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This month, we're gearing up for DVAM!
Check out some of this year's resources. Read More!
Trauma Informed Care
A new program that will enhance trauma-informed advocacy. Read about it!
Upcoming Trainings
Lots of great trainings and other events this month. Check 'em out!

This September we're...


Getting Ready for Domestic Violence
Awareness Month!

 

CCADV's Goal for 2015: To raise awareness about how the portrayal of traditional gender norms (masculinity v. femininity; heteronormativity; cisgendered) in the media deeply impacts how society values (rather, devalues) everything that gets labeled feminine by the culture – qualities like compassion, cooperation, empathy, intuition, and sensitivity.

‘How does this relate to domestic violence?’ you ask. In order to combat gender-based violence, we must be able to identify the ideas, customs, and institutions that promote this violence. Culture, through the media, contributes to the perpetration of domestic violence and other forms of abuse by shaping norms: casting men as strong and capable, devaluing women, and glorifying violence by men and within sexuality.

We're kicking off the month with a film screening and panel discussion in Denver. And with the help of your colleagues around the state, we've also created a community film screening kit for YOU. We'll be adding other resources to our website (http://ccadv.org/be-involved/dvawarenessmonth/) throughout September, and we'll let you know as we do! Please feel free to share what YOU are doing during DVAM on this month's Brown Bag discussion, DVAM: Around the State in 60 Minutes. Find more information below

“The movement against gender-based violence recognizes that violence is a learned, gendered, and institutionally supported behavior, and targets the sources of violence rather than accepting the world as it is. It must also address issues of racism, classism, and heterosexism in order to effectively confront the gender-informed violence and oppression that affect the lives of men and women. To do so, [we must] reframe masculinity, combat patriarchy, foster social justice, engage in activism and media advocacy to change social norms, influence commercial sectors, and impact public policy.” (http://stoprelationshipabuse.org/educated/feminism-101/)

Domestic Violence and Media Literacy

Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Historically, ‘literacy’ has referred to the ability to read and write. But that doesn’t take us far enough when it comes to the complex messaging we receive everyday through a variety of media sources. Media literacy helps us think critically about the messages we’re receiving and understand how media messages shape our culture and society, our individual actions, and the way we view ourselves and others. 

All media messages are constructed. The following are the Five Key Questions of Media Literacy (developed by The Center for Media Literacy at medialit.org) designed to help you deconstruct any media message in order to recognize what the media maker wants us to believe or do, and decide for ourselves if we let that happen.

The Five Key Questions of Media Literacy.

  1. Who created this message?
  2. What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?
  3. How might different people understand this message differently?
  4. What values, lifestyles, and points of view are represented in, and omitted from, this message?
  5. Why is this message being sent?

We invite you to think critically about how relationships are are portrayed in the media. Look at the messages you see in films, TV, and other media sources, and ask yourself: What am I being asked to believe? And then decide for yourself what you DO believe…

Check out this Quick Guide to Media Literacy available through the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault!

Check out this great example of how to use media literacy to deconstruct the recent film, ‘Gone Girl’.

Check out this infographic that explains what to do if your cinematic crush is really a stalker. Egads!

Check out this report that Finds Wide Diversity Gap Among 2014’s Top-Grossing Films.

Hosting a training or other event for DVAM?
Share it with the statewide CCADV community!
 

 
Reminder: The CENSUS is September 16, 2015!
 
The NNEDV Domestic Violence Counts: National Census of Domestic Violence Services (Census) 2015 is quickly approaching! Let's try to get Colorado to 100% participation this year!
 
