Programs and services


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

24-hour crisis line

719.633.3819

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


Safehouse

719.633.3819

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

719.633.1462

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 Restraining Orders (TROs)
  • 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 | 719.444.8119: 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.


Children’s Program

719.633.1462

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

719.633.1462

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

  • Individidual Psycho-Therapy
  • Psycho-Educational Support Groups for DV Survivors
  • Therapeutic Support Groups for DVSA 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.


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

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.

Click here to request a presentation

Project LIFT

719.633.1462

TESSA Project LIFT Advocates provide a connection between victims and available legal counsel, as well as assistance navigating the legal system. TESSA provides:

  • Growing database of pro bono lawyers to represent victims
  • Assistance with paperwork for obtaining protective orders
  • Education of state lawmakers

One case of victimization may produce myriad legal issues beyond protective orders, such as housing, employment, child custody, and more. Project LIFT lends a hand to victims as they navigate a complicated justice system during times of duress.


Housing First

719.633.1462

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.