|YOUR COALITION AT WORK
FEDERAL POLICY UPDATE
IN THE NEWS
January is Stalking Awareness Month
More than three million people age 18 or older were victims of stalking during a 12-month period according to the US Department of Justice. Learn more and help educate others. Fact sheets from the National Stalking Resource Center include:
Stalking is a serious crime which happens in communities across the country. Chances are that you know someone, or several people, who have gone through the terrifying ordeal of being stalked. Stalkers often know their victims; many are ex-partners or spouses. Stalking is a dangerous behavior which warrants thorough safety planning. Read about the resources available to victims and advocates.
YOUR COALITION AT WORK
Click here to read about what we have been working on, including 1) The new CCADV website, 2) Forthcoming Trauma Informed Care Workgroup, 3) Rural Grant projects – Application info!, 4) Online training modules, 5) Plans to hire a communications/membership staff person, and 6) Our public policy work in 2014!
~So much to look forward to in the new year!
CCADV Latino Outreach Program - Program Manager Hired!
You might remember Kristiana Huitrón from when she worked at CCADV from 2009 to 2012 as the Child and Youth Advocacy Coordinator and Advocacy & Resources Team Specialist. She has returned to lead the Coalition’s efforts to engage and develop culturally-based advocacy utilizing what is known as the Promtor@ model of engagement!
Read more by clicking here.
CO Legislative Session 2014
It’s that time of year again… The Colorado General Assembly convenes again on January 8, 2014. CCADV is already involved in several legislative efforts proposed by a variety of groups which have the potential to both positively and negatively affect survivors of domestic violence and their children. Starting this month, look for regular updates about bills and for opportunities to engage in policy advocacy, including action alerts and requests for survivor stories and testimony.
Speaking up on behalf of survivors and involving the survivors you serve in this empowering process is necessary for protecting and advancing hard fought legal protections and options for survivors of domestic violence.
One person can make a difference but a team of people working together can create a movement!
FEDERAL POLICY UPDATE
Federal Funding - The Murray/Ryan Deal
As you have probably heard, congress reached a deal on the federal budget. NNEDV has provided an update on the contents of the federal budget deal reached by Senator Murray (D-WA) and Representative Ryan (R-I), what it means for the domestic violence field, and what the next steps are moving forward in the FY14 appropriations process (and what you can do to help!).
The Murray/Ryan Deal, known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, actually amends the Budget Control Act of 2011 and replaces 87% of the non-defense discretionary (NDD) funding that was cut as part of the FY2013 sequester. The agreement would provide $63 billion in sequester relief over two years (split evenly between defense and non-defense discretionary programs). VAWA, VOCA and FVPSA are part of the non-defense discretionary side of the budget.
**You can find a summary of the deal by clicking here.
Affordable Care Act
NNEDV recently issued guidance regarding the Affordable Care Act implementation. Did you know that one of the hardship exemption categories is having “recently experienced domestic violence”?
**For more ACA info, links to relevant websites, and to access an NNEDV webinar recording, Click Here.
Article on screening restraining order respondents for firearm ownership
An evaluation of a law enforcement initiative to screen respondents to domestic violence restraining orders for firearm ownership or possession and recover their firearms with demonstrated success.
Children and Domestic Violence Fact Sheet Series
The NCTSN Domestic Violence Collaborative Group announces a new series of fact sheets created for parents whose children have been affected by domestic violence. The set of 10 fact sheets gets to the heart of the experiences and needs of these children and families, and offers education in support of their resilience and recovery. Available as PDFs from www.nctsn.org/content/resources
The Domestic Violence Resource Network currently includes two national resource centers, four special issue resource centers, three culturally-specific Institutes, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. All are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to inform and strengthen domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts at the individual, community, and societal levels. www.nrcdv.org/dvrn
Webinar Recordings from Battered Women’s Justice Project
Browse their archive of past webinar recordings and listen/learn at your convenience! http://www.bwjp.org/general_dv_webinar_recordings.aspx
Arrest Grant Solicitation Will Be Open Soon! Get TA from BWJP!
