District Attorney, United States Congressmen, Adams County Officials, Law Enforcement, Service Providers to Unveil New State-of-the-Art Team to Support High-Risk Domestic Violence Survivors
June 21, 2022
Brighton, CO — On Monday, June 27, 2022, 17th Judicial District Attorney Brian Mason, United States Congressmen Ed Perlmutter, Joe Neguse, and Jason Crow will be joined by members of the Adams County Commission, Thornton Police Chief Terrence Gordon, and other service providers to publicly unveil a new state-of-the-art team to support survivors of high-risk domestic violence situations.
District Attorney Brian Mason, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, Congressman Joe Neguse, Congressman Jason Crow, Adams County Commissioners, Thornton Police Chief Terrence Gordon, Family Tree, Servicios de la Raza, etc.
The public unveiling of a High-Risk Domestic Violence Team for the 17th Judicial District of Adams and Broomfield Counties
Monday June 27, 2022
17th Judicial District Attorney's Office
Sean May Room
1000 Judicial Center Drive
Brighton, CO, 80601
United States Congressmen Ed Perlmutter, Joe Neguse, and Jason Crow worked diligently in 2022 to obtain $2 million in federal appropriations to assist the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office, our service providers, law enforcement, and Adams County in the formation of a state-of-the-art High-Risk Domestic Violence Team. The team supports survivors and prevents the escalation of domestic violence situations that research has shown can become fatal if proper intervention and necessary resources are not available.
The scourge of domestic violence incidents continues in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In response to this crisis, the DA's Office, law enforcement, and local service providers removed the silos that can exist within the criminal justice community to form a High-Risk Domestic Violence team that will wrap survivors and their children in support and services to protect them from further trauma caused by relationship violence.
The team is activated when an officer on scene determines through a risk-assessment tool that the survivor of the incident falls into the high-risk category. From that point forward, the survivor and their children are supported through the entire process with temporary housing, legal assistance, mental health treatment, as well as school support for the children involved.
The pilot program is already underway in Thornton and Brighton and will be expanded throughout Adams County and into Broomfield County due to the funding obtained by Congressmen Perlmutter, Neguse, and Crow. The ultimate goal is the creation of a Family Justice Center that will house all of the support and services of the DVHRT in one location for survivors.
Media wishing to attend the press availability on Monday, June 27, 2022, at 10:30am are asked to RSVP on behalf of themselves or their organization to email@example.com.
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District Attorney Mason assumed the oath of office on January 12, 2021. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office endeavors to seek justice on behalf of the citizens of Adams and Broomfield counties in felony and misdemeanor cases. DA Mason and his staff are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system to better serve the citizens of the 17th Judicial District.
Ms. Gazelka is a forensic therapist and clinician in Denver, Colorado. She is currently focused on providing therapy and assessment services to adult offenders in the community corrections and parole systems as a supervisor at Correctional Psychology Associates (CPA). Her education and career have been devoted to the intersection of psychology and law since 2000. Ms. Gazelka has been working within the field of forensic and correctional psychology since 2006, providing therapy in the community and acute mental health care and risk assessments in county jails. She has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor since June 2012. She also became a Licensed Addiction Counselor in March 2014. She was listed as a full operating level DVOMB Approved Provider in June 2019 and started a fledgling DV program oriented to Colorado’s Department of Corrections at CPA in September 2019. Ms. Gazelka was appointed to the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) in March 2019 and has started her second term with the board. Ms. Gazelka has been recognized for her work as Contributor of the Year at CPA in 2010 and 2012, as well as having been awarded an Alumni Impact Award for her forensic work in the community by University of Denver’s GSPP in 2019. Ms. Gazelka received her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Clinical Psychology from University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2009. Ms. Gazelka also received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in 2007, obtaining attorney’s licenses in both Minnesota and Colorado (currently inactive).
Alex Castro Croy
Alex Castro Croy is a bilingual, bicultural, Trauma and Addiction Counselor and owner/Lead Clinician of Life Recovery Centers in Denver and Northglenn Colorado.
A first-generation immigrant from Mexico who accomplished his dream in higher education receiving an AA in Pastoral Ministry (Dallas, Texas), Bachelor of Science in Human Services (MSU in Denver, Colorado) and MA in Community Counseling from Regis University (Denver, Co). He is continuing to pursue his MA/Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian and Archetypal Studies.
Alex’s passion includes training, teaching, counseling, and consulting. He has been an Adjunct Professor for the Human Services Department at MSU-Denver for 9 years. He has served as an Interventionist for the Latino GLBTQ community, Drug Court Probation Officer at Denver Juvenile Court Probation (8 years), Bilingual Diversion Officer for Denver DA office (5 years), and currently owner and director of Life Recovery Centers (7 years). He has worked with a variety of clients from all walks of life and his eclectic therapeutic interventions have proven to be effective in treating trauma and addiction.
Thea Wessel is an addictions counselor with a private practice in Colorado. She has been working in the criminal and addiction fields for thirteen years. Ms. Wessel earned her Masters in forensic psychology from the University of Denver and has her LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC, and ADS. She is working towards her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ms. Wessel continually challenges herself and others to provide quality addiction treatment and ways to continue to educate the community about addiction issues.