Editor:

During 2017, Response has helped 123 survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse; 253 crisis calls were received on our 24/7 helpline (far exceeding the 121 received in 2016). One-hundred-five individuals have been assisted with safety planning and protection orders. Eight-two prevention, education and awareness events were held. And 524 high-school and middle-school students in Aspen and Basalt have attended our educational programs about healthy relationships, teen-dating violence, gender stereotypes, media literacy and sexual consent.

That couldn’t have been possible without our highly trained volunteer advocates who are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. 

Our advocate training consists of seven hours of online courses you can take at your own leisure and twenty-three hours divided into three-hour sessions with Response team members and community partners such as law enforcement, treatment providers and forensic specialists. The training starts Jan. 16 and it takes place in Aspen.

You could make a difference in the lives of hundreds of victims, survivors and their families by becoming a Response advocate. For more information, please email Txell Pedragosa at txell@responsehelps.orgor call us at 970.920.5357.

Of course, all of that work, including the training of volunteers, comes with a financial cost. A year-end donation to Response will help us continue our work in 2018 and beyond. 

Response staff