OVW has the Arrest Grant solicitation scheduled to issue in early January. After working with grantees for 16 years, BWJP staff have a good sense of how to develop projects that fit this program's funding criteria. If you would like to consult with experienced BWJP staff members about project ideas for the upcoming solicitation, we are available to assist you over the holidays. Just email a request for a consultation to email@example.com and provide dates/times when we could schedule a call with you.
U-VISA CAP REACHED FY14
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved the statutory maximum 10,000 petitions for U-1 nonimmigrant status for fiscal year 2014 (U-visas are for victims of certain criminal activity if law enforcement has certified the immigrant victim’s cooperation with the criminal justice process).
*GUIDANCE FROM USCIS ON HOW THEY WILL RESPOND: USCIS has indicated that they will continue to review pending U visa applications and will place those eligible for U visa status on a wait list. Those waitlisted applicants, and their qualified family members, will receive a notice from USCIS letting them know that they have been found eligible for the U visa and informing them that they will receive deferred action status in the interim and are able to apply for work a work permit. USCIS will resume issuing U visas on October 1, 2014, the first day of the fiscal year 2015, when an additional 10,000 U visas will become available under the current cap. Those on the wait list will be the first to receive those U visas when they become available.
*WHAT THIS MEANS FOR ADVOCATES: Even though the cap is reached:
- Eligible victims can continue to apply for U visas (see above for potential interim relief);
- Law enforcement can continue to sign U visa certifications; and
- Please share this information with your networks.
*For more, visit USCIS website:
CCADV Webinar on Coordination with Child Welfare
Date: Wed, January 8, 2014 – Noon-1pm
Description: Learn more about how to do client and system advocacy with your local Child Welfare Department.
This webinar will discuss:
Webinar presenters are Megan Burch, Advocate at Family Tree, and Carmen Hubbs, Director of the Archuletta County Victim Assistance Program.
- An overview of the child welfare process
- Client-based advocacy to assist individual families involved with child welfare
- System-based advocacy to enhance child welfare's response to domestic violence
- Practical tools to help you in this work!
The EVAW Project presents: Restitution and Victim Compensation- Strategies for Success
Free Webinar, CLE provided
Date: January 15, 2014 -- 11:30am-1:00pm
Description: Ms. Lisa Teesch-Maguire, Deputy DA, 18th JD DA’s Office, and Mr. Tony Tilger Victim Compensation Administrator, will discuss the importance of requesting restitution for victim expenses and local victim compensation programs. The webinar will include information on the significance of a decentralized system for the administration of victim compensation, the importance of confidentiality of victim compensation records, recent case law, and some effective strategies to assist Deputy District Attorneys in the successful pursuit of restitution.
Register online: http://tinyurl.com/webinar011514
Webinars for Retirement Planning for Advocates
Across the country, advocates work tirelessly to improve the lives of others, yet sometimes we don't make the time to secure our own futures. NNEDV, NCRDV and US Department Labor are joining together to increase advocate knowledge and improve access to long-term security through retirement planning.
**Webinar 1: Savings Fitness
When: January 27, 2014, 3 pm EST
Speakers: Pat Humphlett, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), U.S. Department of Labor and Cindy Hounsell, Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER).
About: Planning for a secure retirement can be challenging, but the sooner you start the easier it will be. It may feel like there are many demands on your income: credit card debt, school loans, car payments or your children's education. Although it is important to save for these short-term goals, it is important to remember to save for long-term goals like retirement as well.
Here is one simple way to get you on the road to financial security. Join us as we explain how you can use EBSA's new interactive worksheets to set goals, start a budget, manage debt, and determine how much to save for a secure financial future.
Register: Click here to register
**Webinar 2: YIKES! - Retirement Planning for Advocates Over 50
When: February 3, 2014 at 3 pm EST
Speakers: Pat Humphlett, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), U.S. Department of Labor and a representative from the Social Security Administration.
