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This December We're Focused on Health
This month, we've included resources that address the health needs of survivors and DV staff. Find out more.
Your Coalition In Action
What has CCADV staff been up to? Read about it!
Upcoming Trainings
A list of webinars and live trainings from a variety of organizations around the US. Check it out!

December is...

A Season of Holidays

Whichever holiday you celebrate, or whether you choose not to, it's impossible to avoid both the excitement and the stress of the holiday season. While there is no evidence to suggest that domestic violence increases during the holiday season, the holidays do bring added or unique challenges to the work of supporting survivors. Additionally, the winter season is the peak time for cold and flu, making wellness promotion and stress management a top priority. With that in mind, CCADV chose to focus this month's newsletter on promoting health...both in our own lives and in the lives of the families we serve. 

Below are some resources/articles/tools that take into account 
the unique health needs of survivors of domestic violence and promote prevention, and support the self-care and well-being of those working in our field. Be well.

Get the Facts: Impact of Domestic Violence on Health

Intimate partner violence (IPV) has serious short- and long-term physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health problems for survivors and for their children.
  • Violence against women can have fatal results like homicide or suicide.
  • Intimate partner violence and sexual violence can lead to unintended pregnancies, induced abortions, gynaecological problems, and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. 
  • IPV during pregnancy also increases the likelihood of miscarriage, stillbirth, pre-term delivery and low birth weight babies.
  • IPV can lead to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep difficulties, eating disorders, emotional distress and suicide attempts. The same study found that women who have experienced intimate partner violence were almost twice as likely to experience depression and problem drinking. The rate was even higher for women who had experienced non partner sexual violence.
  • Health effects can also include headaches, back pain, abdominal pain, fibromyalgia, gastrointestinal disorders, limited mobility and poor overall health.
Impact on children
Children who grow up in families where there is violence may suffer a range of behavioural and emotional disturbance, and IPV has also been associated with higher rates of infant and child mortality and morbidity (e.g. diarrhoeal disease, malnutrition).
December 1 was World AIDS Day. Evidence suggests that sexual and other forms of abuse against women and girls - whether at the hands of intimate partners or strangers - increases their chances of becoming infected with HIV. 

Learn more about the link between DV and HIV, and access handouts, posters, brochures, and other resources in the Positively Safe Toolkit provided by NNEDV.
Affordable Health Care Act and Domestic Violence
Open Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has started!

For a limited time, it is possible to purchase health care for yourself and your family through the Health Insurance Marketplace in your state. Significant financial help is available to make coverage more affordable if you qualify. There are special enrollment rules for certain survivors of domestic violence. Go to healthcare.gov (cuidadodesalud.gov) to apply today. Or go to localhelp.healthcare.gov to find free, certified enrollment assistance in your area by entering your zipcode. Remember, plans offered in the Health Insurance Marketplace all cover a guaranteed set of benefits that are critical to survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. Open Enrollment goes till February 15, 2015--but enroll today for coverage beginning in January. 

Visit http://www.healthcaresaboutipv.org/aca-resources/ for updated materials and more information from the Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence including the following memos: 
  • How to apply for coverage in the health insurance marketplace
  • Tax credits and cost sharing for coverage for victims of domestic violence
  • Coverage for women’s preventive health services including screening and brief counseling for domestic violence
  • FAQ’s Health care providers and domestic violence on the ACA and the domestic violence screening and brief counseling provision
  • How domestic violence advocates can help clients get health coverage 
  • Hardship exemptions for victims of domestic violence
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence in partnership with the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (November 2014) created this Technical Assistance Guidance intended to help domestic violence programs create the organizational support needed to better respond to the wellness needs of shelter staff during the holiday season.
More articles and resources...
 
*The Health Systems Response to DV (from the Lancet's Violence against Women and Girls series)
Authors review the evidence for clinical interventions and discuss components of a comprehensive health-system approach that helps health-care providers to identify and support women subjected to intimate partner or sexual violence. Five country case studies show the diversity of contexts and pathways for development of a health system response to violence against women. Although additional research is needed, strengthening of health systems can enable providers to address violence against women, including protocols, capacity building, effective coordination between agencies, and referral networks.


*Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation
The USPSTF reviewed published research since 2004 about the benefits and harms of screening for intimate partner violence and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults. Potential benefits would be decreased disability, injury, or premature death. Potential harms would be an increase in abuse if the victim or someone else confronts the abuser.

*National Health Resource Center on DV
For almost two decades, the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (The Center) has supported health care professionals, domestic violence experts, survivors, and policy makers at all levels as they improve health care’s response to domestic violence. It features an online toolkit, expert technical assistance, a free webinar series, and more.

Your Coalition in Action


CCADV's Public Policy Director Lydia Waligorski with Senator Irene Aguilar (also Dr. Aguilar) gearing up for the 2015 legislative season. Senator Aguilar stays healthy by exercising regularly...she even has treadmill in her office!


CCADV's Beth Collins training counseling students at the Denver Seminary. There are important ways individuals and congregations as a whole can recognize and respond to the needs of survivors in their faith communities. 

CCADV's Amy Miller and Amy Pohl with 'Joy in Our Town' host Maniesha Harper. CCADV was interviewed for 2 segments for the KPJR-TV38 show, addressing domestic violence and bystander intervention. We'll keep you posted when we know air dates and times. Thank you, Maniesha and everyone at KPJR-TV38, for your warm welcome and your attention to these important issues!
 
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A Message from the Director



Dear Members,Supporters, and Friends,

What a positive and productive year of transition for the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence! In 2013, Coalition membership and community partners told the CCADV staff and board of directors what they wanted to see the organization do differently. We truly listened and took action. Coalition staff has since heard from membership and the broader community that changes to CCADV’s programming activities are exciting and of greater value to their domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts. As a result, Coalition membership is beginning to increase and diversify, and involvement in the larger domestic violence movement through the Coalition is becoming more robust. Most importantly, survivors of domestic violence across the state will benefit from enhanced organizational capacity to address domestic violence and a more powerful collective voice with which to change how systems and communities respond to domestic violence. 

As I reflect on our 2014 accomplishments, there are a few I want to highlight. In March, we created a Communications and Membership Director position and brought Amy Pohl on staff, which has significantly enhanced our communications and our capacity to assist members with theirs. CCADV’s new website launched in April with considerably more content than previously offered, and with new resources added throughout the year. As a member of the Within Reach Coalition, we helped pass legislation to create new and dedicated funding and incentives for affordable housing development in Colorado. In collaboration with the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, we fought for and secured new civil legal parental responsibilities options and rights for sexual assault survivors who have a child as a result of the crime committed against them. Also with CCASA, we delivered the most highly evaluated, best attended Colorado Advocacy In Action Conference to date. August brought the launch of our new Online Learning Center, adding a new layer of training options for our membership. We secured two Verizon HopeLine grants this year, which allows us to expand our Online Learning Center by four more courses this year and next. CCADV modified the format and content of fall regional membership meetings, and staff received positive feedback about providing the time and opportunity for members to receive information about emerging issues and to engage in rich discussions about the future of our work. Finally, we underwent a leadership transition when CCADV’s Board of Directors hired me to be the Executive Director and Ellen Stein Wallace’s tenure as Interim Executive Director came to an end.  

It is hard to believe, but almost six months has passed since I shifted into the CCADV Executive Director role from the Public Policy Director position. It is an exciting time to lead our state Coalition down our current path and into the future of our collective work on domestic violence. I welcome your support of our work in 2015 and beyond, whether through a contribution on Colorado Gives Day or at your convenience, through renewing your membership with, or becoming a member of, CCADV in 2015, or a corporate sponsorship of next year’s Colorado Advocacy In Action conference. Local organizations don’t have capacity to do statewide advocacy, training and technical assistance, and awareness and education on the issue of domestic violence, but it is necessary to our collective goal of effective intervention and prevention of domestic violence in Colorado. 

2014 has been truly transformative for CCADV, but there is still so much work on domestic violence to do. I look forward to all we will accomplish together in 2015!

