What's happening at CCADV in April
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
CCASA offers a variety of resources to get involved! Check 'em out!
Public Policy Update
The 2015 Legislative Session is in full swing! Read about it!
Upcoming Trainings
Lots of great trainings and other events this month. Check 'em out!

April is...

...Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

The high co-occurrence of child abuse and domestic violence is undisputed. Further, even witnessing domestic violence leads children to exhibit symptoms and behaviors that mimic those who have been physically abused themselves.

In this newsletter, we include some articles, resources, and training opportunities to aid you in your work to promote child abuse prevention work and the nurturing of children in our communities. We've highlighted some of the great work being done around Colorado, too! 

The 2015 National Child Abuse Prevention Resource Guide, Making Meaningful Connections, was created primarily to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being (The Children's Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds the National Child Abuse Prevention Month initiative each April on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website)

Be sure to check out their 2015 CAPM Activity Calendar, too!
'Building Safety with Families Impacted by
Domestic Violence' Training

CDHS has begun offering Child Protective Services workers a new training titled ‘Building Safety with Families Impacted by Domestic Violence.’ This training is a daylong introduction to the Domestic Violence Practice Guide for Child Welfare Workers. While the audience is primarily child welfare workers, advocates and others from the community CAN attend for free if there is space available! This is a great opportunity to learn more about child protective services’ work and to make connections for future local collaborations.
The training will be offered in Denver, Canon City, Fort Collins, and Rifle. 
To find out specific dates and to register, visit:  http://www.coloradocwts.com/find-a-class/search
CCADV Presents to the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (from Sept. 2014)

From Beth Collins, CCADV Advocacy Director
Due to my ongoing involvement with CDHS’s Domestic Violence/Child Protective Services Coordinating Council and CDPHE’s Child Fatality Prevention Review Team, I was invited to participate on a panel presentation to the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. Convened by Congress in 2012, the 12 Commissioners are seeking to craft national recommendations for reducing child death due to maltreatment.  As part of their process the Commission is visiting 5 states to hear from researchers and practitioners about the source of the problem and promising solutions.  They were in Denver on Sep 22 and 23.
I was invited to address risk factors for child abuse or neglect fatalities, assessing risk, multidisciplinary approaches, intervention with families where there is child abuse or neglect, and preventing child abuse or neglect.  And I was informed that I would have 5-7 minutes to speak.  Clearly, the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment is something that entire books have been written on, so deciding what to include was challenging.  My main points to the committee were that:
  • domestic violence and co-occurring child maltreatment is prevalent and dangerous,  
  • promising strategies to better identify domestic violence include co-location of advocates and partnering with the adult victim,
  • intervention must  include meaningful offender accountability,
  • multidisciplinary responses strengthen accountability, and
  • we need more resources and an emphasis on social justice to truly address the root causes.
If you want to read my remarks and see the accompanying slides, please use the following links:
Remarks to CECANF
Accompanying slides
Statewide Child Abuse Reporting Hotline

The hotline, launched this year, is Colorado’s first-ever, toll-free statewide hotline to report suspected child abuse and neglect. The hotline provides one easy-to-remember number and is a component of Governor Hickenlooper’s Child Welfare Plan “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy.”
Articles, Other Resources, and Upcoming Trainings
Related to Child Abuse Prevention/Promoting Child Well-Being...
This is a review of the 76 substantiated child maltreatment fatalities, near fatalities, and egregious incidents that occurred in 2013. Domestic violence was found in 38% of the cases reviewed.  The family stressor of Domestic Violence was identified in 17.4% of Fatalities, 53.3% of Near fatal incidents, 44.7% of Egregious incidents.

*Resource: Tip Sheets
The Children's Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers tip sheets on a variety of topics impacting children and families.
*Resource: Pitkin County DV/Child Abuse Prevention website: http://stopfightingithurts.com/
Pitkin County’s Health and Human Services Department is launched a new website designed to educate the community about the problem of domestic violence and how it impacts children. 

