What's happening at CCADV in March 2016
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March is Women's Herstory Month
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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. 

From the Presidential Proclamation - Women's History Month, 2016
"Throughout history, women have driven humanity forward on the path to a more equal and just society, contributing in innumerable ways to our character and progress as a people. In the face of discrimination and undue hardship, they have never given up on the promise of America: that with hard work and determination, nothing is out of reach. During Women's History Month, we remember the trailblazers of the past, including the women who are not recorded in our history books, and we honor their legacies by carrying forward the valuable lessons learned from the powerful examples they set."

Read the full proclamation here.

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Your Coalition in Action...

Message from the Director

  Amy Miller, Executive Director

Dear Members, Supporters and Friends,
 
Gender parity, a goal we at CCADV continue to strive for across Colorado, is vital to individual and community health and well-being. 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. Perhaps that is not revelatory to readers of this publication, but did you know that gender parity is also linked to economic prosperity? Or that women’s advancement and leadership are central to business performance and economic prosperity? At the current pace of progress, gender parity will not be achieved until 2133 according to the World Economic Forum. 

Today, Tuesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. A day to rejoice about the progress women have made towards gender parity. A day set aside to celebrate women and their economic, political, and social achievements around the globe. A day to remind the world that gender inequity is but a social, political and economic construct that can, is and will be dismantled. But, it is also a day to remember how far we still have to go and to spur you on to taking just one concrete action to help us get there: any action, no matter how small or grand, to help achieve gender parity. 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, please act now, by taking the Pledge for Parity
 
Let this International Women’s Day 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. My vision is for the world to reach gender parity within my lifetime, not in 117 years from now! I hope you’re with me.

        In solidarity,
        Amy Miller

Public Policy Update

   Lydia Waligorski, Public Policy Director


I am urging you to take action today! The budget outlook is grim this year, and even though HB1080 (Assault by Strangulation) has a relatively low fiscal note (under $45,000 for the first year), it is in danger of not passing the Appropriations Committee. It is vital members that of the House Appropriations Committee hear from you this week.

Click here to read more, access templates, and link to HAP Members. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as your Public Policy Director. Thank you for participating in the process and for your dedication to survivors. 

            Sincerely,
            Lydia Waligorski

DVAM Workgroup for 2016


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 twice 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! 

Our first meeting will be April 14th from noon-1:30. Please let Amy Pohl know if you are interested (if you cannot attend the first meeting, please still let me know that you would like to be included in future emails). 

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! 
Special Webinar!
 
Dear Colorado Domestic Violence Programs,
Please join CCADV and the Vital Project for a short webinar on 3/17, from noon-12:30, orienting you to the free technical assistance opportunities available to you to support management, operations, advocacy, and service delivery needs. 

Technical assistance (TA) can be broadly defined as delivery of support around, or training in, any specialized service or skill that a Domestic Violence Program is interested in, challenged by, or would like to perform more successfully. This orientation will provide information on how the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), in partnership with the VITAL project, can support your organization with TA. This collaboration offers a streamlined model to meet your TA needs. Opportunities include coaching, customized consulting and training, topical webinars, toolkits, and peer learning opportunities, as well as access best, promising, and innovative practices for Domestic Violence Programs.

This webinar will highlight the technical assistance resources and consulting services available to your organization at no cost. You will also have opportunity to ask any questions about the program and to connect with Amy Miller of CCADV, and Kara Penn and Barbara Paradiso of the Vital Project. 

Details and Registration:
Title: Orientation to Free Technical Assistance for DVP-funded Programs
Description: This 30-minute webinar introduces you to the opportunities for your domestic violence organization to receive free technical assistance to support your organizational goals. 
Date & Time: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT
Registration: Please register for the above meeting by visiting this link:https://form.jotform.com/60667703643964
Once you have registered, we will send you the information you need to join the webinar.
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Upcoming Trainings

Webinars

March 9: Harmful Gender Norms: How can alliances be built between with queer (LGBTQI2S) movements to help prevent sexual and domestic violence more effectively?
Ensuring that prevention efforts reflect the diversity of a community is a fundamental part of a commitment to health equity. Join us in conversation about the necessity of engaging directly with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex and 2 Spirit community members at the decision-making table to truly enhance prevention outcomes. This webinar will address how alignment with LGBTQI2S movements and identities is a necessary component of countering the harmful aspects of gender norms that lead to sexual and domestic violence.
12:00pm MST

March 15Proceed! LGBTQ Legal Issues for DV Advocates 
This webinar will assist advocates working with LGBTQ survivors who are engaged in criminal and civil legal processes related to the abuse they've experienced. This session will support advocates to increase their skills in identifying the different criminal and civil legal remedies available to LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. “Engaging the Legal System” will also provide tools to navigate the legal system, strategies to recognize and respond to the barriers LGBTQ survivors face and practical tips to ensure effective, creative legal advocacy specific to LGBTQ-survivors' needs and experiences.
1:00pm MST

