Dear Members,Supporters, and Friends,
March 8th is International Womenâ€™s Day...a day when women from countries around the world are celebrated and recognized for their achievements, without regard to differences or divisions, whether economic, national, ethnic, educational, cultural or political. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the history of women, not only past struggles, but also accomplishments, both of which have been shared experiences for women of many generations and backgrounds. Perhaps more importantly, it is a chance to look ahead to the future that women want to create and the untapped opportunities and potential ahead of them.
Gender equality, a goal that continues to be elusive, is a vital part of that future. The participation of women as equal partners in this world is fundamental to curbing gender-based and domestic violence. Attaining gender equality is therefore fundamental to our collective work to intervene in and to prevent domestic violence. As long as institutions and societal attitudes continue to confer a lower status to or deny equal rights to women and girls, violence against women will persist and peace in our homes and thus in our communities will remain intangible.
Let this International Womenâ€™s Day serve as an important reminder of and a good opportunity to reflect on how far we have come together and of the distance we must yet travel on our shared journey to end domestic violence. Together we are strong! After all, isnâ€™t that the fundamental purpose of a Coalition?
Hello Members and Colleagues,
It is the beginning of March and as usual, this Legislative session has not failed to keep CCADV busy advocating on behalf of survivors rights and the interests our membership at the Capitol. We are working very hard toward the introduction of our primary bill this year. There also are a number of bills we are supporting, and a number of bills we are opposing.
When CCCADV believes a bill has potential to assist survivors and advocates in some way, we will support the legislation either by lending our name to the cause (passive support) or by testifying for a bill and directly contacting legislators asking them to vote Yes on the bill (active support). Here is a summary of the bills CCADV actively supports and what we have done so far to assist passage of these bills.
HB15-1035: Update Crime Victim Compensation Laws: This bill has a provision that will allow survivors to be eligible for emergency victim compensation assistance if the accused provided support for the survivor or the survivor's dependents and the accused is removed from the home or unable to provide support due to the criminal case. CCADV testified in support.
HB15-1042: Reports By Probation Officers: Requires a pre-sentence investigation report to include a statement concerning the estimated amount of time the defendant is expected to actually spend in incarceration, including consideration of certain potential sentence-reducing factors. Domestic violence survivors and all crime victims can benefit from knowing how much time a defendant will be subject to a mandatory protection order and how much time they have physically apart from the defendant. CCADV testified in support.
HB15-1174: Information Protections for Domestic Violence Victims: Extends protections within the Colorado Address Confidentiality Program. CCADV testified in support
The Public Policy Committee analyzes all bills of interest to survivors and advocates looking for any unintentional harmful consequences these bill may cause if they were to become law. Once identified, we work actively to oppose the bill or in some cases actively to amend the bill in efforts to mitigate potential risks to survivors or advocates. Bills CCADV is opposing are below:
SB-77: Parents Bill of Rights: This bill "sets forth specific parental rights related to education, health care, and mental health care of minor children." CCADV is very concerned this bill may work to deny children's access to health care, advocacy services. This bill passed the Senate and we will testify against in opposition before the House Public Health care and Human services Committee.
SB-129: Preserving Parent Child Relationships: This bill sets forth a presumption of 50/50 parenting time and makes substantial changes to the 'Best Interest of the Child' statute, both of which we believe may be harmful. Not only would domestic violence survivors need to prove that violence happened, but that the violence had a negative effect directly upon the minor child. Understanding the impacts of witnessing domestic violence has upon children, we are actively opposing this bill. We will testify against the bill, and organize testimony and legislative contacts with others to oppose the bill. CCADV has been collaborating with other groups to oppose as well.
CCADV Work On Legislative Issues
We are also working with stakeholders around the issue of the sealing of misdemeanor criminal records. Currently CCADV has concerns about the sealing of misdemeanor domestic violence convictions in particular and how the sealing of records may affect federal and state firearm bans for domestic violence offenders and decrease offender accountability.
Finally, we continue our opposition towards several of the firearms bills this year as we continue to acknowledge the lethal combination of domestic violence and gun violence. Many of the bills we have already successfully opposed in the legislature would have circumvented background checks for persons purchasing a firearm or renewing a concealed carry permits.
