El Paso County, CO, May 16, 2017 – The Board of El Paso County Commissioners joined local organization TESSA on Tuesday, May 16, celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary and its continued fight against domestic and sexual violence.
The Board unanimously approved a proclamation acknowledging TESSA’s efforts and a longstanding partnership between TESSA and the County’s Department of Human Services.
“You hear a lot about the good things that DHS does. But it’s not without partners like TESSA that we’re able to do good work,” said El Paso County DHS Deputy Director Chris Garvin during Tuesday’s proclamation presentation.
TESSA, which also partners with other private, community based and non-profit groups, serves about 10,000 victims of domestic and sexual violence each year. The organization provides counseling, a confidential safe house, a 24/7 crisis phone line and various outreach initiatives to victims of these crimes.
TESSA Executive Director SherryLynn Boyles told the Commissioners that her organization will announce some new programs and details surrounding an upcoming Prevention Summit on Wednesday when TESSA officially turns 40. She said TESSA will expand its counseling and create new housing and legal services programs.
“As a former deputy district attorney, I know that some of these domestic violence cases are the most difficult to prosecute in our community,” said District 2 Commissioner Mark Waller. “It’s important to understand that TESSA plays a significant role in making sure that aspect of this is taken care of.”
TESSA was founded in 1976 as Battered Women’s Services to address reports of spousal abuse to law enforcement agencies in the region.