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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
CCASA offers a variety of resources to get involved! Check 'em out!
CCADV Staff Updates
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Upcoming Trainings
Lots of great trainings and other events this month. Start Learning!

April is...


...Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

The high co-occurrence of child abuse and domestic violence is undisputed. Further, even witnessing domestic violence leads children to exhibit symptoms and behaviors that mimic those who have been physically abused themselves.

In this newsletter, we include some articles, resources, and training opportunities to aid you in your work to promote child abuse prevention work and the nurturing of children in our communities. For more information on CAPM in Colorado, click here.

 
The 2016 National Child Abuse Prevention Resource Guide, Making Meaningful Connections, was created primarily to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being (The Children's Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds the National Child Abuse Prevention Month initiative each April on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website)
 


Be sure to check out their 2016 CAPM Activity Calendar, too (in English or en Espanol)
Articles, Other Resources, and Upcoming Trainings
Related to Child Abuse Prevention/Promoting Child Well-Being...
 
Beginning in February 2014, twelve Commissioners, appointed by the president and Congress, began a two-year process of studying and reviewing issues related to child abuse and neglect fatalities. Through a series of public hearings and meetings with experts across the country, CECANF heard testimony from government leaders, researchers, public and private organizations that serve children and families, those who work on the front lines of child protection, and more. 

*Resource: Tip Sheets
The Children's Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers tip sheets on a variety of topics impacting children and families.
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*Article: A Story of Emotional Injury and Recovery In Children Exposed to Domestic Abuse
(Bancroft, Lundy, 2004, excerpt from 'When Dad Hurts Mom')
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*TrainingChildren that Display Problematic & Sexualized Behaviors (DCAC)
April 26, 9am-3pm 
Greenwood Village, CO
Cost: $85
This course addresses the complexities and challenges that caretakers, mental health professionals, educators, GAL's and caseworkers face when attempting to understand and address many of the problematic and abusive sexualized behaviors displayed by traumatized children. The course will focus on children who have experienced traumatic disruptions in their early development and therefore manifest problematic and abusive sexualized behaviors when interacting with others. A case study will be presented and discuss at length. 
 
Are you hosting a training or event related to Child Abuse Prevention/Promoting Child Well-Being that you want to share with the CCADV community?
Post an event on our community calendar!
Statewide Child Abuse Reporting Hotline



The hotline, launched in 2015, is Colorado’s first-ever, toll-free statewide hotline to report suspected child abuse and neglect. The hotline provides one easy-to-remember number and is a component of Governor Hickenlooper’s Child Welfare Plan “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy.”

Find the Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Campaign online Toolkit, including PSA's, posters, brochures, and more at: https://sites.google.com/a/state.co.us/cdhs-dcw/raise-awareness/toolkit

Your Coalition in Action



Lots of staff birthdays in February and March! We love to take the time to celebrate our colleagues. Check out this cake that Pat Tessmer made! (And yes, it tasted as good as it looked!)


CCADV's Amy Pohl (with Alana Smart from Colorado Faith Communities to End Gun Violence) at the Denver premier of Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA. CCADV helped to call attention to danger of firearms in DV situations and the need to keep abusers from owning, purchasing, or possessing guns. 


CCADV's Amy Miller, with Carmen Hubbs and Carol Simmons, at a Region IV Meeting in Durango. CCADV staff enjoyed meeting with members from across the state during the five region meetings in March!
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Staff Updates

Rural CCR Project Update


Jacque Morse, CCR Program Manager

CCADV is very proud of the significant system improvements in domestic violence response made by our 4 Coordinated Community Response (CCR) teams in rural Colorado. Supported by funds made available to CCADV, through our Rural OVW grant, and the investment made in this process by our member program organizations, all 4 teams have developed CCR’s that are dedicated to the improvement of domestic violence response in the communities. Local coordinators and their teams in Glenwood Springs, Delta, Aspen, and Alamosa have continued to work towards instituting, or have already instituted advocate initiated response (AIR), individualized risk assessments for their local law enforcement agencies and data collection that will continue to enhance referrals and drive new policy in addressing gaps in response to domestic violence.

