Customized Presentations for per Group Needs

TESSA works throughout the Pikes Peak region – with schools, businesses, community associations, judicial system partners, and faith-based organizations – to change the community conversation around DVSA, fuel social change in the forms of bystander intervention and collective intolerance, and highlight the reality that these are community-wide problems that deserve community-wide solutions.

Community Outreach Form

Project LIFT


TESSA’s Project LIFT provides attorneys to represent TESSA clients who are in need of a permanent protection order (PPO). This service is free to TESSA clients. Criteria to participate in Project LIFT includes:

  • Must be a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault
  • Must have already received a temporary protection order

Once a client becomes a part of Project LIFT, the assigned attorney will meet with the client, and then represent that client at their PPO hearing. If someone needs help securing a temporary protection order first, TESSA’s Victim Advocates can assist with that process (see: Victim Advocacy).


Housing First


TESSA Advocates work to help victims secure housing, specifically in situations where victims and their children are at risk for homelessness. Services include:

  • Case management
  • Direct financial assistance for securing housing
  • In-home case management to improve likelihood of client success

TESSA’s Safehouse provides emergency shelter, but it is only a temporary solution. Housing First allows TESSA to establish long-term solutions for victims who need permanent housing, and allows for more victims to be placed in TESSA’s Safehouse each year.