What's happening at CCADV in May
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This month, we're talking about engaging men and boys!
There are lots of ways to get involved! Check it out!
Public Policy Update
The 2015 Legislative Session ends today! Read about it!
Upcoming Trainings
Lots of great trainings and other events this month. Check 'em out!

May is...

Time to Engage Men and Boys!

Actually, it's always a great time to engage men and boys as allies in the movement to end gender-based violence, and there are lots of ways and resources that support our efforts to do so! With Father's Day fast approaching (and since CCADV does not put out a newsletter in June), we decided to focus on men in the movement in this newsletter. 

Men, as fathers, educators, coaches, and community leaders, can challenge the attitudes and beliefs that support violence. They have the power to intervene when they witness violence and sexism. They can model healthy relationships to their friends, peers, and children. They can step up and speak out against violence. Check out this great resource that details other ways, both large and small, that men can get involved in the movement to end violence against women.

How will YOU create change?

Colorado Men Making a Difference

Take a moment to 'like' the Colorado Men Making a Difference (CMMAD) Facebook page! Sponsored by CCADV, CMMAD is your opportunity to join men and boys across the state of Colorado in taking a stand to end domestic violence. Read posts and then share your own thoughts and stories. Together, Colorado men CAN make a difference! 
Prevention Fact: ONLY abusers can prevent abuse
Both this Daily Show video clip and the 'Prevention Tips' (below) underscore the absurd misbelief that abuse (here, sexual assault) can be prevented by victim behavior. In fact, only offenders can prevent abuse by choosing NOT to offend. And WE can hold offenders accountable by not accepting excuses, by not blaming the victim, and by spreading the word to encourage others to do the same.
Become a Bro Model!
Bro Models is focused on primary prevention and seeks to prevent violence before it starts. As mentors, fathers, brothers, sons, and friends, men and boys have the power to be positive male models and/or Bro Models. Find out more at http://www.bromodels.org/

Mission: To provide gender and culturally-appropriate community organizing, group education, and outreach to build sustainable community leadership designed for the mobilization of men and boys to end violence against women and girls.
Articles, Other Resources, and Upcoming Trainings
Related to Men and Boys as Allies...
*Resource: Voice Male Magazine
Voice Male is a pro-feminist, anti-violence magazine chronicling the social transformation of masculinities in the world today. Check out this issue that explores the question, "What is Healthy Masculinity?"
*Resource: The Good Men Project
The Good Men Project is a diverse community of 21st century thought leaders who are actively participating in a conversation about the way men’s roles are changing in modern life—and the way those changes affect everyone.  

*Resource: Futures Without Violence

What can men do to help end violence against women and girls? FUTURES has been asking that question for more than a decade. The good news is that men are increasingly joining the movement to end violence against women—using their influence as fathers, educators, coaches, and policymakers to challenge the attitudes and beliefs that support violence.
In 2010, FUTURES was chosen to be the lead technical assistance provider for the US Department of Justice Engaging Men Program, a groundbreaking national grant program that supports local organizations in engaging men in their communities.
Through these programs, FUTURES aims to develop new male leaders in the field who are willing to publicly speak and act to oppose violence against women and girls. We strive to create a ripple effect, encouraging men in many more communities to get involved.

*Article: Futures Football Set to Kick Off (on Denver-based Project PAVE's collaboration with Denver Broncos)

*Article: From work with men and boys to changes of social norms and reduction of inequities in gender relations: a conceptual shift in prevention of violence against women and girls (from The Lancet, Volume 385, No. 9977, p1580–1589, 18 April 2015)

*Article/ReadingWork With Men to End Violence Against Women: Critical assessment and future directions (from MenEngage Second Global Symposium 2014: Men and Boys for Gender Justice- Presentation by Michael Flood presentation offering a critical stocktake of efforts to involve men in the prevention of violence against women)

*Webinar: May 7: Transforming Men and Boys to End Violence Against Women (FWV)
As we develop a deeper and more complex understanding of the underlying root causes of violence against women and children, we have been challenged to examine our current approaches to engaging with men and boys. Understanding male socialization and the history of childhood exposure to violence and trauma is critical to our ability to develop prevention and intervention responses that are humanistic & compassionate and don’t minimize responsibility. Our presenters will share their passion for creating change, taking risks and believing in the possibility of healing and transformation for all.

*Webinar: May 19: Engaging Men Sexually Abused in Childhood (1in6)
The 90-minute webinar is designed to help advocates, organizers and practitioners think about the most effective ways to approach the issue of childhood sexual abuse with men and with those who care about them. Ongoing news stories that raise awareness about the sexual abuse of boys offer a great opportunity to encourage men to begin addressing their childhood sexual trauma. But how do you reach male survivors? How do you engage them, make them feel safe in stepping forward?

