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Your Coalition in Action


A Message from the Director


This is my last official communication with you as the Interim Executive Director of CCADV.  The Coalition is now in the capable hands of our new ED, Amy Miller, the expertly skilled Coalition staff, and our dedicated Board of Directors, all with a renewed focus and direction. When I started at CCADV a little over 13 months ago, little did I know what a remarkable journey this would be. I want to thank you for the opportunity to work with and on behalf of all of you and the survivors and communities that you serve, and for continuing to work with the Coalition during this period of transition. It has been wonderful getting to know so many of you and your organizations. With your help the Coalition has had a very productive year and is on track for being an even greater resource to you, DV survivors, and our communities. CCADV is strong and resilient because of the involvement of all of you – so please find way to get involved and stay involved. Join or create a committee; participate in a learning circle, workgroup, or special project that is pertinent to your organization; and don’t hesitate to call on CCADV for any training and technical assistance needs you may have. Visit our website to find some of the topics on which CCADV can provide training and technical assistance. Don't see what you're looking for? Just give us a call!

Best wishes. I look forward to working with you in the future.
-Ellen


Here is a snapshot of recent goings on at CCADV –

New Executive Director: A huge congratulations to Amy Miller, the new Executive Director of CCADV!  
Amy and Ellen worked closely together for the past few weeks to enable a smooth transition in CCADV leadership.  Amy will be traveling throughout Colorado in the coming months to meet and work with you in her new role.  She is hoping to hire a new Public Policy Director in August.  

Colorado Advocacy in Action:  June was host to another successful Colorado Advocacy in Action conference! Your evaluations were overwhelmingly positive, and your feedback will be used in planning next year’s conference.  The 2015 CAIA date has not yet been confirmed, but is likely to take place during the 3rd week in June, again at the Vail Marriott.  You can find more information on this year’s conference below. 


Membership Meeting: We also held a brief membership meeting during the conference.  Last year at this time, CCADV began gathering feedback from members on the future direction for CCADV.  We took the time at the membership meeting to share how your feedback had informed the Coalition’s work since then.    
Here a just a few highlights:
  • You asked for increased opportunities to share expertise, network and discuss critical issues together.  As a result we have several projects such as the Trauma-Informed Care workgroup and learning circles, longer Region meetings in September, roundtable discussions at the annual conference and the rural projects that incorporate these opportunities.  We’ve also asked for additional information on your CCADV membership applications to help us develop a peer mentoring program.
  • You stressed the need for greater accountability and transparency from the Coalition.  As a result, we created the Your Coalition At Work column in the monthly newsletter, providing regular updates on the work being done as well as an opportunity to respond directly to issues and questions raised by CCADV members.  We have also instituted bi-annual board reports to the membership, and intentional communications around key decisions being made by the Board (such as the hiring of our new ED).  
  • You told us you wanted more online resources, alleviating the need to travel to get information and trainings.  The online learning center is due to launch the first course (DV 101) by mid-July and 2-3 additional courses by year end.  The new website is a repository of robust resources, especially in the “members only” section.  Next phases of the website development will continue to add resources such as toolkits, issue briefs, resources on special topics and more,
  • You told us you needed communications assistance – help framing conversations and addressing the media.  We hired Amy Pohl as our new Communications and Membership Coordinator.  Amy will be providing a wide range of assistance with communications including templates for activities for dedicated violence prevention months, talking points for addressing issues and the media, press releases and more.

