Why should you be concerned

Domestic violence is a key barrier to self-sufficiency for women, creates a risky environment for children, and it also takes a toll on employers and others who, though not directly involved in the abuse, nonetheless suffer the consequences.

   Domestic violence is estimated to occur in one in six homes, and can be a root cause of so many other social ills (delinquency, alcohol and drug abuse, hunger and homelessness)

   One in four Colorado women report experiencing an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime, however, fewer than half of sexual assaults are ever reported to the police. In 2008, TESSA advocates served almost 400 sexual assault survivors, including responding to 196 victims at Memorial Hospital.

   Six people were killed in the Pikes Peak Region during family violence incidents in 2008, three of them were children.

   The Colorado Springs Police Department receives between 15,000 to 20,000 domestic violence calls per year, and approximately 20% to 30% of local homicides each year are domestic-violence related. Last year, TESSA received almost 13,400 calls through the crisis line.

   Of all female murder victims in the United States, 30% were slain by their husbands or boyfriends.

Domestic Violence