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Stand Strong with Survivors Telethon benefits TESSA of Colorado Springs

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KRDO is teaming up with TESSA of Colorado Springs to raise money for the organization as it continues its mission to help victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Calls to law enforcement for domestic violence have increased by 50% during the COVID-19 pandemic in Colorado, and local advocates say they need help with supporting the victims amid the massive increase in calls.

TESSA of Colorado Springs offers dozens of support programs, including counseling, housing, and educational opportunities for men, women, and children. The organization was established in 1977 in response to a need for resources at a time when domestic violence was considered a private matter.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, we're asking for the community to support TESSA and "Stand Strong with Survivors."

As of 10 p.m. on Thursday, the "Stand Strong with Survivors" raised $16,454.

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Andrew McMillan

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  1. What would be really amazing is having all of the parties that have received assistance from TESSA in the past, pay it forward to assist future victims in need.
    Also, isn’t there a victim impact fund that all DV cases add to the fines and fees associated with a plea agreement or guilty verdict to assist this?
    Has it not been increased upon to account for inflation?
    Is that why this fund is no longer adequate?
    Why are the states legislatures attempting to remedy this problem to keep the needed programs afloat and funded by the transgressors of these actions?

    1. Why are the states legislatures “not” attempting to remedy this problem to keep the needed programs afloat and funded by the transgressors of these actions?

      1. How Much Compensation can a Victim Receive?
        Victims may be eligible to receive up to $30,000 for out-of-pocket expenses not covered by insurance or other collateral resources, or up to $2,000 in emergency funds directly related to the crime.
        Where does the money come from to fund victim compensation?
        Funds to pay crime victim compensation claims do not come from taxpayers. These funds are collected from fines from criminals convicted of felony, misdemeanor, and some traffic offenses.

          1. Specifically, “up to $30,000 for out-of-pocket expenses…” or “up to $2,000 in emergency funds…” I remember when $30,000 was a lot.

          2. I remember when $30,000 would cover what they mention,
            “What Losses are Eligible for Victim Compensation?
            Losses directly related to the compensable crime are eligible for reimbursement, and may include:
            Medical Expenses
            Mental Health Expenses
            Lost wages
            Loss of support to dependents
            Residential Property Damage to Exterior Windows
            Locks and Doors
            Funeral Expenses”

    2. Yes there is a victims comp fund that the D.A. has access to however it is only intended for 1 payment and that payment is pretty small.

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