DVP Update: Many of you have participated in recent DVP meetings and/or surveys where they have shared their ideas on outcome measures. The current status is that programs would be asked to choose 2 of the following 5 identified outcomes on which to collect data: 1) Identify clients’ immediate needs and provide information (using client assessment and strengths-based safety planning tools such as VIGOR and a self-sufficiency matrix), 2) Increased skills of  positive stress management and strategies (using the same type of tools as above), 3) Increased client access to community resources, 4) Strengthen 2 generation relationship skills (i.e. the bond between non-offending parent and child, positive shift in children’s behavior and in parenting skills and strategies), and 5) Increase in healthy relationship knowledge and attitudes for children and youth ages 0-25 (measured using pre-post knowledge tests and functional assessments). The plan is that initially DVP will be just asking for programs to participate in using the tools to measure the outcomes, not to reach any particular goals. The next step (October 2014 – July 2015) will be to evaluate the tools in terms of the time and cost of using them, appropriateness, and barriers to participation. Where it goes from there is uncertain. CCADV continues to participate in all available forums. Please participate as you can and provide both DVP and CCADV with your input.  
Additional DVP related issues include changes to how funding decisions are made and a potential request to the Colorado legislature for additional funds to pay for some area of focused services. DVP sent a survey asking for your input on funding allocation priorities. CCADV staff are participating on the committee reviewing these options with the hopes that a more equitable funding formula does not severely impact some programs. With regard to the request for additional funding, we have asked DVP to communicate with DV programs about the focus of this future request and whether it is a priority area for much needed dollars, prior to making a final decision on exactly what they are going to ask for. Current ideas prioritize co-located advocates in child welfare agencies. CCADV will be working with you to ensure that what may be the only opportunity to request additional funds is well informed.


Miscellaneous:
Check out CCADV's 2013 Annual Report- now available online!

Voicemail: Some of you have expressed confusion with the main voicemail at the CCADV offices.  If you didn’t know what any given staff person did, you didn’t know which extension to dial. We’ve recorded a new message that hopefully clarifies this. Please let us know if it is still not clear.
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Public Policy Update

by Amy Miller, former CCADV Public Policy Director
 
2014 Summary of Priority Legislation

CCADV worked on numerous pieces of legislation this year, but we focused on two main bills. Our 2014
legislative priorities, House Bill 1162 (HB 1162) to protect rape victims when a child is conceived, and House Bill 1017 (HB 1017) to expand availability of affordable housing, were signed into law!!! 

HB 1162 was based upon the recommendations of the Task Force on Children Conceived by Rape enacted by Senate Bill 227 (SB 227), which I served on in 2013. HB 1162 creates: 
  • A path for termination of the parental rights of rapists in the Juvenile Court system, based on a clear and convincing evidence standard—not just a sexual assault conviction as in SB 227.
    • Without a conviction, in order to terminate, the court must find by clear and convincing evidence that:
      • A sexual assault occurred
      • The child was conceived as a result of the rape, and
      • It’s in the best interest of the child to have parental rights of the rapist terminated.
    • If the court does not grant the termination request, they have the jurisdiction to enter orders allocating parental responsibilities (custody and visitation) within the same case.   
  • A path for relinquishment of the offender’s parental rights in the Juvenile Court system without a hearing or findings upon consent of the victim and the offender.
  • Protections for victims and children in cases where termination is not contemplated, but court orders for allocation of parental responsibilities are, if the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the sexual assault occurred and it resulted in the birth of the child. 
  • Additional protections for the victim and child, including protective measures with identifying information in the summons, in the courtroom, and child support payments (if applicable). 
  • Appointment of legal counsel for indigent victims, as well as indigent offenders. 
  • A process for the person whose rights are terminated to provide information on their medical and family history so it will be available to the victim on behalf of the child. 
  • The mandatory appointment of a guardian ad litem (GAL) in all relevant termination cases. (CCADV supported the court having discretion to appoint GALs, but did not the GAL mandate.)
This means that survivors of sexual assault, including domestic violence survivors who were sexually assaulted by their partners resulting in the birth of a child, will have additional options and protections for themselves and their children in the civil legal system. For advocates and attorneys, passage of HB 1162 means becoming familiar with the new law and how to best help survivors navigate and utilize the new law and process. 

