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February, 2014 National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

     Statewide News
     Your Coalition At Work
     Funding Opportunities
     Policy Update
     Technical Assistance
     In the News

 
 

  Our Revolution:

  A Movement Building Conversation
  With Teens to End Violence
 

    developed for National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month by the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
 
Teens as Change Agents

We live in a time of transition, opportunity, and responsibility.  Teens are disproportionately involved in, and affected by, abuse and violence. One in three teens will be the victim of emotional, sexual or physical abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of violence.
Violence is not inevitable; it can and must be prevented. Violence uproots the safe and supportive relationships and compassionate communities we all want and deserve – the ones we envision for ourselves and for future generations. Teens have the power to make the world a better place and they want to make a difference in their schools and communities. Although young people have been at the forefront of many social movements, some adults, as well as teens themselves, doubt their ability to change the world. Young people can and do have a tremendous impact on others, not only on their peers, but also on adults.

Purpose of the Our Revolution Conversation

The purpose of this conversation is to connect and mobilize teens in creating compassionate communities where violence is no longer a common occurrence. Young people are the present and the future of our communities. Their attitudes and behaviors will shape future generations. Many youth are passionate about making the world a better place. 

During the months of February, March, and April, 75 activists, advocates, or allies who facilitate a conversation and answer a brief survey will be randomly selected for a $100 incentive.  Each month we will select up to 25 persons to receive the incentive. The more conversations, the more chances an advocate will have to be selected! For those who are selected, our hope is that they will use the incentive towards developing a personal practice that will nurture self-care to sustain their energy over a lifetime of activism. 
 

To Download the Our Revolution, Conversation Guide CLICK HERE
To Download the Our Revolution, Order Form for additional materials, CLICK HERE
 





The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) is sponsoring a series of events and opportunities for engagement throughout the month of February for Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month 2014. Please check VAWnet.org for a forthcoming announcement with more information about the events highlighted below. Increase your knowledge base and learn about valuable resources for Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence.
To view the Flyer of Events - Click Here


 

STATEWIDE NEWS

HOW: Click here to register for the webinar. Free & all those who want to ensure HB 1162 passes are encouraged to participate!

New This Year
 

Participate In The HB14-1162 Postcard Campaign

Postage paid postcards asking for your state legislator’s support of HB 1162 and containing key talking points will be sent to you to mail to your Representatives and Senators. All you do is add your contact information and drop them in the mail. The more postcards you send, the more support you will build for the bill!
 
Meet with the State Legislators in Your Community

During the state legislative session, it is often easier to meet with Senators and Representatives when they are at home, than when they are under the dome in Denver. Please try to schedule meetings with them now for a date during the first few weeks after the webinar. Since the bill process for HB 1162 begins in the state House, it is important to meet with your Representative(s) first, and then meet with your Senator(s). Just contact their office, let them know you are a constituent, and ask to schedule a meeting to discuss HB 1162 for a date that he/she will be in their district. See the attached spreadsheet for contact information and, if you are representing your organization, for a list of the legislators who represent your organization’s service area. If you aren’t sure who represents you as an individual, just click here http://votesmart.org/ and enter your nine digit zip code in the box under “Find Your Elected Officials” on the right side of the screen.

For questions or assistance, please contact Amy Miller: amiller@ccadv.org or (303) 962-0933
 

Your Coalition At Work   

by Ellen Stein Wallace, Interim Executive Director

A huge THANK YOU to Cheryl Beene for her service on the CCADV board of directors and as the board treasurer.  Cheryl just recently resigned from the board after 5 1/2 years of service.  She is the Executive Director of Renew, Inc. in Cortez.
 
Also, welcome to Karla Kitzman of Latimer House, Angela Hackett of TESSA, and Jackie List from Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley who joined the board in the latter part of 2013, as well as Deb Bittner from Family Tree who was voted on to the board in January 2014.  Thank you all for your willingness to serve in this capacity.  

February is an exciting month at CCADV. This year we are trying a brand new format for our February LEAD (Legislation, Education, and Advocacy Day) - our first VIRTUAl event.  We are also super excited about our Rural Project - the Project Sites will be announced by the first week of March; content for the new website is being loaded as I  write; membership renewals and applications are due; region meeting schedules will soon be announced, and like the rest of you - grant writing seasons is upon us.  This February, we are running the first of what we hope will become an annual fundraiser.  


