TESSA IN THE NEWS
AROUND TOWN: TESSA’s 40-year anniversary helping domestic violence victims raises $225,000
“A Ruby Anniversary Gala crowd of 750 helped TESSA turn 40 at The Broadmoor, raising $225,000 toward its domestic-violence-prevention mission.”
CFA Investigation: District attorney says domestic violence victims need more protection
“When it comes to protecting domestic violence victims, El Paso County is behind the rest of the state. Our local district attorney says we need to make a change.”
Colorado Springs community leaders working to end culture of domestic violence
“Community leaders gathered Thursday to answer a question that plagues too many Colorado Springs families: How do we stop domestic violence?
Alarming figures were repeatedly recited – city police respond to up to 40 calls of domestic abuse daily; local domestic violence resource TESSA is called to aid about 10,000 victims in El Paso and Teller counties annually; one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.”
TESSA hosts Champions of Change Summit, aims to prevent domestic violence & sexual assault
“Stopping domestic violence in our community is a huge task. So community leaders are meeting to figure out ways to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in Colorado Springs. It’s being hosted by TESSA, a non-profit which works to help victims.”
TESSA introduces new initiatives to provide legal help, housing for domestic violence survivors
“A local nonprofit organization is expanding its services to better help domestic violence victims escape their abusers.
TESSA, which serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence in El Paso and Teller counties, unveiled two new programs on Wednesday: one to put families displaced by domestic violence in new homes and another to hire lawyers to secure protective orders for victims who can’t afford legal help.”
TESSA celebrates 40th anniversary with debut of three new initiatives
“TESSA, an organization that provides a safe haven for victims of domestic violence, celebrated its 40th anniversary Wednesday with three new initiatives. Mayor John Suthers joined County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, district attorney Dan May and others to make the announcements.”
THE LATEST FROM TESSA
TESSA ANNOUNCES PREVENTION INITIATIVES
TESSA releases report with four new initiatives recommended as a result of community Summit
October 27, 2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – Today TESSA released a report outlining four new domestic violence prevention initiatives that are the result of more than 120 leaders convening in July to tackle the problem of domestic violence in the Pikes Peak region.
The release of the report coincides with the final days of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which occurs every October.
The Summit report highlights four new initiatives identified by the Summit participants:
- Initiative One: Public Education Campaign
- Initiative Two: Youth Outreach and Engagement
- Initiative Three: Training for Professionals
- Initiative Four: Affect Public Policy
To implement these initiatives, a community task force will be created that will ensure the development and implementation of the four strategies.
“TESSA hosted the Summit in response to the alarming number of domestic violence incidents committed here in our community,” TESSA Executive Director SherryLynn Boyles stated. “On average, the police respond to as many as 35 or 40 domestic violence calls every day. It isn’t enough to keep serving victims, we have to start taking serious measures to turn these high rates around.”
On July 6-7, 2017, leaders from 10 key sectors of the community—business, criminal justice + the courts, education, faith-based organizations, government, healthcare, human services, media, military and sports—convened to explore approaches and strategies to prevention domestic and sexual violence in the Pikes Peak region.
The Summit Co-Chairs included El Pomar COO Kyle Hybl, District Attorney Dan May and Dr. Terry Schwartz from UCCS, and each delegation was led by a high-profile leader from the represented sector:
- Cindy Aubrey, Human Services
- Chief Pete Carey, Criminal Justice + Courts
- Rep. Terri Carver, Government
- Col. Ronald Fitch, Military
- Rev. Dr. Jacque Franklin, Faith Communities
- Jeff Greene, Business
- Chris Phillips, Sports + Media
- Margaret Sabin, Healthcare
- Dr. Terry Schwartz, Education
“The strategy most discussed at the Summit was the need for a public education campaign,” Boyles said. “The delegates felt it was important that a campaign focus on what we as a society want to see change. It’s not enough to condemn the violence, we have to tap into people’s values around respect and empathy for each other.”
“The Summit delegates also overwhelmingly agreed that targeting youth, including young children, is a priority strategy for community,” Boyles continued. “Professional training throughout the community as well as addressing system issues through public policy were also important to the Summit delegates.”
Since July, Summit participants were given opportunity to comment on and make edits to the report. “It was important to us at TESSA that this report reflect the community’s priorities. Since it will take the community working together to make real change.”
The report can be found here.
TESSA serves 10,000 victims of domestic and sexual violence in El Paso and Teller Counties each year, and also works within the community to end the violence.