CCADV worked closely with CCASA on this bill and will continue to do so as we work on implementation of the law. The Governor signed HB 1162 on May 9th, and the law will go into effect on July 1, 2014.

HB 1017, to expand availability of affordable housing, basically does two things: 
  • Positions the Division of Housing to accept funds from any source, making it possible to create a Colorado Housing Investment Fund that will have a dedicated, dependable source of funding. 
  • Creates public-private partnerships for supporting affordable housing by re-instating the State Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.
Colorado communities will begin to see increased development of affordable housing units in the coming years. For survivors, this means an increase in access to housing in which they can establish independence, stability and safety. CCADV hopes that domestic violence shelters will ultimately see a decrease in the length of shelter stay resulting in fewer survivors being turned away from shelter. 

CCADV will determine what opportunities are available to domestic violence shelters and programs through the Fund and Tax Credit and will provide you with that information as soon as possible. The Governor signed HB 1017 into law on May 29th!

Stay tuned for CCADV's 2014 legislative wrap-up report for a comprehensive review of all the legislation and new laws that we worked on diligently this session on behalf of survivors and our Membership! 
 
Trauma Informed Care Workgroups
The Trauma Informed Care Workgroup members are discussing promising strategies for incorporating trauma-informed practices into advocacy work.  This month, TIC Workgroup member Amanda Parsons shares a Five Senses Grounding Technique from Dr. Covington’s ‘Healing Trauma.’  Amanda says “I love this exercise because it is simple, it can be done anywhere, and it really works!”  Click Here for the activity.   
CCADV members have access to other TIC Workgroup tools on our website. Just log-in to the Members page and scroll down to Direct Services. 

CCADV's Rural Project

RURAL PROJECT: As you know, CCADV has a new rural grant project.  The project focus is on both strengthening culturally engaging outreach to Latin@ in three rural project sites using the promotora model, and facilitating outreach and promoting the centralization of victim safety in four rural communities through development or enhancement of Coordinated Community Response Teams.  Please welcome the new local coordinators for these projects! They will all be working with the local DV programs in their communities.
  • Martin Ramos, Latin@ Outreach Project Local Coordinator - Alamosa
  • Alejandra Robles, Latin@ Outreach Project Local Coordinator - Sterling
  • Matthew Forster, Coordinated Community Response Team Coordinator – Glenwood Springs
  • Kristin Werner, Coordinated Community Response Team Coordinator - Aspen
  • Chip Meneley, Coordinated Community Response Team Coordinator – Montrose
  • Andrea Schultz, Coordinated Community Response Team Coordinator – Lamar
 

Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference a Success!

This year’s Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference, co-sponsored by CCADV and CCASA, drew over 200 attendees who chose from 24 workshops and 4 roundtable discussions over two and a half days in beautiful Vail, CO. Thank you to all attendees, presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors….you helped to make this conference a huge success!
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Upcoming Trainings

