What's happening at CCADV in November
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November is Homelessness Awareness Month!
Check out some of this year's resources. Read More!
Public Policy Update
Urgent Action Needed! Read about it!
Upcoming Trainings
Lots of great trainings and other events this month. Check 'em out!

This November is...

Homelessness Awareness Month

Everyone deserves a safe place to call home....

Domestic violence is a primary cause of homelessness for women and children. A staggering 92 percent of women who are homeless report having experienced severe physical and/or sexual assault at some point in their lives. Approximately 50 percent of all women who are homeless report that domestic violence was the immediate cause of their homelessness. Still other studies suggest that many women experiencing homelessness are survivors of domestic violence, even if it's not the cause of their homelessness. Domestic violence survivors are routinely met with discrimination when finding new housing; a lack of affordable housing and housing assistance further limits their options. 

In a desire to build understanding, compassion, and engagement throughout Colorado on this issue, CCADV recently teamed up with the Family Tree and Colorado Council of Churches, under the leadership of the Denver Foundation, to become a partner on the CLOSE TO HOME campaign. The campaign brings together diverse organizations and individuals to collectively share real stories about homelessness, identify actions and policies that make a meaningful difference, and rally our community. CCADV's collaborative will focus on the intersection of domestic violence and homelessness. We can't wait to tell you about the work we've done, and that we plan to do, during CCADV's November Brown Bag Discussion on November 10th at noon. Register now! And read more about the campaign below.

In this newsletter, you'll find other resources on the intersecting issues of domestic violence and homelessness. 

Homelessness Prevention for Victims of DV

Check out this 2012 recording from the National Alliance to End Homelessness
featuring Linda Olsen of WSCADV

Resources on Homelessness and Domestic Violence
CLOSE TO HOME is a campaign to help increase understanding and move Coloradans to speak up and ultimately take actions that make a meaningful difference in addressing homelessness. There are a lot of simple ways you can help to make a meaningful difference in addressing homelessness, either as an individual or as an organization. Get more information at the CLOSE TO HOME website: www.closetohomeco.org
  • Learn More. Increase understanding of staff and partners, friends and family, about causes and solutions to homelessness.
  • With Us. Take the CLOSE TO HOME Pledge. We will communicate your support to decision makers. Your voice makes a difference!
  • Share CLOSE TO HOME information through your business or group’s social media (hashtag #CloseToHomeCO), blog and newsletter.
  • Show It. Put a link to the CLOSE TO HOME website on your website. Add the CLOSE TO HOME logo and/or messages to your materials and paid advertising, co-branding to show your support.
  • Involve Others. Share information about CLOSE TO HOME with staff, partners and others in meetings and at events.
  • You’re It. Tell elected officials it is important to your organization that everyone has a safe place to call home. Here are some tips on how to do this.
  • Kind Words. Use smarter, kinder language. By using expressions such as “people experiencing homelessness” rather than labels, we remind ourselves and others that people who are in such situations are people â€“ people who are going through a difficult period in their lives.
Check out the CLOSE TO HOME flyer! Printable in PDF


CCADV Staff joined partners from across the Metro area at the CLOSE TO HOME campaign launch at History Colorado.
We were able to tour the new exhibit, 'Searching for Home' as part of the launch. 

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Your Coalition in Action

DVAM 2015 (Thanks, Members, for sharing your pictures!)

On October 16, Bright Future Foundation was the beneficiary of Project REALWAY, an evening of fun and fashion raising awareness for BFF and domestic violence.  This event was attended by 80-90 community members, who were all very receptive to the cause (and had a wonderful evening)! 

Bright Future's Executive Director Sheri Mintz was in attendance as a speaker and as a model for the fashion show.  BF also shared Purple Purse charms with the attendees.  

Advocates Against Domestic Assault Staff: Kirsten Atencio, Itzel Olivas, Charlene Tortorice, Stephanie VanMatre, Eleanor Olguin, and Susan Coopet

Advocates Against Domestic Assault hosted a 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' event on
October 17th in Trinidad, CO

CCADV Staff at the Denver DVAM Kickoff Event. 100 people joined us for a film screening of Miss Representation. Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman spoke.

Jenny Stith of WINGS Foundation lead the panel of local leaders, including Mrs. Colorado United States, for the DVAM Kickoff Event.