March 16: Compassionate Activism:Responding to Everyday Oppression with Love and Justice
For people who struggle with how they react to everyday situations of injustice and marginalization and want to respond with love and justice. Compassionate Activism offers a model and five concrete practices to build our capacity to maintain our peace and sense of shared humanity in the face of injustice. 
4:30pm MST 

March 22: Measuring Intimate Partner Violence, Partner Sexual Abuse, and Stalking: Considerations and Critiques
Sherry Hamby will explore ways in which the measurement of intimate partner violence (IPV) has systematically mis-represented gender patterns. More particularly, she will discuss how assessing physical assault in ways that capture too many incidents of horseplay and joking around renders sexual victimization invisible. Even research surveillance of homicide systematically under-represents male IPV, because current homicide databases categorize “collateral” IPV victims, such as children, family members, or women’s new partners without contextualizing their killings. Such multiple victim homicides are overwhelmingly perpetrated by men. Finally, issues and challenges related to assessing coercive control and cyber-abuse will be discussed. Assessment tools will be recommended. TK Logan will examine the shortcomings in the current assessment/measurement of both intimate partner sexual violence and stalking in order to facilitate a better understanding of the scope and nature of IPV. Understanding the nature and scope of the ways women have been forced to live will better acknowledge the full extent of survivor experiences and help pave the way for more nuanced appreciation of the impact of these “invisible assaults” and for holding offenders fully accountable for their actions.
12:00pm MST

March 22: Let’s Talk About Sex: Sex-Positive Advocacy for Survivors of Sexual & Domestic Violence
In honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month, join us for a dynamic, interactive session exploring what it means to re-envision the way we provide support and understand healing for survivors of sexual & domestic violence. In this session, we will examine our personal and movement values as they relate to sex, sexual violence and what it means to heal from trauma; build our self-awareness and individual skills to provide grounded, holistic services to survivors of violence; and increase organizational capacity to provide services & engage communities around sexual violence in a sex-positive context. Come prepared to have some real talk about sex, healing and the possibilities for our movement to move beyond simply addressing harm and towards a vision of embodied sexual lives for all survivors.
1:00pm MST

March 23: Harmful Gender Norms: Moving beyond binary and heteronormative approaches to preventing sexual and domestic violence
We know that harmful gender norms are a risk factor for sexual and domestic violence. Yet, conversations are typically centered around the effects those norms have on cisgender and heterosexual men and women.  As more inclusive language evolves to encompass the existence of diverse livelihoods, how do we ensure that we're not working against our own prevention efforts by perpetuating narrow definitions of gender?  
12:00pm MST

March 29: Domestic Violence and Firearms Webinar: Part II
Join Judge-in-Residence Steven Aycock and Senior Program Attorney Nancy Hart for an interactive discussion on effective ways courts can respond to domestic violence cases involving firearms. Around the country, courts are struggling with the practicalities of identifying domestic violence cases where firearms are present, verifying legitimate and safe transfers to third parties, and seizing and storing firearms owned by domestic violence offenders. This webinar builds on a previous discussion of federal laws related to domestic violence and firearms, but can be taken independently by anyone wanting to learn more about best practices surrounding this complex issue. Faculty will discuss some effective examples from around the country, work through case scenarios, and field questions from participants. Don’t miss this exciting webinar designed for judges and court officials, offered through the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
12:00pm 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

March 22: "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA"
Tickets are now available for the Denver premiere of the film, 'Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA' on March 22 that CCADV is co-sponsoring with the Denver Film Society, Colorado Ceasefire, and others. CCADV members receive a discount.

April 4-6: Conference on Crimes Against Women 
CCAW is a 2-1/2 day conference that seeks to provide practical instruction, using current information, the newest ideas and most successful intervention strategies to first responders including law enforcement, prosecutors, advocates, and medical professionals on the best and most relevant practices as they pertain to ALL crimes against women (including intimate partner violence, stalking, strangulation, sexual assaults, cyber crime, human trafficking, etc.).
Location: Dallas, TX

April 11-13: Blueprints Conference
The goal of the conference is to disseminate science-based information on programs that have the highest standards for promoting education, behavior, emotional well-being, physical health and positive relationships. This conference will provide support, guidance and tools by program and prevention experts to promote effective policymaking and help practitioners implement these programs successfully in their own communities.
Location: Westminster, CO

April 14-152016 Safe Shelter Symposium on Domestic Violence: Navigating the Power of Technology
This topic, voted top choice of last year’s attendees and other colleagues, will have sessions designed for Advocates and Service Providers; Law Officers; Legal Professionals; Administrators and Directors; and Parents, Youth and Educators. Launching with a special evening for youth, parents, and educators the event will explore complexities of tech safety, safety planning, leveraging technology for protections; offender apprehensions and dissection of successful legal cases. Mark your calendars and get registered! Bring colleagues with you because you’ll have trouble deciding which sessions to attend! 
Location: Longmont, CO

April 15: 2016 Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance (DATA) Conference
Spend your Tax Day learning about how trafficking manifests itself in the Denver metro area and how local and national groups and agencies are working to combat trafficking. Expert keynote speakers will add depth and breadth of knowledge to the proceedings.  

