What's happening at CCADV in February 2016
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February is TDV Awareness Month
There are great resources available. Find More!
The Legislative Session is in full swing
Lydia fills you in. Get the update!
Upcoming Trainings
Lots of great webinars and other events this month. Check 'em out!

February is...

 

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

#teenDVmonth

History: In 2006, Congress followed the lead of dozens of national, state and local organizations in sounding the call to end dating abuse. Both Chambers declared the first full week in February "National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week." Then in 2010, they began dedicating the entire month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention. 

In this newsletter, we have included some articles, resources, and training opportunities to aid you in your work to raise awareness about teen dating violence and promote programs that are working to prevent it. 

Are you hosting a training or event related to TDV awareness or prevention that you want to share with the CCADV community?
Post an event on our community calendar!

National Respect Announcement
(from www.loveisrespect.org)
 
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’d like to remind you that everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship. Remember, love has many definitions, but abuse isn’t one of them. If you or someone you know has a question about a relationship, healthy or unhealthy, visit loveisrespect.org or text “loveis” to 22522.

What better way to say Happy Valentine’s Day than helping all of your friends learn about healthy relationships? Help distribute the National Respect Announcement on February 12, 2016. Encourage teens to read it in class or youth group, post it to their Facebook wall or share it on Tumblr. However you prefer, spread the word!
TDV Interactive Power and Control Wheel
(from BreaktheCycle.org)
 
We LOVE this resource! This interactive wheel (linked to the wheel below- just click it!) illustrates with facts and videos how dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
Great tool to use with teens. 
Check out the Our Gender Revolution Campaign! 


Our Gender Revolution believes in a world where everyone can thrive and fulfill their real potential. They offer campaign materials for your schools, youth organizations, or communities including posters, pocket cards, and a conversation guide. 
More Resources and Upcoming Trainings
 
Awareness and Action Guide: LoveisRespect.org's National Youth Advisory Board Respect Week 2016 Guide
Respect Week was developed as a special way to for young people to raise awareness during Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The activities in this guide are easy to implement students and youth leaders in schools, sports programs, and youth/community groups of all kinds.

iPhone App: The 'Love is Not Abuse iPhone App' was launched in August 2011. This free app is an educational resource for parents that demonstrates the dangers of digital dating abuse and provides much needed information on the growing problem of teen dating violence and abuse.Over the course of the experience, you receive text messages, emails and phone calls in real-time mimicking the controlling, abusive behaviors teens might face in their relationships. The app also provides information on warning signs of abuse, concrete steps parents can take if they are concerned their child may be a victim and tips for how to talk to your child about the issue.

Twitter Chat: A Deeper Look at Boundaries (hosted by @loveisrespect)
During this chat, we’ll be diving deeper into what happens when boundaries are violated and how to have difficult conversations with your partner.
@loveisrespect #teenDVchat
Feb. 18 at 5pm MST 

Webinar: â€œThe New Normal: Understanding the Dating Culture and Dating Abuse in Today’s Society”
Co-hosted by Break the Cycle and loveisrespect. We will discuss current trends and social and cultural norms from a young person’s perspective. The webinar will address what young people experience, including challenges. We will also provide a toolkit for the participating programs that includes one-pagers, etc. on how to start a conversation, how to mobilize teens and young adults and tips on addressing dating abuse.
Feb. 25 at 1pm MST
 
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Your Coalition in Action...

Message from the Director

  Amy Miller,Executive Director

Dear Members, Supporters and Friends,
 
I'm thrilled to announce that CCADV is launching our new Domestic Violence Housing Program, and we are hiring a new position to staff the office.The Housing Program Coordinator will be responsible for statewide technical assistance, training, public will building, and systems advocacy on housing and homelessness issues as they relate to domestic violence, as well as assisting overall in the visioning, planning, and implementation of projects under our new Domestic Violence Housing Program. Please review the application requirements and qualifications to determine if you or someone you know would be a great applicant for this new staff position. 

Domestic violence is a primary cause of homelessness for women and children. In a desire to build understanding, compassion, and engagement throughout Colorado on the intersection of domestic violence, housing, and homelessness, CCADV recently teamed up with the Family Tree and Colorado Council of Churches to become a partner on the CLOSE TO HOME campaign. The campaign brings together diverse organizations and individuals to collectively share real stories about homelessness, identify actions and policies that make a meaningful difference, and rally our community. Everyone needs a safe place to call home, and our new DV Housing Program will focus on ways to help make that vision a reality for survivors throughout Colorado. 
      
        Sincerely,
        Amy Miller

Public Policy Update

   Lydia Waligorski, Public Policy Director

I am forgoing my usual policy update in this newsletter because something great is happening today, and I want to share it with you. This afternoon, after nearly three years of research, after two years of stakeholder work, and after an entire summer and fall of crafting language, today is the first reading of HB 1080 - Assault by Strangulation. I have been contacted by many of our members and dozens of survivors of non-fatal strangulation in support of this effort. As I write this morning, witnesses from all over Colorado are driving to come testify today.
 
