What's happening at CCADV in October
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
Check out some of this year's resources. Read More!
Public Policy Update
The 2016 Legislative Session is just around the corner. Read about it!
Upcoming Trainings
Lots of great trainings and other events this month. Check 'em out!

This October it's...

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

CCADV's Goal for 2015: To raise awareness about how the portrayal of traditional gender norms (masculinity v. femininity; heteronormativity; cisgendered) in the media deeply impacts how society values (rather, devalues) everything that gets labeled feminine by the culture – qualities like compassion, cooperation, empathy, intuition, and sensitivity.

‘How does this relate to domestic violence?’ you ask. In order to combat gender-based violence, we must be able to identify the ideas, customs, and institutions that promote this violence. Culture, through the media, contributes to the perpetration of domestic violence and other forms of abuse by shaping norms: casting men as strong and capable, devaluing women, and glorifying violence by men and within sexuality.

We're kicking off the month with a film screening and panel discussion in Denver. And with the help of your colleagues around the state, we've also created a community film screening kit for YOU.  

And plan to join us on October 25th for a Statewide At-Home Film Screening! Using the hashtag #DVAMColorado, you can live post and tweet with other individuals around Colorado starting at 5:00pm @CCADV1 or www.facebook.com/ColoradoCoalitionAgainstDomesticViolence. 

Find more DVAM information and resources on our website at:

Most of us consume 10 hours of media a day.  Do YOU ever wonder what the message behind the message is? 

Check out these DVAM posters that will help raise awareness in your community!

Domestic Violence and Media Literacy

Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Historically, ‘literacy’ has referred to the ability to read and write. But that doesn’t take us far enough when it comes to the complex messaging we receive everyday through a variety of media sources. Media literacy helps us think critically about the messages we’re receiving and understand how media messages shape our culture and society, our individual actions, and the way we view ourselves and others. 

All media messages are constructed. The following are the Five Key Questions of Media Literacy (developed by The Center for Media Literacy at medialit.org) designed to help you deconstruct any media message in order to recognize what the media maker wants us to believe or do, and decide for ourselves if we let that happen.

The Five Key Questions of Media Literacy.

  1. Who created this message?
  2. What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?
  3. How might different people understand this message differently?
  4. What values, lifestyles, and points of view are represented in, and omitted from, this message?
  5. Why is this message being sent?

We invite you to think critically about how relationships are are portrayed in the media. Look at the messages you see in films, TV, and other media sources, and ask yourself: What am I being asked to believe? And then decide for yourself what you DO believe…

Check out this Quick Guide to Media Literacy available through the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault!

Check out this great example of how to use media literacy to deconstruct the recent film, ‘Gone Girl’.

Check out this infographic that explains what to do if your cinematic crush is really a stalker. Egads!

Check out this report that Finds Wide Diversity Gap Among 2014’s Top-Grossing Films.

Be(yond) Aware, Be Active!
Let’s put the action in DV Action Month 2015

Check out this recording from WSCADV on their strategy for awareness building and taking action during DVAM and beyond!

DVAM (and related) Events Around Colorado
October 3Purple Light Nights Kick-Off, Denver

October 3: 5K Race Against Domestic Violence, Longmont, CO

October 14-15: 14th Annual Pikes Peak Region Domestic Violence SummitColorado Springs, CO

October 15-16LOVE, SEX, LIES: An Intimacy Checkup, Denver, CO

October 23San Luis Valley Domestic Violence Symposium, Alamosa, CO

October 29: Film Screening of the Hunting Ground, Colorado Springs, CO

Hosting a training or other event for DVAM?
Share it with the statewide CCADV community!

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Your Coalition in Action

Praxis International TA providers Marcus Bruning and Rose Thelen, in collaboration with the CCADV Rural CCRT Project, facilitated a training for around 60 law enforcement officers in Aspen this month. 

A beautiful autumn day in Colorado. CCADV's Amy Miller and Lydia Waligorski took this picture on their way to Durango this month for a meeting with Region IV members. 

We can't get enough of the Amy and Lydia's great pics! We love to see the aspens change in Colorado in the fall!