April 19-21: Walking with our Hearts, Emerging Bravely: Revealing and Healing Child and Youth Survivors of Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence
This conference will build a foundation for providing outreach, education, and systems change work needed to provide meaningful responses to native children and youth who are being exposed to a disturbing level of violence both inside and outside of their homes. Issues surrounding Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence will be covered, along with the interconnection with other types of violence, including: Trafficking, Sexual Assault, and Stalking. Presenters will discuss safety planning, advocacy, and harm reduction as we go Walking with our Hearts, Emerging Bravely.
Location: Albuquerque, NM

April 20-22Project Management Fundamentals Course  
The skills developed in the Project Management Fundamentals Course apply to large and small projects, product design and development efforts, construction projects, IT projects, software development, and any project with critical performance, time, and budget targets.
Location: Denver, CO

April 29: Colorado's Mandatory Reporting Crimes Against People with Developmental Disabilities:Everything You Need to Know about Implementing but Didn't Know Who to Ask!
Learn from the Massachusetts Building Partnerships of the Protection of Persons with Disabilities Initiative leadership team.  This partnership, in existence since 1999, which utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to respond to abuses and crimes committed against persons with disabilities, has received funding from the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime to replicate its work in three other states. Massachusetts' Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) executive director, state police detective unit Sergeant, and a Commonwealth District Attorney will share details about how their program works, its evolution, its successes, and its challenges as well as provide practical tools that could be replicated, such as memorandums of understanding, policies and procedures, and training materials. Registration info to come.
Location: Aurora, CO

May 6: Access Summit 2016
The ACCESS Summit is led by recognized organizations statewide that respond to the accessibility needs of underserved and marginalized victims of abuse and violence. Our partner agencies offer uniquely-tailored advocacy and direct services. These culturally-responsive services have proven to positively impact the victims we serve, who often otherwise fall through the gaps after experiencing violence. Through the ACCESS Summit, we hope to build and expand partnerships with service providers, criminal justice agencies, and other professionals in Colorado that may not currently have the capacity to meet the needs of marginalized and underserved survivors. We are pushing, not only to ensure that each individual victim receives culturally affirmative services, but to promote a culture of caring on all levels. Our goal: to mobilize a statewide effort to recognize the needs of our "silent-unseen and voices-unheard" victims of abuse and crime in order to effect systemic change.
Location: Denver, CO

June 6-8: 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 25-27: NNEDV Safety Net's 4th Annual Technology Summit
More info to come.
Location: San Francisco, CA

 
Do you have an upcoming training?
Or another event you want to share with the CCADV community?
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Resources

*Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund- Tax Check Off 
Colorado was the first state in the country to allow a taxpayer to make a voluntary contribution to a state program using a portion of their state tax refund. In 1983, the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund (CDAF) joined the short list of programs on the state tax return. Contributions to CDAF go directly to DVP to support local domestic violence programs and services like yours. There are no administrative costs associated with these funds so the money goes to programs.
Last year, Coloradans donated more than $110,000 to the CDAF.  Taxpayers who choose to give through the state’s tax check-off program decide to make a donation because it is an easy way to give and that it “feels good.” But we also know that many taxpayers don’t know “who” the CDAF benefits. We believe a coordinated effort with programs will raise awareness about the CDAF and domestic violence services around the state. 
DVP needs your help!
In order to raise awareness about the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund to Colorado taxpayers, DVP would like to enlist the support of your organization.  Here’s how:
• Use social media to promote CDAF. DVP has crafted several posts that can be used for Facebook or Twitter to be used until April 15th.  All you have to do is copy and paste!
• Place the CDAF Funded Program Logo on your website. DVP has provided the logo as a PNG to make posting the picture as easy as possible.
• Send out a press release. DVP has written a simple press release that can be modified to suit your community needs. 
• Provide the tax donation request form to your stakeholders. This letter indicates that the taxpayer is interested in donating to CDAF making it very easy for tax professionals to designate a tax refund donation when preparing the individual’s taxes.

Do you have other questions about CDAF?  Please contact Chelsea Baldwin at Chelsea.Baldwin@state.co.us or 303-866-3408.
 
In the News... (and other info)
 
Guest commentary: Was Hecht's domestic violence case any different?
by Jill Gruenberg, Program Director for Response, Aspen
"So here is my plea to you if you find yourself troubled by the mere slap on the wrist for Hecht, incensed by Hecht’s comments that it was “a silly situation” or angered that it appeared that the victim herself was the one put on trial over the past several months. Please use this as an opportunity to increase your understanding of why many victims never report the abuse or recant their reports."

 
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