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This December...

We Look Back on 2015!

The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence is proud to be an organization informed by, lead by, and committed to Members! As the time for membership renewal gets close, CCADV Staff and leadership take this opportunity to highlight the great work of CCADV in 2015. 

A Message from CCADV Leadership 

   Amy Miller, CCADV Executive Director
   Jennifer Eyl, CCADV Board Urban Co-Chair
   Jill Gruenberg, CCADV Board Rural Co-Chair

For the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2015 was an important year of renewal. Following the leadership transition in 2014, CCADV spent the past 12 months focusing on rebuilding its membership, its community partnerships, and its programs. Through a combination of strong and visionary leadership from Amy Miller, and the continued commitment of a dedicated and skilled staff and a growing board, CCADV has been able to achieve success in all areas. This strength within the Coalition has translated to concrete benefits not only for CCADV member programs, but for domestic violence survivors throughout the state of Colorado. Here are a few of our accomplishments in 2015. 

There are several CCADV efforts that began in 2014 that flourished in 2015. The Online Learning Center, now offering five distinct, on-demand training modules, as well as a new portal allowing for member training customization, has continued to grow as a valuable resource to Domestic Violence  programs and others across the state. We are looking forward to adding even more courses in 2016.  The 2015 Colorado Advocacy In Action Conference once again set an attendance record, indicating the high quality and value of the conference programming.  Ongoing 2015 Rural Violence Against Women Act funding, which CCADV received to create the Coordinated Community Response Project and the Latin@ Outreach Project, has allowed smaller, under resourced programs in rural areas to continue to support and develop these vital programs in their communities. 

There were, of course, several new endeavors. Along with our grant partners the Colorado Council of Churches and Family Tree, CCADV was chosen as a partner in Close To Home, a public will building campaign, to address the underlying causes of homelessness, increase understanding of homelessness, and make homelessness a priority issue for the state of Colorado. CCADV’s involvement in this campaign helps to create the link between homelessness and domestic abuse in a meaningful way that has often been overlooked and is the kick-off of a comprehensive approach to housing through a new program at the Coalition.  CCADV is also working with many other partners to create a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence prevention and action campaign that will be valuable on a local and statewide level. We are thrilled to have the Colorado Attorney General’s Office as a partner on these new programs and in our broader work to end domestic violence. 

In October, CCADV hosted a sold-out film screening of Miss Representation, and panel discussion, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In partnership with the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, CCADV’s first New Director Orientation and Training project, designed to address the significant amount of executive director and management level transition among member programs throughout the state, was successfully launched in November. As always, CCADV played a crucial role in legislation and other public policy in 2015 legislation on behalf of domestic violence victims. Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of the legislative session was the defeat of SB15-129, the 50/50 parenting bill that would have been devastating for survivors and their children.

In June 2015, CCADV membership elected new Board Co-Chairs, Jennifer Eyl (Urban Co-Chair) and Jill Gruenberg (Rural Co-Chair).  Both Jennifer and Jill have been involved with CCADV for many years and bring unique and valuable perspectives to the organization as Board Chairs.  The Board is currently planning a facilitated consultation, with support from the National Network to End Domestic Violence, in January, at which time the Board will create a plan for the coming year and beyond.  

More than ever before the issue of domestic violence has emerged from behind closed doors. There is a level of public discourse that has not existed previously, and it brings with it an opportunity to create meaningful change for survivors. This can only be accomplished with the unified voice of an effective Coalition, strong member programs and new, strategic partnerships.  CCADV intends to continue the forward momentum achieved in the past year. We owe that to our partners, our funders, our member programs, and most importantly, to Colorado’s survivors. Please join us as we continue in 2016 to inspire Colorado to end domestic violence.
2016 Membership Drive is just around the corner!
Timeline for 2016
January 12: 2016 Applications are available on ccadv.org
February 27: 2016 Applications for membership are due 

We'll be sending out more information and reminders in January. Any questions? Please contact Amy Pohl

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Your Coalition in Action

All Year Long! 

Public Policy 

   Lydia Waligorski, Public Policy Director

This December I want to thank you each of you who responded to an Action Alert or took the time to participate in a Brown Bag discussion, or attended any of the CCADV events this past year. I know we are all incredibly busy: many of us receive a few hundred emails a week, and we as advocates often find ourselves running from one crisis to another and such is the nature of our work. So when you take time to respond to a request for information and assist in shaping the public policy work for the Coalition, I want you to know I appreciate it greatly!  Your thoughts and input are absolutely invaluable to our work.  

