Our upcoming trainings and more
Our upcoming trainings and more
News, Upcoming Trainings, Other Resources
July 2023

Coalition Updates

Brandy Walega and Miranda Encina

Training and Technical Assistance Team

Training and TA Team

12 p.m. July 11
Title: Learn About VINELink!
Presenters: Robert Branham and Andrea Musick-Johnson 
The County Sheriffs of Colorado will be presenting on VINELink. This victim notification program has provided millions of timely notifications across the country since its inception in 1994. The presentation will provide the background of the VINELink system, how to access its numerous functions, creating an account, using the watchlist, and how to obtain services all in one spot. The County Sheriffs of Colorado is the state point of contact for the VINE system. 

Public Policy Team members Brooke and Katie
Brooke Holmes and Katie Wolf 
Public Policy Team

Public Policy Team

Join our August Facts & Snacks webinar for a 2023 legislative update!
12 p.m. Aug. 8
Our Public Policy Team will share highlights from this past legislative session, including new laws that will impact survivors. We'll focus on the three primary pieces of legislation that Violence Free Colorado led pertaining to survivor awareness and responsiveness training for judicial personnel, funding for domestic violence and sexual assault victim services, and hearing domestic violence cases in municipal courts. We'll also cover new laws related to guns, reproductive healthcare, child custody, and other issues that impact survivors' lives. There will be time for questions, so whether you are deeply familiar with the legislature or just curious about our work at the Capitol, all are welcome.
Headshots of Housing Team members Lindsay and Liz
Lindsay Christopher & Liz Kurko 
Housing and Economic Justice Team

Housing & EJ Team

Join our monthly calls!
We host two group calls each month to support connection around housing and economic justice work across the state:
Next flex funding call at 1:30 p.m. July 19: Liz Kurko provides project updates for programs receiving DVP Flex Funding Assistance and a space for participants to support one another in utilizing flex funding to support survivors. Reach out to Liz to get connected, request ASL or other interpretation, or ask questions. 
Next housing call at 12:30 p.m. July 26: Advocates and other professionals can learn from and support one another in these calls centering around housing and financial empowerment work. To request ASL or other interpretation, contact Lindsay

Resources and Other News

It's important for community-based advocates to know how to recognize and respond to a potential opioid overdose in case they would encounter this situation when working with clients. Naloxone is a liquid, injectable medication whose function is to remove opioid chemicals from receptor sites in a person's brain. Community-based organizations can choose to keep Naloxone/Narcan in first aid kits to administer as needed. It's encouraged that organizations have a policy and protocol regarding when to administer Naloxone/Narcan, along with follow up steps. 
Es importante que lxs ayudantes comunitarias sepan cómo reconocer y responder a una posible sobredosis, en caso de que se encuentren esta situación trabajando con lxs clientes. La naloxona es un medicamento líquido, inyectable, cuya única función es eliminar las sustancias químicas opiodes de los receptores cerebrales de una persona. Las organizaciones comunitarias pueden optar por guardar la naloxona o el Narcan en botiquines de primeros auxilios para administrarlos cuando sea necesario. Se recomienda que las organizaciones cuenten con una política y un protocolo con respecto a cuándo administrar la naloxona o el Narcan y los pasos siguientes. 
Despite advocacy from survivors and the gender-based violence movement, domestic violence continues to be one of the key contributing factors to homelessness. Additionally, the reality remains that the voices and understanding the specific needs of survivors most impacted - such as Black immigrant, LGBTQ+, and survivors with disabilities - continues to exist as an afterthought in conversations regarding actions and solutions geared towards addressing survivor homelessness and housing insecurity. This policy brief from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Safe Housing Partnerships provides guidance and suggestions on how to better support survivors from marginalized communities in their housing needs.
Activating Change’s Sign Language Interpreting Service for Deaf Victims closes the communication gap for Deaf victims of crime by providing qualified, trauma-informed, remote sign language interpretation services – using safe and secure technology – free of charge to victim service providers serving Deaf victims of crime. Victim service providers must meet eligibility requirements and apply to participate.
The service also provides expert guidance, tools, and resources to strengthen the organization’s capacity to effectively secure, prepare and work with sign language interpreters of different specializations, including Deaf Interpreters and trilingual interpreters.
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