SUPPORT & ADVOCACY
24-Hour Support Line
ASPEN operates a 24 Hour Support Line to provide support for victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Our crisis line is staffed by an advocate 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays. Advocates are available to listen and provide advocacy and support, offer resources like emergency shelter, assist in creating a safety plan, provide general legal information, and provide information and referrals to other community resources.
Our advocates help victims work with local police, city and county attorneys, and the court system, to support them through the legal system.An advocate can explain general court procedures and paperwork, assist in obtaining an Order of Protection, accompany victims to court proceedings, and offer support immediately following a domestic or sexual assault, and in some cases throughout the legal process. An advocate may also be able to provide victims with support and referrals for other related legal matters such as child custody, marriage dissolution, etc.
We also provide 24-hour support to victims of domestic and sexual violence treated in local hospitals, ERs, and clinics.
ASPEN cannot provide any legal advice and cannot provide legal representation. We can however, provide you with referrals to local attorneys.
Community Support Groups
ASPEN offers three separate support groups.
Queer Straight Alliance ~ Your Authentic Self
The mission of the QSA is to promote trust and acceptance throughout our communities and to provide a safe, non-judgmental space as a support network for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Straight youth who share a common vision of social equality, strengthening community roots. This group uses a variety of approaches to discover our likes, dislikes, attraction, gender identity and a strong sense of self. The curriculum is appropriate for ages 14-22. For more information about this group, contact Jenny Jo @ 222-5902 ext. 5 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Self-Help Support Group meets every Wednesday 4:30 - 6:00 pm. This group is for women survivors of childhood sexual abuse, early life sexual assault and/or sexual harassment. If you are interested in attending or have questions, please call Chris at 220-0151.
Community Support Group meets the third Thursday of each month 7:00 - 8:00 pm. This group is for survivors of domestic violence. The focus is on safety, coping strategies, and open supportive discussion. For more information contact Leanne @ 222-5902 ext. 3 or email@example.com.
All support groups are located at the ASPEN office @ 411 E. Callender. Childcare is available.
ASPEN operates a 24 hour emergency shelter and can accommodate up to 10 individuals at one time. The length of stay is up to 45 days, but we work with each client on an individual basis to help meet their needs and secure safe, affordable housing. We do not discriminate against sexual orientation or gender identity. We serve and support those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.
Advocates work closely with residents, offering support and connecting them to valuable community resources such as:
To speak with an advocate about your situation and discuss options like emergency shelter, please call our support line at 406-222-8154.
Support & Advocacy
We know that no two cases of domestic violence are the same, and that survivors of domestic violence might need any number of different services. Our advocates help find emergency resources and determine potential next steps, in order to develop a plan for immediate and long term safety. Each plan is customized to each individual and/or family to meet their current needs or wants. If you are questioning unhealthy aspects of your own relationship or are concerned about a loved one, we are here to listen. We do not discriminate against sexual orientation or gender identity. We serve those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.
How our advocates help:
Assist in identifying abusive patterns and behaviors
Offer information about rights and discuss options
Assist in developing a safety plan
Offer individual and group support
Provide community resource information and referrals
Education & Outreach
ASPEN is committed to breaking the cycle of violence by providing educational and awareness activities in the community. Focusing on prevention is an important step in ending domestic and sexual violence. We offer free presentations and facilitated dialogues to community groups and individuals on the basics of domestic and/or sexual violence, signs, intervention, and awareness. This is a great way to learn more about the issues and take a stand through partnership with ASPEN. Participating groups have included faith-based groups, civic and service clubs, and community interest organizations. We will craft the presentation to fit your group’s specific time frame and goals.
ASPEN is also committed to educating and collaborating with professional groups by offering a wide variety of training options tailored to each group. Our staff will work with you to craft a training that meets your group’s specific goals and time frame.