CCADV Primary Bill-Concerning the Prevention of Domestic Violence
While we were expecting this bill to have been introduced by now, and have rescheduled our LEAD Event Webinar in hope of the bill's introduction, we have not yet received confirmation from the bill's sponsor of when it may be introduced. The Public Policy Committee has been weighing in on suggested language and potential compromises. We will be discussing this process as well as our public policy efforts during our March 17th LEAD Event Webinar. Please click here to register for the LEAD Event Webinar today and don't forget to sign up for a watch party for a chance to have lunch on us!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions. If you would like to receive regular Public Policy Action Alerts and Update, click here to sign up.
We are all in this together, and I am honored to be working with all of you to improve our statewide response to domestic violence. We can do it together!
Trauma Informed Care Workgroup
TIC Workgroup member Crystal Karr selected some stats to share regarding the interconnections between trauma and substance use. These facts are all found in the recent Workgroup reading from Seeking Safety by Lisa Najavits which can be accessed on the Members section of the CCADV website.
Fortunately, most trauma survivors do not develop PTSD symptoms (persistent intrusion, avoidance, hyperarousal) however those who do experience such trauma symptoms are more likely to also be affected by substance misuse. This material is from the introduction to a group treatment manual for people who have PTSD and substance misuse which is called Seeking Safety. It is a call to reconsider how we address these issues; most often they are treated separately by different providers but treating these two issues in tandem by one provider would be the most successful.
The issues of safety and sobriety are deeply entwined, and to really help people trauma and substance use both need to be addressed!
- The dual diagnosis of PTSD and substance abuse is surprisingly common. The rate of PTSD among patients in substance abuse treatment is 12% - 34%; for women it is 30% - 59%. (Kessler, Sonnega, Bromet, Hughes, & NelÂ¬ son, 1995; Langeland & Hartgers, 1998; Najavits, Weiss, & Shaw, 1997; Stewart, 1996; StewÂ¬ art, Conrod, Pihl, & Dongier, 1999; Triffieman, 1998).
- Treatment outcomes for patients with PTSD and substance abuse are worse than for other dual-diagnosis patients and for patients with substance abuse alone. (Ouimette, Ahrens, Moos, & Finney, 1998; Ouimette, Finney, & Moos, 1999).
- People with PTSD and substance abuse are vulnerable to repeated traumas. (Fullilove et al., 1993; Herman, 1992),
- People with both disorders suffer a variety of life problems that may complicate their clinical profile, including other disorders, interpersonal and medical problems, maltreatment of their children, custody battles, homelessness, HIV risk, and domestic violence. (Brady, Dansky, Sonne, & Saladin, 1998; Brady et al., 1994; Brown & Wolfe, 1994; Dansky, Byrne, & Brady, 1999; Najavits et al., 1998c).
- Most women with this dual diagnosis experienced childhood physical and/or sexual abuse; men with both disorders typically experienced crime victimization or war trauma (Brady et al., 1998; Kessler et al., 1995; Najavits et al., 1998c).
- A â€œdownward spiralâ€ is common. For example, substance use may increase vulnerability to new traumas, which in turn can lead to more substance use (Fullilove et al., 1993). From patientsâ€™ perspective, PTSD symptoms are common triggers of substance use (Abueg & Fairbank, 1991; Brown, Recupero, & Stout, 1995), which in turn can heighten PTSD symp-toms (Brown, Stout, & Gannon-Rowley, 1998; Kofoed et al., 1993; Kovach, 1986; Root, 1989).
- Many clients are never even assessed for both PTSD and substance abuse (Fullilove et al., 1993; Kofoed et al., 1993). It is common for patients to report multiple substance abuse treatments during which they were never asked about trauma, never informed that they met the diagnosis of PTSD, and never told that PTSD is a treatable disorder for which specific treatments exist. Similarly, some mental health clinicians do not routinely assess for substance abuse.
Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time Program Manager
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region
CCADV 2015 Membership Drive: Renew or Join Today!
CCADV membership applications are now available for 2015. Click here or cut and paste this link: http://ccadv.org/who-we-are/membership/application/ to access membership info and applications.
2015 membership renewal applications and fees due to CCADV on March 15th!*
*We are working to get into a regular cycle of membership renewals in the first quarter of each year.
Thank you for your membership with the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence! We are honored and privileged to work with and for you.
If you have any questions, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact Amy Pohl (firstname.lastname@example.org), Communications and Membership Director for CCADV.