*Article: A Story of Emotional Injury and Recovery In Children Exposed to Domestic Abuse
(Bancroft, Lundy, 2004, excerpt from 'When Dad Hurts Mom')

*Webinar/Discussion: April 14: Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse as a Confidential Community-based Advocate 
While confidentiality is part and parcel for community-based advocacy, what does that mean around mandated reporting? What about when working with adolescents? What about providing advocacy for children? Is there a difference between sexual assault and domestic violence? What can seem cut and dry, can lead to question after question. Advocates usually have the best answers concerning safety and well-being based on the experience of survivors and their children. Join us as we take a look at best practices around Mandated Reporting Policies and Procedures, and remind ourselves of the varying factors concerning ages, and kinds of services and engagement provided. Bring your questions and examples. CCADV will bring sample policies, connections to best-practice and current standings on the issues involved. 

*Training: April 22-23: 2015 Safe Shelter Symposium on Domestic Violence: Understanding and Addressing its Impact on Children (SSSVV)
Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley is pleased to announce its 2015 Safe Shelter Symposium on Domestic Violence: Understanding and Addressing its Impact. With a focus on children, this 2-day event revealing impact (Day 1) and interventions (Day 2) will bring together prominent multidisciplinary national and regional presenters in the fields of therapeutic and community-based interventions; family, cultural and developmental considerations; and judicial and legal systems. (Longmont, CO)

*Event: May 14: Colorado Social Emotional Learning Forum: How the Research and Practice of Social Emotional Learning Improves Children's Success 
Create safer schools using social emotional learning programs and approaches that we know work. Learn from experts in the field including program designers, researchers and educators who have developed, coordinated and scaled these innovative approaches.

*Event: May 20: Learning from Each Other Summit (Family Violence Institute)
This one-day summit will examine the research on child maltreatment deaths, especially exploring the presence and possible significance of adult domestic violence. Attendees will also participate in a detailed mock review of a child maltreatment death that involved domestic violence. Hands-on activities will include: building a timeline; identifying possible risk markers; assessing the degree of communication, collaboration, and coordination among agencies, stakeholders, and community members; and developing action items for social change. Finally, a panel of national experts, well-versed in working the intersection of adult domestic violence and child maltreatment cases, will lead a discussion of the challenges and opportunities involved in learning from each other across the adult/child protection divide. (St. Petersburg, FL)
Are you hosting a training or event related to Child Abuse Prevention/Promoting Child Well-Being that you want to share with the CCADV community?
Post an event on our community calendar!

Your Coalition in Action

CCADV Staff were honored to meet with 4 amazing participants from the International Visitor Leadership Program to talk about ending gender based violence in South and Central Asia and to talk about the work of CCADV and member programs in Colorado. 

CCADV's Lydia Waligorski works with CCADV's lobbyist and others from the Public Policy Committee during the 2015 Legislative Session.

DV advocates and survivors from around Colorado came out in force (and wearing purple!) to testify at the Capitol this month. CCADV opposes any bill that weakens offender accountability and jeopardizes victim safety.
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Dear Members,Supporters, and Friends,

Spring at last! The appearance of crocus and mud in Colorado gets staff at CCADV excited about upcoming opportunities to once again connect in-person with the larger Coalition - you! 

Whether implementing our Rural Latin@ Outreach and Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Projects across the state, informing the public during awareness months and through media engagement, building additional courses for our online learning center, launching new projects such as our Brown Bag Discussion series, developing a legislative proposal to become the first state to respond to domestic violence via a human rights framework, responding to dozens of technical assistance and training requests or planning our annual Colorado Advocacy In Action conference, staff enthusiastically worked away in their offices or rural project sites over the winter. But, new opportunities for doing the work of a state domestic violence Coalition blossom as the weather becomes fair, making travel across our geographically diverse state less daunting. 

Later this month, I look forward to joining Jacque Morse, CCR Project Manager, and Chip Menely and Amy Throm, CCR Coordinators, to welcome Rose Thelen, a nationally recognized TA provider from Praxis International, for CCR Project site visits in Aspen and Delta. I hope to have an opportunity to visit with some of you along the way. In May, we hope readers who are also Coalition members will mark their calendars for CCADV regional membership meetings. (Not a CCADV member? Click here to add your individual or organizational voice to impact statewide efforts to reduce and prevent domestic violence). Regional membership meetings create opportunities for Coalition staff and members to come together to exchange information and ideas, and to support one another, both necessary to moving forward our collective work on domestic violence.

