What's happening at CCADV in August
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CCADV Launches Online Learning Center!
These online, on-demand courses will provide participants with uniform, self-paced training. Learn more!
Interested in Trauma Informed Care?
Our Trauma Informed Care Workgroup is hard at work to provide you with quality resources and information on trauma informed advocacy. Check out what they've been up to!
Upcoming Trainings
A list of webinars and live trainings host by a variety of organizations around the US. Check it out!
CCADV Staff Know that Voices Have Power!
For every message of hope posted 'round the world, Verizon will $3 toward supporting proven and innovative dating and domestic violence prevention programs produced by its national and local campaign partners. 
Among them? Colorado's own Project PAVE!
Thank you to all who participated so far, and there 
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Your Coalition in Action

A Message from the Director

The past two months as the new Executive Director of the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) have been an exciting time of transition and transformation for us. The Colorado Advocacy In Action Conference, a joint effort with the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, was our most successful conference to date; we received a $20,000 Verizon Wireless HopeLine grant award to fund 2 more courses for our innovative Online Learning Center (now ready to launch!); the first statewide webinar by our trauma informed care workgroup was a success; we launched a Domestic Violence Awareness Month workgroup that is energized about our fresh campaign focused on the arts; and our new Rural VAWA CCR and Latin@ Outreach Projects are well underway across the state. Now at the beginning of August, I am really settling into my new shoes and I am looking forward to reaching out to and working hand-in-hand with our devoted Membership and existing and potential community partners to inspire Colorado to end domestic violence!

Throughout the waning days of summer and over the fall I plan to visit many of your communities and programs to learn more about you and the great work you do to address domestic violence and to discuss how CCADV can best support your capacity to do so now and well into the future of the domestic violence movement. My Colorado “advocacy road trip” will dovetail nicely with CCADV’s work to develop our next strategic plan: a process our Staff and Board will begin in August.  I will be in touch soon about my plan to visit with some of you. In the meantime, I hope you will take advantage of these final few weeks of summer to take good care of yourselves!

                                                   -Amy Miller
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The Online Learning Center is Ready to Use!

CCADV is proud to announce the launch of its Online Learning Center! The OLC is available ONLY to members right now, and will be available to the general public later in the year. The OLC is available free of charge to CCADV members in good standing as a benefit of membership. 

CCADV is building the OLC in partnership with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) to provide CCADV members with additional training options. These online, on-demand courses will provide participants with uniform, self-paced training. Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of a course. This is an on-going project that CCADV will continue to build and strengthen.

The first two courses are ready for use. "Domestic Violence 101" will help to explain what is considered domestic violence by law and in advocacy.  Participants will learn about the tactics batterers use to maintain power and control of victims and how societal factors can create an environment where domestic violence is tolerated.  They also will learn some basic skills for talking with victims. "Understanding Batterers" explores the reasons why batterers hurt the important people in their lives, lists the types of battering most often used against victims, dissects the myths and facts about battering, and much more.  This course will enhance the participant’s skills around safety planning and advocacy with victims/survivors of domestic violence by increasing the participant’s knowledge and understanding of batterers as well as Colorado requirements for offender management.  

Access the Online Learning Center here!

Public Policy Update

Federal Public Policy News (from NNEDV)

NNEDV Welcomes Senate Judiciary Hearing on Role of Guns in Domestic Violence Homicides 
July 30, 2014 

"This hearing will shine a light on the reality of gun violence – something that survivors of domestic abuse know all too well," said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of NNEDV. "Domestic violence deaths are committed at a horrifying rate, with guns used in the majority of these murders."

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, from 2002 through 2011, an average of 3,551 women were killed every year in the United States, more than half by firearms. In 2010 and 2011, more than half of all women murdered in the United States were murdered by a current or former intimate partner.

The landmark Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban, established in 1996, limited domestic violence abusers' access to firearms. Today's hearing will draw attention to loopholes that exist in current federal law. Witnesses include a nationally recognized expert, a local sheriff, and a surviving family member of a domestic violence homicide victim.

"This hearing is an opportunity for the American public to learn about the prevalence of women's homicides and for Congress to face this issue head-on," said Paulette Sullivan Moore, Vice President of Public Policy. "Senators Blumenthal and Klobuchar, and their colleagues in the House, have introduced commonsense solutions that would vastly reduce the death toll."

The National Network to End Domestic Violence supports the three Senate bills and their House companions, discussed at the hearing, which fill in gaps in current federal law to protect domestic violence victims from abusers with firearms.

Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2014: Sponsored by Senator Blumenthal (D-CT), this bill encourages states to enforce existing laws by removing firearms from domestic abusers. Along with its counterpart, the Domestic Violence Criminal Disarmament Act (H.R. 3566), introduced by Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI4) in 2013, this bill would provide grants to states that match or exceed current federal domestic gun prohibition laws, and enforce gun seizures when responding to domestic violence. This bill addresses one of the most critical elements of domestic violence victim protection: consistent enforcement.
Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act (S. 2483): Sponsored by Senator Blumenthal (D-CT), focuses on prohibiting perpetrators of domestic violence served with emergency orders of protection from owning firearms. Lori Jackson, a mother of two, fled her home in Connecticut and her estranged husband. Although a judge granted her an emergency order of protection, this order did not prevent her abuser from legally owning the gun that ended her life. Because abusers are often deadliest when victims attempt to leave, this bill will provide protection for victims at the most dangerous time.
Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act of 2013 (S. 1290): Sponsored by Senator Klobuchar (D-MN), would provide victims of dating violence and stalking with the same legal protection as victims of domestic violence. This bill addresses a tragic reality in the United States, where more domestic violence homicides are committed by dating partners than by spouses, and stalking is highly correlated with women's homicides. Because dating violence and stalking are so often indicative of future homicide, this legislation will positively impact the lives of numerous victims.
The Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act (H.R. 4906): Sponsored by Representative Capps (D-CA24), complements S. 2483 and S. 1290, working to protect those with emergency orders of protection and victims of dating violence and stalking. Representative Thompson (D-CA5) has also introduced the Promoting Healthy Minds for Safer Communities Act of 2014 (H.R. 4783) to address issues of mental illness and gun access. 


September Region Meetings
September is just around the corner! CCADV will be hosting day-long region meetings in September. We listened to what want at region meetings and therefore are allowing more time for coming together with your peers, and the day will also include a training component. A vibrant discussion began at the June conference regarding the role of shelters and other housing alternatives for survivors. We will continue this conversation at the region meetings. As it happens, the Center on Domestic Violence is hosting a training on Innovative Housing and Advocacy Responses for Domestic Violence Survivors by Cris Sullivan on August 12. Learn more and register.

If you haven't already, you'll be contacted by your CCADV region liason soon to schedule a date and time.We're looking forward to seeing you and hearing about what is going in YOUR program and community!

Trauma Informed Care Workgroups

The Trauma Informed Care Workgroup members are discussing promising strategies for incorporating trauma-informed practices into advocacy work. If 
you are interested in joining the TIC Workgroup, we meet via teleconference the second Thursday of each month from 10:30 – 12:00. Contact Beth Collins for more information.

New this month:
  • TIC Workgroup member Nadine Leonard (SafeHouse Denver) has prepared a Instructions for Putting Together an Emotional Trauma Kit. Check it out!
  • TIC Workgroup members Cynthia Negrete (TESSA) and Amanda Parsons (Project Safeguard) prepared and presented a webinar: Trauma Informed Care and How it Relates to Advocacy Work! CCADV members have access to this webinar and other TIC Workgroup tools on our website. Just log-in to the Members page! 

CCADV's Rural Project

RURAL PROJECT: As you know, CCADV has a new rural grant project.  The project focus is on both strengthening culturally engaging outreach to Latin@ in three rural project sites using the promotora model, and facilitating outreach and promoting the centralization of victim safety in four rural communities through development or enhancement of Coordinated Community Response Teams.

Each month, we'll introduce you to one of our new local coordinators for these projects. They will all be working with the local DV programs in their communities. This month, meet Chip Meneley, Coordinated Community Response Team Coordinator in Montrose. 

Chip is the Program Coordinator for Hilltop’s Tri-County Resources, which provides DV and SA services in Delta, Montrose, and Ouray counties. In addition to being the CCR Coordinator, Chip’s responsibilities include supervising the day-to-day operations of the shelters, managing and collaborating with advocates, SART coordinator and leading community outreach events. Chip is a certified Life Coach and has an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Chip has worked for TCR for almost 4 years and was a successful sales and marketing manager before that.  

New Latin@ Listservs

Along with developing promotora programming in rural Colorado, part of the Latin@ Outreach Project is to provide technical assistance, cultural competency development, and grow the capacity of member programs to work with and serve Latino communities throughout our majestic state.

