Dear Members,Supporters, and Friends,
After an active summer of advancing our common cause as prioritized by our members, CCADV heads into a season of listening and reflection to make sure we are on the right path, to determine if course corrections are needed and to gather information essential to the success of efforts already underway. Over the next few months, CCADV will offer a variety of ways for all voices affected by or concerned with increasing the health and social well-being of communities around the state to chime in and join in shaping the road ahead for our domestic violence movement.
This month, Lydia Waligorski, Public Policy Director, will be seeking your help with surveying domestic violence survivors about their experiences with strangulation assaults to gather data vital to the passage of legislation to strengthen Coloradoâ€™s approach to these heinous assaults. I too will be reaching out to seek your participation in the development and implementation of a statewide needs assessment, an annual requirement of the Family Violence and Prevention Services Act (FVPSA), yet an invaluable opportunity to hear from all communities about how to fill gaps in our collective work. I encourage you to be proactive and contact either Lydia (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself (email@example.com) regarding your interest in participating in these activities and to offer suggestions about who else should be at the table. Since the information gathered directs the decision-making and actions of the Coalition and beyond, it is critical that a diversity of voices are heard.
In September we offer our day long regional membership meetings to offer time and space to be with your people and to engage with one another as a Coalition. Network. Hear from CCADV staff about new programs and projects under development involving housing, prevention and building our capacity for movement building via our invitation to be â€œMovement Makersâ€ in the NoVo Foundationâ€™s Move to End Violence Project and learn how you can get in on the action! Listen to one another and help each other out. This time together will also be for talking about what you want to bring. Those nagging little (and big) problems that many of us have in common. Have you solved a problem recently? Great! Bring your materials and your cutting edge ideas to share too!
We hope youâ€™ll also join us on October 1st at 6:00PM at the Crossroads Theater in Denver for a screening of and discussion on Miss Representation as we launch Domestic Violence Awareness Month with this acclaimed documentary that explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. Click here to find out more information about the event.
Just as input from survivors of domestic violence is necessary and invaluable to defining and guiding the services of community based domestic and sexual violence programs, so it is with feedback about the services and advocacy CCADV provides on behalf of our clients, our members. Your participation in the collection of information and data, as well as Coalition activities is not only important, but is necessary to achieving our collective goal of ending domestic violence. After all, without you, we arenâ€™t a Coalition!
Hello Members and Colleagues,
We Need to Hear From You!
The heart of Advocacy, for me, has been about fighting for change and improving other peopleâ€™s experiences with systems in the name of social justice. Advocacy can be a place of constant query where we not only have the opportunity to effectuate change but the obligation and privilege to do so.
Over the next few months CCADV will be asking for you, our members, to help us advocate for your interests by completing a series of surveys related to policy work as well as the NNEDV census, which we also use for ongoing policy advocacy, especially at the federal level. These surveys provide you all with a way to participate in the policy making process and ensures we are being responsive to the needs and interests of you, our members.
Feedback loops work best when there are ample participants-and I know you are all advocates who are here to influence positive changes on behalf of survivors-so I know you have this! We are spreading out the timing of the surveys to avoid overburdening folks. I am available for questions or comments at any time.
Here is a list of upcoming policy related surveys in order of when you will see them in the next 2 months:
Colorado Survivor Voices on Strangulation
NNEDVâ€™s 2015 DV Counts Census
FVPSA Grantees Needs Assessment Survey
Domestic Violence and Legal Issues Survey
Colorado Survivor Voices on Strangulation
Strangulation was identified as a top policy priority by membership in 2014. By listening to survivors, we know this crime is different, highly lethal, and yet it is often charged as misdemeanor or dealt with in municipal courts- neither of which reflect the seriousness of the event. We know from advancing medicine that people suffer long term physiological effects from strangulation. We also know the symptoms of strangulation may not be apparent for hours, if not days, after the incident and may therefore be missed by first responders, especially those who do not have strangulation- specific training. This survey seeks to gather personal experiences from survivors of attempted strangulation. The survey is meant to be completed by survivors with an advocate supporting them. CCADV will use a survey similar to that which was conducted in both the Maine and Georgia Coalitions as they successfully prepared for and passed strangulation legislation.
The next Brown Bag Discussion will talk more about the survey history, implementation, and timeline for results. Our goal is to have 200 Survivorâ€™s voices collected as we move forward.
Survey opens: August 10th.