And before you know it we'll be gathering in Vail on June 14-17 for the 4th annual Colorado Advocacy In Action Conference and the CCR Pre-Conference Institute. I hope to see you there for four days of learning best practices, sharpening our skills, networking and coalition building, and, of course, practicing our self-care--all in a gorgeous, serene setting. Early conference registration ends April 17th, so don't delay! 

I look forward to our continued work together to advocate on behalf of survivors and to create social change through our collective voice.

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Public Policy Update

Hello Members and Colleagues,

YOU did it!
Advocates and supporters of domestic violence survivors from across the state contacted the Legislature in opposition to  HB 1263, and it made all the difference in the world. Advocates and survivors showed up to testify in person, called and emailed, and let their positions be well-known and heard. Your collective voices did what they do best and protected the interests and the safety of survivors from across the state.  To that I say, ‘Thank you!’ 

We have 30 days left in this session and at this moment, we have identified one more bad bill that needs your collective opposition to prevent it from harming domestic violence survivors as they file for allocation of parental responsibilities. This bill will be open for public testimony in the House Judiciary committee on April 16th, one final time before it becomes a law. At this time, we are organizing advocates and survivors who may be able to testify in opposition. For more information please check out the Action Alert on SB 129

SB-129: Preserving the Parent Child Relationship
We believe this bill creates barriers for DV survivors in the courtrooms by asking them to overcome the presumption of substantially equal parenting time by having to further document and explain the abuse they have experienced. This bill was substantially changed through an amendment on March 23. Still, we are concerned the language in this bill will drastically change the best interest of the child standard by directing the courts that 50/50 or “substantially equal parenting time” is the gold standard or the goal in awarding parenting time during allocation of parental responsibilities. This is in stark contrast to the current directive where the courts begin the analysis of parenting time regarding what is in the best interest of the children, providing parents with equal footing of 0/0 and allowing for due process without assumption of the parents’ wishes in contested allocation of parental responsibility cases.  The current process was created by CCADV’s 2013 primary bill, HB13-1259, and was the result of over 18 months of stakeholder work.

Please know it is not an exaggeration when I say your participation is the key to the success of the CCADV public policy work.  If you or a survivor you have worked with would have been or would be greatly affected by this bill, please encourage them to contact me if they have any interest in contacting their legislators.  We will need tremendous support to defeat this bill.

With the session past the halfway mark, here is a quick look back at some of the progress we have made so far. 
CCADV Successfully Supported:

HB15-1035: Update Crime Victim Compensation Laws 
CCADV testified twice on this bill and it has successfully cleared both the House and the Senate and is on the way to be signed by the Governor. CCADV was particularly supportive of provisions in this bill that expand the covered expenses eligible for Crime Victims Compensation Funds.  One such provision includes situations when the defendant was a primary financial provider to the household and who then may be ordered out of the home through a mandatory protection order. In this circumstance the crime victim would then be eligible to receive financial assistance toward stabilizing themselves to be able to continue to reside in the home and feel safer doing so.

HB15-1174: Information Protections for Domestic Violence Victims 
This bill has been signed by the Governor! CCADV participated in stakeholder meetings, and provided testimony in both Chambers to support this bill by Representative Carver and Senator Woods. This bill expands protections for participants in the Address Confidentially Program.