Today the City of Denver has also scheduled a parade and a rally in celebration of the Denver Bronco’s Super Bowl win. The rally is located across the street from the Capitol, right around the same time as our hearing, and the festivities are expecting a million fans to pour into our downtown neighborhood which may have added an extra layer of anxiety for our witnesses. However, the CCADV staff has gone above and beyond to help ensure all 14 witnesses can get to the Capitol, find parking, and be supported through the process. Staff even anticipated the neighborhood restaurants being super busy and brought in food for witnesses. This was nothing I had anticipated before Sunday night, and our staff came through in a tight spot, with little notice as only advocates can do. I am so thankful for their support, and wanted to share with everyone a great example of our team coming together to support the policy work of CCADV.
 
You can follow the hearing today by listening in to the house Judiciary Committee on the Legislative Website starting at 1:30 PM. We will also do our best to tweet during the hearing (@CCADV1). There is still time and there is still great need to have survivors complete the strangulation survey. Please share this information with all of your clients. We need approximately 80 more responses before we can have enough data to properly analyze. This will be helpful for us the next time this legislation is heard and will give us data we can use in the training and implementation of enhanced responses to strangulation.
 
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. Wish us luck!

            Sincerely,
            Lydia Waligorski

New Partnership with the VITAL Project

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Upcoming Trainings

Webinars

February 16: Differentiated Domestic Violence Offender Treatment in Colorado: What it is and How it’s Working (ARC)
In 2010, Colorado began implementing revised standards and now employs a differentiated treatment model for domestic violence offenders. This model is based on the Risk, Needs and Responsivity Principles (RNR) which research has demonstrated are effective in reducing general offender recidivism. The RNR Principles  emphasize matching offender level of risk to level of service, assessing dynamic risk factors associated with criminal behavior and target those needs in treatment  and addressing the offender’s learning by tailoring the intervention to the learning style, motivation, abilities and strengths of the offender. Cheryl Davis, LPS, DV Unit Manager of Colorado’s Domestic Violence Offender Management Board, will discuss their new model, currently featured as a Promising Practice on BWJP’s website.
1:00pm MST 

February 18: Talking with Survivors about Privacy, Releases and Choices (BWJP)
“Sign at the x, then we’ll get working” is the most common approach to discussing forms in modern America. This webinar will take a step back to examine the interaction between worker and survivor, the true nature of choice and risk balancing as part of violence recovery, and the gold standard for communicating about privacy, risk, releases, and individual choices.
1:00pm MST

February 23: Victim Centered Interviewing for Probation (BWJP)
In an attempt to enhance the safety of those victimized by offenders, probation officers are increasingly interacting with victims. This session addresses signs of secondary trauma that could result from hearing traumatic stories. Suggestions for dealing with our own trauma and that of the person who was victimized are offered. The presenter will discuss ways to help a traumatized individual and empower them through victim-centered interviewing practices.  The historical roles of probation/parole interviews are examined to see how these practices may endanger those who have been victimized. Finally, some practical policies and interviewing skills are discussed.
12:00pm MST

February 23: Building a Movement to End Child Sexual Abuse (PreventConnect)
How can an organizing framework be used to create a movement to end child sexual abuse? The Just Beginnings Collaborative (JBC) is a movement building platform designed to initiate, cultivate and fund strategic efforts to end child sexual abuse. JBC's work is grounded in the practice of leaders, organizations and funders working together to build a vibrant, sustainable movement.This web conference is an opportunity to learn more about the vision of JBC, the pilot organizing projects recently funded by JBC and to add your ideas for meaningful collective action to end child sexual abuse.
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 one and a half day event will include and evening program for educators, youth and parents, followed by a full day of sessions for Advocates and Providers; Law Enforcement; Legal Professionals; Administrators and Directors. We are excited to have both local and national experts presenting, including NNEDV’s Safety Net Project, #iCANHELP, and Stan Garnett and Tim Johnson from the Boulder County District Attorney’s office.
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 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

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?
Post an event on our website calendar!
Resources

*Culture, Health & Sexuality: An International Journal for Research, Intervention and Care
That we need to work with men and boys has become a key mantra of health programmes globally, particularly those concerned with HIV, violence and more recently sexual and reproductive health and rights, and yet there is very little known about how effective these programmes are, nor of the challenges, opportunities and politics of this work. A special issue of Culture, Health and Sexuality draws together a number of globally recognised authors to reflect on the field, as well as provide provocative insights into the politics and processes of working with men and boys.Edited by Andrew Gibbs (HEARD, University of KwaZulu-Natal), Cathy Vaughan (Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne) and Peter Aggleton (Centre for Social Research in Health, University of New South Wales), this fully open access special issue "provides an entry point to new discussions that are emerging around how to work with men and boys practically, as well as the theoretical debates that this is engendering." In so doing it hopes to provoke new thinking and research in this important area. The special issue was funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
In the News... (and other info)
 
Call for Proposals: Pennsylvania Coalition Against DV
The PCADV Conference Planning Committee appreciates your willingness to share your knowledge and expertise by presenting at our 2016 Conference. Sharing your experience and knowledge at a statewide conference often leads to an increased awareness of your organization’s mission and provides a wonderful opportunity to network with professionals who influence the lives of domestic violence survivors and their families throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
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