A Safe Shelter Advocate from Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley will provide a regular weekly presence at the Longmont Out Boulder County (OBC) office (630 Main St), as well as the other three partner offices, to 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.
All services will be confidential, free of charge, and available in English and Spanish. Interpreters will be provided for survivors who speak other languages. An onsite advocate will be available on Tuesdays at the Out Boulder office at 630 Main Street, Longmont. Look for an Advocate on Fridays at the Senior Center and Thursdays at El Comité. For more information about OBC and the hours available to meet with an Advocate, call (720) 600-4138.
There is no question that relationship abuse occurs within these populations, but each face barriers to recognizing, reporting or both. Seniors and folks with disabilities are often vulnerable and dependent upon caregivers while many Latin@s may be fearful or do not know their rights as victims. Relationship abuse occurs in LGBTQ relationships at roughly the same rate as that in straight relationships, yet DV victims in same-sex relationships are currently not receiving the support they need. Safe Shelter will be offering quality services in an environment that is familiar and safe in an effort to break down as many barriers as possible for accessing services.