"This Valentine’s Day, let your loved ones know you believe in relationships based on equality, respect, and trust by making a donation to CCADV in their honor!  CCADV will send a beautiful animated e-Valentine’s Day card with the following message to the person you choose, letting them know that you value them and are dedicated to healthy relationships." 

To view the Valentine's Day Card brochure click here

To view February's edition of Your Coalition at Work click here

REMINDER - CCADV Membership!

Just a reminder, 2013 membership benefits expire on March 1, 2014.  Please renew your membership prior to that date to maintain your access to the listservs, free TA and training, and the new Members Only section of the soon to launch new website!  Links to renewal forms and applications are available on the CCADV website at www.ccadv.org.
 


2014 Crime Victim Services Application Process (for 2015/2016 Funding)
CLICK HERE for more information

The Crime Victim Services (CVS) online grant application process will be open from January 15, 2014 to to February 26, 2014 for the 2015 and 2016 grant cycle. The application process will be online using the Colorado Grants Management System (COGMS) System. The workshops will provide information on understanding the application process and on using the new system to apply for CVS funds that include:
  • Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)
  • Federal S.T.O.P. Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
  • Federal Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP)
  • State Victim Assistance & Law Enforcement Act (State VALE)
Grant Application Workshops are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations. 

Monday, February 10, 2014 (9:00 A.M. to 12 Noon AND 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.)
          Office for Victims Programs
          710 Kipling Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room (#308)
          Lakewood, CO 80215
Thursday, February 13, 2014 (9:00 A.M. to 12 Noon) - - WEBINAR

OVW-2014-3692
OVW FY 2014 Grants to Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus CLICK HERE for more information.

OVW-2014-3691
OVW FY 2014 Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program
CLICK HERE for more information.

POLICY UPDATE
At the top of CCADV’s policy agenda during the current state legislative session are House Bill 1017, which deals with the shortage of affordable housing in Colorado, and House Bill 1162, which addresses the child custody issues in cases of sexual assault that resulted in the conception of a child
 
House Bill 1017 (HB 1017), which seeks to create adequate and dedicated funds to expand the availability of affordable housing in our state, is receiving active support by CCADV during this legislative session. We have signed up to be a part of the group working for passage of the bill called the Within Reach Coalition. CCADV is prioritizing this bill because Colorado’s shortage of affordable housing is and for many years has been one of the most significant barriers to safety and independence for survivors of domestic violence and their children in our state. HB 1017 was recently passed by the House Local Government Committee and awaits a hearing in the House Finance Committee before (we hope) it will move on to the full House for a vote.
 
House Bill 1162 addresses the lack of child custody legal options and protections in sexual assault incidents, for which there is no criminal conviction, that resulted in the conception of a child. This includes sexual assault that occurs in the context of domestic violence. Last year, the legislature passed Senate Bill 227 (SB 227), which created similar legal options and protections in cases of sexual assault in which the perpetrator was convicted. SB 227 also legislated the Task Force on Children Conceived by Rape to study and make recommendations for how the courts should address child custody matters in cases of sexual assault for which there is no conviction. HB 1162 is informed by the recommendations of that Task Force to which CCADV’s Public Policy Director was appointed and in which she actively participated. This priority bill for CCADV is also the focus of our 2014 Legislative Education & Advocacy Day event beginning on Tuesday, February 11th from Noon – 1:30PM via webinar. See the LEAD event section above for more information about how you can support passage of HB 1162 and to register for the webinar.
 
WHAT IS A PROMOTORA?  Promoting Peace and Empowerment: Tapping in to the Power of Non-Mainstream Advocacy
Kristiana Huitron, CCADV Rural Latino Outreach Project Manager

Knowledge is a natural occurring phenomenon that develops throughout the lifetime of an individual and for collectives as culture or traditions. We all know someone in our neighborhood, workplace, or family who shows natural leadership; who seems to be able to conduct wisdom; and to whom everybody turns for guidance and trusts. These, leadership, wisdom, and trusted community membership, are the qualities of individuals that you will find are universal in what is often called Promotora work. CLICK HERE to read more.