*Webinar: May 19: Engaging Men and Boys in Gender Equality Programming (HREA)
Most programs and projects to promote gender equality focus on women. However, it is equally important to address power dynamics between different genders and consider how they affect progress towards gender equality. Because of this, practitioners increasingly recognise that engaging men and boys in programming is essential to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. Programming should also identify male-based gender issues that may make men and boys particularly vulnerable. In this webinar, Gary Barker will draw upon concrete experiences and examples from Promundo’s work to provide a critical look at current efforts to engage men and boys to promote gender equality.

Webinar: June 12Engaging Men as Allies in Prevention (NAMEN)
This webinar will bring together a diverse panel of national and province network organizers to explore the formation of men’s action networks in the United States and Canada; examine the challenges in organizing and sustaining meaningful participation from its members; explore the various activities and initiatives utilized by men’s networks to raise awareness and prevent men’s violence against women; and discuss issues of accountability inherent in multi-gender partnerships.
Are you hosting a training or event related to engaging men and boys in the movement to end gender-based violence that you want to share with the CCADV community?
Post an event on our community calendar!

Your Coalition in Action

Denim Day 2015: CCADV's Amy Pohl (far right) joined Mike from ProjectPAVE, Jenny from WINGS, and Tommie from RMCLC, all in denim, to raise awareness about, and show support for victims of, sexual assault. 

CCADV's Lydia Waligorski (second from right) with advocates, survivors, and members of CCADV's Public Policy Committee at the State Capitol to testify against SB-129. This dedicated crew was there until 1:30am, when the bill was finally defeated!

CCADV's Jacque Morse (back row) looks on during the DV CCR Team Training in April. Read more about this event.
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Dear Members,Supporters, and Friends,

CCADV Staff are taking advantage of the spring weather and hitting the Colorado highways! This past month, staff members had the opportunity to make visits to DV Member Programs around the state, and I want to highlight some of their incredible work.

Kristiana Huitrón has been hard at work providing onsite support and training for the Latin@ Outreach Project Coordinators in Leadville, Trinidad, and Aspen. Speaking of, I’d like to introduce you to these phenomenal Latin@ community leaders: Anahi Araiza in Aspen (RESPONSE), Esther Soto-Arambula in Leadville (Advocates of Lake County), and Itzel Olivas in Trinidad (Advocates Against Domestic Abuse). They are ready to recruit Promotoras and engage in education efforts in their communities to shift our rural Latin@ Outreach Project into high gear!

Our Advocacy Director, Beth Collins, recently travelled to Canon City for the Building Safety with Families Impacted by Domestic Violence training, during which she guides child welfare caseworkers on how to best implement the CDHS Domestic Violence Practice Guide for Child Protective Services. She and Amy Pohl also spent time in Beaver Creek last month, training court staff, GALs, and other legal professionals at the 2015 Convening on Children, Youth and Families.

I had the pleasure of joining Pat Tessmer, CCADV’s Rural Project Director, and our Rural CCR Project Manager, Jacque Morse, in Delta for onsite training and technical assistance provided by Rose Thelen, a nationally recognized TA provider from Praxis International (read more about Rose’s visit, including her work with the Coordinated Community Response team in Aspen, here). I was impressed with and proud of the progress that Chip Menely, the CCR Coordinator for that community, with the support of Jacque, has made with his CCR team. The members of the team who were present, from the community-based and law enforcement advocates to the judge, is a clear indicator of the phenomenal work he is doing bringing these professionals together!  Additionally, he was just awarded the Advocate of the Year Award from the 7th Judicial District DA’s Office for his outstanding CCR and SART work in his community (talk about an excellent example of men and boys getting involved!). Congrats, Chip!

During that trip, I also dropped into Advocate Safehouse Project in Glenwood Springs for a tour of one of our stellar DV Member Programs and to onboard our newest Board of Directors Member Crystal Young (ASP’s Advocacy Coordinator).

We’ll hit the road again in May for CCADV regional membership meetings, and again in June for the for the 4th annual Colorado Advocacy In Action Conference and the CCR Pre-Conference Institute. I hope to see you there! I’m looking forward to sharing with you what I learn next week at the Family Violence Prevention Services Program (FVPSA) Grantee Meeting for State Coalitions and the federal funding advocacy of Lydia Waligorski and myself with Colorado’s Members of Congress at NNEDV’s Advocacy Days in D.C. next month. And we’re all looking forward to hearing about Tamara’s May-long sabbatical at a Spanish language immersion program in Guatemala. I’m amazed that even during PTO, CCADV Staff continue to learn and grow professionally to better support all of you in our collective work to end domestic violence! 

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Public Policy Update

Hello Members and Colleagues,

The Legislative session now has less than 24 hours left and is frantically winding down. Up until yesterday, new bills were being introduced, and the ever-amazing CCADV Public Policy Committee was active in helping to analyze and take positions on bills. I will soon be preparing an end of session report that will outline the bills that CCADV has actively worked on this session. 