About: For many, planning for retirement is a mystery. Join us for a webinar that will help you unravel the mystery and reach your retirement goals.
The webcast, designed for people who are 10 to 15 years from retirement, offers a simplified, bottom-line approach to figuring out how much you need to save and how to make your money last over a possibly long retirement.
You'll learn how to track down and understand:
A Social Security Administration representative who will discuss Social Security retirement benefits will join the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefit Security Administration.
- Your savings, 401(k) plans, home equity, and other assets
- Your Social Security benefit - and how to decide when to start drawing benefits
- Your spending and expenses now and in retirement
- Filling the gap in your retirement savings.
Register: Click here to register
The Benefits of Violence: Why Give It Up?
Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Central Time)
Presenters: Chuck Derry is a co-founder of the Gender Violence Institute and a Praxis International Technical Assistance Provider. Graham Barnes and Marijka Belgum-Gabbert are both technical assistance providers with the Battered Women's Justice Project.
Description: This webinar describes exactly what's in it for offenders to continue with their abuse, what they gain from every tactic, and why those tactics work so well again and again. With a shared understanding of the intent and effect of the offender's abuse, we enhance our abilities to hold offenders accountable and provide effective assistance to survivors. This webinar steps us through the process of multiagency accountability.
Transgender People, IPV and the Legal System
Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Central Time)
Presenters: Leigh Goodmark, J.D. is Director of Clinical Education and Co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Terra Slavin, J.D. is the Lead Staff Attorney at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, and Michael Munson is the co-founder and Executive Director of FORGE.
Description: Transgender persons subjected to abuse have not been the focus of legal scholarship. Leigh Goodmark's is the first law review article to concentrate specifically on intimate partner abuse and the transgender community. The article discusses the barriers confronting transgender people seeking relief from intimate partner abuse, and examines the gendered nature of intimate partner abuse against transgender people, arguing that such abuse can be understood not only through the lens of the patriarchal narrative of the battered women's movement, but also as a means of policing gender norms and affirming gender identity.
Article: Goodmark, L. (2013). "Transgender People, Intimate Partner Violence and the Legal System." Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Vol. 48. Pgs. 51-104
Legal Representation of Crime Victims in Criminal Courts
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Central Time)
Presenters: Rob Davis is Director of Research at the Police Executive Research Forum, Susan Smith Howley, J.D. has worked with the National Center for Victims of Crime since 1991, serving as its Director of Public Policy since 1999, and Meg Garvin M.A., J.D. is the Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI).
Description: The faculty will discuss research on the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) victims' rights clinics. NCVLI clinics were designed to promote awareness, education, and enforcement of crime victims' rights in the criminal justice system. Clinic attorneys represent crime victims in criminal courts and on appeal, seeking to protect the panoply of victims' rights deriving from constitutional, statutory and common law. Faculty will discuss the importance of vigorous enforcement of victims' rights in criminal courts in pursuit of meaningful justice for crime victims.
Articles: Davis, R., Anderson, J., Howley, S., Dorris, C. & Whitman, J. (April 2013). "No More Rights Without Remedies: An Impact Evaluation of the National Crime Victim Law Institute's Victims' Rights Clinics, Final Technical Report." National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, NCJ 241752
Setting the Frame: Building Blocks for Domestic Violence Advocacy in LGBTQ Communities
Date: Tuesday, January 14th, 12 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific
Description: “Setting the Frame” is a must have for any advocate looking to increase their capacity to support 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 LGBT survivors. Presented by Connie Burk, Executive Director, Northwest Network
To register, click here
Child Sexual Abuse and Disabilities
Date: January 16, 2014 at 11am Pacific Time
Description: Although children with disabilities are three times more likely to be sexually abused, these children have not garnered the same attention of policy makers, the media or community organizations. There is also an alarming lack of primary prevention programs available to this population. In this important web conference, the speakers will provide insights into this emerging issue as well as some innovative programs and collaborations.