Closes : November 20th
Results: December 14th. Published with recommendations from Strangulation Subcommittee
NNEDVâ€™s 2015 DV Counts Census
Did you know Colorado has yet to have a year with 100% participation in this critical survey? This information is used Nationwide in advocacy and lobbying efforts. Please help us tell the story of ALL survivors in Colorado. This yearâ€™s number will be doubly important as there are advocacy efforts brewing around making the increased VOCA dollars a permanent change. This survey is the primary source of data that NNEDV uses to advocate for Colorado with federal decision makers.
If you are short-staffed around Census day and can use some help brainstorming a solution to reporting your numbers please contact Amy Pohl for help.
Census survey is Wednesday, September 16th, 2015
FVPSA Grantees Needs Assessment Survey
FVPSA is one of the largest and most consistent funders of domestic violence advocacy and safety services in Colorado. FVPSA requires each state coalition to develop and administer an annual survey around the needs of survivors and advocacy organizations. FVPSA requires the survey to be developed by a diverse and inclusive committee in order to generate a more comprehensive understanding of the needs of survivors and advocacy organizations. This is an opportunity for you to facilitate the type of data and information that truly reflects the needs of our state, helps to direct CCADVâ€™s training and technical assistance, and strengthens CCADVâ€™s collective voice in many arenas â€“ both statewide and nationally. For more information please contact Pat Tessmer.
Survey Opens: TBA
Domestic Violence and Legal Issues Survey
Many programs are lucky to have access to legal advocates and lawyers; however, many of our programs struggle with helping clients navigate the civil legal system, the Department of Human Services, and even housing and employments rights as a DV survivor. The Colorado Bar Association convenes a monthly meeting of advocates to discuss â€œjustice squadâ€ issues highlighting what is working for survivors and what is not working for survivors. A forthcoming survey will inform the next set of trainings and technical assistance projects from the DV and Legal Issues Committee, which has a proven track record of effectuating positive advocacy efforts in Colorado Courts and systems.
Survey open: mid October
Survey close: TBA
Results reported: January 2016
Please let me know if you have any questions! Thank you for your time and input!
This May, CCADV launched a Blog; and since then, we've been adding great posts!
Check 'em out here: http://ccadv.org/resources/blog/
The purpose of our blog is to create a forum which generates discussion that connects the mission of CCADV to mainstream culture and to our personal lives. We share articles written by CCADV members about issues that are important to professionals working with survivors of domestic violence, survivors themselves, and community members committed to ending domestic violence violence.
Interested in writing for the the CCADV Blog? Contact Amy Pohl
August 11: CCADV's Brown Bag Discussion Series #8: Advocacy Tips for the Worst Injury You Never Saw
Join CCADV Public Policy Director, Lydia Waligorski, for a conversation on strangulation in Colorado. Given the feedback from CCADV Membership, we have made strengthening the response to this most violent crime a top policy priority and we need information regarding survivors experiences with strangulation. We will talk about why strangulation cases demand special attention, and best practices for community based advocates responding to attempted strangulation survivors. This Brown Bag session will also inform a statewide survey of survivors experiences that we will be asking programs to complete/make available to survivors in the near future, so that we can better inform our systems advocacy and policy work on the issue.
For more information, please contact Lydia Waligorski
August 13: Closing the Loop: Increasing investment and sustainability for sexual and domestic violence prevention (PreventConnect)
How can we set a system to invest-and reinvest-in prevention? The Institute for Medicine published a discussion paper, Closing the Loop: Why We Need to Invest-and Reinvest-in Prevention, aimed at catalyzing conversation about new ways to create sustainable funding mechanisms that support prevention and reduce healthcare costs. This web conference will outline some of the essential elements of a sustainable funding mechanism. Guests and participants will explore how sexual and domestic violence prevention efforts can "close the loop" by ensuring that when prevention efforts save money, substantial portions of that money get plowed back into prevention.
August 14: Veterans Treatment Courts and Domestic Violence (BWJP)
As Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) continue to increase in number throughout the country, many have shown themselves more willing than other types of treatment courts to accept veterans with domestic violence charges. This webinar will define and distinguish domestic violence and intimate partner violence (IPV); examine the magnitude of IPV, the significance of context, and IPVâ€™s intersection with combat-related conditions; explain what VTCs are and how they operate; present considerations VTCs must make if accepting veterans charged with domestic violence offenses, and discuss whether domestic violence courts are a better option for justice-involved veteran accountability and victim safety.