Amy Miller and I will be traveling to Washington, DC to meet with our Colorado Senators and Representatives the first week of June as part of NNEDV Advocacy Days. Congress is working on appropriations at this time. I would like to share with each of your elected Members information about the great work Colorado programs are doing. I am also happy to talk to them about concerns you have that may be addressed at the federal level. To prepare for these visits I would like each of our programs to send us brochures about your program, promotional materials, and maybe even a personal letter from you to your Congressmen talking about your work, your successes, and some of the challenges you are facing.  Amy and I will then deliver these personalized packets to each of the Colorado Legislators in person when we meet them next month. You can send them electronically if needed, but I will print them out to present them. Please plan to send them to me no later than Thursday, May 28. For anyone attending a Region Meeting next week, you can certainly give the brochures and promotional items to CCADV staff, and they will make sure I get it. 

I will be traveling as well to Glenwood Springs and Pueblo next week for Region Meetings, and I look forward to meeting several of you in person!

As always it is my pleasure to work on behalf of the survivors we serve, and please contact me with any questions or ideas you may have.


Rural CCR Project Update

Last week was an exciting time for CCADV staff and our 4 Rural Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Teams. CCADV currently has 4 sites: Glenwood Springs, Alamosa, Delta and Aspen.  These 4 CCR sites are supported by their local CCADV Member DV Programs: Advocate Safehouse Project in Glenwood, Tri-County Resources in Montrose, Tu Casa in Alamosa, and Response in Aspen. 

OVW Rural Technical Advisor, Rose Thelen, accompanied by fellow Praxis staff member Liz Carlson, flew to Colorado and traveled to Glenwood Springs with Pat Tessmer, CCADV Program Director, and Jacque Morse, CCR Project Manager.

On Monday, Ms. Thelen met with the local coordinators and a representative from their domestic violence advocacy agency to review each sites progress, respond to coordinators concerns and successes, and to assist each program with next steps in CCR development. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we were able to introduce both Rose and Liz to two of our beautiful mountain communities, Delta and Aspen. Ms. Thelen met with both the Delta and Aspen CCR teams on these two days. 
All three events sparked lively discussion around the CCR process and each community’s efforts.  It was a great experience to encounter system and non-system responders working together to improve victim safety and enhance perpetrator accountability.  We were also excited to have CCADV Executive Director Amy Miller attend a CCR meeting in Delta.  Her presence at these training, clearly demonstrates CCADV’s commitment to rural programs and projects.  
To find out more about CCADV's CCRT Project, contact Jacque Morse.
Patti Kay-Clapper, Pitkin County Commissioner - District 1, welcomes the Pitkin County Domestic Violence Response Team, Office of Violence Against Women, National Rural Technical Assistance Providers, Praxis, International, and CCADV.
Rose Thelen (far right), with Asha Holsopple, Alamosa CCR Coordinator, Sandra Miller, Montrose County Court Judge, and City of Montrose Mayor, David Romero, and others, at the Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response Team Training 
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Upcoming Trainings


May 7: From Foundations to the Future: A prevention approach to sexual and domestic violence (PC)
Interested in preventing sexual and domestic violence in your community? Want to engage in a discussion about the underlying causes of sexual and domestic violence and understand how to effectively address these root causes? Join us for this introductory web conference reviewing the fundamentals of a public health approach to preventing violence. Highlighting promising, innovative practices, they will discuss how to use the Spectrum of Prevention to create comprehensive strategies. This web conference will also focus on five norms that make sexual and domestic violence more likely to occur and share strategies to effectively shift norms and prevent violence.
12:00p MDT
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May 12: CCADV's Brown Bag Discussion Series #5: Coordinated Community Response: Agencies Working With Each Other, Not Just Around Each Other (CCADV)
The CCR team process is a tool used by interdisciplinary groups and domestic violence advocacy organizations to further their common goals of enhancing safety and ensuring accountability when intervening in cases involving intimate partner violence. Its premise is that workers are institutionally organized to do their jobs in particular ways—they are guided to do jobs by the forms, policies, philosophy, and routine work practices of the institution in which they work. When these work practices routinely fail to adequately address the needs of people, it is rarely because of the failure of individual practitioners. It is a problem with how their work is organized and coordinated. A CCR team is designed to allow interagency partners discover how problems are produced in the structure of case processing and management. Whether you already have a multi-agency team, have a team that is struggling, or are thinking about starting one this discussion can help clarify the process a CCR team uses. We encourage questions on how utilizing this approach would work for your organization and how you can start the process of initiating a CCR in your community.