HB15-1060: Concerning Protection Orders in Sex Offense Cases 
This bill has also been sent to the Governor for his signature. This bill expands Vonnie’s Law to sex offense cases, meaning a criminal defendant will not be able to post a bond before they have seen a judge, and they will have to be orally advised of the mandatory protection order and will need to physically sign the protection order before the defendant can post a bond. CCADV was originally offering passive support on this bill.  However, during the Senate Judiciary committee we were notified there was a potential harmful amendment that was offered that might allow domestic violence, stalking, and now sexual offenses defendants to bond out before seeing an actual judge which could have allowed defendants to post bond much sooner. CCADV testified against the proposed amendment and in support of that bill that the intent of Vonnie’s Law was to give a crime victim time to safety plan by keeping a defendant in custody until they could be properly advised by a Judge and the protection order could be put into place. After hearing testimony as to the unintended consequences, the committee passed the bill without adding the amendment. Thankfully we are located close to the Capitol, as this all happened within an hour!


CCADV Successfully Opposed:

HB15-1263: Sealing of Records 
It is ONLY because of an OUTSTANDING turn out of opposition and response to our call to action that this harmful bill was defeated. CCADV sent out an action alert requesting testimony both in person and written, and you totally came through!  We had heard this bill was going to pass, and at the request of the Speaker of the House agreed to work with the Sponsor on amendments to mitigate unintended consequences while being clear that we would still oppose any bill that allowed for the sealing of domestic violence records. 

In a room filled of people wearing purple to support the need for domestic violence to not be further minimized through this bill, the Sponsor offered two last minute amendments. One amendment did not allow for the sealing of DUI convictions and one amendment that did not allow for the sealing of domestic violence records. However, it also removed a provision of the bill that would have allowed for district attorney’s to “veto” the sealing application which was meant as a safety provision so that DA’s would have time to notify and consult with the victim under the Victim’s Right’s Amendment. Given this exclusion, and despite the amendment’s last minute offer to not allow for the sealing of domestic violence records, CCADV continued to strongly oppose this bill and it was defeated.

SB15-77: Parents Bill of Rights 
This bill passed the Senate and was heard in front of the House Committee on Public Health Care and Human Services and where it was postponed indefinitely (defeated) after several hours of testimony. CCADV testified that this bill would hinder the ability of minors to seek their own medical care and mental health care and this would be especially harmful to minor aged survivors of teen dating violence and sex assault.

We’ll keep you updated as the last of the Legislative Session progresses. If you have any questions, as always, please feel free to contact me.


Rural CCR Project Update

CCADV is excited to announce two big events for our OVW Rural Grant Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) Project. CCADV’s four project sites, Tu Casa in Alamosa, Response in Aspen, Advocate Safehouse Project in Glenwood Springs, and Hilltop in Montrose will be hosting a four day workshop, April 27-30, facilitated by Rose Thelen, a TA provider for Praxis International. Ms. Thelen’s technical assistance will include a mix of meetings, trainings and planning sessions with CCR coordinators, advocates, and key CCR practitioners.  
Our second big event will be the pre-conference CCR Institute on June 14th.  This institute is for all CCADV member programs or interested community partners. Whether you already have a CCR,  have just formed an interagency team, have a CCR that is facing hurdles, or you want to develop a CCR in your community this pre-institute event will provide the latest research and information on best practices for coordinating criminal justice system responses to battering. 
To find out more about CCADV's CCRT Project, contact Jacque Morse.
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Upcoming Trainings


