Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Program Spotlight: Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley

February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and CDHS will continue to address dating violence year-round. The Domestic Violence Program (DVP), together with the Tony Grampas Youth Services (TGYS) Unit in the Division of Child Welfare, support many community-based programs throughout Colorado that work directly with youth experiencing dating violence and implement programs designed to prevent dating violence. Below is a description of one such program funded by both DVP and TGYS.

Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley (www.safeshelterofstvrain.org)

Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley, located in Boulder County, provides safety, support and resources to individuals affected by domestic abuse. The organization provides a comprehensive system of programs and services to address the needs of victims of domestic abuse including a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, case management (including transitional housing programs), information and referrals, legal advocacy and community and peer education in both English and Spanish.

In addition to these intervention services, Safe Shelter also has two violence prevention programs for youth including Coaching Boys into Men and Teens Ending Relationship Abuse.

Coaching Boys into Men provides training and resources to parents, teachers and athletic directors who serve as coaches to deliver this programming to their youth teams. Adolescent athletes who have been through the program are supported and trained to co-deliver the curriculum and on strategies and the vocabulary they need to stand up for respect and influence their school’s culture.

Teens Ending Relationship Abuse is a peer education, interactive teen dating violence prevention program for adolescents in St. Vrain Valley Schools.  This program creates teen leaders in the work to reduce interpersonal violence and educates students on the dynamics of abusive relationships and how to respond when recognizing abusive relationships in their life and that of their friends.