August 14: Keep Calm and Understand Elonis v. U.S. (AEquitas)
The recent decision of Elonis v. United States, 135 S.Ct. 2001 (2015), in which the United States Supreme Court reversed the defendantâ€™s conviction for posting on his Facebook page threats to harm his wife and others, has caused a good deal of concern among prosecutors, civil attorneys representing victims in protective order proceedings, law enforcement, and advocates. This webinar will explain, through analysis of the Courtâ€™s opinion, what the opinion means for victims and for the allied professionals who support them and why the Elonis decision is not cause for alarm. The webinar will also suggest strategies in charging and presenting evidence in cases involving threats or stalking on public forums such as Facebook, to maximize the likelihood of a conviction that will stand up on appeal.
August 20: Trauma â€“ An Introduction (Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Inc.)
The impact of trauma can be far-reaching and enduring. This webinar gives an overview of understanding what trauma is both in terms of what kinds of experiences can lead to trauma and what is happening within the nervous system of the individual. Signs and symptoms of trauma are reviewed along with an introduction to what it means to be trauma-informed.
August 27: Bystander Intervention on Campus: Interpersonal Violence/Sexual Assault (BWJP)
Bystander intervention is a promising innovation in violence prevention and research on its utility in the context of many different forms of violence has increased over the past ten years. It is a promising approach to bullying reduction as well as for addressing sexual assault and relationship abuse. This webinar will discuss what bystander intervention is including what research says about the potential importance of bystanders for violence prevention. Current patterns of bystander behavior from one large community sample will be presented. These show that, among other findings, most violence is witnessed (except sexual assault) but responses vary and although many intervene fewer are perceived as helpful. Faculty will provide examples of bystander prevention strategies and summarize some research about their effectiveness. Examples will be drawn from research on bullying, campus sexual assault, and preventing child sexual abuse. Practitioner bystander intervention strategies will be discussed.
August 27: Creating Sustainable Funding For Community Domestic Violence Programs & Shelters (Benevon/NCADV)
What would it look like to have an ever-increasing stream of major donors who love your mission?
August 12, 2015: Beyond #slacktivism: Using New Media for Social Change (Center on Domestic Violence, University of Colorado at Denver)
This training will provide an exploration of the concepts and skills associated with successfully using online petitions, hashtags, and other new media as tools for activism. Participants will define what online organizing is; create an online campaign strategy for their organization; and choose what online tools will best help them execute their campaign and reach their goals.
Location: Denver, CO
August 14: The State of Latino Affairs in Colorado: Connecting the Dots (CLLARO)
The Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO) will be hosting a conference entitled, The State of Latino Affairs in Colorado: Connecting the Dots on August 14, 2015 at the Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The purpose of the conference is to 1) engage policy stakeholders and leaders from the public and private sectors to learn about the CLLARO strategies and initiatives; 2) share ideas for developing concrete steps to move them forward; and 3) gain commitment to execute the strategies and initiatives.
Location: Denver, CO
September 10-11: Sports Culture: Advancing Its Role in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention (A Call to Men)
A CALL TO MEN is a leading national violence prevention organization providing training and education for men, boys and communities.
Location: Charlotte, NC
September 28-29: Advanced Domestic Violence Training & Sexual Assault Investigation Training (EVAW)
Day 1 provides information and resources to address the challenges of domestic violence cases. It is designed to strengthen skills to work effectively with victims, suspects, prosecutors and victim advocates. Day 2 provides information and resources to strengthen the investigation and prosecution of adult sexual assault cases. Topics include alcohol/drug facilitated assaults, interview techniques for victims and suspects, working effectively with victim advocates and evidence collection. This free course is for prosecutors, law enforcement, victim advocates, and other allied professionals.
Location: Craig, CO
September 29-30: THE LEGAL ADVOCATEâ€™S PERSPECTIVE: Board of Immigration Appeals Recognition and Accreditation & Immigration Legal Services for Battered Immigrants
This two-day course is geared towards non-lawyer legal advocates who will be or are currently working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence (DV) or sexual assault (SA). Trainers will combine a basic overview of immigration law with an introduction to legal and case management skills critical to becoming an effective immigration law advocate. This training is designed to help prepare legal advocates to become Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited. BIA accreditation allows non-lawyers to practice immigration law and assist survivors with obtaining lawful immigration status without the abuserâ€™s knowledge or consent. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 15, 2015
Location: Seattle, WA
October 14-15: 14th Annual Pikes Peak Region Domestic Violence Summit
"We have an amazing line up again this year. Keynote speaker will be Rickie M. Houston from A Call to Men."