Toward this effort, the Latin@ Outreach Project is opening two distinct yet in tandem listservs:
1. Serving Latin@ Survivors: This listserv is for people whose job duties and programming is working with Latino communities, and Latin@ survivors, friends, and families.
2. Latin@ Advocates: This listserv is for Latin@s who are doing the work regardless of the job title or duties.

The purpose of these listservs is threefold:
•    Create an easy to access communication hub for networking, building relationships, and finding support.
•    Utilize a simple avenue to push relevant and job specific information for educational, informational, and organizing purposes.
•    Facilitate connection for workers around the state who need to survey peers, get answers to questions, or provide/request updates from sister advocates among other community needs.

To join the circle of Latin@ Advocates, send an email to: latinaadvocates@lists.ccadv.org

To virtually gather around serving Latin@s, send an email to: servinglatinas@lists.ccadv.org
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Be sure to budget for 2015 CCADV Membership! We hope you renew your membership so we can continue to provide you a wide range of high quality training and technical assistance and other valuable resources. Information for membership renewal will be available this fall. To find out more about the great benefits of CCADV membership, visit our website

Upcoming Trainings


August 11: What is Restorative Justice and How Can I Use It? (NDVH)  
Restorative justice is an increasingly popular buzzword. Most commonly discussed in relation to school discipline or the juvenile justice system, restorative justice is a broad framework for addressing conflict and harm. It offers tools that can be used across a spectrum of scales of interactions, from a conversation to a peacemaking circle with many participants. 
Restorative justice has the perspective that an act of violence harms not only the person who is directly impacted (a victim) and the person who did the act (an offender), but both of their families, friends and communities. It focuses on values such a respect, responsibility, accountability, interconnection and empowerment. It asks: What happened? Who was harmed? Who is responsible? What needs to happen now to rebalance and rebuild?
Join us to learn more about restorative justice and how it can be used in your life and work.
1:00 PM MDT
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August 11: 
Best Practices & Helpseeking Obstacles: Law Enforcement and Advocacy (BWJP)
The faculty will discuss the findings of a national study of domestic violence witnessed by children. Among other findings, an exemplary level of police response (that which included at least 6 "best practices" for law enforcement - follow up after initial contact, safety planning with victim, assessment of child's needs, provision of 911 telephone, description of protection orders and court procedures, connection with available shelter and services, explanation of effects of domestic violence on children, and efforts to help victims feel safe) was most associated with arrest. Contact with advocates involving referrals and protection order information was most associated with separation from domestic violence perpetrators. Obstacles to accessing services were identified. Helpseeking was not deterred by obstacles in the directions anticipated by researchers. Criminal justice case attrition was high across the full spectrum of criminal legal interventions. Practitioner faculty will reflect on the research and analyze it in light of the "best practices" and obstacles to service in their respective fields.
12:00 PM MDT
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August 11: Doing Different With Less (TC-TAT)  
In this two hour webinar, participants will explore three useful tools to enhance organizational planning and execution in fiscally challenging times. 1. The organizational eco-cycle provides a new way of thinking and planning work and participants will learn how to navigate traps which prevent them from moving forward. 2. Collective impact is a useful framework for tackling complex community challenges in a collaborative context. Participant will discover the key conditions required for the successful implementation of collective impact. 3. The final tool focuses on community engagement. The Top 100 partners tool will help organizational leaders effectively identify and recruit community leaders.
11:00 AM MDT
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August 12: Name, Frame, and Respond: How to Respond to Harassment in Program Services
 (NW Network) 
You have the policy, now what?  This interactive webinar will prepare participants to name, frame, and respond to oppressive or concerning comments and actions, and incidents of harassment in anti-violence programs. Participants will respond to scenarios that address both overt and covert homophobia & transphobia, as well as role-playing through real-life situations generated by workers in the field. Content will focus on scenarios specific to both SA and DV advocacy. 
*A sense of humor and willingness to learn is highly suggested!
1:00 PM MDT
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August 26: 
Safety Planning with Survivors with Disabilities (VERA)
More information forthcoming on event website.
1:00 PM MDT
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August 26: 
Nothing’s Neutral: Feminist-Centered Programs Welcoming People of All Genders (NW Network)
A gender neutral analysis of intimate partner violence, abuse, sexual assault, rape and stalking will not result in more support for LGBTQ survivors.  Instead, a robust gender analysis is needed.  This webinar will make a call to action for feminist-centered anti-violence programs to welcome all survivors with meaningful support, unpack the barriers to gender-integrated services, and provide a practical framework for understanding sexism’s role in gender violence.
12:00 PM MDT
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August 28: 
Military Personnel and Veterans and Intimate Partner Violence Offender Intervention (BWJP)  
Do we need to approach intervention with military personnel and veterans who are IPV offenders differently than we do with offenders who have no connection to the military? Will existing models for IPV intervention be effective with this population? What are some of the issues faced by this population that might be different from those who have never served in the military and/or deployed to a combat zone and are there similarities? How does a history of trauma affect intervention with IPV offenders in general and specifically for military personnel and veterans? This webinar will expose you to different frameworks for IPV offender intervention with military personnel and veterans and will provide information about how to potentially adapt or enhance existing models to better serve these populations.
1:00 PM MDT
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September 4: Improving Outcomes with the Sanctuary Model of Trauma-Informed Care (Good Shepard Services)
Join the co-creator of the Sanctuary Model for trauma-informed care, and staff from Good Shepherd Services, to hear about what it takes to bring the model to life, and the benefits it has had for young people across Good Shepherd Services’ Foster Care, Youth Justice, and Supportive Housing programs.
1:00 PM MDT
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Do you have an upcoming training?
Or another event you want to share with the CCADV community?
Post an event on our website calendar!