Dates to remember:
  • Census Webinar: September 9, 2015 at 2pm MDT 
    • Join: https://nnedv.ilinc.com/register/vsxsryw (please use Internet audio rather than phone, as we have a limit on the number of callers via the phone)
      Call-in information: 1-888-447-7153 // Passcode: 916529
  • Census Survey Day: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 (6am MDT through 5:59a MDT September 17)  
  • Deadline for data submission: Wednesday, September 30 at 9:59 MDT
  • Early Spring 2016: Release DV Counts 2015 report 
The DV Counts Census Report is the only report that tells the stories of the amazing work that you do every day and highlights the need for more resources and funding. NNEDV uses this report when talking to Congress about the need for federal legislation and funding, and CCADV uses this information with your state legislators. Many programs have also used this report to do their own fundraising and communications. We hope you will be a part of the 2015 Domestic Violence Counts!

Your CCADV Census Contact is Amy Pohl: 303-962-0936 (or apohl(at)ccadv.org)
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Your Coalition in Action

Public Policy Update


Hello Members and Colleagues,

I am excited to announce I will be attending at least four of the five region meetings this month, so I will have the opportunity to meet more amazing advocates from across the state.

The Brown Bag lunch series on the topic of strangulation was well attended and I have received several requests for more information following the training, so I will be offering more resources at the Region meetings.The medicine has caught up to crime, and we now know survivors experiencing strangulation are often strangled on multiple occasions and these occurrences may have long term health effects on the brain. As advocates we can help survivors navigate the medical and legal systems to ensure this crime is handled in a ways that increase a survivors physical safety post assault.
 
I want to share with you there is a free training on the topic in Denver this month featuring Gael Strack, JD  and Dr. Bill Smock, MD, two foremost experts on strangulation in the country. Check out the flyer here. For those of you not able to attend the training in person, I want to introduce you to the their website which also has links to some good information. http://www.strangulationtraininginstitute.com/
 
As you know CCADV launched a statewide survey last month collecting survivors experiences with strangulation. The link to the survey can be found on the CCADV website as well as here  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015strangulation. Check out this paper copy of the survey, so you can take a look at the questions ahead of the survey. The confidential data collected in the survey will certainly be used to help us inform our public policy efforts. However the survey can also be used by advocates to help educate survivors regarding their options post assault and to enhance safety planning for survivors. 
 
This work is in concert with our public policy work this year and will give you the tools to be able to effectively talk to your local policy makers regarding the way crimes involving strangulation are regarding in your communities. I look forward to seeing soon, and as always please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions.
 
Thank you,

     -Lydia 
      lwaligorski(at)ccadv.org

TIC: Seeking Safety Learning Circle 



CCADV’s Seeking Safety Learning Circle will enhance trauma-informed advocacy!  

Do advocates at your organization struggle to engage with and empower survivors who have substance misuse concerns?  Trauma symptoms and substance misuse often go together – and yet too often advocates don’t feel confident in helping survivors to address these complex issues.  

Seeking Safety is a well-researched curriculum which has been shown to help people manage both trauma symptoms and also their use of substances.  CCADV is offering a free copy of the Seeking Safety curriculum as well as free training and ongoing support to organizations that join our Seeking Safety Learning Circle. 

What is Seeking Safety, and how might it fit with advocates’ work?
•    Seeking Safety – Brochure 

Why would an organization want to join?
•    Seeking Safety – FAQ

What does the research literature say about Seeking Safety?
•    Seeking Safety – Overview

Seven organizations have already enrolled! In addition, CCADV’s Latina Outreach Program sites will also participate through our Local Coordinators.
Participating organizations will send 1-2 advocate to in-person training -- either on either Sept 10 (Western Slope) or Sept 30 (Colorado Springs).
Space is limited, but we can enroll a couple more organizations.  Interested?  Send your completed Seeking Safety Enrollment Form to ecollins@ccadv.org.  Questions?  Call Beth at 303-962-3321.
 