Please know I try to make the Action Alerts as easy as possible for you to respond to, with links to letter templates, resources, and suggestions for Twitter and Facebook posts. If you have a minute or half an hour, it is so vitally important we work together to present a united front and convince decision makers that the experiences of survivors matter and are not isolated events.  If there are ways I can improve action alerts or communications with you, please know I am always open to your feedback and suggestions. 

The best part about my job as Public Policy Director is the opportunity to build community and to organize good thoughts into action for the common good of the survivors we have all dedicated ourselves to serving. All we have is each other, and we remain in this together by building each other up, by truly partnering with survivors in the work, by listening and responding with compassion as we build community.  

Together we have succeeded in passing laws, creating safety for survivors, and together we will continue to do good work.  I wish yourselves and your families every good thing this Holiday season. I wish you peace. 


   Pat Tessmer, Program Director

As the CCADV Program Director, my primary duties include the sustainment of CCADV’s core coalition projects and the development of new initiatives to support the membership and the strategic direction of the organization. Our core work includes training, technical assistance, systems advocacy and public policy and my work includes planning, writing, directing and managing CCADV’s federal grant projects and awards. I also provide technical assistance and training, mostly in the areas of non-profit boards/organizational management, coordinated community response, and rural issues.

A summary of my work in 2015 included some intensive work with national T.A. providers to ensure compliance in all program areas; attendance at the national FVPSA and Coalitions annual meeting, the continued development of the Online Learning Center - until Advocacy Director, Beth Collins was able to take over that project in this past fall; continued involvement as the project director of CCADV’s Rural Grant projects; the provision of multiple board trainings and strategic planning sessions for member programs; representing CCADV at different events and meetings, and on committees; conducting training presentations at multiple statewide and regional conferences and events; and an amazing staff retreat, and a unique teambuilding event at the CAIA Conference (trying to forget my part in the Karaoke experience).

For me, however, the highlight of 2015 was taking the lead on the first of a two-part Director Orientation and Training (DOT) for directors of three years or less.  DOT is a project in partnership with sister Coalition, CCASA, and partially supported by DVP. I really enjoyed the training and the networking and am looking forward to Part II and 2016!

Trauma Informed Care

   Beth Collins, Advocacy Director

Engaging with advocates from around the state to talk about if and how Trauma-Informed approaches enhance advocacy is the most important work I’ve had the honor to do in 2015.  Critical thinking is such a central part of our social justice work, and the discussions which advocates have engaged in through the Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Workgroup have been thoughtful, inspiring, and productive.  Wow! Thank you, participants! Continuing to build upon our 2014 work, from Jan to May, the TIC Workgroup read and discussed various articles about the overlap between trauma symptoms and the use/misuse of substances.  All of the TIC Workgroup readings can be accessed in the member login section of CCADV’s website. 

In June, one of the 2014 ‘Healing Trauma’ Learning Circle Participants, Lonnie Erskine with Estes Valley Victim Advocates, presented a very well-attended workshop at the Advocacy In Action Conference in Vail.  Workshop attendees indicated that learning about the Healing Trauma curriculum and Lonnie’s experience with implementing the curriculum in her community was “excellent,” “very interesting,” “interactive, really enjoyable,” “valuable,” “practical” and overall highly informative and useful.   So nice to see that learning come full circle. 

In August, CCADV sent out an overview brochure, an FAQ document, and a brief literature summary for an evidence-based curriculum called Seeking Safety, designed for addressing trauma symptoms and supporting healthy coping skills (particularly with people misusing substances). Following an enthusiastic response from Member programs, advocates from nine organizations enrolled in our ‘Seeking Safety Learning Circle, as did CCADV’s Latin@ Outreach Project Manager and three Latin@ Outreach Program Coordinators.  

In-Person trainings were held in September in Durango and Colorado Springs, with 27 attendees from the 13 Learning Circle sites. An initial skills and knowledge survey was completed by attendees, and each program was provided with and English version of the Seeking Safety curriculum.  The Latin@ Outreach program staff were also provided with Spanish language version, as was one advocacy organization.  Currently the participants are preparing to offer Seeking Safety sessions at their organizations, and they are participating in monthly teleconference discussions order to continue to learn together and to share their progress, successes, and challenges.  

By March, 2016, each of the participating organizations will have conducted at least 6 sessions of the Seeking Safety curriculum, and CCADV will collect follow-up data to see how participating in the Learning Circle may have impacted advocates’ knowledge and skill, as well as their workplace satisfaction. Stay tuned!  