March 6: Practice Assessment Guides to Improve Risk Assessment and Protection Order Procedures (BWJP)
This webinar will present 2 new tools for communities to use in assessing their responses to domestic violence. The Accounting for Risk and Danger guides provide a systematic way to examine how well justice system practices incorporate risk and lethality assessment strategies, and avoid increasing risk to victims. The Civil Protection Order guides can be used to assess how well community practices related to the application, service and enforcement of civil protection orders reflect the principles outlined in the manual: Civil Protection Orders: A Guide for Improving Practice. The presenters will describe the technical assistance available to communities interested in conducting either of these assessments.
March 10: CCADV's Brown Bag Discussion Series #3: Advocate Initiated Response (CCADV)
CCADV is excited to continue its new monthly BROWN BAG Teleconference Series! Each month of 2015, you are invited to join CCADV staff and experts from advocacy organizations around the state for a lunchtime conversation! Join us on 3/10 for a discussion on 'Advocate Initiated Response (AIR).'
Although many of our member domestic violence programs are already utilizing this approach, many are just now looking at how an advocacy initiated approach can increase safety and services for domestic
violence victims. Understanding that at the first sign of conflict in the home, the immediate involvement of community based advocates can be crucial to preventing future injury creates a shift in how that initial victim contact occurs. Please join us for this discussion. We encourage questions on how this approach changes organizational structure, how AIR would work for your organization, and how you might start initiating an advocacy initiated response in your organization.
For more information, please contact Jacque Morse.
March 19: Intersection of Disability and Sexual Assault (CCASA)
Do you wonder whether some of your clients might have some type of disability? With 83% of women with developmental disabilities experiencing sexual assault and, of that number, more than 50% experiencing sexual assault 10+ times, the answer should be YES, some of your clients DO have a disability! Held during Disabilities Awareness Month, this webinar will define intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and will talk about how knowing that difference can matter to you. The webinar will explain the targeting of people with I/DD, as well as what makes victims with I/DD different from most other victims of sexual assault.
March 19: Surrender, Storage, and Return of Firearms in CPO Cases: The Wisconsin Project (BWJP)
Wisconsin recently enacted legislation intended to ensure that respondents subject to protection orders comply with the firearm surrender requirements. Under Wisconsin law, respondents subject to a domestic abuse or child abuse injunction are automatically required to surrender firearms they own or possesses. Wisconsin created a protocol to assist the courts and law enforcement with enforcing state and federal firearms surrender laws. In 2010 Wisconsin conducted a pilot in 4 Wisconsin counties to test the protocol. This protocol was signed in to law in April, 2014. This session will provide an overview of Wisconsin's process for effectively enforcing firearm surrender in civil protection order cases and a step by step model to help other states tailor and adopt similar practices to better enforce firearm surrender laws.
March 25: Supporting Community Culture as Norms Change Strategy for Preventing Sexual and Domestic Violence (PC with Prevention Institute)
Part of Prevent Coneect's 2015 series of web conferences, Making Connections, Honoring Communities.
March 26: The Role of Alcohol Policies to Prevent IPV and SV Perpetration (PC)
Part of Prevent Coneect's 2015 series of web conferences, Making Connections, Honoring Communities.
March 31: When Men Murder Women (BWJP)
Faculty will discuss the findings of research in the UK on femicide (DV murder, sexual murder and the murder of older women) and the implications of the research for policy and practice.
March 10: Achieving Health Equality: Tools for a National Conversation on Racism
March 27: Restoring the Shattered Self: The Treatment of Complex Trauma
Part of the University of Denver's GSSW Lecture Series
Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, Senior Fellow, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
11:00am - 12:30pm at Craig Hall in the Boettcher Foundation Community Room at 2148 South High St.
Location: Denver, CO
March 20-21: 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
The trauma histories of complex trauma survivors (e.g., adult survivors of child abuse, intimate partner violence, torture, multiple traumas, kidnapping, sex trafficking victims) are different than the trauma histories of those who develop PTSD. This results in unique theoretical considerations and treatment challenges. The differences between PTSD and complex traumatic stress disorder (CTSD) will be outlined. How early experiences of complex trauma negatively impact attachment style and the ability of the individual to form an integrated sense of self will then be examined after which the three-phase treatment model that has become the standard of care for CTSD will be introduced. The following counseling issues will be discussed: establishing safety, maintaining appropriate therapeutic boundaries, symptom management, and working through traumatic memories. Special attention will be given to the constructive use of such clientsâ€™ dissociative abilities for symptom containment early on in treatment (Phase I) as well as when working through trauma memories (Phase II). A live demonstration of such symptom management techniques will be given. PowerPoints, and discussion also will be utilized.
