Crossroads Safehouse provides services and safehousing to adults and children affected by domestic violence and/or intimate partner abuse. Crossroads is the largest direct service provider for victims of domestic violence in Northern Colorado. Our services and programs include:
Trained advocates staff our crisis line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Up to 150 languages are spoken through a third-party interpretation service, which is also available to clients 24/7. Spanish interpreters are part of our advocacy staff.
Staff provides support, advocacy, information and referral services to the community. People in need of help, information, or support are encouraged to contact Crossroads Safehouse toll free at 1-888-541-SAFE (7233) or 970-482-3502.
Emergency shelter and comprehensive services are available to adults and children who are experiencing abuse. The Safehouse is located in Fort Collins, Colorado in a secure facility protected by state-of-the-art security. Staff members are available at the Safehouse around the clock, and all basic necessities, including food, clothing, household supplies, and toiletries, are provided through donations from supportive community members and agencies.
Shelter is available from two to eight weeks. Each family is given the privacy of their own bedroom, while having the support of other residents through shared living, dining, and children's play areas.
Advocacy is a process of self-discovery and planning for change; adults and youths work with trained advocates individually and in group settings to share their experiences, learn from one another, and create safety plans.
Family therapy and advocacy are also offered to facilitate communication and problem solving within the family.
The youth program encompasses services to help children and teens increase self-esteem, develop and practice coping and communication skills, and learn alternatives to aggressive behaviors. Parenting assistance also helps in the development of a healthy family unit.
“Hands Are Not for Hitting Wall” gives our resident children the option to vividly express positive ways to use their hands (and feet) and communicate solidarity to future child residents by placing their brightly colored hand prints on the wall.
- The Children's Program at Crossroads provides a safe, violence-free environment with structure and consistency for children in a time of crisis. Structured activities are designed to assist children in developing non-violent play and conflict resolution, as well as enhancing coping skills and implementing safety plans. Our Youth Advocacy Program provides services for children and teens affected by domestic violence. Youth advocates mitigate the impact of domestic violence in psycho-educational groups, music therapy, pet therapy, play therapy, referrals for private counseling sessions to reduce problematic behaviors and encourage healthy expression of emotions. Youth advocates assist resident child domestic violence victims in twice-weekly one-on-one sessions and twice-weekly meetings with their mothers, provide non-resident children with advocacy and support.
- Time to Talk is a peer-education approach to teaching young people about dating violence. High school seniors present the healthy relationships curriculum to Poudre School District high school students in 45-90 minute sessions as part of a health education course.
"Children who witness or experience violence in the home carry that experience with them into adulthood, at which time male children are much more likely to assault their partner and/or children than male children raised in non-violent homes."
-US Attorney General's Task Force on Family Violence
Legal advocates assist victims of domestic violence in navigating the legal system to their benefit. Legal advocates can accompany victims to court hearings involving their abusers, assist in filing requests for civil protection orders, arrange address confidentiality, provide information on criminal justice proceedings, assist in the application for victim’s compensation, and more. Victims needing the legal assistance of an attorney may be referred to the Bringing Justice Home program.
Bringing Justice Home is a separate program of Crossroads Safehouse that assists eligible domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking survivors by providing no-cost bilingual legal representation in a wide range of legal matters including, but not limited to, civil protection orders, divorce, and custody cases. BJH directly serves Larimer and Weld counties and supports Routt, Grand, Jackson, and Moffat counties.
The Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) is a team of volunteers who respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week to scenes of domestic violence at the request of law enforcement agencies or medical facilities. Volunteers provide immediate, on-scene advocacy, referrals to resources, support, court information, and connections to other Crossroads’ programs. Victims contacted by DART program volunteers are contacted by a legal advocate on the following day, who provides additional support and information about the court process. DART advocates are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Crossroads Safehouse Outreach Program exists to increase safety and healing and decrease the isolation of victims of domestic violence and their children in a safe community setting. The services available include:
- Short-term, goal-directed advocacy
- Support for your immediate situation
- Assistance to increase your strategies for safety
- Connections to resources for planned, short-term interventions
- Referrals to ongoing therapeutic care or counseling when appropriate
- Support groups for victims and children who have been exposed to domestic violence. These groups run on a 10 week roation.
- Domestic Violence Education
- Bilingual Assistance
Individual advocacy, support, education and referrals are provided to the Spanish-speaking community. Spanish support groups are available each week with childcare provided. Our bilingual advocates can provide one-on-one support to Spanish-speaking victims.
When victims decide to leave an abusive situation, they may feel that leaving the family pet behind is the only option. As many as 33% of women who have entered a domestic violence shelter have shared the fact that they delayed leaving their abusers because of concern over their pets.
Crosstrails is a unique program that provides emergency shelter/foster homes for pets belonging to Safehouse residents, ensuring safe and confidential housing for the entire family. Foster homes provide shelter for animals for up to seven weeks via anonymous, pre-screened volunteers. All animals are pre-examined and vaccinated and food is provided by Crosstrails donors. Animal behavior consultation is available if needed.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Staff and volunteers work throughout the year to provide information about domestic violence issues to community organizations, businesses, government agencies, schools, etc.
Through Crossroads, the Time to Talk curriculum is also offered. Presently, it is given in the Poudre and Thompson Valley School Districts and can be presented to schools and community groups upon request. To schedule a training or presentation, call the Safehouse at 970-530-2353.
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (as defined in paragraph 249(c)(4) of Title 18, United States Code, sexual orientation, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or employment of Crossroads Safehouse.
"Having a protection order in effect was associated with a statistically significant 80% reduction in police-reported physical abuse in the twelve months after an intimate partner violence incident."
-Report Violence" (JAMA, Vol. 288, No. 5, p. 589, 8/7/01)