In Aspen all 4 law enforcement agencies have started making immediate referrals to RESPONSE. In the first 6 months of the Advocate Initiated Response policy, 38 referrals were made and 22 victims (57%) received services from RESPONSE advocates. In Alamosa the Sheriff’s office received funding for a new database which will make referrals across all 6 counties easier and more uniform. Data collection has been started to address issues around protection order modification and will be starting focus groups with victims to further address gaps in response. Glenwood Springs is also working towards developing their own advocate initiated response protocol and is hoping to bring Marcus Bruning back to their community to do further law enforcement training. Law Enforcement in Delta has formally adopted a new risk assessment, and the CCR team is working on data collection.  

CCADV is excited to watch each of these teams as they address domestic violence response in their rural communities.
 
To find out more about CCADV's CCRT Project, contact Jacque Morse.

Communications and Membership Updates


Amy Pohl, Communications and Membership Director

2016 is off to a great start, and I can hardly believe that April is already here! CCADV's 2016 Membership Drive has come to a close. Thank you to all of our 2015 Members who renewed their membership and to all of our new Members who joined this year! Jacque Morse, Amy Miller, and I enjoyed meeting with many of you last month at our semi-annual Region Meetings in Loveland, Pueblo, Grand Junction, and Durango. We look forward to seeing more of you at the CAIA Conference in Vail this summer and/or at our longer format Region Meeting this fall. We released our new membership packet for 2016, which is also available on our website at: http://ccadv.org/who-we-are/membership/benefits-and-information/

One of the many benefits of CCADV Membership is free access to our Online Learning Center (http://ccadv.org/what-we-do/training/online-learning-center/), and as of now, have four classes available for learning. I'm working on completing the great work that Beth Collins started on the next course, "The Impact of Batterer Behavior on Children", which we hope to release before the end of this month. 

Speaking of trainings, thank you to those who were able to participate in the March Brown Bag, "A Social Media Primer for DV Advocacy Organizations." For those of you who couldn't make it (and for those how did!), click here for a copy of the PowerPoint slides

October still seems a ways off, but we're already starting to plan for DVAM 2016. Please see the announcement below if you are interested in joining the DVAM 2016 Planning Committee. We meet by phone, so you can participate from around the state! 

If you're looking for other ways to participate with CCADV, we are regularly seeking blog submissions, and I invite you to contribute! Why blog?” you ask. Here are just a few reasons: Because you have something to say. Because sharing your experiences will be helpful for others. Because you can commiserate joys and concerns in ways only those who have worked in the field can understand. Because in this field, silence is not an option. Need one more reason? Because it’s fun! Whether you are a CCADV member or not, we welcome you to apply: advocates, community members, survivors, students…you all have unique opinions and experiences, and we want to help you share them. No prior blogging or formal writing experience is required.


Thank you for all of the great work you are doing to support survivors and their families in Colorado! As always, please let us know how we can best support YOU!
 
Questions? Contact Amy Pohl

Project Connections Overview and Update


Tamara Greene, Research Project Assistant

I am excited to announce the completion of a 5 year project CCADV has been working on in collaboration with the University Of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW). As some of you may already know, this partnership has been conducting a statewide research study looking at the impact on children who witness both domestic violence and animal abuse. Designated advocates at 22 domestic violence organizations were trained to help recruit mothers and their children to participate in the study, as well as how to conduct interviews with them to obtain data. A total of 291 families participated in the study, and 175 completed follow-up interviews a year and a half later.

In addition to the study, the Project Director from GSSW and I also held three focus groups last summer. The purpose of these was to look at a peripheral aspect of the original project- identifying needs, services gaps, and best practice for working with families experiencing DV who also have concerns about pets.

This Colorado-specific research is ground breaking in many ways including the large number of participants, the richness of the follow-up data set, and the findings involving animal abuse, domestic violence, and children. Some results have already been published in academic journals, while some of the data is still be analyzed and written-up by various research team members. We will be presenting the practice implications from the research at this year’s Advocacy in Action conference as well as creating a page on our website in the near future. This page will include summaries of the data, access to the published articles, and other resources on the link between animal abuse and domestic violence.

I hope to see you all at the conference, and please feel free to reach out for more information about this subject if it is something that interests you!

