Human Services

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence Inc.

Boulder, CO


Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) is a human rights organization committed to ending violence against adults, youth and children through support, advocacy, education and community organizing. Our vision is a just and equitable world for all individuals  and their their families.

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Executive Director

Ms. Anne Tapp

Main Address

835 North St

Boulder, CO 80304 USA


domestic violence, battered women, violence prevention, social change, teen dating violence





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Spouse Abuse, Prevention of (I71)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Domestic violence is at epidemic rates nationally and in our community. Each year an average of 1,700 domestic violence reports are filed in Boulder County. This is six cases per 1,000 inhabitants, compared to the national rate of 2.3 . If FBI estimates are correct and only 1 in 10 cases is reported, 17,000 cases of domestic violence warranting police intervention occurred in Boulder County last year alone. This equals nearly 50 cases every day of the year. Without effective support and advocacy, without a comprehensive continuum of services designed to address barriers to long term stability and self-sufficiency, domestic violence survivors continue to be at risk of further victimization. Nearly one-third of the victims involved in a Boulder County law enforcement domestic violence case each year have been victims in a previous domestic violence offense. In addition to the harm experienced by adult survivors, the impact of domestic violence on children can be devastating.

Our programs

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SPAN Training & Community Education Program

SPAN Emergency Shelter Program

SPAN Advocacy Program

SPAN Outreach Counseling Program

SPAN Transitional Services Program

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There is a persistent perception in the community that domestic violence is a crisis in the lives of survivors, a short term problem that can be addressed through short term solutions like shelter and law enforcement/legal interventions. While emergency shelter and crisis intervention are critical services to the community, stopping the immediate cycle of violence and keeping people safe, survivors also face chronic impediments that require a long term commitment and systemic change. SPAN’s Emergency Shelter and crisis intervention services save lives, particularly as we see a sharp increase in the number of high-risk perpetrators shelter residents are fleeing in recent years. But it is our profound commitment to providing a comprehensive continuum of long-term holistic programming that offers both survivors and the community the best Return on Investment (ROI) in terms of positive outcomes and the prevention of future violence.

SPAN’s strategic goals for 2018 are: 1. Provide meaningful and effective support and resources to adults, children and youth impacted by interpersonal violence, including crisis intervention and emergency shelter, and the longer, deeper, broader services needed for clients to become self-sufficient and stable. 2. Increase and diversify the organization’s capacity to provide the intensive case management and integrated resource facilitation that individuals traumatized by violence need to address the logistical barriers to self-sufficiency. 3. Strive for organizational excellence. Address fundamental financial, administrative, and infrastructure issues that impact both the organization’s ability to meet the compelling and complicated needs of clients and its long term financial well-being and sustainability.

SPAN began providing services in 1979. Today a staff of 37 provide immediate crisis intervention and safe, confidential shelter to survivors of interpersonal violence. SPAN also offers a comprehensive continuum of services that foster the self-sufficiency, emotional healing, and stability that survivors and their children need to transcend chronic cycles of abuse. SPAN promotes nonviolence and social justice through violence prevention education, specialized community trainings, and anti-violence/anti-oppression coalition building. A highly skilled and diverse staff provides trauma- informed services to more than 2,100 adult and child victims annually through SPAN’s direct service programs and reaches another 10,000 students and community members with violence prevention resources. 60% of SPAN staff is bilingual, 45% hold masters’ degrees, and 56% have worked in victim services for 5+ years (16% for 15 years or more).

SPAN’s work to provide effective services for clients and to move toward decreasing the prevalence of violence against adults and youth is firmly rooted in evidence-informed best practices, client-defined advocacy and constant programmatic evaluation. SPAN’s work is based on research demonstrating that there are proven “predictors of and pathways to well-being” for survivors of domestic violence and their children. These pathways include simple things most of us take for granted: feeling safe in our own homes, feeling in charge of our own lives, being connected to people who care about us, as well as access to resources and social, political and economic equity. SPAN’s programmatic evaluation routinely assesses how services support clients’ access to these predictors and pathways. SPAN relies on multiple strategies to measure evidence-based programmatic and organizational effectiveness, including confidential client surveys, client & community focus groups and stakeholder surveys.

In 2017 SPAN touched more than 11,000 lives, including responding to 9,121 crisis hotline calls, providing emergency shelter to 285 adults and 92 children, supporting 506 individuals with crisis intervention and legal advocacy, supporting 718 adults and children with counseling services, and providing intensive transitional services including housing support to 280 individuals and families. Overall, 96% of people receiving SPAN’s services in 2017 reported an improvement in safety and stability. At SPAN’s Emergency Shelter, 91% of adult shelter residents reported enhanced strategies for safety and increased knowledge of resources as a result of their time in shelter. 96% of SPAN's counseling clients reported better strategies for safety and reduced isolation and emotional distress. In 83% of cases where SPAN’s Advocacy Program provided support during the process of applying for a protection order, the survivor reported a successful outcome from the courts.

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Affiliations & Memberships

National Network to End Domestic Violence

American Humane Association

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence



Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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