Public Policy Update

Hello Members and Colleagues,

In lieu of my regular Public Policy Update I am writing to you today with a request for an URGENT ACTION ALERT concerning the sustainability of VOCA funding. As you may have heard from other action alerts today we are concerned about the FY16 VOCA funds being significantly reduced. I will be contacting all of our Colorado Members of Congress this week and I am asking for you, our members and supporters to do so as well. 
We are providing information on three different ways to take action: Email, Telephone, or Twitter.
It is critical for the FY16 release of VOCA funds to remain close to the amount Congress has released for FY15 in order to adequately sustain the enhanced organizational capacity, new projects and positions you are currently planning for. 
Click here for a template you should be able to copy and paste unto your agency letterhead to send to your federal Members of Congress. We have included information specific to Colorado ‘s plans for the FY15 VOCA increase and the latest domestic violence specific unmet shelter needs data we have from DVP.
It is always helpful to customize action alerts with stories from your programs and personal experiences. If you have information to include regarding your own programs unmet requests for services and sustainability needs I encourage you to add this to your emailed letters. If you are unsure who to send your letter to, click here for the list of programs by Congressional district.  You can also use the NNEDV website to automatically send a form letter to your federal legislators based upon your zip code. While this is a quick and easy option, I would also say a personalized letter from a constituent is more effective.
Please send three letters total. One to each Senator and one to your Districts Congressional Representative.
Please call your Senators and Representatives and tell them:   
  1. Don’t cut VOCA!
  2. We count on VOCA to fund lifesaving direct victim services such as shelter, rape crisis services, legal assistance, and counselling.
  3. The increase in VOCA funds in 2015 allowed programs to create services  to reach victims who have not had access to services in the past.
  4. If VOCA funding is cut, it will roll back the progress we have made to serve all victims of crime. It will have a devastating impact on victims and victim services programs across our state and the nation. Programs will have to reduce the number of victims served, reduce or eliminate victim service programs, and/or cut staff positions and wages. 
  5. Victims in our State are counting on sustained VOCA funds.
Please make at least three phone calls in total. One to each Senator and one to your Districts Congressional Representative.
Find your Congressional twitter handles here for the House and here for the Senate, and send these tweets:
Domestic violence victims need VOCA to stay safe. Too many are turned away. #DontCutVOCA
#DontCutVOCA when the FY 15 increase is just starting to help victims find safety.
#DontCutVOCA just when survivors of sexual assault are finding courage to seek services.
Please protect the Victims of Crime Act. Rape Crisis Centers need to help victims on waiting lists. #DontCutVOCA (linked here)
Please make at least three tweets in total. One at each Senator and one to your Districts Congressional Representative.
Remember you cannot “over use” a hashtag. Keep the conversation going by using the same #DontCutVOCA for each message
Please do take action! The amount of noise we make is directly proportional to our success and to the future successes of the survivors we serve.

I am here to help answer any questions you may have. As always thank you for your hard work and dedication. Please do send me an email to let me know you when you have contacted someone. You may also CC or BCC me on the letters you send if it easier to do so.
Now, please go do what you do best, which is advocate for the needs of survivors!

TIC: Seeking Safety Learning Circle

Join us for a special webinar!
When: Monday, November 16th from 11:00 – 11:45am.  Click here to register.
What: Hear former frontline advocate (and program director) Kristie Clemens discuss her experience running a Seeking Safety group in CA, and why she believes that this curriculum can be a powerful and effective tool in enhancing our advocacy!
-    How Kristie became involved in Seeking Safety
-    What makes Seeking Safety a good fit for domestic violence survivors?
-    Advocates’ success as facilitators of this curriculum
-    Q/A: Ask her your questions!

Contact Beth Collins with questions or to learn more about CCADV's TIC work.

Rural CCR Program

The Aspen Police Department, Basalt Police Department, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Snowmass Village Police Department have entered into an agreement with local nonprofit RESPONSE to create the valley’s first Advocate Initiated Response (AIR) referral system. Read more in the Aspen Times or at Aspen Public Radio.