The Skills You Need for the Relationships You Want! Incorporating Relationship Skills into Prevention & Community Engagement Work for Anti-Violence Service Providers
Date: Tuesday, January 28th, 12 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific
Description: Wanting to move beyond a vision of merely ending violence? Looking for opportunities to share information & skills about healthy relationships? Hoping to get more folks in your community connected to your work? Join us for an exciting webinar on the Northwest Network’s Relationship Skills Class, and strategies to incorporate relationship skills work into your prevention, community engagement, and direct services work. This presentation will include a brief history of the Relationship Skills Class, examples from our Relationship Skills Class curriculum, and making connections between community engagement and anti-violence movement work. Presented by DeAnn Alcantara-Thompson, Community Engagement Program Coordinator, the NW Network
To register, click here
January Professional Development Workshop Series from the Colorado Nonprofit Association
*FUNDRAISING FOR PEOPLE WHO HATE TO FUNDRAISE
Unless "fund raising" is in your job title, you probably don't see yourself as a fund raiser.
*THE INVISIBLE YELLOW LINE
When the line between board and staff roles is not clearly defined it can lead to confusion and diverts positive energy from the organization's mission.
*HOW TO DO YOUR OWN NONPROFIT COMMUNICATIONS AUDIT
Has your nonprofit communications plan come together in an ad hoc, on the fly, piece-by-piece kind of way?
*MADE TO BE MODERN: CURRENT TRENDS IN WEBSITES
There are a few small changes you can make to give your website relevance in 2014.
Learn effective, diverse ways to fundraise.
*HOW TO CAPTIVATE AND ENGAGE CONSTITUENTS WITH YOUR WEBSITE
In this season of technological change, having an effective website is the single most crucial component of a communications plan.
*FROM AUDIT TO REDESIGN: THE COMPLETE NONPROFIT WEBSITE TOOLKIT
Over ten Tuesdays starting in January, we walk you through Website 101, review best practices for accessibility, mobile-optimized sites, and reinforcing your organization's online brand.
*FUNDRAISING ON A NAPKIN
Learn simple and effective strategies for fundraising.
*2014 NONPROFIT DAY AT THE CAPITOL
Developing relationships with the elected officials who represent your community is important.
Is your Board bored? Are you getting the maximum return from your Board today?
For a complete list of Colorado Nonprofit Association workshops and webinars, please visit https://portal.coloradononprofits.org/members_online/registration/regstart.asp
Growing Up Gender
Supporting the Development of Transgender / Gender Variant Children & Adolescents
Date: Friday January 10, 2014 9a-1p
Boulder Center for Conscious Community, 1637 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80301
Description: A ½ day training by Tara Eastcott, Psy.D.for those working to support and protect trans* and gender variant youth, including: mental health and medical professionals; school counselors, interventionists and educators; youth advocates; parents, caretakers, and family members. $60 professionals, $35 student
Register at www.bentboulder.com; Dr. Eastcott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-236-2821
13th Annual Q&A (Queers & Allies/Questions & Answers) Institute
Date: February 27th-28th, 2014
Description: This is a one-of-a-kind training and consultation project available to d.v. advocates and others who work with bisexual, trans, lesbian, and gay survivors of abuse. Through this project, the Northwest Network brings together advocates from across the country to develop assessment skills, share specialized info, and integrate queer generated theories about domestic violence into work with survivors!
Fee $300; Scholarships are available.
Register at http://nwnetwork.org/event-registration/?ee=302
Use and Integration of Interpreters in Civil Protection Order Cases of Victims of Domestic, Sexual & Stalking Violence, Presented by the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence and the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women
Date: February 26-27, 2014
Description: Victims who are Limited English Proficient (LEP) and/or d/Deaf or hard of
hearing deserve equal access to the legal system. VAWA-funded attorneys must advance their skills to effectively work with clients who require interpretation in order to advocate for those clients seeking civil protection orders and other remedies within the legal system.