April 8: Safety for Indian Women: Implementing Title IX of VAWA 2013 (NCPOFFC)
Native American women suffer intimate partner violence at epidemic rates. Federal law enforcement may be hours away from reservation crime scenes and resources are stretched thin. Tribal police, prosecutors, and courts have had significant success in combating crimes of domestic violence committed by Indians in Indian country. But, without Congressional action, tribes lacked the authority to prosecute a non-Indian. Two new Acts, the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (TLOA) and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013), have dramatically changed the legal authority of tribal courts and have provided federal prosecutors with new criminal offenses to use in the effort to hold abusers in Indian country accountable. This webinar will feature discussion on protection orders, TLOA, VAWA 2013 and ways communities can enhance the safety of Native American women.
12:00p MDT
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April 9: Men of Color and Community Trauma Prevention: What links sexual and domestic violence efforts to trauma prevention? (PC)
Quality prevention efforts meet men and boys where they are, in their community, to promote resilience across generations. To accomplish this, this web conference will focus on community-level, community-driven solutions that promote mental health and well-being for men and boys.  Based on a detailed landscape report, “Making Connections for Mental Health and Well-Being among Men and Boys in the U.S”, on the current state of mental health for American men and boys, guests and participants will examine challenges and solutions to prevent sexual and domestic violence that also support the fundamental well-being of men and boys.
12:00p MDT
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April 10: Assessing Helpfulness for Immigrant Crime Victims (BWJP)
The discussion will cover the wide range or ways in which immigrant crime victims can offer "helpfulness" qualifying them to receive U visa certifications from police, prosecutors and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This webinar will cover in detail frequently asked questions and common myths and facts about what qualifies as "helpfulness" by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the purposes of U visa certification. Attendees will be provided with tools, examples, best practices, and information on helpfulness that DHS issued to promote U visa certification.
12:00p MDT
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April 13: Expert Witness Testimony in Cases Involving Domestic Violence (NCDBW)
In this webinar, Dr. Mary Ann Dutton and Dr. Dawn Hughes will discuss common concerns of experts who are preparing to take the witness stand in matters involving domestic violence. These two very experienced expert witnesses will share their knowledge from testifying in a variety of domestic violence cases and share practical advice for communicating effectively on the witness stand. They will also discuss some of the commonly encountered pitfalls faced by domestic violence expert witnesses during testimony, and offer skills for navigating complicated situations that arise while testifying. This webinar will be most helpful for experts and aspiring experts, but will also be useful for attorneys who represent survivors of domestic violence.
1:00p MDT
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April 14: CCADV's Brown Bag Discussion Series #4:
Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse as a Confidential Community-based Advocate
CCADV is excited to continue its new monthly BROWN BAG Teleconference Series! Each month of 2015, you are invited to join CCADV staff and experts from advocacy organizations around the state for a lunchtime conversation! Join us on 4/14 for a discussion on 'Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse.' 
While confidentiality is part and parcel for community-based advocacy, what does that mean around mandated reporting? What about when working with adolescents? What about providing advocacy for children? Is there a difference between sexual assault and domestic violence? 
What can seem cut and dry, can lead to question after question. Advocates usually have the best answers concerning safety and well-being based on the experience of survivors and their children. 
Join us as we take a look at best practices around Mandated Reporting Policies and Procedures, and remind ourselves of the varying factors concerning ages, and kinds of services and engagement provided. 
Bring your questions and examples. CCADV will bring sample policies, connections to best-practice and current standings on the issues involved. 

For more information, please contact Kristiana Huitron
12:00p MDT
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April 14: Let's Talk About Sex: Sex-Positive Advocacy for Survivors of Sexual & Domestic Violence (BWJP/NN)
In honor of SAAM, join us for a dynamic, interactive session exploring what it means to re-envision the way we provide support and understand healing for survivors of sexual & domestic violence. In this session, we will examine our personal and movement values as they relate to sex, sexual violence and what it means to heal from trauma; build our self-awareness and individual skills to provide grounded, holistic services to survivors of violence; and increase organizational capacity to provide services & engage communities around sexual violence in a sex-positive context. Come prepared to have some real talk about sex, healing and the possibilities for our movement to move beyond simply addressing harm and towards a vision of embodied sexual lives for all survivors.
1:00p MDT
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April 15: Working with Jails: Sexual Assault Programming and PREA (CCASA)
Join SASO in Durango as we discuss our progress in working with the LaPlata County jail, corrections and detention programs. By developing MOUs and building relationships, we are providing the “Healing Trauma” 5 week curriculum by Stephanie Covington to women weekly. Learn from our experiences and mistakes as we strive to reach our community in new ways.
12:00p MDT
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April 16: Privacy in HIPAA, VAWA, & FVPSA: Different Laws, Different Purposes (NNEDV)
HIPAA, VAWA, and FVPSA all require protection of identifying information. But are they the same? Which is more protective?  Is there a "gold standard" to follow? Sign up for this webinar to get clarity about the underlying goals of HIPAA, VAWA, and FVPSA privacy laws and understand where they differ from each other so you can make sure your program is actually following your applicable privacy rules. 
1:00p MDT
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April 23: Her Size 10 Feet Won't Fit Comfortably in His Size 10 Shoes: Working with Reentering Victims of Trauma (NCDBW)
The presenters are Co-Founders of I'm FREE - Females Reentering Empowering Each Other, a Philadelphia-based women's reentry program. Recognizing that our prisons and jails are filled with victims of trauma and that reentry begins while women are inside jail (or prison), they run a 6-week program at the Philadelphia's jail called Transforming One Woman at a Time: Reintegration Support (T1W). This webinar will focus on why they developed a gender-responsive and trauma-informed program, the philosophy that guides their program, the impact of trauma on group participants (including pathways to being arrested), and lessons learned.  Additionally, one of the program's participants will share her experiences, including her work with I'm FREE. By talking about their approach to serving justice-involved women, the presenters hope to inspire and inform others who are working with - or plan to work with - incarcerated and imprisoned women.
1:00p MDT
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April 28: Accountable Communities (BWJP/NN)
We know that relationships exist within the context of other relationships, especially in small communities. Centering LGBTQ communities this webinar will focus on addressing community based responses to domestic and sexual violence. This webinar is designed to surface illicit tensions around, transformative justice, community accountability and other community based strategies for addressing violence while looking at how we can come together to create the conditions to support loving equitable relationships.
1:00p MDT
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Do you have an upcoming training?
Or another event you want to share with the CCADV community?
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Upcoming Live Trainings and Events