 
                 -Amy 
 


 
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Public Policy Update


Hello Members and Colleagues,

Even though the Colorado legislative session does not officially begin until next month, your elected Senators and Representatives are busy putting together what will be the bones of new 2015 legislation. This fall the Public Policy Committee gained a consensus of support from our membership to move forward in the process to ask the State of Colorado to declare freedom from domestic violence as a basic human right. We seem to have nicknamed this initiative “DV Free”. We are in the process of meeting with potential sponsors and stakeholders for this possible legislation. There is still much work to be done regarding the particulars, but we feel that shifting the issue of domestic violence toward that of a human rights framework may help empower communities to consider the impact of their policies, practices, and procedures upon the needs and well-being of domestic violence survivors.  While this is an ambitious goal, there is a point of advocacy to be considered which includes educating our communities about the elements of domestic violence that may not rise to the level of a criminal act, but are no less devastating to survivors.  

As an example of this theory in practice- We as advocates are often asked to explain the construct of domestic violence which includes emotional/verbal abuse, coercion, threats, intimidation, using the children as pawns etc.  In these conversations I will often repeat what I have heard from multiple women which is these often intangible acts such as the name calling, the threats to take the children and disappear, a bullet left out on the kitchen counter, among other veiled threats were often reported by the survivors to be the worst parts of their abuse history. More so than the physical abuse. Many women I have worked with over the years have used the word torture in describing their experiences. I am certain many of you have had similar experiences in your practice.  

The idea of domestic violence being a form of torture, and the freedom to live without being tortured is very much part of a human rights framework. There have been several US municipalities, including Chicago and Miami ,that have passed Freedom from Domestic Violence as a human right declarations.   Colorado would be the first state to pass a declaration.  This is significant as the Inter American Commission on Human Rights case which affirmed the principle of freedom from domestic violence as a human right began here, with the Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. Castle Rock case which of course went before the US Supreme Court. At this point we are still not certain which measures will be included in the bill but we will be working with our bill sponsors and of course the public policy committee as things develop. 

We are also continuing to work on our ongoing efforts to further statewide implementation of SB197.  We have been in contact with the Battered Women’s Justice Project for collaboration and technical assistance on the issue and are also working with key stakeholders at the State level. We are still collecting your stories from the field regarding the successes and troubles of local courts to comply with the firearms provisions of criminal and civil protection orders.  

Thank you for your support and as always I look forward to hearing from you,

     -Lydia 
      lwaligorski(at)ccadv.org
Rural Program
Rural Issues Committee
Rural Issues Committee is updating the rural listserv.  As discussed at the last Rural Issues Committee meeting, CCADV is sending out this update request to the executive directors of our member organizations for distribution among your staff.  If you would like to be on the Rural listserv, you can email all the addresses of staff that would like to be included, or you can have staff email directly, to Pat Tessmer at ptessmer@ccadv.org
Rural Latin@ Outreach Project

Tell your comadres, compañeras  & colegas... The Promotora training for a cultural response to domestic violence and sexual assault is here! 
 

 
Promotoras Promocionando Paz en el Pueblo
A week of Promotora training focused on Latino communities and responses to
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence


Designed to develop Latin@ leadership and culturally generated solutions!
This week will equip those who work with Latin@  communities to recognize, respond to and refer survivors of domestic and sexual violence.   It will also equip those who work with Latin@ survivors to reach out, educate, and advocate from within the culture and communities. 

Training provided in English. Trainers are bilingual and bi-cultural with over 
13 years experience as Promotoras and DV/SA advocates!

If you work as a DV or SA advocate this is for you.
If you work with Latinas as a promotora, this is for you. 

 
Monday January 26 – Friday January 30, 2015
Registration: $50 a day or $200 for the week
Lunch & Snacks Provided

Register Now 

Prizes Daily
Culturally Based 
Certificates of Completion
 
Location: Drury Inn, 8155 N. Academy
                Colorado Springs, CO 80920

                $69.99 a night includes:  Room / Breakfast / Evening Food and Drink
(Variety of restaurants within walking distance)

For more information, or to learn more about how to participate,
please call 303-962.33.22 or email Kristiana.
 
Trauma Informed Care Workgroups


The Trauma Informed Care Workgroup members are discussing promising strategies for incorporating trauma-informed practices into advocacy work. If 
you are interested in joining the TIC Workgroup, we meet via teleconference the second Thursday of each month from 10:30 – 12:00. Contact Beth Collins for more information.