This training is designed to provide attorneys who represent victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking with the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge about providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to victims seeking protection orders who are LEP and/or d/Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
SAVE THE DATE: Colorado Advocacy In Action Conference
Date: June 2-4, 2014
Description: The premier Colorado conference addressing sexual and domestic violence! For more information, keep an eye on www.coloradoadvocacy.org!
A Message to Our Stakeholders (From OVW):
FY 2014 Grant Solicitation Announcement
OVW’s top priority is to save lives by ensuring that victims receive the services and protection they need. OVW’s small, dedicated team cares profoundly about these issues and about seeing the dollars spent well. We see how VAWA funds save lives around the country, so we know how precious they are.
Congress and OVW’s stakeholders – from law enforcement to victim service providers to state governments – have asked OVW to get grants out earlier, launch the new VAWA programs, keep stable funding for the field, improve customer service, and provide the in-depth grant management that helps grantees succeed. In addition, Congress has asked OVW to focus on good governance, enhanced monitoring, and increased accountability.
To accomplish all this in today’s difficult fiscal climate, OVW had to get creative and make trade-offs for FY14 that increase efficiency without compromising victim services. We worked long and hard to find the best approach for the field – from shelters to law enforcement offices – that would most support victims. OVW’s solution is to streamline the grant competition process, and will change the pool of eligible applicants for many FY 14 grants.
In FY 14, OVW is implementing many new VAWA changes:
Every VAWA grant program is different, but many OVW solicitations will focus on continuation applicants. In some programs, there will be a targeted competition, or eligibility will be limited for a portion of the funds. A chart of grant program eligibility is available online at http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/open-solicitations.htm#proposed.
- Instituting new statutory requirements across many programs, including STOP Violence Against Women Program and Sexual Assault Services Program formula grants to states and territories
- Implementing new 25% sexual assault requirement in Grants to Encourage Arrest Program, and legal services purpose area in Rural Grant Program
- Launching initial phases of the new VAWA Justice for Families Program and the Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Program
- Establishing Tribal Coalitions Grants as a formula program
- Providing guidance on new civil rights provisions
- Conducting conferrals and listening sessions
- Adopting strengthened accountability provisions
We know these changes will cause some confusion, and we want to work to minimize them. Some of you have been asking OVW to do more continuation awards, while others were looking forward to the opportunity to compete for a particular grant. OVW has only partially limited eligibility for FY14 grant programs, and we believe full competition is important. OVW plans to resume competitions for all VAWA programs when prudent management will allow.
Issuing solicitations with these changes in eligibility provides continued funding to serve victims and prevent violence, responds to requests from the field to keep funding stable and improve customer service, and frees up enough OVW staff time to conduct proper management and monitoring. For the good of victims, DOJ stakeholders, and taxpayers, OVW had to make these tough choices.
We want to emphasize that all grantees that will receive an invitation to apply for those programs that are being administered on a “continuation only” basis have previously competed successfully for funding in that program. All applicants will be subject to a programmatic review to ensure that their project meets the statutory scope of the program; assess their past performance, including compliance with audit findings; and ensure that proposed activities do not compromise victim safety. In addition, because of uncertain funding levels in FY14, many – and possibly all – grants that are “continuation only” will still be competitive.
Thank you for the hard work you are doing every day in this challenging economic climate.
USDOJ, Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office on Violence Against Women, presents two grant opportunities:
OVW Fiscal Year 2014 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of
Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking or Sexual Assault Program Grant
OVW FY 2014 Justice for Families Program Grant
IN THE NEWS
‘Domestic Violence: The Secret Killer That Costs $8.3 Billion Annually’ – Forbes: http://onforb.es/18o8mU6
‘Gun Country’ “The United States continues to love and revile its hundreds of millions of firearms. Here is a look at that complicated relationship, told through the personal stories of Americans.” – The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/gun-country/?hp
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