April 13-14: Protection Order Practice for Prosecutors and Law Enforcement
Recognizing the important role that prosecutors and law enforcement play in protection order enforcement, the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit, in partnership with AEquitas and the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime, is pleased to offer the Protection Order Practice for Prosecutors and Law Enforcement training. The goal of the training is to allow prosecutors and law enforcement to gain valuable information regarding full faith and credit and the evidence necessary to prosecute a defendant for violating a protection order, while recognizing the dynamics of stalking, and the role that multiple violations of orders can play in creating and substantiating a stalking charge. This training will focus on law enforcement and prosecutors gaining valuable insight into the role that protection order violations play, whether the resulting charge is stalking (based on the protection order violations) or charging the violation of the order of protection.
April 15-17: Advancing the Narrative: Inspiring the Future (BISC-MI)
April 15-17: Supporting Organizational Sustainability to Address VAW Institute
The role of intervention in addressing intimate partner violence has become distorted due to a combination of gender neutral advocates, flawed and misrepresented research and the increasing emphasis on evidence based practice. The result is that legislators and communities are withdrawing support from intervention programs and the resurgence of strategies that put victims at risk are being promoted. Programs are increasingly finding themselves under attack and having to respond to questions that that they are not prepared to answer. BISC-MI has taken the lead in the last 20 years of bringing together some of the best faculty from around the world to address controversial issues and provide unequaled networking opportunities. This year is no exception. This conference is an unprecedented opportunity to hear and mingle with some of the leading experts from around the world. A variety of thought provoking plenary sessions will address topics of research, culture, womenâ€™s use of force and how the field can move forward. Additionally, there will be an assortment of workshops which will offer a smaller group experience to explore topics in depth. This conference is bringing together many of the leaders in the field to discuss how to reclaim the narrative and define the future of intervention programming with an emphasis on cultural sensitivity and victim safety focus. Come with your questions and challenges; leave energized, well informed and with new connections from around the country, This is a not to be missed opportunity and there are space limitations so sign up early to secure your place.
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
The SOS Institute is an interactive 2.5 days training with six months follow up support on action plans to enhance organizational infrastructure and provide institutional sustainability support for community based organizations working with underrepresented and underserved populations.
San Francisco, CA
April 17-18: Tools For Transformation (TCFV)
Join the Texas Council on Family Violence for the 12th Annual BIPP Conference. We will offer 12.75 CJAD approved hours and other CEUâ€™s with advanced workshops covering: Communications, Facilitation, Management, Prevention, and vital Legislative information.
Location: Austin, TX
April 22-23: 2015 Safe Shelter Symposium on Domestic Violence: Understanding and Addressing its Impact on Children
Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley is pleased to announce its 2015 Safe Shelter Symposium on Domestic Violence: Understanding and Addressing its Impact. With a focus on children, this 2-day event revealing impact (Day 1) and interventions (Day 2) will bring together prominent multidisciplinary national and regional presenters in the fields of therapeutic and community-based interventions; family, cultural and developmental considerations; and judicial and legal systems. Exhibit spaces available: This will be a great way to display, share and promote your organizationâ€™s programming to Symposium attendees. Early Bird discounts are about to expire!
May 4-6: Threat Assessment, Stalking and Cyber-Bullying â€“ Assessment and Management Strategies
This training event has three different components that are reviewed in the first two days â€“ threat assessment, stalking and cyber-bullying. The final day of the training will focus on case study review, analysis and discussion. Seating is limited to 40, so register early!
June 14: CCR Pre-Conference Institute (CCADV and CCASA)
Whether you have a barely formed interagency team, a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) that is facing hurdles, a domestic violence organization that wants to develop a CCR in your community or a well-established team that wants to further develop skills, this is the pre-conference institute for you. This training will offer core leaders in any CCR/ inter-agency effort â€” coordinators, advocates, prosecutors, and law enforcement ideas on how to strengthen, expand, and give new direction to their CCR. If you come as a team it can provide an opportunity for you to integrate the information provided to take back to your community with purpose and direction.
This training institute will provide latest research and information on best practices for coordinating criminal justice system responses to battering. Whether you are new or seasoned, you will leave with an understanding of how to build a CCR that can effectively prioritize and implement solutions to better protect victims and their children, hold offenders accountable, and maximize the efficacy of your coordinated community response.
