The Crisis Center has implemented a new evidenced-based model of intervention called the Community Advocacy Program (CAP). CAP is a 10-week program where the client and Crisis Center advocate work together to achieve the client’s desired goals. This intervention takes our advocates into the communities we serve (Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln and Arapahoe Counties), meeting clients where they live, work and have existing resources.
While the overarching goal is increased client safety, the client may have goals to become employed, find more suitable housing, understand their finances and credit, be a better parent, etc. Clients that have participated in CAP report increased self-confidence, greater positive impact from other resources and stronger trust in their own instincts. Perhaps most importantly, they also experienced less violence over time than did the victims who did not work with advocates.
Crisis Center clients that currently receive other services (therapy, legal advocacy and shelter) are eligible to participate in CAP. Through partner agencies (local police, Department of Human Services, other professionals) and other individuals, victims of domestic violence are referred to the Crisis Center. Once referred, an advocate meets with the victim to explain our services, learn about their needs and determine what services they are interested in. From there, the client, along with their advocate, determine goals and time frames for meeting those goals.
One challenge of the CAP program is marketing it to potential new clients. While we continue to promote it in churches, libraries, doctors offices, etc., we know there are still individuals in our community who would benefit from this program, who do not yet seek out the service.
At this time, the Crisis Center is the only domestic violence agency along the front range of Colorado offering mobile and community based advocacy and support services.