COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - Local advocates for domestic violence survivors are asking for help from our viewers amid a massive increase in calls and violence since the pandemic started.
TESSA of Colorado Springs empowers victims of partner violence to take back their lives, by providing support through dozens of programs including counseling, group counseling, housing, and educational opportunities for men, women, and children.
Around 37% of Colorado women and 31% of Colorado men experience intimate partner physical or sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking in their lives, according to TESSA.
People who work and volunteer for the nonprofit told KRDO there's been a clear increase in domestic violence since COVID-19 started spreading in Colorado, causing many people to spend more time at home.
Local police data shows the number of monthly domestic calls received in Colorado Springs jumped from 800 in 2019 to 1,200 in 2020. That's a fifty percent increase. TESSA of Colorado Springs says it needs more financial donations to help support the growing number of people seeking the organization's help.
KRDO NewsChannel 13 is teaming up with TESSA for the STAND STRONG with SURVIVORS telethon this Thursday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. You'll be able to make donations over the phone or online.