Domestic Violence Services/Child Advocacy

Advocates of Lake County

Domestic Violence Services/Sexual Assault/Victims of Crime

Advocates of Lake County will assist any victim of crime, violence, or other traumatic events, primarily victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Advocates work for positive social change, seeking to promote a safe and healthy community.

Jenny Abbott – Director of Services
Jillian Pastoor – Director of Administration & Outreach
Sara Collins – Victim Advocate
Esther Soto-Arambula – Latina Outreach Coordinator
24 Hour Crisis Support Hotline: (719) 486-3530
P.O. Box 325
Leadville, CO 80461
Cost: Advocacy services are free and confidential
Languages: English & Spanish
Times:Mon.-Fri., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, hotline available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week
Program/Service Access: Services are available to any victim of crime, violence, or other traumatic event. The Advocates primarily serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Phone calls are received 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Please call for an appointment.
24-Hour Crisis Hotline (719) 486-3530 – The Advocates provide 24 hour crisis support to victims of crime.
On-scene Response – The Advocates respond on-scene when dispatched by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Leadville Police Department, St. Vincent Hospital or the Lake County Office of Emergency Management.
Emergency Services – The Advocates provide emergency food, clothing, transportation, shelter, 911 phones, household items and personal care items to victims of crime and their families based on immediate need and program availability.
Crisis Intervention – The Advocates provide crisis intervention services including crisis counseling and ongoing support. Clients experiencing crisis who do not wish to report to law enforcement can access the Advocates and receive crisis support.
Safety PlanningThe Advocates meet with victims to address concerns about safety and planning for the future.
Residential Services – The Advocates operate a Safe House for victims of crime and their families. The Advocates also partner with area hotels to provide emergency housing when shelter is full or a client does not meet eligibility requirements to stay at the shelter.
Non-residential Services – Victims of crime do not need to stay at the shelter to receive support services from the Advocates of Lake County. Support services are available for non-residential clients.
Personal Advocacy – The Advocates work with clients to address housing, employment, education, childcare, transportation, health care and public assistance needs and may advocate on their behalf to access systems of support.
Court and Legal Advocacy – The Advocates provide assistance during the court process and help victims understand their basic victim rights. The Advocates assist with civil and criminal protection orders, Victim Impact Statement, Victim’s Compensation, parenting plans and divorce paperwork.
Bilingual Services – The Advocates contract with a part-time Latina Outreach Coordinator who can provide translation services as needed. Agency brochures and information are available in English as well as Spanish.
Information and Referrals – The Advocates work with local community organizations such as child protection services, physicians, mental health providers, therapists, legal aid, public health, substance abuse service providers, employment services and other agencies to ensure victims are connected with ongoing support services.
Training and Community Outreach – The Advocates provide educational presentations and professional training to service providers and community members throughout Lake County to enhance services and support victims of crime.



Alpine Counseling

Domestic Violence
Counseling
Alcohol Treatment

Carlos Abel
970-945-7858
201 W. 6th St (side entrance)
Leadville, CO 80461
www.alpinespringscounseling.com
Cost: varies
Languages: English
Times: Call for current information
Program/Service Access: Alpine Springs Counseling, P.C. provides State-Certified Substance Abuse Treatment, Board-Approved Domestic Violence Treatment and Psychological Services. Our staff is strongly committed to delivering professional services in a multitude of clinical settings. We have, over the years, developed strong working relationships with agencies and organizations in our community and throughout the state of Colorado.



CASA of the Continental Divide

The mission is to provide trained volunteers who can be appointed by a judge in a Dependency and Neglect (D&N) case to advocate in court for a child in order to find a safe and permanent home for him or her as soon as possible.