For more information, please contact Jacque Morse
12:00p MDT
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May 19: Tribal VAWA - Code Revision and/or Drafting  (NCAI)
This webinar will focus on key tribal code development or revision considerations needed in order for tribes to exercise the VAWA 2013 Enhanced Jurisdiction. As of March 7, 2015 Indian tribes have the general authority to implement criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians who violate protective orders or commit domestic violence or dating violence against Indian victims on tribal lands. Tribes wishing to exercise this Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (SDVCJ) must provide certain rights to the criminal defendants and maintain certain legal standards within their community. Examples of how tribes have addressed elements of their code in a culturally appropriate manner for their community will be shared, and participants will be introduced to a model code developed by the three Pilot Project Tribes (Umatilla, Tulalip, and Pascua Yaqui); tribal code checklist developed by NCAI; and a resource guide for drafting or revising Tribal laws to implement the enhanced sentencing provisions of the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) and the special jurisdiction provisions of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization of 2013 (VAWA 2013) by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute.
1:00p MDT
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May 20: CO Reporting Options Train-the-Trainer Webinar (CCASA)
This webinar will provide tools so that community service providers ensure SB 128 implementation. SB 128 created three reporting options for adult sexual assault survivors: law enforcement, medical, and anonymous. This webinar will give you a background to the legislation while equipping you to provide training and education to your community. 
12:00p MDT
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May 21: Self-Injury Behavior In Youth – Strategies for Helping Live Webinar (CTRI)
Helping professionals are increasingly encountering young people who are engaging in self-injurious behavior. This webinar will focus on practical strategies for working with youth struggling with this complex issue. Topics covered include assessment, emotion regulation, replacement skills training and contagion prevention. Participants will gain insight regarding self-injury behavior in youth along with tools for effective intervention.
12:00p MDT
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May 21: Human Trafficking: The Miami-Dade Prosecution Model (BWJP)
Miami's Trafficking Task Force focuses on providing protective care and services to victims. A two-pronged approach is necessary. The victim must first be rescued from the web of deceit and abuse into which they have been drawn. Then, they must be helped to heal from the physical and psychological abuse they have experienced. Ultimately, victims must come to recognize their victimization so they can testify against their abusers. Presenters will share their use of wrap-around services for victims, trauma informed prosecution, and collaboration between law enforcement and prosecution.
1:00p MDT
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May 27: Offender Accountability by the Numbers (BWJP)
This webinar will provide foundational information and lessons learned to begin the journey of using data to assess offender accountability in a community. It is designed from the perspective of a Community Response Team (CRT) using data to find out "how they are doing" in holding offenders accountable. Looking at criminal justice performance measures requires looking at agency performance in the context of the CRT, but this is not about assessing individual workers in agencies. By establishing a baseline for your own community, you can compare year to year and have an idea about whether certain interventions or policies make a difference. Examples will be used about the process we've undertaken and where we have yet to go.
1:00p 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 and Events

May 14: Embracing our Indigenous Strength and Beauty (Red Wind Counseling)
Join us in building a broader understanding of violence against Native women in Colorado Springs.
Location: Colorado Springs, CO

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 (BWJP)
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 8-10: 9th Annual SOMB Conference: The Challenge of Changing and Thinking Big (CDPS)
This training is appropriate for all levels of professionals working with adult sex offenders, or juveniles who have committed sexual offenses
Location: Breckenridge, CO

July 9-11: Engaging Offenders in Justice and Accountability Using Evidence Based Practices (BWJP)
Effective probation responses gather reliable information about offenders and their history; reassess dangerousness over time; and collaborate with system and cultural/community partners to manage offenders appropriately. Outcomes include reductions in offending and maximizing the safety and autonomy of victims and their families, and greater well-being for communities.
Location: Albuquerque, NM

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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*3rd Edition of Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Colorado
More than 70 nonprofit professionals and business partners participated in the revision process to ensure quality and accuracy in the information provided in a document thousands have grown to trust.  In this edition you will find added references to legal citations, statutes and policies; clearer emphasis of Colorado statutes, Internal Revenue Code, and other regulatory bodies. A short glossary of commonly used terms is provided for those who are less familiar with the language of nonprofits, as well as updated governance and best practices information to help you ensure your organization thrives!

News and Other Information

*RAINN is launching a big expansion of its services
The National Sexual Assault Hotline will now be bilingual, able to assist the 37.6 million people in America who speak Spanish as their primary language. The new destination for sexual assault support in Spanish is rainn.org/es

*OVW to release a competitive funding announcement in late spring inviting applications from prosecutors’ offices across the country who are interested in implementing best practices for prosecuting sexual assault, and using victims’ perspectives to inform their work. Read more.

*Study Participants Needed: Survivors can earn Amazon gift cards
To be eligible to take part in this study you must be at least 21 years of age, have been in a relationship in which you experienced actual or attempted abuse, violence, or aggression, be out of any abusive relationship, and be experiencing nightmares. Read more.
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