Jan 4 2019

Violence Against Women Act lapses during shutdown, imperiling help for victims

The year 2018 was known for the #MeToo movement in which victims across the country rose up against sexual assault and harassment — ending careers for several powerful men implicated in the crimes — and encouraged others to follow suit.


DEC 20 2018

How to talk to domestic violence victims about abuse

Domestic violence thrives in the shadows of secrecy, making it difficult to talk to victims who may try to hide the abuse out of shame or fear. But experts in El Paso County and the Colorado Springs area say there are ways to approach the conversation if you suspect someone you love is being abused.


DEC 20 2018

5 mental health tips for the holidays

But the holidays can come with unique mental health challenges.


DEC 20 2018

Domestic violence in El Paso County: Leaders, advocates say small steps can equal big change | Part 4 of 4

Domestic Violence experts discuss a number of ways to help end abuse in Colorado Springs, but argue it will taken cooperation from the entire community to achieve. “Our community has stepped up to do that,” one official said.


DEC 19 2018

Domestic violence in El Paso County: Are offenders capable of change? One man’s transformation | Part 3 of 4

Three years ago this month, Geoff was just starting El Paso County’s Domestic Violence Court program after a 65-day stay in jail for violating terms of a permanent protection order.


DEC 18 2018

Domestic violence in El Paso County: It’s difficult to win protection orders against abuse | Part 2 of 4

El Paso County has the second highest number of domestic violence cases in the state, with 40 domestic violence homicides in the last five years, yet it’s one of the hardest counties in which to win protection orders to guard against that abuse, according to experts and records.


DEC 17 2018

Domestic violence in El Paso County: Records show we’re among worst in Colorado | Part 1 of 4

Editor’s note: This is part 1 of a 4-part Shattered Lives series on domestic violence in El Paso County.


NOV 23 2018

TESSA helping women, children

Women dealing with domestic and sexual violence and its repercussions turn to TESSA for assistance every day. This can be through the organization’s 32-bed safe house, victim advocacy, counseling, a 24/7 hotline, children’s programs and community outreach/education.


Oct 24 2018

Colorado Springs Health Foundation looks to prevent abuse with local grants

The Colorado Springs Health Foundation will award almost $600,000 in grants to nine organizations in El Paso and Teller counties working to prevent child abuse and support victims.


Oct 14 2018

AROUND TOWN: TESSA’s domestic violence/sexual assault prevention shares #MeToo spotlight

The impact of the #MeToo movement and the women openly speaking out was fresh on the minds of nearly 700 people at TESSA’s Sept. 15 Gala, “The Encore.”


Oct 5 2018

EDITORIAL: Let’s focus on ending domestic violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Perhaps one of the most heinous life’s potential crises is finding oneself living with an abuser in a relationship that is supposed to be about love.


Oct 4 2018

TESSA announces merger with Women’s Resource Center

Colorado Springs nonprofit TESSA has merged with the Women’s Resource Agency, combining services to women and their children who are victims of sexual and family violence.


Sep 27 2018

Kavanaugh hearing prompts questions on sex abuse reporting laws

“Not everybody is ready to make that decision at that point, especially. This is something that’s very traumatic that happens to you,” said Courtney Sutton, safety and support manager at Tessa.


Sep 26 2018

Sexual assaults reporting in Colorado Springs may not be higher after #MeToo movement

In 2014, the latest nationwide numbers say nearly 30,000 women have reported being victim to sexual assault or harassment.


Sep 18 2018


Two of the most prominent nonprofit organizations that are focused on our area’s most vulnerable residents are combining forces to strengthen and broaden their mission and impact on the local community. TESSA and Women’s Resource Agency have confirmed their strategic initiative to begin integrating overall services starting immediately as a staged effort, with TESSA as the acquiring entity.


AUG 28 2018

TESSA Empowers Individuals Struggling with Abuse

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TESSA of Colorado Springs focuses on empowering victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. For more information about everything TESSA of Colorado Springs provides, visit Watch the video of Executive Director, SherryLynn Boyles by click on the button below


May 1 2018

Voted “Most Memorable Gala”

TESSA’S 40 years Ruby Anniversary Gala- Voted “Most Memorable Gala”- Best of the Springs

Months after this gala, many of the 750 who attended were still brought to tears or lumps in the throat remembering parts of an unforgettable evening. TESSA’s work is, by its nature, heartbreaking as it empowers victims of domestic violence and continues work to slow sexual assault. This anniversary acknowledged 40 years of work and the dream for a less violent future…

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April 26 2018

Rape survivor fights back, encourages others to do the same

“I will never talk the same. I’ll never walk the same. Nothing’s ever going to be the same. But… I don’t want to lose faith,” Roxanne Blevins said.
She was divorced after two decades of marriage and decided to get back in the dating game. Like a lot of people she tried online dating.

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April 21 2018

Sexual assault victims receive a life sentence

Opinions of SherryLynn Boyles

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month — suggesting we should all be more aware of sexual assault. Not a bad idea in concept, but rape is hardly a topic people would like to spend their time thinking about when they’re not thinking about their jobs, families, and hobbies.

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Colorado Springs Living Well Magazine…

“names SherryLynn Boyles one of the Most Inspiring Women”

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FEB 2018

TESSA Project LIFT Update

“Originally, TESSA expected to serve approximately 125 clients over the course of the 20-month grant. Due to the increased confidence victims have with legal representation, 125 victims were assigned attorneys after only five months.”

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FEB 15

TESSA announces ‘No Excuse for Abuse’ Task Force

“On Wednesday, TESSA announced their new No Excuse for Abuse Task Force, aiming to stop domestic and sexual violence.”

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FEB 14

Colorado Springs nonprofit announces domestic and sexual violence task force

“Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers will serve as honorary chairman of a task force dedicated to reducing domestic and sexual violence in the Pikes Peak region, the nonprofit TESSA announced Wednesday.”

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Oct 11

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.”

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Jul 13

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.”

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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.”

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July 6

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.”

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MAY 17

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.”


MAY 17

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.”