For more information about CAPSA services and how we can help you, please call our 24-hour hotline at 435-753-2500.
For information about what domestic violence is and how to recognize if you or someone you know needs help, click here.
24-hour telephone crisis line (435-753-2500)
CAPSA staff, advocates, and volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year (including holidays) on the crisis line to listen, talk, and help those that call. All calls are confidential (Please note: there are mandatory reporting laws that require CAPSA staff and volunteers to report known incidents of child abuse, elder or vulnerable adult abuse, as well as rape if the victim is under the age of 18).
24-hour mobile crisis response team
CAPSA has advocates on-call every single day, 24 hours a day, to respond to a crisis. These advocates meet with individuals in a safe location (usually the police station, hospital, or CAPSA), help him/her understand what is happening, provide information about protective orders and other documents/forms, and provide referrals to agencies who can help with such things as emergency clothing, food, and economic assistance. They can also connect the person to a CAPSA caseworker to provide further assistance.
Emergency shelter and food
CAPSA's shelter is a safe, confidential location for those fleeing domestic violence or sexual assault. Our shelter can house 32-36 people (both adults and children) with rooms for both small and large families, and rooms that are accessible for people with disabilites. We strive to make our shelter feel as much like a home as possible for individuals in crisis situations. While staying in the shelter, individuals meet with a caseworker,develop safety plans, work on action plans for self-sufficiency, find resources for housing and financial assistance, search for jobs, and more.
Individual crisis intervention and case management
There are six full-time caseworkers at CAPSA that can help people both in the shelter and out of shelter to understand domestic violence and sexual assault, free themselves from abusive relationships, become more self-sufficient, and provide for themselves and their families.
Advocacy and coordination of services
The myriad of decisions, procedures and paperwork that many survivors of domestic violence may have to deal with can be overwhelming, especially during such a stressful time of life. At CAPSA, we have many years of experience dealing with the court, law enforcement officers, medical professionals, and other agencies in Cache Valley. We are here to help our clients by coordinating services between law enforcement, criminal justice organizations, attorneys, doctors, religious leaders, mental health and social services agencies, and employers as needed. Our staff members are advocates for those we serve and ensure they receive all the help and support they need and deserve.
Protective order and civil stalking injunction assistance
CAPSA caseworkers can help someone who feels unsafe due to domestic or sexual violence fill out protective orders and civil stalking injunctions, and help them file them with the court, advocate for legal representation at hearings, and provide support during and after court hearings.
A typical protective order is more than 30 pages long with many different sections that can be both confusing and frustrating to fill out. CAPSA caseworkers can help ensure that the order is filled out correctly, which may increase the chance that a judge will be able to sign it quickly. To find out if you qualify for a protective order, and how it can help you, call CAPSA at 435-753-2500.
Although CAPSA does not provide any legal representation or give any legal advice, caseworkers can attend court sessions to provide assistance, increase safety, and support during legal proceedings. They can also advocate for legal representation for civil court hearings.
Educational support groups
Educational support groups are held once a week in both English and Spanish for survivors of domestic violence. These groups are not counseling sessions, but instead are a chance for individuals to meet together, learn about the dynamics of domestic violence, provide support for one another, and discuss options for the future. Two weekly support groups are also held in the Cache County Jail for incarcerated women and men who have experienced or been impacted by abuse.
Children's groups meet at the same time as the English and Spanish Educational Support Groups so the women attending the groups so those attending the groups can bring children and not have to worry about child care. The children's groups also provide constructive activities to help children who have witnessed or been victims of domestic violence learn about healthy relationships, how to get along with peers, work through difficult issues, and discuss their feelings in a positive way.