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Upcoming Trainings

Webinars

September 3, 10, 23: Domestic Violence in the Dependency System: A Series About Professional Roles, Limits, and Opportunities (RCDV)
Part 1: Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 2 p.m. 
Dispelling the Myths about Domestic Violence Victims in Dependency Cases
Part 2: Thursday, September 10, 2015 | 2 p.m. 
The Role of Social Workers and Advocates in Dependency Cases with Domestic Violence Victims 
Part 3: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 | 2 p.m.
The Role of Attorneys, GALS and Judges in Dependency Cases with Domestic Violence Victims

September 9: Going beyond the individual: The evidence supporting multilevel adolescent dating abuse prevention (PreventConnect)
Interpersonal violence affects the lives of individuals, but have impacts for communities and society as well.  Community- and societal-level factors can also contribute to adolescent dating abuse, sexual violence, and adult partner violence.  Prevention practitioners have been encouraged to build multilevel prevention strategies to prevent these forms of violence, and some have been exploring new prevention strategies that go beyond creating change at the individual level only.  The American Journal of Preventive Medicine has recently released a special issue titled "Beyond the Individual: Family, Neighborhood, and State-level Influences on Dating Violence examining approaches to adolescent dating abuse prevention at the community, neighborhood, and societal levels."  In this web conference, authors of three of the articles in that issue will share the findings of their work and explore implications for prevention practice. 
12:00pm MDT

September 15: CCADV's Brown Bag Discussion Series #9: DVAM: Around the State in 60 Minutes
Join CCADV’s Amy Pohl and members from this year’s DVAM Workgroup to share resources and ideas for engaging your staff, survivors, and communities in domestic violence awareness activities this October. This is an opportunity to hear from CCADV and others and to spread the word on what YOU are up to for DVAM: how you’re raising awareness in your communities and any events or activities you have planned.
We’ll also discuss upcoming awareness months in 2016 (National Stalking Awareness Month, TDV Awareness Month, and Child Abuse Prevention Month all are just around the corner) and would love to get your input on the kind of resources you need to be prepared.
For more information, please contact Amy Pohl.
12:00p MDT


September 15: Rethinking Serial Perpetration of Sexual Violence: Implications for Prevention (PreventConnect)
In this web conference, we will examine the impact of the serial perpetration hypothesis on prevention efforts and explore how prevention efforts can be informed by research on this topic.
12:00p MDT

September 15: It Takes a Village, People! Advocacy Tools for Working with Survivors Friends & Families (NW Network)
Most survivors of domestic violence reach out to a friend or family member long before they attempt to access a social service agency for support, but friends and family may not know how to help a loved one who is being battered. This webinar will walk participants through the It Takes A Village People Toolkit and show advocates how to apply advocacy skills to help diverse survivors break isolation, strengthen social connectedness and increase safety.
1:00pm MDT

September 16Cybersecurity Isn’t Just a Headline: Risk for Not-for-Profits (DHG)
Are you putting your donors at risk?  How concerned should nonprofits be about the recent cyber attacks?  How do nonprofits ensure that confidential data is secure?  With limited resources and the desire of nonprofits to use resources to further their missions, nonprofits often do not make data security a priority.  However, nonprofit organizations are not immune to security breaches.  Join us for a webinar to discuss the risks to nonprofit organizations and how to protect against cyber attacks.
9:00am MDT

September 21: Going beyond the individual: The evidence supporting multilevel adolescent dating abuse prevention (PreventConnect)
Interpersonal violence affects the lives of individuals, but have impacts for communities and society as well.  Community- and societal-level factors can also contribute to adolescent dating abuse, sexual violence, and adult partner violence.  Prevention practitioners have been encouraged to build multilevel prevention strategies to prevent these forms of violence, and some have been exploring new prevention strategies that go beyond creating change at the individual level only.  The American Journal of Preventive Medicine has recently released a special issue titled "Beyond the Individual: Family, Neighborhood, and State-level Influences on Dating Violence examining approaches to adolescent dating abuse prevention at the community, neighborhood, and societal levels."  In this web conference, authors of three of the articles in that issue will share the findings of their work and explore implications for prevention practice. 
12:00pm MDT
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

September 9, 2015: Disability Rights in Housing (Denver Metro Fair Housing Center)
Come learn about rights people with disabilities have under the Federal Fair Housing Act. We will address the rights people with disabilities have to decide where they want live no matter if they use a wheel chair or have a service/emotional support animal. We will also discuss asking housing providers for reasonable accommodations and modifications for people with disabilities in order to have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling unit or common space.
Location: Denver, CO