Webinars

July 7: Working Together: What Attorneys and DV/SA Experts Can and Should Expect From One Another (BWJP)  
Expert witnesses and the attorneys they work with sometimes have conflicting assumptions and expectations about the preparation and presentation of a court case. In this webinar, Kirsten Faisal, a long-time advocate with extensive experience as an expert witness, will team up with Tim Gruenke, a veteran prosecutor, to discuss strategies for working together effectively in cases involving survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. The presenters will discuss what experts and attorneys need from one another during the trial preparation process, and talk about some of the "real world" challenges that can hinder effective trial preparation and presentation.
1:00-2:30 PM MDT
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July 10: 
Helping Survivors Understand the Issues Involved in Relocating Across State Lines (LRC)  
This training will provide participants with an overview of the various federal and state laws that govern interstate custody cases.  The training is designed for attorneys and victim advocates who wish to understand the basic framework of how these laws fit together. Case scenarios will be used to demonstrate how advocates can help survivors address the economic, safety and legal issues involved when they cross state lines for safety. 
9:30-11:00 AM MDT
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July 15: Basics of Advocacy with LGBTQ Survivors of Abuse (NW Network)
Basics of Advocacy is a must have for any advocate looking to increase their capacity to support diverse LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence.  This workshop will establish a strong foundation for the rest of the NW Network 2014 webinar series and include basic information like decoding the LGBTQ “alphabet soup” as well as advanced analysis for understanding the unique and crosscutting issues facing LGBTQ survivors.
1:00-2:30 PM MDT
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July 15: You Gotta Work!  LGBTQ Human Resource, Staffing and Volunteer Issues  (NW Network)
A survey of keystone policies and practices to prohibit discrimination and promote an equitable and welcoming work environment for LGBTQ people. The webinar includes recommendations and practice tools for non-discrimination, human resources, and workplace culture.
1:00-2:30 PM MDT
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July 15: Understanding the Sword and Shield of Technology (BWJP)
Technology can be used to stalk, harass, and violate laws meant to protect victims, or to enhance victim privacy and safety. This webinar will showcase both aspects of technology using examples from cases of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, forced marriage, and other crimes. We will also address internet data gathering and sharing and what tools are available to protect survivor privacy.
1:00-2:30 PM MDT
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July 22: Tips for Working with American Sign Language Interpreters: Meeting the Needs of Deaf Survivors (Center on Victimization and Safety)  
Effective communication with a survivor is key to the safety planning process, the understanding and documenting of sexual violence or domestic violence events, and to the empowerment of survivors in general.  Communication is even more critical to a survivor who is Deaf, as it is the piece which is often missing or lacking before and after violence has occurred. Working with a Deaf survivor via a sign language interpreter can be seen as straightforward, cumbersome, daunting, or rewarding, depending on a number of factors. Oftentimes agencies are under-prepared to receive, elicit, and process an accommodation request for an interpreter, and are unfamiliar with best practices on how to work with interpreters.  This webinar is geared to meet the needs of agencies who have partnered with interpreters in the past, and agencies building their competencies for potential requests in the future
12:00-1:30 PM MDT
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August 5: Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) 101 (MNCASA/SVJI)
This webinar will focus on Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) in rural areas. We will explore how multidisciplinary collaborations, such as SART teams, can be an effective strategy to improve the criminal justice response and what victims experience. Learn more about the general concepts and goals of SART teams as well as insights and ideas on how to begin, develop and grow effective SART teams. 
11:00 AM-12:30 PM MDT
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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

July 14-15: High Altitude Family Violence Summer Conference
The first High Altitude Family Violence Summer Conference addresses many of the key issues various community, state and federal agencies and stakeholders confront when working family violence cases. Renowned experts from a variety of professional backgrounds (research, expert witnessing, law, policing, psychology, public policy, social work, and nursing) explore issues such as coercive control, the profound significance of trauma, and child abuse and neglect. We encourage attendance by all those involved in the wide-ranging field of family violence and welcome you to the beautiful NAU campus for an exceptional high altitude learning experience.
Location: NAU Campus, Flagstaff, AZ

August 6-7: Creative Solutions to Strengthen Advocacy Options and Healing for Immigrant Survivors
Join us for plenary sessions followed by interactive workshops that provide opportunities for in-depth information, skill building exercises, practice opportunities and group discussions. Participants will learn and share creative strategies while focusing on a wide range of advocacy options for immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault or other crimes. Plenary sessions and workshops will provide practical tools and address the best practices to strengthen family law and custody cases, increase safety by ensuring access to public benefits, subsidized health care, VAWA confidentiality protections, and victim based immigration remedies and protection orders for immigrant survivors. Participants will also focus on how to deliver services or provide representation in a manner that promotes healing from trauma.
Location:  New Orleans, LA