Kathy Reed, MSW, LCSW
(970) 513-9390
330 Fiedler Ave, Suite 207
P.O. Box 2092
Dillon, CO 80435
casacd@mtncasa.org
Cost: none
Languages: English
Times: varies
Program/Service Access: CASA volunteers are appointed by the courts to children and youth 0-21 years of age involved in a Dependency and Neglect court case
CASA of the Continental Divide (CASACD) serves the Fifth Judicial District of Colorado (Summit, Eagle, Lake and Clear Creek counties).Each D&N case referred by a judge is assigned to a CASA volunteer who makes a commitment to advocate for the child for the duration of the case, which may be for as long as 12-18 months. The role of the CASACD volunteer is to make a thorough investigation into the child’s situation and that of his or family, and to spend enough time with the child to get to know him or her as well as possible so that he or she is able to: a) Recommend an appropriate plan to be created for the child, including appropriate services to be provided to the child and the family and to monitor the case to determine whether the proposed plan is progressing in a timely manner, and b) Recommend whether it is in the child’s best interests to stay with his her parents or guardians, be placed in foster care, or be freed for adoption.In order to prepare a recommendation, the CASA volunteer conducts an independent investigation that includes interviews with the child, parents, family members, social workers, school personnel, health providers and any others who are knowledgeable about the child and/or the family situation – historically and currently.In addition, he or she collaborates with the local Department of Health and Human Services, the Guardian(s) ad litem, and other professionals providing services to the child or the family. He or she continues to monitor the case to insure that the child and his or her family receive assistance appropriate to their situation from one or more collaborating community agencies and that the ultimate court order is carried out in a timely manner.


Lake County Child & Adult Protection

(Lake County Human Services)

Child Protective Services are dedicated to ensuring the safety of children and achieving permanency as quickly as possible.

Patricia Gibbons
460 Harrison Ave.
PO Box 844
Leadville, CO 80461

Cost: none
Languages: English & Spanish
Times: Regular business hours are Mon. – Fri., 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, an on-call worker is available 24/7 for crisis situations. To report abuse or neglect call 1-(844)-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437)
Program/Service Access: anyone can call with a child they have concerns about, the program will follow-up with an assessment
Intake, Assessment, and Protective Services: Responds to a variety of concerns about children and their families, such as possible abuse and neglect and parents who are unable to care for their children (due to poverty, mental health, etc.)
Ongoing, Protective and Reunification Services: Ongoing case workers provide services to the family that focus on a child’s specific case plan and encompass the family’s strengths and differences. The team works to minimize risk factors and prevent re-abuse, achieve permanency for children in the least restrictive family-like setting, and to enable families to achieve safety and well being through utilization of supports and community providers.
Permanency Services: For children who cannot return home, the team obtains placements for children that ensures that their best interests are met. The team emphasizes the connections to family and encourage kin placements when placement is necessary. When kin is not an option, foster care is used. The team is working on certifying local families to allow the children to remain in their own communities and allow increased visitation with parents.


Domestic Violence Legal Consultation

(Colorado Legal Services)


Men’s Domestic Violence Group

(Colorado Counseling)

A 3-month to 3-year program for persons with legal and personal issues as a result of violent/abusive/controlling behavior.

José Banuelos
(719) 486-8087
118 W 6th St, Suite 2
Leadville, CO 80461
hcs.jose@gmail.com
Cost: $150 evaluation, $40/class, limited financial aid is available
Languages: English & Spanish
Times: Mon., 4-5:30 pm (Spanish), 6:30-8:00 pm (English)
Program/Service Access: most clients are court-ordered to take the class


National Domestic Violence Hotline

Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals.

1-800-799-7233
Cost: none
Languages: English & Spanish
Times: 24 hours a day/7 days a week
Program/Service Access: Victims or anyone calling on behalf of a victim may call or visit the website at anytime.


Women’s Domestic Violence Group

(Colorado Counseling)

A 3-month to 3-year program for persons with legal and personal issues as a result of violent/abusive/controlling behavior.

José Banuelos
(719) 486-8087
118 W 6th St, Suite 2
Leadville, CO 80461
hcs.jose@gmail.com
Cost: $150 evaluation, $40/class, limited financial aid is available
Languages: English & Spanish
Times: Tues., 10 – 11:30 am
Program/Service Access: most clients are court-ordered to take the class



National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

Provides resources for teens, parents, friends and family, Peer Advocates, government officials, law enforcement officials and the general public.

1-866-331-9474
Cost: none
Languages: English
Times: daily from 3:00 pm – 1:00 am (MST)
Program/Service Access: Teens may call or live chat during specified hours or send an email through the form on the website.



Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

Offers support for victime of rape, abuse, and incest and their families and friends.

1-800-656-4673
Cost: none
Languages: English
Times: 24 hours a day/7 days a week
Program/Service Access: Victims of rape, incest or abuse may call or live chat at any time.