Contact Jacque Morse with questions or to learn more about CCADV's Coordinated Community Response Teams.
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Upcoming Trainings


Nov 5: Violence, Trauma, and Reentering Women Living with HIV: Issues to Consider (BWJP)
Speakers will address fundamental issues that underlie the challenges of working with reentering women who are living with HIV. Women with heightened HIV risk factors and criminal justice involvement often live with histories of trauma, mental health, and/or substance abuse histories. The webinar will address the importance of a) implementing trauma-informed approaches; b) developing connections between reentering women and vital community resources; and c) continuity of medical care. The speakers will discuss the connections between violence and trauma and increased vulnerabilities for women living with HIV. They will discuss the value of addressing stigma and empowering women by developing community and other support systems. The speakers will also address and highlight common unhelpful practices, as well as what advocates and other practitioners can and should do to be more helpful to reentering women who are living with HIV.
1:00pm MST

Nov 5: Teen Dating Violence (Red Wind Consulting)
Adults and youth have a tendency of overlooking dating violence by believing that it is a “normal” teen situation involving hormones, puppy love, infatuation, and learning about relationships. There is definitely a lot of learning involved in creating healthy relationships, but the consequences of teen dating violence can interfere with emotional development and have long-term consequences. This webinar will discuss risk factors and protective factors, educating youth, and understanding how peers play a role in dating violence.
12:00pm MST

Nov 6: Assessing the “Trauma-Informed” Landscape: Consensus around definitions, usefulness, and challenges associated with the term (MNCASA)
SVJI@MNCASA will be hosting four webinars in November of 2015. Each webinar will use a polling feature that will allow participants to weigh in on their agreement or disagreement with various aspects of the definitions, usefulness, and challenges associated with the trauma-informed concept. Participants and facilitators will then discuss results from the polls. These webinars are designed for survivors and/or direct service providers ONLY. If you are a survivor and/or if you work with survivors on a regular basis, please join us for one of our webinars! (Other dates: 11/10, 11/13, 11/24, see flyer for times)
11:00am MST

Nov 9Change from the Inside Out: Yoga and Meditation with Incarcerated Individuals (BWJP)
After practicing yoga for over a decade, Sue Julian and Barbara Steinke founded Laotong Yoga, Inc. in 2013. Located in Charleston, WV, Laotong Yoga, Inc. is “dedicated to improving individual health and wellness through the inquiry of movement (yoga) and stillness (meditation) in ways that deepen inner connections to self, others, and the world.” In the first year of operation, Sue and Barbara started the Laotong Prison Project, bringing mindfulness practices into the only women’s prison in West Virginia. Since 2014, they have also been guiding classes at a maximum security prison for men.
1:00pm MST

Nov 9: Conceptualizing and Implementing Accountability in Men's Gender Equity Efforts - continuing the dialogue (NAMEN)
This webinar will continue the on-going conversation about accountability within men's gender equity movements and organizations, and will address accountability from the perspective of those to whom we hope to be accountable, including women and women's organizations. Collectively, panelists will help the webinar audience to define accountability in both philosophical and concrete behavioral terms, and will provide examples of how accountability has been conceptualized and implemented in their networks.
12:00pm MST

November 10: CCADV's Brown Bag Discussion Series #11: Housing, Homelessness, and Domestic Violence
Join Amy Miller and Amy Pohl as they discuss CCADV's work on housing and homelessness issues in Colorado. We want to hear from YOU: what innovative housing options are you interested in or already working on? They'll also give you background on CCADV's involvement in a new public will building campaign on homelessness: what IS public will building, ways members across the state can get involved, and how it truly benefits the movement to end domestic violence in Colorado.
12:00pm MST

Nov 13: Supporting the Supporters: Informal Networks Have a Role in Preventing and Ending Domestic Violence (BWJP)
This webinar explores the value of informal networks in victims’ and perpetrator’s lives. How can we support those networks to effectively respond to the needs of the victim and perpetrator; the perceived reluctance of friends and families to intervene in what is commonly understood as a private matter? How can specialist domestic violence organizations build customized education programs and supports geared towards friends and families and the general public? The presenter will challenge the domestic violence sector to move beyond the traditional service delivery model that usually only includes informal networks in the assessment phase of work with clients to a model that would include and leverage informal networks in preventing domestic violence. 
1:00pm MST

Nov 17: Human Trafficking: Responses at the State and Local Level (CJJ)
More than half of all states have enacted safe harbor laws to ensure that children are not prosecuted for actions their traffickers forced them to take. This webinar will focus on safe harbor laws as they relate to youth who have run away from home. Presenters will highlight how communities such as Denver, CO, are collaborating with anti-trafficking groups to provide support for survivors who have run away from home. 
1:00pm MST

Nov 18: Prevalence and Characteristics among Domestic Violence and Sexual Offenders: 2009 Partner Rape Study (BWJP)
The study explored the prevalence of intimate partner rape in adult sex offenders and domestic violence offenders in treatment in Colorado. Although domestic violence offenders and sex offenders are not the same, and the mechanisms that lead to these problematic behaviors differ, this webinar will present findings that these individuals exhibit similar behaviors and attitudes, particularly with respect to intimate sexual violence.
1:00pm MST