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
October 23: San Luis Valley Domestic Violence Symposium
This one-day conference features nationally renowned keynote speaker, Jean Kilbourne, and sessions designed to provide service providers and professionals with quality, local training and learning opportunities on domestic violence. 1
Location: Alamosa, CO
December 2-4: Message 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.
Location: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM
*Battered Women's Justice Project launches new website
BWJP has been hard at work over the past 9 months to bring you an improved website that allows access to resources and trainings with greater ease and efficiency.
Please take a moment to visit their resource center, browse project initiatives, and view upcoming trainings and recently added webinar recordings. The new website is mobile responsive.
*Engaging Men Video Now Available!
Men are essential in ending private violence. Please watch and share a new 10-minute video on men who are working to end intimate partner violence. It includes footage collected over a decade and features some incredible men in the movement, including Ted Bunch and Tony Porter from A Call to Men, Jackson Katz, VP Joe Biden, Brian O'Connor, Joe Torres, Mark Wynn, Antonio Ramirez Hernandez, Rus Funk, George Lardner and many others. As Ted Bunch says in the piece, "We have been conditioned to [think] that if you are doing something for women or supporting women then somehow that is "against men" - well it's not that way at all...it's not two teams, it's one team - it's humanity. . . . men have the power to [end the violence]. They have the resources, the influence, and they are [usually] the ones perpetrating the violence." Please share widely and use it in your communities to engage men and boys to #EndPrivateViolence. Thank you to the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention for the support in making this resource possible. To share directly, use bit.ly/newkindofstrength
*MovingtoEndSexualAssault.org launches new and improved website
MESA's new website will provide diverse content and resources relating to the sexual assault movement:
â€¢ Resources for primary and secondary survivors of sexual assault
â€¢ Blogs featuring a variety of guest writers to better offer a diverse content relating to the sexual assault movement
â€¢ Frequent news updates
â€¢ Interconnectedness between the website and their Facebook and Twitter pages
â€¢ Career Opportunities
â€¢ Stay connected by signing up for their emails, directly from their website
News and Other Information
|*Opportunity to Give Input: Cris Sullivanâ€™s research team at Michigan State University needs your help!
You are invited to participate in a BRIEF but IMPORTANT anonymous online survey about YOUR WORK with domestic violence survivors. Surveys are completely anonymous, and responses are being sent directly and only to Cris Sullivanâ€™s research team at Michigan State University. We want to learn more about your important work and support needs, and we would like you to be part of telling that story. The results of this multi-state survey will be shared back with you through your statewide coalition, disseminated widely, and used to improve training and technical assistance efforts. If you choose to participate, you will have the option to put your name in a drawing at the end of the survey for the chance to win one of ten $25 Amazon Gift Cards to thank you for your time.The survey will remain open for responses until August 21st
. If you have any questions about the survey, feel free to contact Sara McGirr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click on the link below (or copy and paste it into your browser) to begin: http:// https://msupsychology.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_37s7QFCc2XF9NBP
*Pathways Village Brings New Permanent Supportive Housing to Grand Junctionâ€™s Homeles
Combining housing with access to support services, the 3-story structure will connect formerly homeless adults and families with case management, mental health treatment, and vocational training. The result of a unique partnership between HomewardBound of the Grand Valley, Inc, Cardinal Capital Management, Inc. and Hilltop Community Services
, Pathways Village is part of a two-phase development to include a Family Center offering temporary shelter, counseling space for community partners, a commercial kitchen, and child care space. Read more.
*Alianza Latin@ en contra la AgresiÃ³n Sexual (ALAS) releases statement re. Donald Trump's hate comments
(from July 3, 2015)
"Donald Trump encouraged Mexican immigrant demonization by evoking a Jim Crow-era reference when he called Mexicans â€œrapistsâ€ during his GOP presidential bid announcement..." Read entire statement.
The Colorado Department of Human Services
is conducting a series of town hall meetings
to solicit feedback, comments, and suggestions to help inform the direction of the department and priorities for the coming year. To find out where and when, or to register to attend, click here
|Ten Things You Might Not Know About the
Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)
by Jackie Cash
Program Manager, ACP
(pictured on right with Kim and Steven of ACP)
Before coming to the Colorado ACP, I was employed by a county and then a state agency. I loved the jobs but hated the bureaucracy. You know what I meanâ€¦'This is how weâ€™ve always done it. The rules are the rules. This is our process. Hereâ€™s the form. Print in black pen. No exceptions. No arguing.'