Rural CCR Program

   Jacque Morse, Statewide Rural CCR Project Manager

This year has been an exciting time for CCADV’s Rural Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) Project Sites. The CCRT Project originated from a needs assessment in 2012 and has developed into a thriving project for CCADV and our rural partners; Advocate Safehouse Project in Glenwood Springs, Response in Aspen, Tu Casa in Alamosa, and Tri-County Resource Center in Delta. All four project partners and their local coordinators have been actively involved in a series of trainings in 2015 as well as facilitating their local CCRT meetings. In April, Rose Thelen from Praxis International, traveled to three project sites to provide on-going technical assistance to local CCRT coordinators, their domestic violence program representatives, and their local teams on CCRT methodologies, procedures, and protocols. Coordinators and program representatives from all four rural projects, along with other interested participants, also attended the pre-institute CCRT training at our annual CAIA conference in June. Presenters were Rose Thelen, Marcus Bruning and Matthew Weise, CCRT technical assistant providers from Praxis International. Cross training was provided on Advocate Initiated Response to domestic violence and law enforcement and prosecution best practices. In late September all four sites hosted Officer Marcus Bruning who provided training in “Advanced Issues in Law Enforcement” in each individual community. The trainings were well received and over 100 combined law enforcement and first responders attended. 

CCADV is extremely proud of our local coordinators, Amy Throm, Sarah Buckley, Fonda Cox and Chip Meneley. These four individuals have successfully worked with their teams to address gaps in their local community response to domestic violence and have worked with their teams to develop and institute new policies and procedures in their local domestic violence response. We look forward to the work these coordinators and their CCRT’s will accomplish in 2016.

Latin@ Outreach Project

   Kristiana Huitron, Statewide Latina Outreach Project Manager

2015 was an exciting and full year for the Statewide Latina Outreach Project in Colorado. Here are some highlights of what we've done and what's to come:

Accomplishments to Date 
  • 20 Latina advocates educated and trained 
  • 40-hour culturally and linguistically based training with 20 attendees from around Colorado and as far as Michigan
  • Community assessments
  • 3 partner sites around Colorado
  • 80+ Community Education Sessions in both Spanish and English for Students, educators, retail stores, child cares providers, parents, college and university students, and survivors
  • Educate and train Promotoras 
  • Women’s Groups for Latinas in Spanish
  • Bi-lingual and bicultural children’s groups
  • Community-based advocacy in Spanish
  • Educated and trained 4 bi-lingual LOP Coordinator and promotora volunteer teams on the Seeking Safety curriculum in Spanish
  • Updated and improved the amount of Spanish language information on the CCADV website
  • Provide intensive technical assistance to member organizations for cultural and linguistic work
  • 40+ Trainings for DV/SA and collateral professionals at local, state, and national level platforms to include Lawyers, social workers, correctional staff, mental health providers, educators, and over 150 advocates all in Spanish and English. 
  • Invited to facilitate a workshop at past Nuestras Voces 2015
Coming Soon in 2016
  • Continue to provide and Coordinate Advocacy and/or Educations Sessions for Latinas in Spanish or English via Promotoras
  • Educate and Train more Promotoras
  • Colorado Rural & Latina Summit in March of 2016
  • Provide Seeking Safety in Spanish in 4 communities
  • Continue to increase the amount of Spanish language information on the CCADV website
  • Culturally and Linguistically generated print material in Spanish 
  • Latina Round Table at conference with opportunities to continue the bi-lingual conversation
  • Latina leadership development opportunities in partnership with CCASA
  • Promoting Latina leadership from Colorado at the Nuestras Voces conference by Arte Sana in October of 2016 
I'm so proud of the work that the LOP Coordinators have already accomplished and look forward to another exciting year in 2016!

Communications and Membership

   Amy Pohl, Communications and Membership Director

Wow! Is it December already?! This year has really flown by, and as I look back on the work of CCADV and its Members this past year, I am filled with a sense of hope and solidarity in this movement to end domestic violence. I am so proud and honored to be a part of the CCADV Staff and to work everyday to support the amazing work that YOU are doing each day on behalf of survivors, their families, and your communities.
And I'm lucky to have a job that allows me to tell the world about it! Through our robust and living website, through a vibrant and growing Facebook presence, through regular communications with members like our newsletter and weekly ED email, CCADV works to improve communication with members and with the public to raise awareness about domestic violence and to highlight the work being done to intervene and prevent it in Colorado. I've decided to share just a few highlights with you through pictures (with links for more info!). Please keep sending me updates on your own work throughout 2016 as we work together to combat all forms of oppression and violence.


