Relationship abuse occurs in LGBTQ relationships at roughly the same rate as that in straight relationships, yet domestic violence victims in same-sex relationships are currently not receiving the support they need. In order to offer quality services and support in an environment that is familiar and safe, and to break down barriers to accessing services, Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley will provide a regular weekly presence at the Longmont Out Boulder County office every Tuesday 12-2pm, starting Jan 23. The Safe Shelter Advocate’s presence will increase access to safety planning, crisis intervention, support, education, and community referrals for individuals of all gender identities or sexual orientations impacted by relationship abuse. Advocates will also meet with individuals at other locations of their choosing to ensure anonymity, safety or other considerations.
Cross training between agencies will enable Safe Shelter to expand its community education efforts to help Out Boulder County staff understand the complexities of domestic violence dynamics; recognize signs of abuse; understand the devastating impact of domestic violence on children; learn about legal responses designed to protect survivors; and learn about the expertise available to their clients through Safe Shelter services.
All services will be confidential, free of charge, and available in English and Spanish. Interpreters will be provided for survivors who speak other languages. For more information about OBC and the hours available to meet with an Advocate, call (720) 600-4138.
Contact info: Naomi Harris,
When: 12-2 pm, every Tuesday, starting January 23, 2018
Where: 630 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501