CCADV Membership Renewals 

Be sure to budget for 2015 CCADV Membership! 

We hope you renew your membership so we can continue to provide you a wide range of high quality training and technical assistance and other valuable resources. Additionally, your dues support
a larger movement working to change how Colorado responds to domestic violence, sexual assault in intimate relationships, teen dating violence, and stalking. Without your support, this work could not continue.

Annual membership dues are as follows:
DV Program: .03% of your DV budget (with a cap of $1000)
Community Partners: $250
Individuals: $100

To find out more about the great benefits of CCADV membership, including access to our new Online Learning Center, visit our website

Deadline Extended to Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (5:00pm MST)
 
Don't miss your chance to present at the Colorado Advocacy in Action conference, June 15-17, 2015. Carve out the time to submit your workshop proposal by Wednesday, December 3 at 5:00pm (MST).
The conference is a place to share, discuss, and explore the connections and creative solutions essential to our efforts to end sexual and domestic violence. We welcome workshops on any of a multitude of topics, so tell us your idea!

How to Submit a Proposal 
1.    Read over the presenter FAQ/submission guidelines - click here
2.    Have a look at a PDF version of the proposal questions - click here
3.    When you are ready to submit a proposal - click here 
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Upcoming Trainings

Webinars

December 8: Understanding BJS Report: Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003 - 2012 (BWJP)
Faculty will discuss the findings of BJS statisticians contained in the Special Report, below, which examines both the NCVS 10-year aggregate IPV data from 2003 to 2012 and the apparent 67% decline in IPV since 1994 (from 9.8 per 1,000 in 1994 to 3.2 per 1,000 in 2012 for persons 12 years and older).  Faculty will examine the NCVS data and compare it with incidence/prevalence of IPV from other sources, concluding that the apparent decline is not an accurate depiction of the rates of IPV.
1:00 pm MDT
Register Now

December 10:  It’s all about the Plan: Getting Ready for the 2015 Federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding (Colorado Youth Matters)
Colorado Youth Matter is hosting a webinar to provide information about the anticipated federal funds, common content in federal grants, sample application development tools, key questions to ask yourself before applying, and lessons learned from a current federally funded grantee.
1:00 pm MDT
RSVP by December 3

December 10: The Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile (BWJP/SRC)
This presentation will introduce the Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile (SHARP) and will describe the assumptions and conceptual framework. The overall goal of SHARP is to provide a research informed tool for increasing awareness of stalking by: (1) Assessing the "big picture" of stalking; (2) describing the risk profile to better understand the level of concern and dangerousness of the situation; (3) providing users with a narrative summary of responses to the assessment questions in a word document that can be used for a variety of purposes; and, (4) suggesting research-grounded safety strategies based on assessment responses for consideration. SHARP is a tool that can be used in conjunction with other risk assessments and tools in the field. SHARP can be used by victims or others on behalf of the victim.
1:00 pm MDT
Register Now

December 16: Community Advocacy Strategies (N'west Network)
How do current and historic experiences of oppression impact how diverse LGBTQ survivors navigate the systems so often engaged by survivors of violence? How can we support survivors to decrease isolation, reconnect with friends and community while navigating shared spaces with people who have caused them harm? In what ways can we expand and re-imagine traditional safety planning to include an awareness of the strengths, challenges, assets and vulnerabilities of LGBTQ individuals and communities? Join us for an interactive, practical exploration of culturally responsive advocacy, safety and support planning when working with LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
1:00 pm MDT
Register Now
 
Do you have an upcoming training?
Or another event you want to share with the CCADV community?
Post an event on our website calendar!