Nov 18Creating Sustainable Funding For Community Domestic Violence Programs & Shelters (NCADV)
What would it look like to have an ever-increasing stream of major donors who love your mission? Join this free seminar on how to create sustainable funding for your nonprofit.
11:00am MST

Nov 19: Open Enrollment: How the Affordable Care Act can help patients experiencing domestic and interpersonal violence (FWV)
Join this webinar to hear key steps and strategies for how to help clients enroll in healthcare and understand the domestic violence provisions in the Affordable Care Act! This webinar will provide a basic overview of the coverage requirements in the Affordable Care Act and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s “B” recommendation for screening and intervention for domestic violence (DV). Speakers will discuss who will be able to access these services, what is required in terms of screening and brief counseling, and refer to tools on addressing domestic violence safely and effectively as well as billing for these services. They will also discuss the IRS regulations on financial aid for domestic violence as well as information about how survivors can access a “hardship” exemption to avoid paying penalties if they are not able to enroll this year. 
12:00pm MST

Nov 20Respecting Information – Sharing Norms Across Disciplines (BWJP)
When allies come together to address violence, they bring different perspectives to the table. This inter-disciplinary webinar will help professionals to understand and develop respect for each other’s approaches to protecting and sharing information and the reasons behind those approaches.
12:30pm MST

Dec 1: Implications for Local Response: Lessons Learned from the Assessment Experience in Wright County, MN (Praxis)
Part 2 in a 2-part webinar series to introduce child protective services practice assessment tools to assist community-based advocacy programs and child protective services to collaboratively seek practice enhancements when responding to the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and battering. To test the draft guide and tools covered in Part 1 of this series, Praxis worked with Rivers of Hope, a local community-based advocacy program and Wright County Health and Human Services, Child Protection (WCCHS-CP) in Buffalo, MN. Starting with a discussion series for relationship-building and establishing a common language for understanding the dynamics of battering in relationship to child protective services, the assessment team mapped their current response, conducted policy review, and engaged in-depth case file analysis. This webinar will explore their process and experience with the Practice Assessment, including an overview of key recommendations for enhancements for local practice and state guidance for all agencies in Minnesota. 
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 and Events

December 2-4Message Matters 2015: How to Talk About Violence and Abuse so People Listen
The conference represents the only conference of its kind to bring together experts on violence prevention and communication. Nationally recognized communication experts will address topics such as audience analysis, message evaluation, crisis communication, and reputation management as they train attendees on how to apply state-of-the-art communication theories and techniques to the work of ending violence.
They will offer the member rate to all Coalition staff AND all DV programs as well! Just check 'Member' at registration.
Location: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM
Check out community events hosted around Colorado 
on our website:

(Or post your own event on our website calendar: http://ccadv.org/submit-event/)
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Accounting for Risk and Danger Practice Checklists: Coordinating Risk Assessment in Domestic Violence Cases 
from BWJP
The Accounting for Risk and Danger Practice Checklists can guide communities in examining their current response to IPV and identify: “How well does the current response address risk?” and prompts the assessors to ask: “What more could be done to improve reduction of risk, especially for victims who may be at high risk of serious, repeated or lethal violence?” 

Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for survivors of domestic violence: Guidance and resources
from Futures Without Violence
On July 27, 2015, CMS released additional formal guidance about the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for survivors of domestic violence and spousal abandonment.  

Case Information Organizational Tool 
from the Women’s Justice Center
Designed to help a survivor keep track of your important case information. They can be used by victims, a victim’s friends or family, or by advocates. 
Also available en espanol.
Protection Order Resources for Advocates
Advocates play a critical role in assisting the survivor with navigating the complexities of the protection order system. The process of obtaining and enforcing an order can be a daunting task. Survivors often seek out community advocates to serve as their primary source of information on the protection order process. To effectively assist survivors, advocates must be familiar with all aspects of the process from issuance through enforcement of the order. The following statutory compilations, publications and tool are designed to guide and assist advocates in their efforts to inform the survivor throughout the protection order process.

Top Ten Opt Outs
from World Privacy Forum via ACP
The list does not contain all opt outs that are available. Rather, it contains the opt outs that that WPF believes are the most important and will be the most useful to the most consumers.
Free undies! Don't forget to promote this in your communities!
For more info, contact Amy Pohl.
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