In August of 2007, I started my new job as the Program Manager the Colorado Address Confidentiality Program
. My office had a desk, a computer, a phone, and a copy of the newly signed legislation on my chair. There was no pre-existing â€œwayâ€ of doing things.
In 1991, when confidential address programs first began, they kept a survivorâ€™s address out of public records â€“ which were clearly defined and managed.
Fast forward to 2015, and a whole new breed of public records has been created through technology-driven connections. Practically every daily transaction and interaction involves some type of technology and information exchange. Information containing our names and addresses is collected, connected, compiled, and distributed in a multitude of ways. The connected information can become â€œpublicâ€ simply by virtue of being â€œpublicly available.â€ Confidential address programs must protect a survivorâ€™s address AND their location, and over the past eight years, the Colorado ACP has changed quite a bit. The laws have been amended several times, and we continually add processes and partnerships that strengthen survivor safety.
However, over the years, we've noticed that ACP applications seemed to be coming in from the same handful of Application Assistants. I had a hunch that most of those who were registered as Application Assistants weren't using the ACP, but we didn't know why. So, our social work intern, Amanda, went through our Application Assistant files, sent out a survey, and gathered responses and other information to find out why so few of our Application Assistants are actually sending in applications. Check out her findings here
One thing we heard back was that we needed to do more marketing. With that in mind, I wanted to share with you:
Ten Things You Might Not Know About the ACP
- The ACP does not deny your applications. If a registered Application Assistant submits a complete application, the ACP has no authority to deny it. You know your clientâ€™s situation and safety needs.
- Survivors determine how they use their substitute address. Some participants use the substitute address for everything - from receiving family birthday cards to registering a business. Other participants only use it for one or two records, such as their driverâ€™s license and voter registration. There is no right or wrong way to use the program and there is no obligation for participants to use the mail forwarding service.
- There is no exact time frame for enrolling in the program. A survivor must have moved within the past 90 days or be planning to move. The plan to move could be next week or next year. A survivor could still be living with an abuser. The ACP can send the welcome packet to you or to a safe family member or friend. That way, a survivor can begin creating new records and have a safe way to receive mail - even before they leave.
- The survivorâ€™s substitute address provides outward-facing stability. Even if a survivor is continually transitioning between locations, their substitute address stays the same. Potential employers, courts, and abusers will only see the one continual address. The ACP can also hold mail for up to 30 days while a survivor transitions between locations.
- The ACP will forward a survivorâ€™s mail to any address or PO box in the State. The ACP must have an actual address on file, but we can forward mail to any address and in care of anyone. Some survivors use the substitute address to open a post office box.
- The ACP provides direct contact numbers for some services. Xcel Energy, Colorado Spring Utility Company, and Comcast have provided participants with dedicated phone numbers, processes, and/or contacts for setting up secure services.
- Banks must accept the substitute address. A Federal Ruling authorized use of a substitute address for those who are enrolled in confidential address programs.
- Participants can use the substitute address when purchasing new vehicles. The Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles, developed a process for ACP participants to purchase dealership vehicles without providing their actual address. The information was published in the September 24, 2013 Issue of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association e-newsletter, â€œOpen Road.â€
- Participants can be enrolled in the ACP and still receive packages. The ACP does not forward participant packages, but we can provide you with several strategies for receiving your packages without connecting your name and address.
- The ACP is YOUR resource. We canâ€™t possibly list all the ways to use the ACP right here. We are available to talk about how the ACP might or might not be useful given your clientâ€™s individual situation. Call 303.866.2208 and press option 4 to be transferred.
The ACP is working with CCADV to figure out how we can work together to bring ACP services to survivors around Colorado who could benefit from program enrollment. We are going to trying a new outreach concept (well, new to us) with a "Train the Trainer" program. We would like to find advocates who are interested in becoming an ACP Resource within your agency/community. We are preparing a training that will give you the ability (and designation from the ACP) to conduct Application Assistant Training on your own and act as a local ACP liaison - someone who can answer most of the general, straightforward kinds of ACP questions, and direct all not-so-general questions our way. We are pretty excited about acquiring some program partners and are still in the planning stages of this project. However, if you are adventurous and interested, we would love to have you at our first "Train the Trainer" training (obviously we need to come up with a better name!) Steven and I will be co-conducting the training at CCADV on September 15, 2015 from 1pm-4pm. Please contact Jacque Morse
if you are interested...there are only 7 spaces left, so don't delay!