Upcoming Live Trainings and Events

December 11, 2014 starting at 2:00pm: Vigil for the 2nd Anniversary of Sandy Hook Elementary (Colo Coalition Against Gun Violence)
Convene for a program of remembrance outside First Baptist, followed by a march to the Capitol to deliver a message to the legislative leadership about the importance of standing strong to keep Colorado communities safe.  The vigil will end with a youth performance on the steps of the Capitol.
Location: Denver, CO

January 26-30, 2015: Promotoras Promocionando Paz en el Pueblo (CCADV)
A week of Promotora training focused on Latino communities and responses to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Designed to develop Latin@ leadership and culturally generated solutions! This week will equip those who work with Latin@  communities to recognize, respond to and refer survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It will also equip those who work with Latin@ survivors to reach out, educate, 
and advocate from within the culture and communities. 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO

March 20-21, 2015: 7th Biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence (Futures Without Violence)
Drawing over 1,000 attendees, the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence features innovative practices and latest research in the field. The dynamic conference will include 14 Pre-Conference Institutes, 72 workshop sessions, 5 plenaries and keynote speakers. The Two-Day Conference offers opportunities to discuss the role violence prevention and response can play in the global conversation about the social determinants of health; identify innovative responses and strategies to get involved in preventing Campus Sexual Assault; explore how the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other recent health policy shifts are shaping our health responses to abuse across the lifespan; hear from leaders about the latest approaches to responding to child trauma in health settings
Location: Washington DC

June 15-17: Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference (CCADV and CCASA)
CCADV and CCASA collaborate on this event in order to provide training and education that is based on best and promising practices for addressing sexual and domestic violence, and to ensure that services for survivors are as consistent and comprehensive as possible. Colorado Advocacy in Action is the only statewide conference specific to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence advocacy and is intended for victim service providers as well as affiliated professionals. We hope it also provides an opportunity for advocates in the sexual and domestic violence field to connect with their counterparts and build a collective voice to further our work to end sexual and domestic violence in Colorado.
Location: Vail, CO
 
Do you have an upcoming training?
Or another event you want to share with the CCADV community?
Post an event on our website calendar!
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Resources

DOJ/OVW
Domestic Violence and the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act: What Every Law Enforcement Officer and Domestic Violence Advocate Should Know
To help with implementation of the International Marriage Brokers Regulation Act, the Department of Justice has developed this brochure for law enforcement officers and victim advocates.  

News and Other Information

*Colorado Expands Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Program
The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) announced today four new SafeCare Colorado sites in 12 counties.  

The prevention program, a component of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s child welfare plan "Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy," is designed for at-risk families with children ages 0-5 years. The evidence-based behavioral parent training program teaches skills that address home safety and children’s health needs.

The sites and 12 partnering counties that are part of the expansion of services include: 
  • Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council in partnership with Arapahoe County Department of Human Services;
  • Family Tree in partnership with Adams County Human Services Department;
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo in partnership with Pueblo County Department of Social Services, Huerfano County Department of Social Services, Las Animas County Department of Human Services, and Custer County Department of Human Services; and
  • High Plains Community Health Center in partnership with Baca County Department of Public Welfare, Bent County Department of Social Services, Crowley County Department of Human Services, Kiowa Department of Social Services, Otero Department of Social Services, and Prowers Department of Human Services.
These four new sites join four existing SafeCare Colorado sites that have received referrals for and engaged in outreach efforts towards 631 families.
 

*President's Executive Order on Immigration
On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a number of changes to immigration policy. Among them is that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be granting a temporary form of immigration protection called “deferred action” to individuals who meet certain requirements.  

Under the President’s announcement, individuals who meet the following criteria may be eligible: 
  • Undocumented individuals who have lived continuously in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, were present in the U.S. on 11/20/14 and who are parents of U.S. citizen or permanent resident children;
  • Undocumented individuals who arrived to the United States before the age of 16 and who have lived continuously in the U.S. since January 1, 2010 and who meet other requirements.  
  • There are other requirements that will also need to be met.  
More information from USCIS can be found at: http://www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction#4


*Case Update: Elonis v. United States
In this case, the  U.S. Supreme Court considers where to draw the line in protecting free speech on social media sites like Facebook. Elonis was convicted of threatening to injure another person (namely, his estranged wife) and sentenced to nearly four years in prison for posting writings such as, "There's one way to love you but a thousand ways to kill you. I'm not going to rest until your body is a mess, soaked in blood and dying from all the little cuts." In yet another Facebook posting Elonis writes about making a name for himself by shooting up a local kindergarten class. Elonis wrote, "Enough elementary schools in a ten mile radius to initiate the most heinous school shooting ever imagined. And hell hath no fury like a crazy man in a kindergarten class."
Check out this interesting analysis on SCOTUSblog

 
 
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