To find out more, contact Tamara Greene
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). CCADV is putting together a DVAM Workgroup to help plan and organize this year’s DVAM activities, and we want YOUR help! Our workgroup will meet twice monthly, and we will break up into smaller committees that may meet more often. CCADV will host the meetings in our office, and we will also be broadcasting via teleconference, so no matter where you are in the state, we invite you to participate! 

Our first meeting will be April 14th from noon-1:30 (If you can't make this meeting but are still interested, please email Amy Pohl)
DVAM 2016 Meeting #1
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/762518965
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States : +1 (872) 240-3311
Access Code: 762-518-965

We will have opportunities for a range of involvement, so feel free to forward this on to others who might be interested in getting involved. You don’t need any prior experience in event planning and you don’t need any work experience as an advocate…just a passion for ending domestic violence! Even if you are not able to be a part of our Workgroup, you can still get involved! Just let me know and we’ll keep you informed of volunteer opportunities.

Please contact Amy Pohl (apohl@ccadv.org) with any questions. I look forward to working with you!
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Upcoming Trainings

Webinars

April 7: The Danger of When Animal Abuse Co-Occurs with Family Violence: Strategies and Policies for Keeping Families Safe (NCPOFFC)
When family violence is present, the pet is often targeted to gain silence and compliance of an intimate partner and their children. This workshop will delve into the newest research and theories addressing how animals are used by batterers in family violence and how failing to address animal abuse can contribute to continued violence in the home. Discussion will include strategies for intervention and programs to assist families with pets flee abusive homes and find safety.
11:00a MST

April 12: CCADV's Brown Bag Series:
Survivors Using Tension-Reducing Behaviors: Seeking Safety and Beyond
 (CCADV)
How do advocates support survivors who are misusing substances? How does substance use relate to trauma symptoms? And if a person is not using substances but has another potentially unhealthy tension-reducing behavior they rely on (self-injury, compulsive exercise, binge eating, etc), what sort of supports fall within an advocate’s role? 
Seeking Safety is a curriculum to help people understand trauma symptoms, navigating safety, and new skills for managing trauma symptoms. Between October and March, 13 Colorado advocacy organizations participated in a CCADV Learning Circle to pilot Seeking Safety and dialogue about if/how this curriculum can be a tool for frontline advocates. Preliminary advocate feedback is in! Join Beth Collins to learn a bit about Seeking Safety, and to discuss how your organization thinks about advocates’ role in talking with survivors about tension-reducing behaviors. The focus will be dialoguing about trauma-informed work - your experiences, questions, and goals.

12:00p MST

April 14Reimbursement and Payment Strategies for DV/Health Partnerships (FWV)
This is a time of tremendous change in how health care is delivered in this country. Federal health policy, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and recent mental health parity legislation, is rapidly transforming the health care sector. For many survivors of domestic violence, affordable coverage is now in reach. Mandated, comprehensive benefit packages include a full range of health services for women, including screening and brief counseling for domestic and interpersonal violence. These changes in health care delivery make the time right for domestic and sexual violence programs to partner with health care providers. This webinar will help domestic and sexual violence (DSV) advocates understand the evolving health care landscape and make strategic choices as they decide whether and how to partner with health care providers in order to promote sustainability and collaboration.
12:00p MST

April 18: That Doesn’t Happen Here: Understanding and Responding to Sex Trafficking in Rural Communities (SJVI/MNCASA)
This webinar examines sex trafficking and sexual exploitation in rural communities. Participants will hear perspectives from rural experts, including Safe Harbor Regional Navigators and a case study from Albert Lea, MN, in order to understand what sex trafficking looks like in rural communities, and how communities can begin to strategize their response.  Participants will briefly review the federal and Minnesota state definitions for sex trafficking, and examine the impact that these definitions have on identifying victims and investigating exploiters. Participants will also discuss how the unique characteristics of their community impact the problem and the response.  Finally, participants will learn about how partnerships across disciplines and within the community are essential to effectively responding to sexual exploitation in their communities.
11:00a MST

