Policy updates and more
Policy updates and more
News, Upcoming Trainings, Other Resources
March 2023
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Thank you to our members who have already renewed in 2023!
For those who haven’t renewed yet and may still be contemplating membership, I’m writing this month in the hopes you'll renew your membership with us.
Here’s a look at how we supported our members last year. In 2022, our staff:
  • Responded to over 700 technical assistance calls
  • Provided over 20 statewide trainings for advocates
  • Provided over 20 specialized trainings tailored to the needs of a member program or other agency
  • Expanded language access in our trainings and technical assistance services
  • Built and led online communities for advocates seeking to deepen their Accessible, Culturally-responsive, Trauma-informed (ACRTI) work
  • Built a new course on ACRTI Principles for our Online Learning Center
  • Worked with DVP to bring over $5,000,000 in Flexible Funding to survivors through local domestic violence programs
  • Worked with CCASA, COVA, and the legislature to secure over $45,000,000 to fill gaps in funding VOCA funding and keep programs open
Our goal is always to support the work of our members – to help their advocacy be more inclusive and their teams better prepared. We hope these numbers convey this goal in action.
At the same time, numbers don’t always fully capture success in advocacy. To me, the true value of membership is measured in connection and relationship. So I ask you to join, or rejoin, our work - not because we measure membership in numbers, but because the real value is in our relationship to one another. It is our connection that creates healing, our community that builds strength, and our collaboration that brings about real change.
We hope to continue working in partnership with you. Find out more about Violence Free Colorado membership and how to renew.
As always, if you have questions about how we can support you, please reach out.

Coalition Updates

Corinne DiVittorio
Katie Wolf 
Public Policy Director

Public Policy Team

We're quickly approaching the half-way mark of the 120-day session, and a lot is happening in the legislature! Four gun control bills were formally introduced in the legislature at the end of February:
  • HB23-1219, creates a waiting period before gun buyers can take possession of their weapons
  • SB23-170, modifies Colorado’s existing “red flag” law 
  • SB23-169, increases the minimum age for buying a firearm 
  • SB23-168, makes it easier to sue gun makers 
We'll be supporting all four of these bills in some capacity. If you're interested in getting more involved, email Katie

We're leading efforts on HB23-1107 to create an annual line item in the budget to help fund community-based anti-violence programs. This bill passed its first committee Mar. 1 on an 11-1 vote!

We're also closely involved in HB23-1222 to remove domestic violence cases from the municipal court level and move them to county court. Of the 271 municipalities in Colorado, only seven currently hear domestic violence cases at the municipal level. 

You can stay up-to-date on the bills we're following with our live updating link
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Training and Technical Assistance Team

Training and TA Team

12 p.m. Mar. 14  
Title: Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors of IPV (Part 1)
Presenter: Amanda Gould (she/they) and Amy Bellm (she/her) 
This two-part interactive workshop is designed to equip domestic violence service providers with essential information on the unique and specific experiences of LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). The second part of the training will be at 12 p.m. April 11. 

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Upcoming Trainings

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Lindsay Christopher & Liz Kurko 
Housing and Economic Justice Team

Housing & EJ Team

Housing Convenings are coming back! 
We're excited that regional housing convenings will return in 2023! We'll have both virtual and in-person options for attendance; DVP will provide support for travel expenses to to attend in-person. More information is coming soon, but if you have questions in the meantime, please reach out to Lindsay

This grant supports programs that provide six to 24 months of transitional housing for people experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Reach out to Lindsay if you have questions or need support in applying for these funds.

Special Project &

Upcoming Training

Afghan Refugee Project
In the last few years, more than 2000 refugees from Afghanistan have joined us here in Colorado and, as in all communites, some are experiencing domestic violence. With support from the Rose Foundation, we're launching a year-long project to prepare domestic violence programs and advocates to offer culturally-responsive and trauma-informed care to these survivors. Reach out to Roshan to learn more about how we can help with interpretation, translation, and other progam needs.

Intersections of Survivor and Refugee Experiences

12 p.m. Mar. 29
Join us for a 90-min. training on the intersections of refugee and survivor experiences. Staff from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Denver will cover the refugee resettlement process, various legal statuses, and public benefits and services that interface the refugee sector. Register here
Presenter: Aurora Owens
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Don't forget! 

2023 Membership Meeting

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. April 6
Representatives from all member organizations are invited to attend our annual membership meeting. Look for the invitation soon and reach out to Roshan with any questions. 
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Nominations for our CAIA Awards. 
Do you know someone doing great anti-violence advocacy work in Colorado? Nominate this individual for our Bluebell Award
Want to lift up an entire agency doing excellent advocacy work? Nominate an organization for our Aspen Award
Nominations are due March 24 and will be presented at the Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference in June. 

Resources and Other News

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is devoting $1.15 million to a new project that will benefit sexual violence survivors, the organizations that serve them, and the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA). This new project and funding will be managed by CDHS's Domestic Violence Program (DVP). 
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