Upcoming Live Trainings

August 12: Moving Our Work Forward: A Special Two-Part Workshop
The Center on Domestic Violence's Fall 2014 Community Education Series "Moving Our Work Forward: A Special Two-Part Workshop" will take place on Tuesday, August 12th 2014 at the University of Colorado Denver’s Lawrence Street Center in downtown Denver. 
Workshop 1: “For Good Measure: Measuring Success on Our Terms” 
Learn practical solutions for program evaluation in your human service organization. Determine and collect data on outcomes while receiving information that is valuable to your program and the individuals you serve.
Workshop 2: “Innovative Housing and Advocacy Responses for Domestic Violence Survivors” 
Across the country, shelter-providers are changing how and where they provide services. Learn about innovative housing and advocacy responses, and examine how these approaches can work in your community. Distinguished guest presenter Cris Sullivan, Ph.D is a seasoned advocate and researcher in the movement to end gender-based violence. She has received international recognition for her expertise in evaluating domestic violence and sexual assault programs.
Location:  Denver, CO

August 26: Colorado SART Institute
CCASA is partnering again this year with the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) to host the Colorado SART Institute on August 26th in Denver. The SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) Institute features a focus on Colorado-based best practices and innovations in sexual assault collaborations and response. The Institute is ideal for both new and established teams.
Location:  Denver, CO

September 7-10: 9th International Conference & Summit on Violence, Abuse and Trauma Linking Research, Practice, Advocacy & Policy: Collaboration & Commitment for Change
This Conference has become a unique forum for people from all disciplines and philosophies to gather for in-depth exchange of current information on all facets of violence, abuse and trauma prevention, intervention and research. We are one of the very few conferences that actually includes researchers, practitioners, advocates, consumer-survivors, and front-line workers from all disciplines to share information, discuss controversial issues, and have the difficult dialogues.
Location:  San Diego, CA

September 15-16: Strengthening Colorado Families & Communities Conference 
The inaugural Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference will be held at the Keystone Conference Center (21966 Highway 6 Keystone, CO 80435) on September 15-16, 2014. The conference is being co-sponsored by Colorado's Office of Early Childhood and Office of Children, Youth, and Families. 
It will feature a variety of speakers and educational offerings for home visitors, family support workers, parent educators, parent leaders, mental health specialists, medical professionals, school social workers, kinship and foster parents, child welfare and human services professionals, public health practitioners, early childhood development specialists and teachers, early interventionists, preventionists, and community advocates. There will also be an opportunity to help inform the creation of a Colorado Child Maltreatment Prevention Plan.
There will be no registration fee to attend. There will be some scholarships available for travel and lodging. The conference will include lunch on Monday and breakfast and lunch on Tuesday.  For more updates on scholarships, the agenda, and for instructions on reserving lodging, continue to check back at www.coloradoofficeofearlychildhood.com. 
Location: Keystone, CO

October 15-16: 2014 Pikes Peak Region 13th Annual Domestic Violence Summit
The Pikes Peak Domestic Violence Summit was established by a network of criminal justice agencies, community members, and domestic violence treatment providers who shared the vision and need for specialized training relating to violence in intimate partner relationships.
Location: Colorado Springs, CO

October 26-29: 26th Annual COVA Conference
This year's theme: Moving Forward With Strength and Grace
Location: Keystone, CO
*Every year at the conference COVA recognizes those in our field who have done exceptional work through the year. They are accepting nomination now through August 30, 2014. Link to nomination form.
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Colorado Reporting Options Brochure

Newly released brochure on reporting options for sexual assault survivors, "Your Reporting Options: For Victims of Unwanted Sexual Experiences." This brochure was a collaboration of CCASA and the Dividion of Criminal Justice as part of our statewide Forensic Compliance Team.

