The Livingston shelter was established in 1999 as a satellite program of the Bozeman Area Battered Women’s Network. It was soon realized that the demand for services was more than what the organization could provide from Bozeman. A task force was formed to begin the steps needed to create a separate nonprofit organization. As a result, ASPEN, formerly known as Tri-County Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, was incorporated in 2001 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to serving victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. ASPEN has continued to expand over the years to offer more programs and services to the community.
ASPEN serves the residents of Park, Sweet Grass, and Meagher Counties of Montana, but also extends our services to anyone in a situation of domestic or sexual violence who are fleeing an abusive situation and need assistance. These services include an emergency shelter, a 24-hour support line, crisis counseling, support groups, legal advocacy, information and referrals, safety planning, emergency 911 phones, assistance with Orders of Protection and/or law enforcement reporting, forensic medical exam support, and community outreach and educational programs.
We envision a community free of violence and engaged in promoting healthy relationships and the well-being of all of its members.
The mission of ASPEN – Abuse Support & Prevention Education Network is to provide support services to victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence and empower them to create safe and healthy lives for themselves and their families. ASPEN is also committed to breaking the cycle of violence by providing educational and awareness activities in the community.
We believe that everyone has the right to live a life free from violence.
We believe that all individuals deserve to be treated with respect and understanding.
We believe that domestic and sexual violence are community problems and need a community solution.
We believe that all individuals have a right to privacy and confidentiality.
We believe education and awareness are crucial to individual and community change.
We believe that every individual has inherent worth and is a valuable asset to our community.