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SPAN Silver Linings: Joe

Amidst the craziness of COVID-19, all of us here at SPAN are trying to focus on the silver linings. Our Facilities Specialist, Joe Avila, has been working tirelessly to keep SPAN clients and staff safe. We asked him what has inspired him during this time of crisis.

Justice for Ashley

Nothing will bring back her spark, her energy and kindness.  Ashley Mead’s little girl Winter will never know her mom, whose light and life were brutally extinguished in 2017 by Adam Densmore, Ashley’s ex-partner and the father of her child.  But at least a jury in Boulder saw Mr. Densmore’s actions for what they were:…

Children and a Violent World

JD worked hard all his adult life to transcend his tough start, building a life that had all the trappings of happiness and success. As a boy his father had terrorized the family.  Although their dad was never overtly violent towards the kids, JD and his siblings had spent nights cowering together, hiding from the…

No Pets Left Behind

This 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…

SPAN and Family Stability

When describing the impact of domestic violence on families, people will often say something like “DV tears families apart!” When we look at the families that SPAN supports, thanks to the generosity of people like you, we can say: “Not these families!” Addressing family instability is a major issue in our community, and one that…