April 13-14: Protection Order Practice for Prosecutors and Law Enforcement (NCPOFFC)

Recognizing the important role that prosecutors and law enforcement play in protection order enforcement, the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit, in partnership with AEquitas and the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime, is pleased to offer the Protection Order Practice for Prosecutors and Law Enforcement training. The goal of the training is to allow prosecutors and law enforcement to gain valuable information regarding full faith and credit and the evidence necessary to prosecute a defendant for violating a protection order, while recognizing the dynamics of stalking, and the role that multiple violations of orders can play in creating and substantiating a stalking charge. This training will focus on law enforcement and prosecutors gaining valuable insight into the role that protection order violations play, whether the resulting charge is stalking (based on the protection order violations) or charging the violation of the order of protection.
Location: Philadelphia, PA

April 15-17: Advancing the Narrative: Inspiring the Future (BISC-MI)
The role of intervention in addressing intimate partner violence has become distorted due to a combination of gender neutral advocates, flawed and misrepresented research and the increasing emphasis on evidence based practice. The result is that legislators and communities are withdrawing support from intervention programs and the resurgence of strategies that put victims at risk are being promoted. Programs are increasingly finding themselves under attack and having to respond to questions that that they are not prepared to answer. BISC-MI has taken the lead in the last 20 years of bringing together some of the best faculty from around the world to address controversial issues and provide unequaled networking opportunities. This year is no exception. This conference is an unprecedented opportunity to hear and mingle with some of the leading experts from around the world. A variety of thought provoking plenary sessions will address topics of research, culture, women’s use of force and how the field can move forward. Additionally, there will be an assortment of workshops which will offer a smaller group experience to explore topics in depth. This conference is bringing together many of the leaders in the field to discuss how to reclaim the narrative and define the future of intervention programming with an emphasis on cultural sensitivity and victim safety focus.  Come with your questions and challenges; leave energized, well informed and with new connections from around the country, This is a not to be missed opportunity and there are space limitations so sign up early to secure your place.

