Welcome to our new staff, and more!
Welcome to our new staff, and more!
News, Upcoming Trainings, Other Resources
May 2023

Coalition Updates

side-by-side headshots of ReJeania Tolliver and Roshan Kalantar
ReJeania Tolliver and Roshan Kalantar
Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Welcome, ReJeania! 
We're thrilled to welcome ReJeania Tolliver (she, her) as our new Training and Program Director. As a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate, trainer, coalition leader, and expert in rural programming, she is a powerful addition to our team. 
Prior to joining Violence Free Colorado, ReJeania was the Associate Director of the Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She's a graduate of Rose State College with an associate degree in Sociology and continues to pursue her education in the social sciences at the University of Oklahoma, where she'll graduate this month. ReJeania has worked in the anti-violence field over ten years and seeks to ensure that all victims and survivors are treated with dignity and respect through her life's work. 
Join us in welcoming ReJeania
April Membership Meeting
Thank you to all our members who attended the annual membership meeting April 6; it was great to connect with all of you. If you missed the meeting and would like meeting notes, contact Roshan
2022 Impact Report
In case you missed it, our 2022 Impact Report is now available. We look forward to working with all our members and partners through the rest of 2023 and beyond! Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions or feedback on the report. 
Public Policy Team members Brooke and Katie
Brooke Holmes and
Katie Wolf 
Public Policy Team

Public Policy Team

It's the last week of the 2023 legislative session, and as in most years, it's been a whirlwind! We'd like to thank everyone who has engaged with us this spring on our public policy work in support of domestic violence survivors in Colorado. We appreciate your partnership and input. Please stay tuned for our 2023 session report, which will include a summary of the bills we weighed in on this year and their outcome in the legislature. 
In the meantime, if you have questions or comments for our Public Policy Team, please reach out to Brooke or Katie
Brandy Walega and Miranda Encina

Training and Technical Assistance Team

Training and TA Team

May Facts & Snacks Webinar
2-part series: May 2 (today!) and May 9
12 p.m. both days
Title: Using a Harm Reduction Approach to Support Survivors Who Use Substances: Parts 1 and 2
Presenter: Jami Wilson (she, her) 
Instead of our standard Facts and Snacks monthly webinar in May, we're hosting a two-part series focusing on harm reduction, substance use, and domestic violence. ASL and Spanish interpretation will be provided. 

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Upcoming Trainings

  • There will be no June Facts & Snacks webinar due to the Colorado Advocacy in Action (CAIA) Conference.
  • CAIA will provide 2.5 days full of trainings and other professional development opportunities; register today

Headshots of Housing Team members Lindsay and Liz
Lindsay Christopher and Liz Kurko 
Housing and Economic Justice Team

Housing & EJ Team

Monthly Flex Funding Call
1:30 - 3 p.m. May 19
In this call, our Flex Funding Technical Assistance Specialist Liz provides project updates and a space for participants to support one another in utilizing flex funding to support survivors. To register and/or request ASL or other interpretation for this call, contact Liz.
Monthly Housing Call
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. May 26
Advocates and other professionals can learn from and support one another in these calls centering around housing and financial empowerment work. Please join us! To request ASL or other interpretation, contact Lindsay.
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Updates 
Read the March 2023 VAWA newsletter from HUD to learn the new VAWA complaint process, their expanded definition of domestic violence, and visit the new HUD VAWA webpage. 
Staff member Lindsay presenting at Denver housing convening

Denver Metro Housing Convening

Our first housing convening since the COVID-19 pandemic began occurred last month in Denver! Participants shared their challenges and successes in their housing and economic justice work, and discussed ways to better support survivors' financial empowerment. It was great to connect with participants, and our Housing and Economic Justice Team is looking forward to future convenings in other regions of Colorado. Stay tuned for info on future regional meetings.

participants chatting and eating lunch at Denver housing convening participants talking in front of posters at denver housing convening

Resources and Other News

Registration for the Colorado Advocacy in Action (CAIA) Conference is now open. Register now to enjoy 2.5 days June 5-7 full of great sessions, a keynote panel, a cultural afternoon, self-care opportunities, networking, and more! Registration rates go up after May 19, so don't delay!
Reimbursements up to $5,000 for CAIA-related costs are available for DVP-funded organizations. Learn specifics on eligibility and the reimbursement process
Interior Video Surveillance: We strongly advise against the use of video surveillance in interior spaces. 

Exterior Video Surveillance: Minimizing Harm: We recommend that steps be taken to minimize the potential for harm from exterior video surveillance. 

Ridesharing apps can be a valuable resource for convenient and accessible transport. As with any technology, survivors of abuse often have privacy and safety concerns to consider when deciding if to use these apps.

This resource focuses specifically on Uber's ridesharing app and gives tips and considerations for survivors of abuse or anyone who'd like to learn more about their safety and privacy when using Uber.  
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