September 10-11: Sports Culture: Advancing Its Role in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention (A Call to Men)
A CALL TO MEN is a leading national violence prevention organization providing training and education for men, boys and communities.
Location: Charlotte, NC

September 16-18Broadening Your Multi-Agency Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (BWJP)
Learn from other communities who will share their system-change strategies that focus on identifying and responding to high-risk offenders and developing services that centralize the lived experience of the least powerful people in the community. This conference includes research findings on teen dating violence, protocols to investigate and prosecute sexual assault cases involving victims with disabilities, strategies for identifying and responding to victim intimidation and retaliation, and tools for analyzing institutional practices.
Location: Denver, CO

September 18: Response to Human Trafficking Victims by Victim Advocates (1st Judicial District DA's Ofc)
Please contact Amy Sciangula 720-497-7898 or asciangu@jeffco.us for more information and to register.
Location: Golden, CO

September 28-29: Advanced Domestic Violence Training & Sexual Assault Investigation Training (EVAW)
Day 1 provides information and resources to address the challenges of domestic violence cases. It is designed to strengthen skills to work effectively with victims, suspects, prosecutors and victim advocates. Day 2 provides information and resources to strengthen the investigation and prosecution of adult sexual assault cases. Topics include alcohol/drug facilitated assaults, interview techniques for victims and suspects, working effectively with victim advocates and evidence collection. This free course is for prosecutors, law enforcement, victim advocates, and other allied professionals.
Location: Craig, CO

September 29-30: THE LEGAL ADVOCATE’S PERSPECTIVE: Board of Immigration Appeals Recognition and Accreditation & Immigration Legal Services for Battered Immigrants
This two-day course is geared towards non-lawyer legal advocates who will be or are currently working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence (DV) or sexual assault (SA). Trainers will combine a basic overview of immigration law with an introduction to legal and case management skills critical to becoming an effective immigration law advocate. This training is designed to help prepare legal advocates to become Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited. BIA accreditation allows non-lawyers to practice immigration law and assist survivors with obtaining lawful immigration status without the abuser’s knowledge or consent. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 15, 2015
Location: Seattle, WA

October 13-14: The Use of Technology in Intimate Partner Stalking Conference (NNEDV)
In the 2-day foundational conference, participants will gain a basic understanding of how various technologies are misused by stalkers and how to enhance community responses to stalking. Tracks for advocates and criminal justice professionals will provide participants with information on how offenders use various technologies to stalk, how to document technology misuse, how to investigate and build a stalking case, and how to work with victims to enhance their safety. This conference will provide an opportunity to network with your colleagues from across the country and discuss challenges facing practitioners in this field. This conference is open to all professionals working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; including advocates, civil attorneys, prosecutors, and criminal justice professionals. 
Location: Atlanta, GA

October 14-15: 14th Annual Pikes Peak Region Domestic Violence Summit 
"We have an amazing line up again this year. Keynote speaker will be Rickie M. Houston from A Call to Men."
Location: Colorado Springs, CO

October 23San Luis Valley Domestic Violence Symposium
This one-day conference features nationally renowned keynote speaker, Jean Kilbourne, and sessions designed to provide service providers and professionals with quality, local training and learning opportunities on domestic violence. 1
Location: Alamosa, CO

December 2-4Message Matters 2015: How to Talk About Violence and Abuse so People Listen
The conference represents the only conference of its kind to bring together experts on violence prevention and communication. Nationally recognized communication experts will address topics such as audience analysis, message evaluation, crisis communication, and reputation management as they train attendees on how to apply state-of-the-art communication theories and techniques to the work of ending violence.
Location: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM
 
Check out community events hosted around Colorado 
on our website:

http://ccadv.org/events-calendar/
(Or post your own event on our website calendar: http://ccadv.org/submit-event/)
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