SPAN Code of Ethics

SPAN has a comprehensive Code of Ethics that all staff and volunteers must learn and abide by. The SPAN code of ethics includes a set of “Non-Negotiables” (i.e. guidelines for the SPAN board of directors, staff, interns, and volunteers); as well as documentation on “Ethical Communication;” and the SPAN Employee Handbook. To ensure the thorough integration of these policies into the day-to-day operations at SPAN, all candidates for SPAN staff positions are provided the “Non-Negotiables” and “Ethical CommunicationBest-Practices-blurbs-ethicdocumentation prior to their interview, and questions about these documents are incorporated into the interview process. All SPAN volunteers receive the “Non-Negotiables” and “Ethical Communication” documentation during their interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. Expectations are clearly stated that all staff and volunteers must abide by the SPAN Code of Ethics.

All SPAN staff, Board Members, and program volunteers are required to complete a 44-hour, month long training designed to enhance participants’ awareness of social justice issues, the dynamics of abuse, and to develop greater awareness of the various systems of oppression.  A collateral benefit of the training is to inculcate new SPAN community members with the core vision, values, and ethics that drive the organization’s mission.  Throughout the training participants develop active listening skills and practice ethical communication while learning about SPAN’s programs, procedures, and philosophy in order to support survivors and their families in the best way possible.

Another way in which the SPAN Code of Ethics is reinforced in day-to-day operations is the utilization of a “Legal Advocacy Client Rights Disclosure” and a “Counseling Disclosure Form.” Both of these disclosures are available in English and Spanish and are given to clients so as to inform them of the organization’s commitment to a high standard of ethical service as well as outline the actions that a client may take if they feel that their counselor or advocate is not acting in adherence with the SPAN Code of Ethics.

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No Pets Left Behind

dogThis question seems unthinkable to most of us.  But what about your pet or companion animal?  For people fleeing an abusive partner, the answer may not be so clear.

Research tells us that abusers often have a pattern of violence involving all members of the household – including children and pets. When victims of domestic violence seek to escape their abusive homes they’re not only faced with the challenge of finding shelter for themselves and their children, but also for their pets.  Numerous surveys have reported that between 18%-48% of domestic violence victims have delayed their decision to leave OR have returned out of fear for the welfare of their pets or livestock.

Since 2002 SPAN has worked with the Humane Society of Boulder Valley (HSBV) to offer domestic violence survivors the Safehaven Program.  The Safehaven Program allows victims to bring their animals to SPAN’s Emergency Shelter where they will be picked up by an Animal Care and Control officer and brought to HSBV.  There the animals are housed in a separate, confidential space where they receive food, exercise, medical attention, behavior assessment and especially, lots of love and care.  For most cases, foster care is a viable option while the guardian stays at the SPAN shelter.  To date, HSBV has safely housed more than 200 animals from guppies to cats, dogs and reptiles. Because of this great collaboration between SPAN and the Humane Society, that was 200 families and their animal friends who found safety.

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