What's happening at CCADV in March 
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March is Women's Herstory Month
There are great resources available. Find More!
The Legislative Session is in full swing
Take action today! Get the update!
Upcoming Trainings
Lots of great webinars and other events this month. Check 'em out!

March is...


Women's History Month

Women’s History Month is a time to recognize all the girls and women who have impacted our world and our work. Take a moment to reflect on the women you know who have impacted your world and beyond, and share their stories with others. We encourage you, throughout the month, to post your stories on social media using the hashtag #wmnhist. 

Looking forward inspiration? We found lots of great stories on the National Women's History Museum website! Check out this great, downloadable poster:

"As long as institutions and societal attitudes continue to confer a lower status upon or deny justice, equal rights and opportunities on the basis of gender, violence against women and girls, and those who identify with qualities labeled as feminine, will persist. Peace in our homes, and thus in our communities, will remain elusive...So please ask yourself, what is my vision for equity? What is the future I want to create for myself and for future generations of females? What part can I play to accelerate the attainment of gender parity? Then, let's #BeBoldForChange together!" Amy Miller, ED, CCADV

Women in the Spotlight

 Women of color whose names you should know
 A by-no-means-comprehensive primer recognizing 36 women of color, past and present. Whose name would you add? Hop on social media and let us know! 

National Women’s History Month 2017: “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” 
National Women’s History Month 2017 honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force.

Family Movies with Strong Female Characters
Some family friendly films with strong female characters. A great opportunity to to talk to both girls and boys about how women are portrayed in the media and what kinds of stereotypes they see.
March 8th is International Women’s Day (#IWD2017). Let this day, and indeed this whole month, serve as an important reminder of the root causes of domestic violence and as a call to unite in action to confront sexism, poverty, injustice and prejudice to create a society of shared wealth, health and respect for all.
In fact, for International Women's Day 2017, we're asking you to #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world-a more inclusive, gender equal world. More at: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/
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Your Coalition in Action...

Public Policy Update

   Lydia Waligorski, Public Policy Director

Thanks to all of you who have written, called, tweeted, testified, and otherwise support our policy advocacy efforts so far in 2017! I know we're asking a lot this year, but the stakes are high for those we serve, and I know we are all up to the challenge!

We'll be updating the Policy page on our website this week, and in the meantime, I'd like to encourage you once again take action and to send THREE letters, one each to your federal Representative and both Senators Gardner and Bennett, no later than Friday, March 10th. This will take you about 10-15 minutes to fill in information specific to YOUR program. This is not something we ask you to do each year; however, given the current political climate, we believe your participation (in addition to ours) is imperative this year.

Appropriations request letter process
Each Member of Congress is able to impact the Appropriations process by submitting requests to the Appropriations committee. They want to hear from their constituents about the programs that make a difference in their states.
  • Amending the letter: We have drafted a template letter for you to send to your Members of Congress, requesting funding for VAWA, VOCA, FVPSA and related programs. The letter is attached. Please insert your letterhead and state-specific information in the highlighted sections. You can amend as much or a little as you like! We worked on this template with the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence who are also sending it to the dual DV/SA coalitions and standalone SA coalitions. If you are so inclined, you could send a joint letter with the DV coalition in your state. You can also have your membership sign the letter or list your membership. It would be good to have the local program(s) from each Representative’s district on the letter if you can manage that! Pro tip: Make sure you select the correct title in the address section (Representative/Senator). 
  • Sending the letter: Once you have completed your letter (for each of your 3 members- 1 Representative and 2 Senators), email the letters to me and I will ensure they get to the right person (lwaligorski@ccadv.org). Please email your letters by March 10, 2017. 
  • Sending the chart: Lydia will send an appropriations chart with each letter.  
Overall strategy and timing
  • National letter/action alerts: There will likely be a national letter that is more general and that we will want you and member programs to sign. It complements the individual letters to show the volume of support for these programs. We will also send an action alert to a broader audience with the more general message to support VAWA, VOCA and FVPSA funding – again to demonstrate volume of support. (Early April)
  • “Dear Colleague” letters: These are the letters that Members of Congress send to the Appropriators. These letters are an important public way to show support. But Members of Congress need follow up calls to ensure they will make the specific requests to Appropriators. If you are asked about the Dear Colleague by your Reps/Senators – let them know you support them signing on (and making specific funding requests). These letters will likely begin to circulate in the next week or so.
  • President’s budget update: As you have likely heard, the President plans to release his FY18 budget on March 16th. The proposed significant increases in defense spending will be matched by significant proposed decreases in funds for non-defense discretionary programs like human services, housing, transportation, education etc. The budget may not have details on specific cuts but we will likely lead a national response decrying the impact of the broader cuts on survivors lives. Of course, if there are specific details on cuts, we will also organize in opposition. 
  • Support for VAWA and related programs: As we have shared before, there has been an outpouring of support for VAWA and related programs, in response to early rumors about proposed cuts to VAWA. If you haven’t already, check out the inimitable Representative Gwen Moore (at the 29 minute mark) and the stalwart Judge Ted Poe (scroll down a bit on his Facebook page) testifying in support of VAWA and VOCA. Champions in the Senate sent a bipartisan letter to the President, supporting VAWA funding. If your Senator is on the letter, please thank them!  
Thank you for your work on this effort! As always, please contact me with any questions!