Want to know how your doing with cultural responsiveness in your program/work?  To view the Cultural Competency Continuum, CLICK HERE

UNDERSTANDING RURAL - Moving Beyond Demographics
Pat Tessmer, CCADV Advocacy and Resources/Rural Issues Committee Staff Liaison

Advocates from rural areas have struggled for decades to articulate the differences between urban and rural that go beyond demographics.   This inability to accurately describe the differen
 
ces once again came into focus for me when I was recently asked by a colleague to explain why I felt it was imperative to staff the statewide positions of CCADV's OVW Rural Project with people who had significant rural experience. Even after spending 30 years in a remote rural area it was frustrating that I could not provide a reasonably adequate answer.  My own inability to fully articulate why and how rural was different and what a successful approach to our work in rural areas might look like, prompted me to CLICK HERE  to read more.
 
The 2014 HHS POVERTY GUIDELINES have been released, to view info CLICK HERE


FEBRUARY WEBINARS FROM THE BATTERED WOMEN'S JUSTICE PROJECT:

The Child Custody/Child Protective        Pornography & the Abuse of Women
Service "Sandwich"                                 Date:  Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014
Date:  Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014                Time:  1 - 2:30 pm (CENTRAL TIME)
Time:  2 -3:30 pm (Central Time)         
 
Intersection Between IPV Exposure       Reproductive Coercion and Intimate
and Military Service                                 Partner Violence
Date:  Thursday, Feb 20, 2014                  Date:  Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014
Time:  2 – 3:30 pm (CENTRAL TIME)          Time:  2 – 3:30 pm (CENTRAL TIME)                              
 
Male Peer Support & Violence Against                       
Women:  The History & Verification of
a Theory                                                                       

Date:  Friday, February 28, 2014                                                                                 
Time:  2:00 – 3:30 pm (CENTRAL TIME)
 
CLICK HERE for course descriptions, learning objectives, presenter information and registration links.
 

TELECONFERENCE – Promoting Safety Through Effective Representation and Advocacy for Victims of Intimate partner Violence -Safety planning necessitates an on-going dialogue with victims to thoroughly assess the possible adverse impact of various legal and service options. Legal reliefs and services that are commonly sought in most cases may be present barriers to safety for some victims of domestic or sexual violence. The presenter will discuss strategies for developing effective partnerships with victims to promote safety throughout the legal system and beyond.
Date:  Thursday, Feb 20, 2014
Time:  12:00 – 1:00 pm (EST)
CLICK HERE for more information
   
WORKSHOP - Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents - A workshop sponsored by the Denver Children's Advocacy Center

Date:         Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Time:         9:00AM - 12:00PM
Location:   Gym at Foothills Gateway Inc. 
                  301 Skyway Dr. Ft. Collins, CO  80525 
Cost:         $65 per individual
  
CLICK HERE for more information.
For questions in regards to this training contact Agustin Leone at Agustin@DenverCAC.org
or at 303-996-8596
 

 
The Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign resources are designed to educate families about the services available under Medicaid and CHIP and to enroll or renew coverage for eligible children and teens in these programs.  HRSA has partnered with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign—a nationwide effort to enroll eligible children and teens in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
 
To support the Campaign, CMS has developed a set of outreach and enrollment materials. Many of the resources, downloadable at InsureKidsNow.gov, can be customized with local contact information by following the instructions in the Campaign customization guide. Materials include print-ready posters and palm cards, radio and television public service announcements and drop-in articles. CMS will also have a compilation of the resources available on DVD this June. Once the disks are ready for distribution, we will send out ordering instructions and a link to CMS’ Product Ordering website. Keep an eye out later this spring!
 
Whether you’re working with schools, clinics, health centers, or other organizations, the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign resources are designed to educate families about the services available under Medicaid and CHIP and to enroll or renew coverage for eligible children and teens in these programs. Learn more about the Campaign by visiting InsureKidsNow.gov—or contact the Connecting Kids to Coverage Campaign team at insurekidsnow@fleishman.com or 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669).
 

 
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