Location: Grand Rapids, MI

April 15-17: Supporting Organizational Sustainability to Address VAW Institute (FWV)
The SOS Institute is an interactive 2.5 days training with six months follow up support on action plans to enhance organizational infrastructure and provide institutional sustainability support for community based organizations working with underrepresented and underserved populations.
Location: San Francisco, CA

April 17-18: Tools For Transformation (TCFV)
Join the Texas Council on Family Violence for the 12th Annual BIPP Conference. We will offer 12.75 CJAD approved hours and other CEU’s with advanced workshops covering: Communications, Facilitation, Management, Prevention, and vital Legislative information. 
Location: Austin, TX

April 22-23: 2015 Safe Shelter Symposium on Domestic Violence: Understanding and Addressing its Impact on Children (SSSVV)
Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley is pleased to announce its 2015 Safe Shelter Symposium on Domestic Violence: Understanding and Addressing its Impact. With a focus on children, this 2-day event revealing impact (Day 1) and interventions (Day 2) will bring together prominent multidisciplinary national and regional presenters in the fields of therapeutic and community-based interventions; family, cultural and developmental considerations; and judicial and legal systems.
Location: Longmont, CO

April 23: Evidence: Getting Beyond He Said/She Said (CBA)
Evidence in family law and protection order cases is often reduced to "He said/She said."  This seminar will explore evidence, such as digital evidence, child hearsay, and evidence of power and control. But evidence is not helpful, if your client is unable to assist in the case because of trauma. A practicing lawyer will explain how to deal with the client who is traumatized and how to keep that client engaged in their case.
Location: Denver, CO

May 4-6: Threat Assessment, Stalking and Cyber-Bullying – Assessment and Management Strategies (CTRII)
This training event has three different components that are reviewed in the first two days – threat assessment, stalking and cyber-bullying. The final day of the training will focus on case study review, analysis and discussion. Seating is limited to 40, so register early!
Location: Vancouver, Canada

May 15: Observing VAWA/HUD requirements in your Shelters (CAVP)
Within the last year, both VAWA and HUD have issued new regulations specifically regarding gender identity, creating new requirements for programs receiving HUD/VAWA funding. These new grant conditions/regulations issue guidance on gender inclusion within funded programs. Join the Colorado Anti-Violence Program for a free regional training highlighting best practices for gender inclusion within domestic violence and homeless shelters in Colorado. 
To register, click title to email CAVP with the number of staff attending. 
Location: Denver, CO

May 26-28: National Training Institute on Protection Order Practice for Attorneys and Advocates (NCPOFFC)
The Office on Violence Against Women and the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit (NCPOFFC), a project of the Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP), invite you to a two and an half day training for attorneys and advocates who provide survivor-centered advocacy and representation to victims of intimate partner violence. The goal of the institute is to provide participants with information and resources to enhance their advocacy and trial skills. 
Location: Washington, D.C.

July 27-30: NNEDV Safety Net’s 3rd Annual Technology Summit (NNEDV)
This unique 3-day training focuses on the intersection of technology and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking. Covering a wide range of technology-related issues, this conference will be helpful to advocates, law enforcement, and legal professionals who work with survivors of abuse. This conference will address how technology is misused by abusers, strategically used by survivors to maintain privacy and safety, and implemented by providers to enhance services. 
Location: San Francisco, CA


Check out community events hosted around Colorado 
on our website:
(Or post your own event on our website calendar!)

June 14: CCR Pre-Conference Institute (CCADV and CCASA)
Whether you have a barely formed interagency team, a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) that is facing hurdles, a domestic violence organization that wants to develop a CCR in your community or a well-established team that wants to further develop skills, this is the pre-conference institute for you. This training will offer core leaders in any CCR/ inter-agency effort — coordinators, advocates, prosecutors, and law enforcement ideas on how to strengthen, expand, and give new direction to their CCR.  If you come as a team it can provide an opportunity for you to integrate the information provided to take back to your community with purpose and direction.
This training institute will provide latest research and information on best practices for coordinating criminal justice system responses to battering. Whether you are new or seasoned, you will leave with an understanding of how to build a CCR that can effectively prioritize and implement solutions to better protect victims and their children, hold offenders accountable, and maximize the efficacy of your coordinated community response.

