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Call: (303) 839 - 5510

Text: (720) 503 - 9580

Email: info@theinitiativeco.org

 

The Initiative’s advocates are available during the week to assist and support you. We are not an emergency service and we do not have a shelter, but we can connect you with shelters and safe houses in your area. Please note that we serve people who are currently living in Colorado. We do not accept walk-ins, please contact us to make an appointment. 

If this is your first time calling us, one of our advocates will go through our intake form with you, which takes 15-30 minutes. After the intake is completed, an advocate will follow up with you within 24 business hours. Please note that for safety reasons, our phone number does not come up when we call you. It will either say 0000000000, Private, Unknown, or Spam Likely. 

We do not require any documentation of abuse, disability or citizenship.

No requerimos ninguna documentación de abuso, discapacidad o ciudadanía.

Safety-Related Services

  • Safety planning for an individual who is living with their abuser, safety planning for when the individual has left the abuser, and safety planning for long term safety. 
  • Address Confidentiality Program assistance 
  • Relocation to safety 
  • Domestic violence education and warning signs

Self-Sufficiency Services

  • Affordable housing support and referrals 
  • Limited transportation financial assistance 
  • Coordination of resources to meet the basic needs 
  • Personalized Action Plan Folder with community resources and guide the survivors to learn how to self-advocate 
  • Peer advocacy to work with survivor’s lawyers, renters, therapists, etc.
  •  Assistance with paperwork for government assistance for basic needs    

Legal System Support

  • Court accompaniment for a custody hearing, divorce, protection orders etc. 
  • Assistance and accompaniment to file a police report 
  • Information about Victims Rights Acts and Victim Compensation 
  • Assistance with filling victim compensation

Recovery and Healing

  •  Self-care counseling 
  • Referral to trusted counseling groups that take Medicaid 
  • Healing through Activism

Getting Started

To begin services with us, you will need to complete an intake. The intake can be done on the phone with an advocate at (303) 839-5510, or by filling out the contact form below. The purpose of the intake is to answer some basic questions about who you are and what you want help with. All of the questions are voluntary. That means that you do not have to answer them if you don’t want to. You can tell us as much or as little as you want. If you choose to fill out this form online, we will receive your answers at the beginning of the next business day, and reach out to you within 24 business hours to follow up and have a more detailed conversation about your situation and next steps. 

What to expect: The intake begins with demographic questions, how you want us to contact you, what type of insurance and/or income you have, and if you have any disabilities. Next, there are questions about the abuse you’ve experienced, some statistical questions, and at the end, there is space for you to describe what your needs and concerns are. 

The Initiative has confidential advocates to work with you. This means that anything you discuss with an advocate will not be shared with anybody outside of The Initiative unless you give us permission to do so. For example, sometimes clients want us to call another organization and ask a specific question about them. You would need to give us permission to do that. The only exception to this is if you mention child abuse. We are mandatory reporters, which means that if we become aware of child abuse, we need to make a report to Child Protection Services (CPS) within 24 hours.

Intake Form

All information that you submit through this online form is also protected by our confidentiality policy, and will only be seen by The Initiative’s advocates. If you mention child abuse in this form, we will have to report it. If you have any questions about our confidentiality policy, please contact us directly at 303-839-5510 or info@theinitiativeco.org and we can go over it together.

Please remember that we do not require answers to any of these questions! We ask these questions as a starting place for our advocates to get a sense of what’s going on and what resources might be available to help you. You can leave any of the questions blank. Some of these questions might be triggering, or hard to answer. Please take care of yourself as you fill out this form. We know how hard it can be to reach out for help - we appreciate you and your courage in starting this journey. 

Intro
Name*:
Pronouns (example: "She likes tea" or "Someone lost their wallet"):
Other:
Safe Phone Number:
Safe Email Address:
Language:
Birthday:
Is there anything about your culture or disabilities that would be helpful for us to know about?:

Safety
Check if it is safe to call you:
Check if it is safe to leave a message:
Check if it is safe to email you:
Are you currently being stalked?*:
How do you want us to reach out to you?:

Demographic Information - We ask these questions so that we can suggest options or programs that are appropriate for you. We also use this information to track trends within our organization. For example, one of our funders might ask us what age range we serve, or what percentage of our clients are women.
City, County where you live:
City, County of abuse:
Do you live in a rural area?:
Address:
Are you currently experiencing homelessness?:
Are you currently staying in a Safehouse or Shelter? Which one?:
When is your exit date?:
Gender Identity (select any/all that apply):
Write in gender identity if not listed above:
Do you identify as trans+?:
Race:
Hispanic/Latino:
Number of Children (Under 18):
Where are your children?:
Source of Income:
Medical Insurance:
Do you rely on your partner's income or insurance?:

Disabilities - The Initiative is a disability centered organization. People with disabilities experience higher rates of abuse, and there aren’t very many services out there that are set up to help. We ask about your disabilities so that we can begin to understand your unique experience, do disability specific safety planning, provide disability specific resources, and track the types of disabilities that our clients have. Anybody who has experienced abuse can seek services from us, even if you do not have a disability, or if you do not identify as disabled.
What types of disabilities do you have (if any)? Select all that apply:
If you want to, please list specific disabilities here:

Abuse - This section asks questions about the abuse. You can tell us as much or as little as you want to.
Relationship to the Person who Harmed You:
Something else?:
Type of Abuse:
Something else?:
Date of Most Recent Incident:
Is there anything about the incident that would be helpful for us to know?:
Do you have a Protection Order (Restraining Order):

Additional Statistical Questions - These questions are used for research. You do not need to answer them if you don’t want to. If you are a survivor of childhood abuse, we encourage you to reach out to WINGS foundation for support: https://www.wingsfound.org/
Were any of your disabilities caused by the abuse?:
Have you ever been declined shelter due to your disabilities?:
Have you asked for an accomodation at a shelter and recieved it?:
Do you feel safe calling the police in an emergency?:
Did you experience child abuse when you were a kid?:
If yes, was it sexual abuse?:

Needs
Describe what prompted you to reach out to us today:
Do you have any personal safety concerns? When we contact you we can make a safety plan around your concerns. You can also find a safety planning checklist at the bottom of this page to help get you started. :
Do you have any safety concerns for others? Keep in mind that we are mandatory reporters for child abuse:
What are the biggest barriers you are facing to reaching safety? You can use this space to describe things you are wanting help with:
Is there anything else that you're worried about?: