Multi-agency effort to address domestic violence and sexual assault in NE Colorado

Four nonprofit organizations will team up to provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in northeast Colorado with the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.

The Rural VAWA grant was awarded through S.H.A.R.E. Inc. Domestic Violence Program in Fort Morgan and includes Help for Abused Partners in Sterling, the New Directions Project of the Rural Communities Resource Center in Yuma, and S.A.R.A., Inc., Sexual Assault Response Advocates Program in Fort Morgan. The programs provide services in the six county area of Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma.

The multi-agency partnership is committed to reducing domestic violence and sexual assault in northeast Colorado, accountability for perpetrators, a genuine concern for safety of victims of violence and their children, and openness to new approaches to combating these forms of violence.  The grant focuses on outreach to underserved remote rural areas and funds bilingual (Spanish) victim advocate positions.

The partners in this collaboration provide prevention programs, crisis intervention, long term support, training for law enforcement agencies, and educational programs in the schools.

S.H.A.R.E. services include emergency shelter and 24-hour crisis line response, individual advocacy and support groups for battered women in English and Spanish, children and teen program for shelter and outreach children, court advocacy for both English and Spanish speaking clients, assistance with protection orders and victim compensation, and assistance and referral to other resource agencies. S.H.A.R.E. also facilitates a transitional housing program for battered women with children and Safe Haven supervised child visitation and safe visitation exchange program.

S.A.R.A. provides forensic examinations for victims of reported and non-reported cases of adult sexual assault, and reported cases of child abuse and child sexual abuse in the Thirteenth Judicial District. 

Help for Abused Partners provides emergency shelter, crisis intervention, transitional housing, bilingual court advocacy, and group and individual support.

New Directions in Yuma and Washington Counties has added two bilingual domestic violence advocates to their team with the new grant. The Resource Center also provides individual support, economic self-sufficiency and women’s health programs that assist victims of domestic violence and other women to make positive changes in their lives.

The grant starts this month and will run for two years.

The Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Assistance Program (Rural VAWA) was established by Congress in 1994 to enhance the safety of children, youth, and adults who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by supporting projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural jurisdictions.

For more information contact SHARE at 970.867.4444 and online at www.sharemorgancounty.org. The toll free contact number for the domestic violence programs in northeast Colorado is 877.867.9590. S.A.R.A. can be reached by calling 970.867. 2121 and is online at www.sarainc.org.