June 15-17: Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference (CCADV and CCASA)
CCADV and CCASA collaborate on this event in order to provide training and education that is based on best and promising practices for addressing sexual and domestic violence, and to ensure that services for survivors are as consistent and comprehensive as possible. Colorado Advocacy in Action is the only statewide conference specific to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence advocacy and is intended for victim service providers as well as affiliated professionals. We hope it also provides an opportunity for advocates in the sexual and domestic violence field to connect with their counterparts and build a collective voice to further our work to end sexual and domestic violence in Colorado.
Location: Vail, CO

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*Exposing Reproductive Coercion Toolkit
Published for Distribution to Clinicians, Domestic Violence Workers and Women Impacted by Reproductive Coercion
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) in collaboration with The Feminist Women's Health Center of Atlanta (FWHC), Georgia and the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) has published a toolkit for clinicians, domestic violence workers, and women impacted by Reproductive Coercion, a form of Intimate Partner Violence.  This toolkit provides credible, unbiased information for women as well as individuals working in the domestic violence and reproductive health fields.  

*2015 NCVRW Resource Guide
Designed to help communities and victim assistance providers promote awareness of crime victim issues, the Guide includes educational content, campaign materials, artwork, and a theme video. Explore the Guide online or download all materials for use offline.

*Summary Report: Dating Violence Among Latino Adolescents-II (DAVILA - II) Study
The purpose of this project was to collect longitudinal data on dating violence among Latino adolescents by obtaining a second wave of data for the Dating Violence among Latino Adolescents (DAVILA) Study, which was originally released in July 2013. The main goals of this study included examining the predictors of victimization patterns to understand the influences on dating violence over time and determining the subsequent psychosocial impact of dating violence.

*Colorado Crisis Services
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*DVP Needs Your Help!
Last year, Coloradans donated more than $136,000 to the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund (CDAF) with an average donation of nearly $13. That means we are reaching a large, typically grassroots crowd. It's an easy way to give through the state's tax check-off program and support a cause they are passionate about. But we also know that many taxpayers don’t know “who” the CDAF benefits. We believe a coordinated effort with programs will raise awareness about the CDAF and domestic violence services around the state. 
Here's how you can help: Do you have other questions about CDAF?  Please contact Chelsea Baldwin at Chelsea.Baldwin@state.co.us or 303-866-3408.

*A Toast to 10 Years: Celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking on Thursday, April 9th 5:30-7:30pm @ the Posner Center for International Development in Denver. 
*Study Participants Needed                 
My name is Gina Boesdorfer and I am a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. I am studying clinical psychology with an emphasis in trauma. For my masters thesis I am using an online survey to study social support, self-efficacy, and burnout in domestic violence/sexual assault advocates across the country (study link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6V7ZHFP).
My study, “Self-Efficacy and Social Support as Protective Factors for Burnout,” consists of a brief questionnaire. Participants will complete the online questionnaire and be contacted again in two months to take a follow-up survey. The follow-up survey will also be mailed out one time with a stamped return envelope in hopes of getting as many participants as possible to complete the follow-up survey. Both the initial survey and the follow-up survey should take approximately 30 minutes each. Participants who complete both the initial survey and follow-up survey will be entered into a raffle to win a $20 gift card. 
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at gboesdor@uccs.edu. All emails regarding this study will be responded to within 48 hours. 

*Survey Participants Needed
The Violence and Injury Prevention-Mental Health Promotion Branch agreed to help three doctoral students in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at the University of Northern Colorado find participants for a non-experimental study they are conducting about provider attitudes toward lesbian intimate partner violence (IPV). For the purposes of this study, a service provider is defined as any professional who might be in the position to interact with a woman experiencing lesbian IPV.  There is only limited information on this topic in the literature and we think the results of this survey can help inform educational programming and systems change in Colorado.
We are sending this survey to a variety of professionals (e.g. rape crisis center staff, domestic violence prevention agency staff, public health staff,  mental health professionals, first responders, law enforcement, medical professionals, and etc). It should take less than 10 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, there are some general demographic questions, but no identifying information will be collected. We would appreciate it if you could forward this survey link to other professionals in your networks so that the students can get a robust response. Please respond to the survey by April 20th: https://unco.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eEzEPIRiACdcRQV

The doctoral students agreed to provide us with a report highlighting the survey results in May so that we can it share with our partners.  If you are interested in us sending you a copy of the report when we get it, please contact Tomei Kuehl: tomei.kuehl@state.co.us
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