TESSA provides comprehensive healing services for victims of DV/SA throughout the Pikes Peak region. Services include our Safehouse program, 24/7 Safe Line, confidential advocacy, counseling services, legal and housing aid, youth and children’s programming as well as community outreach and educational resources. Through these programs and services, TESSA strives to realize our vision of a community free of violence.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our clients are experiencing increased time with an abusive partner, lost wages due to work closures, and are isolated from their support systems. With key modifications, we have remained fully operational and continue to work diligently to address new barriers to resources through online chat-services, telehealth counseling and providing shelter to those in imminent danger.
TESSA’s 24/7 Safeline has seen over 50% increase in call volume since January 2020 and many of these calls are more severe in nature than what we’ve seen in the past
One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of abuse from a dating partner. TESSA presented to over 925 students last fall on healthy relationships and consent.
“During my freshman year, there were a lot of times where I felt like I had no one by my side, but then I knew that I had this program [youth and children’s]. It boosted my joy knowing that I had someone by my side.” — Penina, 15