24/7 Hotline: 970.247.9619

because no one deserves to be abused.

porque nadie merece ser abusada





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The mission of Alternative Horizons is to provide support and alternatives to survivors of domestic violence and their families while striving to strengthen our community through education and prevention efforts.

Alternative Horizons services are free, confidential, and offered both in English and Spanish.

Los servicios son gratis, confidenciales y ofrecidos en inglés y español



Are you interested in volunteering with Alternative Horizons? Please contact Loida at 970-403-1577 or email advocacy-services@alternativehorizons.org.   Our next Volunteer Advocate Training will in Spring 2016.   The training is free and open to the community.  If you wish to be a volunteer advocate on our 24 hotline you must complete the 16 hour volunteer advocate training as well as an application to volunteer.  The training includes such topics as; dynamics of domestic violence, why she/he stays, the legal system, peer counseling skills, empowerment advocacy skills, suicide skills, safety planning, effects of violence on children and elders, and much more!  


Alternative Horizons (AH) is a grassroots organization started in 1978 by a handful of women who believed that no one had a right to beat another human being.  In the beginning these women volunteered as both members of the Board of Directors and peer-counselors on the 24-hour hotline.  In addition to the hotline, AH also offered a network of volunteer safe homes for stays of up to three nights.  These services were available to residents of La Plata and San Juan Counties in southwest Colorado.

One of the first goals of AH was to open a permanent shelter for women who were being abused and their children.  During the early 1980’s, AH worked closely with Volunteers of America (VOA) in Denver to make this goal a reality.  In June of 1985 the Southwest Safehouse opened its doors and the two organizations have worked to offer the community a complete range of domestic violence services ever since.

AH services are all free and confidential: 24 hour Hotline staffed by volunteers; weekly support groups for women and children (offered in English and Spanish); court advocacy in criminal court and a legal project with a ½ time attorney for divorce and child custody cases; education and outreach to the community and middle, high schools. All services provided by Alternative Horizons are free and confidential.


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Alternative Horizons
P.O. Box 503
Durango, CO 81302
Office: 970-247-4374

24/7 Hotline - 970.247.9619