Dear Members, Supporters, and Friends,

I'm back from a relaxing end-of-summer vacation, rejuvenated and ready to continue moving the Coalition's mission forward! Towards that end, I picked up where I left off in the development of new, exciting partnerships and programs at CCADV. It's been a busy summer and I have so much to share with you all!
First, I have been developing a program to address a myriad of housing needs of domestic violence survivors: accessible, trauma informed shelter and transitional housing; bridge housing; long-term, stable housing via a domestic violence housing first model; enhancement and implementation of federal, state and local housing rights and options for survivors through advocacy; and a public will-building campaign to address homelessness and domestic violence as a root cause. I am planning to hire a Housing Program Manager by January to run the program, which will involve the provision of training and technical assistance to domestic violence and other crime victim services programs to support new approaches to meeting the housing needs of survivors and local housing advocacy, and coordination of that work with a steering committee through the Division of Criminal Justice Housing Special Project fund set aside from Colorado's influx of VOCA funding.
In partnership with the Denver City Attorney's Office, volunteer Project Coordinator Ellen Stein Wallace, and a committee of dedicated domestic and sexual violence professionals, I have been helping prepare to launch a statewide Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Action Campaign. The Campaign will replicate the successful New Zealand "Family Violence: It's Not Ok! It is Ok to Ask for Help" campaign. It is a non-blaming/non-shaming social change and prevention campaign that will deepen Coloradan's understanding of domestic and sexual violence, call upon people who are abusing others to change their behavior, upon bystanders to intervene and upon communities to adopt and localize the Campaign, to create social intolerance for domestic and sexual violence, thereby shifting the norm towards non-violent, healthy relationships and sexuality. CCADV is the home of the campaign, which we hope to launch in 2016. For more information about the New Zealand Family Violence Campaign go to: 
Colorado's new champion of the domestic violence cause, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, has expressed interest in partnering with CCADV on both of these new programs! I first met with the Attorney General in July when she convened a group of leaders in the domestic and sexual violence movement. She announced that domestic violence is among the top three priorities of her office for the remainder of her term! Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, as well as members of her staff, have since met with me and others to explore partnering on CCADV's Housing Program and DV/SA Action Campaign. We are also thrilled to have the Attorney General with us this evening to kickoff Domestic Violence Awareness Month at our Miss Representation film screening and panel. I hope you've got your ticket to join us - the event is sold out!
Please contact me for more information about either of these new programs or to get involved. Wishing you a productive and rewarding Domestic Violence Awareness Month!


Public Policy Update

Hello Members and Colleagues,
We have two important public policy announcements to make today. First, CCADV has a Representative who has agreed to sponsor legislation on strangulation; however, if the cost to implement the law comes back too high in the fiscal note, he may be unwilling to introduce the bill next session due to the State’s budget concerns. The budget concerns are primarily a result of the anticipated TABOR refunds the state will be required to make next year.
We anticipated legislation to enhance the response to strangulation would create a fiscal impact. It is imperative we as advocates create momentum and awareness regarding the lethality and the prevalence of strangulation in order to pass meaningful legislation this session. Look for an email from me with a message you can send to the state Representative(s) and Senator(s) who represent the domestic violence survivors you advocate for to educate them about the dire need for a response to strangulation assaults appropriate to the seriousness of the crime.
I am also looking for stories from survivors who have experienced non-lethal strangulation who may be comfortable speaking to the media and testifying. 
Second, as you may have already heard, the government is not shutting down in the near future. Now that this  short-term crisis is over, we will turn back to messages about the need for a longer-term, fair budget deal.  
Finally, I want to share with you a message from NNEDV regarding the reauthorization of FVPSA (a significant portion of the funding DVP grants) which technically expired yesterday (September 30th, 2015):
"We want to let you know that FVPSA’s “expiration” will have no impact on the funding, which is determined each year via the federal Appropriations process. 
NNEDV has met with all Congressional leadership on the authorizing Committees (House: Education and Workforce; Senate: Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) and the Appropriations Committees. All have assured us that the technical expiration does not jeopardize FVPSA funding or its stability. This is quite common, as many federal bills expire and continue to be funded. The authorizing Committees write and pass federal statutes, while the Appropriations Committees allocate the funding.  In fact, you may remember that VAWA was “expired” for two years before its reauthorization in 2013. 
FVPSA was last reauthorized in 2010 and its funding is authorized through 2015. Many federal statutes have a 5 year time frame, to allow stakeholders to revisit the legislation and recommend improvements. As you know, FVPSA is the only federal funding source directly dedicated to domestic violence programs and services. Seventy percent of FVPSA’s funds are distributed via formula to each state and territory. FVPSA-funded service providers serve approximately 1.3 million survivors each year.  FVPSA is authorized to receive $175 million in federal appropriations each year but is typically only allocated around $130-$135 million each year. Again, it is crucial to amplify the need for increased FVSPA funds through the annual appropriations process.
NNEDV, with significant input from the public policy committee and all of the state domestic violence coalitions, who are informed by their member domestic violence programs, has been meeting over the last several years to discuss FVPSA’s reauthorization with other national stakeholders. We are working diligently to develop a set of recommendations to amend the underlying FVPSA statute. We are also anticipating the release of guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which will give further directives to states and domestic violence programs. This important and long-awaited guidance will likely influence any statutory recommendations that we make.   
At this point, it would be most helpful for coalitions, local service providers and other FVPSA stakeholders to continue to advocate for increased FVPSA funds."

Thank you as always for your active participation in our policy work. Have a wonderful DVAM, everyone!


TIC: Seeking Safety Learning Circle- Recruitment Complete!


CCADV has been pleased with the strong interest in the Seeking Safety Learning Circle initiative!  We have finished enrollment and have begun the in-person training.  Staff from Renew, Alternative Horizons, and Archuletta County Victim Assistance Program attended a training on Sept 11th, and the remaining sites gathered for the in-person training in Colorado Springs just yesterday, September 30.