            In Solidarity,
            Lydia Waligorski

DVAM Workgroup for 2017

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). CCADV is putting together a DVAM Workgroup to help plan and organize this year’s DVAM activities, and we want YOUR help! Our workgroup will meet once monthly, and we will break up into smaller committees that may meet more often. CCADV will host the meetings in our office, and we will also be broadcasting via teleconference, so no matter where you are in the state, we invite you to participate! 

Please let Amy Pohl know if you are interested. We will have opportunities for a range of involvement, so feel free to forward this on to others who might be interested in getting involved. You don’t need any prior experience in event planning …just a passion for ending domestic violence! 
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Upcoming Trainings


March 9Crash Course: Working With Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, & Hard of Hearing Survivors (DOVE)
FREE online voice-interpreted training for anyone interested in getting an overview of how to support Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing survivors of abuse.
10:30am MST

March 14: Brown Bag: Safety Planning with Immigrant Victims (CCADV)
Join Gail Pendleton of ASISTA to discuss how recent developments might impact immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual assault and discuss practical ways to enhance your agency's policies, practices and advocacy. You won’t want to miss this relevant and timely Brown Bag!
Gail will answer YOUR questions, so please listen to this webinar recording (https://youtu.be/1yqB6qlmYws) and email apohl@ccadv.org any questions you have.

12:00pm MST

March 14: Understanding the Legal Framework: Federal Laws and Case Law Impacting DV and SA Organizations (Vera)
This webinar will review 3 pieces of federal law that articulate the minimum requirements for accommodations -ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and FHA. Additionally, it will provide some best practices for providing services to people with disabilities and Deaf people. 
12:00pm MST

March 15: How Do We Connect the Dots? Local Approaches to Preventing Multiple Forms of Violence (PC)
Expanding the conversation about local and state strategies that prevent sexual and domestic violence among other forms of violence concurrently.
12:00pm MST 

March 15: The Impact of Trauma on the Developing Child (DCAC)
A child's brain development is profoundly influenced by his or her experience...
9:00am MST

March 16: Pornography: Normalizing the Relationship Between Violence and Sex (CCASA)
This presentation will be a candid discussion about what mainstream pornography teaches us about sex, violence, and sexual violence and what we can do as professionals to mitigate the impact.
12:00pm MST

March 17: El impacto del trauma en el desarrollo infantil (DCAC)
El desarrollo del cerebro de un niño es profundamente influenciado por sus experiencias...
9:00am MST

March 20: Military Response to Enforcing Military and Civilian Protection Orders (BWJP)
Key features and players within the military system and their role in the issuance, service, jurisdiction, and enforceability of protection orders to include firearms possession and use.
12:00pm MST

March 30: Meeting the Needs of Justice-Involved Women: Specialized Court Responses to Victim-Defendants (BWJP)
This webinar will discuss best practices for working with justice-involved women and will highlight the work of the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court in New York, which has a Hidden Victims Project that identifies victims of human trafficking and links them to services. 
1:00pm MST

April 7Crash Course: Working With Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, & Hard of Hearing Survivors (DOVE)
FREE online voice-interpreted training for anyone interested in getting an overview of how to support Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing survivors of abuse.
10:30am MST
Do you have an upcoming online training you want to share with the CCADV community?
Post an event on our website calendar!

Upcoming Live Trainings and Events

June 12-14: Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference
The Colorado Advocacy in Action is the only statewide conference specific to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence advocacy.
Location: Vail, CO

July 31-Aug 2: NNEDV Safety Net's Technology Summit (NNEDV)
This unique 3-day training summit focuses on the intersection of technology and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking.
Location: San Francisco, CA

Do you have an upcoming training?
Or another event you want to share with the CCADV community?
Post an event on our website calendar!
Resources and Other Information

*Building Your Own Court Watch Program
WATCH WATCH (Women At The Court House), a non-profit organization founded in 1992 and based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is considered the preeminent court watch program in the country. has proven that a small, volunteer-driven organization can have an impact on how cases of violence against women and children are handled in the criminal justice system.  

*Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund- Tax Check Off 
Let's raise awareness about the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund to Colorado taxpayers, DVP would like to enlist the support of your organization.
Here’s how:
Do you have other questions about CDAF?  Please contact Chelsea Baldwin at Chelsea.Baldwin@state.co.us or 303-866-3408.

*Know Your Rights: What to do when Encountering Law Enforcement at Airports and Other Ports of Entry into the U.S (ACLU)
This resource, a part of the Know Your Rights series compiled by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), is a guide to the basic rights of immigrants and travelers to the United States upon entering the country and encountering law enforcement. It is not meant to be a substitute for legal advice.
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