Stand Up Colorado
What is the Stand Up Colorado Helpline? It's a resource for YOU!
I know this is still relatively new, so wanted to remind you all that when someone who uses abusive behaviors calls your crisis line for services, please remember to refer them to the Stand Up Colorado Helpline. I know that historically we have just let them know that we don't provide these services, but now you do have someplace specific to refer them. The Helpline will connect them with DV treatment providers who have agreed to take 'voluntary clients', those not mandated into treatment but seeking such services voluntarily.
For example, the Helpline recently received a call from someone who had an altercation with his partner where he had taken her phone from her and shoved her when she tried to get it back. Previously he’d felt that his behavior might be emotionally abusive. The escalation in his behavior (which shocked him) coupled with disappointment from a friend who works in a DV agency, prompted him to search for help. After reaching out to various DV agencies that could not offer him resources, he was finally referred by one to Stand Up Colorado. He now has an appointment with one of the Denver providers and is looking to see if there is more he can do.
If it is someone who is already engaged with the criminal legal system, the caller will be referred to the DVOMB list of certified providers in their area.
Please remind the staff and volunteers who answer your crisis lines that this Helpline is available.
And I'm available if you have questions. Thank you so much!