What We Believe / My Sister’s Place
Estes Valley Crisis Advocates provides 24 hour emergency crisis intervention to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, other crimes and trauma.
What do Advocates Do?
- Support System and Crisis Intervention
- Information about Victim’s Rights
- Support System for any Children that are Present
- A Liason between the District Attorney and the Survivor
- Medical Assistance
- Short-Term Housing (up to 6 weeks)
- One-On-One counseling
- Support Groups
- Safety Planning
- Victim Rights and Victim Compensation Information
- Information and Referrals
- Legal Advocacy: Information and Support with Protection Orders, Courts, and the Legal System
When Do You Call An Advocate?
- Crime Related: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Assault
- Death: Sudden, Unattended
- Accidents: Vehicle, Drowning, Climbing
- Suicide: Survivors
How Do You Call An Advocate?
- Call the office: 970-577-9781
- Call Dispatch (970-586-4000) and ask to have the on-call advocate paged.
The Mission of Estes Valley’s “My Sister’s Place” is to keep adult and child victims safe from domestic violence and reduce the effects of family violence.
Estes Valley Crisis Advocates’ My Sister’s Place is a place where women, men and their children can find refuge from domestic violence. My Sister’s Place is at a confidential location, and all services are free. Women, men and children can stay there for as long as six weeks. Counseling is provided, as well as referrals, assistance in finding employment, legal aid, and support.
My Sister’s Place is a sunny, pleasant space with private bedrooms, a playroom, a kitchen, and other common space. Women, men and children can heal and plan for a safe, nonviolent future.
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What We Believe
- We believe that no one deserves to be beaten or sexually assaulted.
- We believe that no one should have to live in fear.
- We believe that all people have the right to self-determination
- We believe that this isn’t just a “women’s problem” – men are victims too.
- We believe men need to speak out against violence and take an active role in ending violence in their community.
- We do not accept the myths about battering or rape (“She caused it because of what she said or did or what she was wearing.”)
- We appreciate existing support systems that the survivor has and are willing to help construct new ones
- We are willing to cooperate with and untangle the bureaucracy with and for the survivor.
- We collaborate with involved professionals and appreciate their work.
- We are willing to deal with our own fears around violence and our own anger.
- We tolerate the survivor’s anger and do not judge.
- We are patient and willing to deal with complicated cases.
- We listen to horror stories and terrorizing events.
- We allow the survivors to move at their own speed.
- We accept that some survivors will return to a violent relationship without becoming angry.
- We believe in and respect survivors’ incredible capacity to change and grow – and we are thankful and honored that we have a small part in that growth.