September 7-10: 9th International Conference & Summit on Violence, Abuse and Trauma Linking Research, Practice, Advocacy & Policy: Collaboration & Commitment for Change
This Conference has become a unique forum for people from all disciplines and philosophies to gather for in-depth exchange of current information on all facets of violence, abuse and trauma prevention, intervention and research. We are one of the very few conferences that actually includes researchers, practitioners, advocates, consumer-survivors, and front-line workers from all disciplines to share information, discuss controversial issues, and have the difficult dialogues.
Location:  San Diego, CA

October 26-29: 26th Annual COVA Conference
Moving forward with strength and grace.
Location: Keystone, CO
*Every year at the conference COVA recognizes those in our field who have done exceptional work through the year. They are accepting nomination now through August 30, 2014. Link to nomination form.

 

Resources

CCADV
Technical Assistance on Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse
The Colorado legislature passed a bill in 2013 to ensure that law enforcement is made aware of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of persons in our state‟s elder population who are 70 or older. On July 1, 2014, mandatory reporting of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation will become law. (Section 18-6.5-108, C.R.S.) This law requires many professional groups to report abuse, neglect, and exploitation of at-risk-adults who are 70 or older to law enforcement when they observe or become aware of the mistreatment.  The new law also has legal penalties for persons who are mandated to report elder abuse if they fail to report mistreatment. 

IPV Prevention Council
NEW Prevent IPV Website Launched! 
The PreventIPV.org online space offers peer-driven resources and tools to help build the capacity of domestic violence programs to engage communities in the social change work that is necessary to promote a thriving culture where all relationships are built on respect, equality, and peace.

Solace Women's Aid
Finding the Costs of Freedom
"Solace Women’s Aid has launched the findings of a 3 year research project, Finding the Costs of Freedom, that examines how women and children rebuild their lives after domestic violence. Conducted in partnership with the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU), this is the first longitudinal study of it’s kind in Europe."

Center for Family Policy and Practice
What We Want to Give our Kids: How Child Support Debt Can Diminish Wealth-Building Opportunities for Struggling Black Fathers and Their Families
"This new report, from the Center for Family Policy and Practice and the Insight Center for Community and Economic Development, shows how child support enforcement policies and practices can plunge some of society's most economically vulnerable fathers and their families deeper into poverty."

From the Battered Women's Justice Project
Representing Victims of Intimate Partner Violence Connected with the Military - A Handbook for Civil Attorneys
"Victims of intimate partner violence who are military service members, veterans, or partners of service members or veterans, often have specific legal issues related to the military. Attorneys who are unconnected to the military must understand those issues or run the risk not only of inadequate representation, but also of increasing danger to their clients. While resources on legal representation of service members and/or veterans exist, this handbook specifically addresses additional considerations for attorneys when representing military-related victims/survivors"

From Americans for Responsible Solutions and the National DV Hotline
Saving Women’s Lives Ending Firearms Violence Against Intimate Partners 
"The new resource provides local leaders – including state courts, prosecutors, law enforcement, and victim advocates – recommendations on best practices that protect victims of abuse from gun violence. It also highlights the importance of strong partnerships between states and the federal government in improving the effectiveness of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and enforcement of existing federal gun laws."

HHS: Administration of Children and Families
Guidance on HHS Policy of Federal Recognition of Same Sex Spouses for Entities Supported by FVPSA
"In June, 2013, the US Supreme Court struck down the prohibition on federal recognition of same sex marriages. FVPSD issued this guidance to implement HHS's new policy consistent with the decision."


The National Institute for Justice

Bullying, Sexual, and Dating Violence Trajectories From Early to Late Adolescence 

Improving Human Trafficking Victim Identification-Validation and Dissemination of a Screening Tool

Screening for Human Trafficking: Guidelines for Administering the Trafficking Victim Identification Tool


 

News and Other Information

*The Every Mother Initiative is recruiting participants. Find out more here.

*Join NNEDV and call on Congress to support full funding of domestic violence programs!  Click here or more info.


 
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