Seeking Safety is a curriculum designed to help trauma survivors build skills to reduce their trauma symptoms and move into a life of safety and stability.  Particularly helpful for survivors who are misusing substances, Seeking Safety has been adopted by advocates across California. The CA project found that “the agencies who made changes, reduced barriers and implemented Seeking Safety, showed improved shelter functioning, improved client outcomes, and improved staff morale. It was a huge success!”  More to come in the coming 6 months about how Seeking Safety is working in Colorado. 
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Upcoming Trainings


CCADV's Brown Bag Discussion Series #10: CANCELLED
Happy DVAM! Good luck with your awareness raising activities in your communities!

October 13: For Your Own Good? Rethinking Mandatory Reporting Practices  (NWN)
For many youth, the first thing they are told when they reach out to a service provider is: "If you tell me about violence, I will have to make a mandatory report to CPS or the police."  This statement silences young people.  It says, "There is no one you can talk to about your experiences.  You are alone."   How did we get here?  This webinar will help anti-violence advocates separate fact from fiction when it comes to Mandated Reporting.  We will give practical tips for limiting the negative impacts of mandatory reports, share youth-centered practices when a report is needed, as well as lay out a rational for a reform of current mandatory reporting practices.
1:00pm MDT

October 20: Best Practices for Advocacy and Law Enforcement: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go (BWJP)
This webinar presents findings from a national study of domestic violence. Among other findings, an exemplary level of police response (that which included at least 6 “best practices” for law enforcement – follow up after initial contact, safety planning with victim, assessment of child’s needs, provision of 911 telephone, description of protection orders and court procedures, connection with available shelter and services, explanation of effects of domestic violence on children, and efforts to help victims feel safe) was most associated with arrest. Contact with advocates involving referrals and protection order information was most associated with separation from domestic violence perpetrators. Obstacles to accessing services were identified. Helpseeking was not deterred by obstacles in the directions anticipated by researchers. Criminal justice case attrition was high across the full spectrum of criminal legal interventions. Finally, we will consider ways to improve the law enforcement and advocacy response, including the VIGOR safety plan.
1:00pm MDT

October 27Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control, Part 1: A Basic Skill for LGBT DV Advocacy (NWN)
This session offers an exciting introduction to the Northwest Network’s tool and analysis on assessing patterns of power and control in abusive relationships. Developed over 20 years of work with LGBT survivors of intimate partner violence, the Northwest Network’s approach to assessment continues to be a fundamental consideration  and practice for any organization hoping to create relevant, accessible support for LGBT individuals, as well as broadly expanding our capacity to holistically respond to the experiences of all survivors.
1:00pm MDT
Do you have an upcoming training?
Or another event you want to share with the CCADV community?
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Upcoming Live Trainings and Events

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 23San 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

November 2-3: Driving Change Conference 
The Driving Change Conference will provide training to communities and organizations focused on the identification of and response to high risk domestic violence cases.
Core concepts and outcomes of the Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) Modelâ„  will be presented, providing practical, hands-on training for advocates, law enforcement, probation, prosecutors and criminal justice professionals interested in a coordinated response to the most dangerous cases. The goal of the Driving Change Conference is to provide communities with the information and knowledge they need to transform their response and to explore innovative approaches and emerging issues in domestic violence homicide prevention.
Location: Boston, MA

November 5-6NO MORE in Nebraska Conference: Social Norms and Social Change 
The NO MORE in Nebraska Conference provides information on the following:
1. Building Movements for Social Change
2. Campus Sexual Assault and Title IX
3. Neurobiology of Trauma: Practical Applications
4. Utilizing Popular Culture as a Space to Engage, Educate & Reflect on Sexual Violence & Masculinities
Location: Lincoln, NE

December 2-4Message 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.
They will offer the member rate to all Coalition staff AND all DV programs as well! Just check 'Member' at registration.
Location: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM
Check out community events hosted around Colorado 
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(Or post your own event on our website calendar: http://ccadv.org/submit-event/)
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Accounting for Risk and Danger Practice Checklists: Coordinating Risk Assessment in Domestic Violence Cases 
from the Battered Women's Justice Project
The Accounting for Risk and Danger Practice Checklists can guide communities in examining their current response to IPV and identify: “How well does the current response address risk?” and prompts the assessors to ask: “What more could be done to improve reduction of risk, especially for victims who may be at high risk of serious, repeated or lethal violence?” 

Free Online Tutorials for Child Welfare and Court Professionals
from the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) 
NCSACW is a national resource center providing information, expert consultation, training and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court and substance abuse treatment professionals to improve the safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes for children, parents and families.

Children’s Exposure to Violence, Crime, and Abuse: An Update
This bulletin, cosponsored by OJJDP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presents findings from the second National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV II), which was conducted in 2011. NatSCEV II gathered data about exposure to violence among a new group of 4,500 children ages 1 month to 17 years. 

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