Colorado Department of Human Services Child Fatality Review Team's 2013 Child Maltreatment Fatality Review Report Released
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.

Core Principles of Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing Webinar Recording
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently hosted "Core Principles of Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing," a webinar designed for homelessness service providers, communities, and policymakers to understand the core components of the Housing First approach and the Rapid Re-Housing model and how both work together to help end homelessness. 

Americans for Responsible Solutions
Saving Women's Lives 
Your state can reduce firearms violence against intimate partners and other family members by    developing and adopting the following tools and resources. They will help to ensure that the justice system works quickly and effectively to reduce firearms threats to domestic violence victims.

Colorado Mandatory Reporter Online Training 
As part of Governor Hickenlooper's Child Welfare Plan "Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy", the Division of Child Welfare has created a new web-based training for mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. 

Break the Cycle
Rural Toolkit
A toolkit for building sustainable relationships with middle and high schools to support intervention and response to dating abuse. (A special thank you and recognition to Advocates Crisis Support Services in Craig, CO and S.H.A.R.E., Inc. in Fort Morgan, CO, who contributed the creation of this valuable resource!)

Rural Services Report
A data report analyzing the national picture of youth access to dating abuse services in rural and frontier communities. 

Activity Guides
Activity guides to engage youth and support school relationship building.  

News and Other Information

*Colorado Anti-Violence Program is excited to announce that it is now offering a free monthly acupuncture clinic for LGBTQ folks who identify as a survivor/victim of violence. Find out more!

*The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is thrilled to announce the revival of the annual Diane Reese “Excellence in Advocacy in the Movement—D.R.E.A.M.—Award.” NNEDV is currently soliciting nominations to honor an individual who exemplifies the outstanding commitment to human dignity, social justice, and advocacy for battered women that Diane Reese showed throughout her life.  The DREAM Award will be presented at the 2014 NNEDV Coalition Roundtable Conference in Portland, Oregon. Nomination Form
In Memorium

From NCADV: "I
t is with great sadness and deepest gratitude for her life and contributions that NCADV acknowledges and marks the passing of our much beloved fore-mother, Tillie Black Bear. After a period of increasingly difficult health challenges, Tillie left her struggle with us on July 19, 2014. She will be laid to rest on July 24, 2014 in South Dakota where she is a member of the Sincangu Lakota Nation/Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

Tillie has been an honored and loved leader in the battered women's movement since our beginnings, and was a founding mother of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, (NCADV), and a founder of the South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Tillie was the first woman of color to chair the NCADV.

Tillie was the recipient of an award from the US Department of Justice for her work with victims of crime in 1988, and in 1989 was one of President Bush's Points of Light. At the Millennium Conference on Domestic Violence in Chicago she was recognized as one of the ten founders of the domestic violence movement in the United States. President Clinton awarded her in December of 2000 with an Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award. She was a recipient in May of 2003 of the first annual LifeTime Achievement Award from Life Time Television. Women's E-News in 2004 selected Tillie as one of the "21 Leaders for the 21st Century" award. In addition, in 2005 she received an award from NOW.

Tillie and colleague Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D. completed a poster series on Lakota elders on each of the nine Dakota/Lakota nations in South Dakota titled "Lakota Women as Keepers of the Nation."
Tillie held a Master of the Arts from the University of South Dakota, a Bachelor of Science from the Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD and she served on the St. Francis Indian School Board of Directors, St. Francis, SD, and Sinte Gleska University Board of Regents, Mission, SD.
Tillie is the mother of three daughters and thirteen grandchildren. She is survived by her loving family and a huge "family" of colleagues, friends, admirers and grateful survivors of domestic violence who will be forever grateful for all that she has given to survivors and the grassroots movement to end violence against women and children.

Many of us who have attended NCADV conferences for years will never forget Tillie's moving presentations and her opening ceremonies honoring Native women as we worked together to build a grassroots movement and collective of  activists who are intent on ending violence against women.
Tillie has been a leader, an inspiration, a teacher,  a mother, and in many ways part of the soul of our movement."

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SAVE THE DATE! Next year's Colorado in Advocacy Conference will be the week of June 15th, 2015. More information to come! 
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