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
*Grow Forward: Lessons Learned from a National Assistance and Training Program.
In 2012, TC-TAT launched a national training and technical assistance pilot project: 'Grow Forward: Building Lasting Organizational Capacity for Organizations Ending Violence Against Women.' A dedicated cohort of 23 OVW grantee organizations comprised of teams of advocates and leaders from across the country were selected to develop long-term, sustainable, organizational and leadership capacity-building strategies following an immersion institute that was held July 2013. This online publication includes highlights from the project, an executive summary, project overview and methodology, cohort learnings and outcomes, and learnings and observations for advancing the movement to end violence against women. Also included throughout the publication are downloadable tools and resources including training materials, articles, and videos.
*New Survey â€“ A Glimpse From the Field: How Abusers Are Misusing Technology
SafetyNet just released a new survey on how abusers misuse technology to stalk and harass victims. This was the result of a survey that many programs across the US participated in last fall. The results were not surprising, but confirms a lot of what we already know: for example, 97% of programs report that abusers misuse technology to stalk, harass, and control victims. Another statistic: 96% of programs report that abusers harass victims via text messaging.
Read their release.
News and Other Information
*Colorado Mourns the Sad Loss of DVI's Sharon Hickman
From CCADV's Pat Tessmer: These days we look on accessibility for people with disabilities as a norm in our programming and facilities â€“ almost to the point where it is hard to remember a time when it was nonexistent on our radar. The relentless and courageous advocacy and awareness work by DVI over the years, under Sharon Hickmanâ€™s leadership, has changed the way that we look at our work today. I know we still have a lot more to do, but thank you, Sharon, and thank you DVI for all that youâ€™ve done and all that you do. Youâ€™ve had a huge impact on us all."
A memorial service to honor her life will be at First Unitarian Church at 1400 Lafayette St, Denver, CO 80210 on Thursday, March 5th, at 4:30pm.
*DVP Needs Your Help!
Last year, Coloradans donated more than $136,000 to the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund (CDAF) with an average donation of nearly $13. That means we are reaching a large, typically grassroots crowd. It's an easy way to give through the state's tax check-off program and support a cause they are passionate about. But we also know that many taxpayers donâ€™t know â€œwhoâ€ the CDAF benefits. We believe a coordinated effort with programs will raise awareness about the CDAF and domestic violence services around the state.
Here's how you can help:
Do you have other questions about CDAF? Please contact Chelsea Baldwin at Chelsea.Baldwin@state.co.us
*RESPONSE (in Aspen) is hiring a new Executive Director
Thank you, Logan Hood, for your dedication to RESPONSE these past 8 years. Good luck in your new position!
If you or someone you know is interested in the the position, click here
for more info.
Is YOUR program hiring? Feel free to post a position on CCADV's Job Board at: http://ccadv.org/resources/jobs/post-a-job
*Family Treeâ€™s (in Wheatridge) Parenting Time Program is celebrating a new location
in Greenwood Village! Find out more about this program here
*Program on Gender-Based Violence
(at the CU School of Public Affairs)
The Program on Gender-Based Violence (PGV) exists to create transformative leaders for today's movements to end sexual and domestic violence, human trafficking and stalking through a broad array of academic offerings. As the first graduate program of its kind in the nation, the PGV meets the needs of experienced advocates, college graduates, health and criminal justice professionals, and others interested in gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to guide effective service and advocacy programs.
They are now accepting applications for four Master's level degree and certificate programs:
â€‹PGV Master of Public Administration (MPA)
PGV Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ)
Certificate in Gender-Related Violence Studies (CGV)
Certificate in Interpersonal Violence and Health Care (CIVHC)â€‹
To learn more about the Program on Gender-Based Violence,call (303) 315-2489.
*Study Participants Needed
Dreaming after trauma: Exploring the relationship of replicative and recurrent posttraumatic nightmares to insomnia, nightmare distress, and posttraumatic stress disorder among survivors of intimate partner violence. This study is being conducted to better understand the nightmares experienced by survivors of intimate partner violence/domestic violence in the hopes that a better understanding of the nightmares experienced by survivors will lead to improved assessment and treatment approaches that aid survivors in recovering from the trauma of intimate partner violence/domestic violence. Study is not collecting any identifying information, the survey is anonymous, takes about 15 minutes to complete, and all the data collected will be kept confidential. Click here for more info.