If you appreciate the unique work CCADV does on the issue of domestic violence in Colorado, we invite you to make a tax deductible donation to us
on Colorado Gives Day
CCADV inspires Colorado to enhance responses to domestic violence, increase victim safety, and create intolerance for abuse, through visionary advocacy, supporting members, and informing the public.
Donations on Colorado Gives Day provide CCADV the much needed unrestricted funding that allows us to play roles that government funding cannot support, such as the vital systems advocacy and public policy work that assists survivors of domestic violence in Colorado and their families access safety and resources.
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Upcoming Trainings


December 8: CCADV's Brown Bag Discussion Series #12: Keeping it Simple: Promising Practices in Shelter Rule Reduction
This discussion, led by Beth Collin and Kyra Moon of VOA Southwest Safehouse, will provide time for peer-to-peer dialogue about critically re-examining shelter rules, considering rule-reduction initiatives, and whether shelter staff feel equipped to manage communal housing conflicts without replicating power-over and controlling dynamics. 
12:00pm MST

December 9: Providing Culturally Meaningful & Competent Services to Latin@ Communities (CCASA)
Join us as we look at the unifying aspects of Latin@ cultures, and take a moment to see our work through Latin@ eyes. We will have a frank opening discussion about what we are doing well, and the areas of improvement when it comes to cultural engagement and bi-lingual/bi-cultural advocacy. We will identify some basic differences and necessities in doing meaningful and relevant work with Latin@ survivors. 
1:00pm MST

December 10: Detained, Undocumented, and Underserved: Providing Services to People in Immigration Detention (JDI)
This webinar will give an overview of the problem of sexual abuse in immigration detention, and offer guidance to victim services providers on helping this population.In this webinar, participants will learn about sexual abuse in U.S. immigration detention facilities, where hundreds of thousands of people are held annually. The speakers will look at the prevalence, dynamics, and impact of this violence, and at why people detained in immigration facilities need and deserve rape crisis services.
1:30pm MST

December 10: Raped or "Seduced"? How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence (Legal Momentum)
This interactive webinar will explore the language of sexual assault: how we talk about and write about this crime. We will discuss specific examples of the language we use and explore how to discuss sexual assault in a way that more accurately depicts the crime.
1:00pm MST

December 14: The Youth Risk Behavior Study of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Implications for Practice 
Webinar faculty will address findings related to teen dating violence from The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) study. One (among many) interesting findings is the elevated risk of violence in the school environment vs. in the community.  Practitioners will discuss implications of the YRBSS and YRBS and describe their programs for teen victims and perpetrators.
12:00pm MST

December 15: Más allá de la rueda. El abuso de pajera en comunidades LGBQ/T (BWJP)
Este seminario se centrará en la importancia de crear conciencia sobre el contexto de la vida de las personas LGBT como un componente clave en la abogacía creativa y eficaz con sobrevivientes LGBTQ. A través de compartir historias y ejemplos, expandiremos nuestra comprensión de las fortalezas, vulnerabilidades y barreras que sobrevivientes LGBTQ enfrentan cuando navegan sistemas y comunidades.  Al igual abordáremos las consideraciones únicas enraizadas en las experiencias vividas de los sobrevivientes LGBTQ para las planificaciones de seguridad y la abogacía.
1:00pm MST

December 16: Releases, Waivers & Privilege for Violence Survivors (BWJP)
This webinar takes a close look at formal releases and privacy waivers as a tool for survivors rather than a bureaucratic hurdle that must be cleared before help is given.
12:30pm MST

December 17: Beyond Criminalization (BWJP and NWN)
This webinar is designed to discuss in practical terms why mandatory arrest and reporting does not result in justice or safety for survivors of domestic violence and to propose concrete actions programs and advocates can take to disentangle their work from the criminal legal project. The discussion will be designed around anti-violence advocates based in community organizations (non-profits and independent organizations.
11:00am MST

December 17: Rebuilding Financially After Domestic Violence (NCADV and NEFE)
Abuse is found among women and men regardless of social class, age, ethnicity, and location. Economic control in an abusive relationship takes many forms, and gaining financial self-sufficiency can be the difference between staying in or leaving a violent relationship. This workshop covers building a modest financial foundation and making plans for the future, which are crucial skills you can impart to individuals so they are empowered to make informed, responsible financial decisions to reestablish their lives.
11am and 1:00pm MST
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