May 5: Reducing Barriers to Safety: Securing Economic Relief Through Protection Orders (NCPOFFC)
Economic security is often one of the most significant factors in determining a survivor's short and long-term safety. A 2012 Mary Kay survey of transitional housing and shelter programs reported that 74% of victims stayed with an abuser longer due to financial issues. Additional research shows that survivors' efforts to obtain legal protection carry major economic costs. Safety for survivors requires access to financial resources in order to restore past economic harms resulting from the abuse and to cover the cost of survivors' basic needs moving forward. Civil and criminal protection orders can mitigate the short-term economic barriers that survivors face in their efforts to achieve long-term safety and economic justice.
11:00a MST

May 12: Why Opposing Hyper-Incarceration Should be Central to the Work of the Anti-Domestic Violence Movement (NCFDBW)
The term “hyper-incarceration” highlights that the tremendous growth in incarceration is concentrated in particular geographic locations (low-income neighborhoods of color) and has concentrated effects felt disproportionately by African Americans.  In this webinar, Professor Donna Coker will discuss the enormous growth of the US prison population and the policies and practices that contribute to these high incarcerations rates.  She will briefly discuss how survivors end up in prison for crimes that flow from their victimization; the physical and sexual violence perpetrated against individuals who are incarcerated; and the ways victims of DV and/or SA in neighborhoods targeted for surveillance and arrest related to the “war on drugs” fear police intervention.  She will then examine some of the larger, less well-known aspects of hyper-incarceration that have dramatic effects on DV and SA.  Professor Coker will then discuss collateral consequences that limit the economic and civic opportunities of those with criminal convictions; prison trauma and the deepening of destructive masculinities; and the weakening of a community’s social structure, economic viability, and political clout.  She will then examine how these harms are tied to increased risks for the occurrence of domestic violence.  She will then discuss how these connections between hyper-incarceration and DV and SA should impact the work we do.  
1:00p MST
 
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

April 11-13: Blueprints Conference (Blueprints)
The goal of the conference is to disseminate science-based information on programs that have the highest standards for promoting education, behavior, emotional well-being, physical health and positive relationships. This conference will provide support, guidance and tools by program and prevention experts to promote effective policymaking and help practitioners implement these programs successfully in their own communities.
Location: Westminster, CO


April 14-15: 2016 Safe Shelter Symposium on Domestic Violence: Navigating the Power of Technology (SSSVV)
This topic, voted top choice of last year’s attendees and other colleagues, will have sessions designed for Advocates and Service Providers; Law Officers; Legal Professionals; Administrators and Directors; and Parents, Youth and Educators. Launching with a special evening for youth, parents, and educators the event will explore complexities of tech safety, safety planning, leveraging technology for protections; offender apprehensions and dissection of successful legal cases. Mark your calendars and get registered! Bring colleagues with you because you’ll have trouble deciding which sessions to attend! 
Location: Longmont, CO

April 15: 2016 Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance (DATA) Conference
Spend your Tax Day learning about how trafficking manifests itself in the Denver metro area and how local and national groups and agencies are working to combat trafficking. Expert keynote speakers will add depth and breadth of knowledge to the proceedings.
Location: Denver, CO 

April 19-21: Walking with our Hearts, Emerging Bravely: Revealing and Healing Child and Youth Survivors of Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence (Red Wind Consulting)
This conference will build a foundation for providing outreach, education, and systems change work needed to provide meaningful responses to native children and youth who are being exposed to a disturbing level of violence both inside and outside of their homes. Issues surrounding Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence will be covered, along with the interconnection with other types of violence, including: Trafficking, Sexual Assault, and Stalking. Presenters will discuss safety planning, advocacy, and harm reduction as we go Walking with our Hearts, Emerging Bravely.
Location: Albuquerque, NM

April 20-22: Project Management Fundamentals Course 
The skills developed in the Project Management Fundamentals Course apply to large and small projects, product design and development efforts, construction projects, IT projects, software development, and any project with critical performance, time, and budget targets.
Location: Denver, CO

April 29: Domestic Violence and its Associated Trauma-Cause and Effect on Children (BIDC)

This presentation will focus on the neurological development of the child and how the disruption/trauma experienced is expressed through behavior. Understanding how a child perceives a situation from a developmental point of view can help us all participate in the healing process. Conflictual   divorce and how domestic violence  impacts this process, including a experiential process putting our participants in the shoes of someone experiencing domestic violence. 
Location: Westminster, CO

May 6: Access Summit 2016
The ACCESS Summit is led by recognized organizations statewide that respond to the accessibility needs of underserved and marginalized victims of abuse and violence. Our partner agencies offer uniquely-tailored advocacy and direct services. These culturally-responsive services have proven to positively impact the victims we serve, who often otherwise fall through the gaps after experiencing violence. Through the ACCESS Summit, we hope to build and expand partnerships with service providers, criminal justice agencies, and other professionals in Colorado that may not currently have the capacity to meet the needs of marginalized and underserved survivors. We are pushing, not only to ensure that each individual victim receives culturally affirmative services, but to promote a culture of caring on all levels. Our goal: to mobilize a statewide effort to recognize the needs of our "silent-unseen and voices-unheard" victims of abuse and crime in order to effect systemic change.
Location: Denver, CO

June 6-8: Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference
The Colorado Advocacy in Action is the only statewide conference specific to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence advocacy.
Location: Vail, CO

July 25-27NNEDV Safety Net’s Technology Summit (NNEDV)
This unique 3-day training focuses on the intersection of technology and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking. Covering a wide range of technology-related issues, this conference will be helpful to advocates, law enforcement, and legal professionals who work with survivors of abuse. This conference will address how technology is misused by abusers, strategically used by survivors to maintain privacy and safety, and implemented by providers to enhance services. 
Location: San Francisco, CA

 

Check out community events hosted around Colorado 
on our website:
http://ccadv.org/events-calendar/
(Or post your own event on our website calendar!)

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Resources

*"What is the Price of Justice?" The DOJ's Recent Guidance to Court on Ability to Pay
People in communities of color who are struggling to achieve economic security often find themselves burdened by court-ordered financial obligations that they have no ability to pay. Frequently, this results in people being incarcerated in local jails due to courts’ unwillingness to examine, or disregard of, each person’s financial circumstances. Recognizing these harms, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently given state and local courts urgent notice that many common practices used to enforce collection of such debts may violate an individual’s 14thAmendment right to equal protection or, more likely, due process. According to the DOJ, these practices may also violate federal civil rights law.

*If I Had Money: Black Fathers and Children, Child Support Debt, and Economic Security in Mississippi
“If I Had Money” explores how court-ordered child support can create barriers to building economic security for Black parents, children, and their families—especially when the debt is owed to the government. To investigate the economic security of Black children, teenagers, and their fathers in Mississippi, CFFPP and the Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi conducted focus groups and listening sessions with Black men, women, and high school students. Altogether, about 100 people shared their voices and perspectives. Several policy recommendations are suggested by these discussions, all focused on making sure children have the support they need—as well as their parents and families.

News and Other Information

*Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund (CDAF)
Colorado was the first state in the country to allow a taxpayer to make a voluntary contribution to a state program using a portion of their state tax refund. In 1983, the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund (CDAF) joined the short list of programs on the state tax return. Contributions to CDAF go directly to DVP to support local domestic violence programs and services like yours. There are no administrative costs associated with these funds so the money goes to programs. Last year, Coloradans donated more than $110,000 to the CDAF. Taxpayers who choose to give through the state’s tax check-off program decide to make a donation because it is an easy way to give and that it “feels good.” But we also know that many taxpayers don’t know “who” the CDAF benefits. We believe a coordinated effort with programs will raise awareness about the CDAF and domestic violence services around the state. 
DVP needs your help!
In order to raise awareness about the Colorado Domestic Abuse Fund to Colorado taxpayers, DVP would like to enlist the support of your organization.
Here’s how:

Do you have other questions about CDAF?  Please contact Chelsea Baldwin at Chelsea.Baldwin@state.co.us or 303-866-3408.
 
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*Colorado Crisis Services Now Offers Crisis Text Service for Coloradans Needing Mental Health, Substance Use or Emotional Help
Coloradans can now use text to receive immediate and professional help to deal with any type of crisis situation. The new statewide crisis text service launched by Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, a provider of Colorado Crisis Services (CCS), is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The text service is the latest resource for individuals needing mental health, substance abuse or emotional help before, during or after a crisis.
SAVE THE DATE: 
National Census of Domestic Violence Services 2016
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 

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