Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
News, Upcoming Trainings, Other Resources
September 2022
Monica Rivera, Executive Director
Hello from Violence Free Colorado! Happy fall!

After a summer filled with some pretty major life milestones… weddings, new jobs, house projects, family travel, and small humans starting school (and college!), our staff are ready to transition to the fall season.
The end of summer brought some bittersweet changes as our Finance Director, Marissa Shoback, finished her time with us. There's no question that Marissa was a valuable member of our team and we'll miss her spreadsheet magic! We're excited for her next move and wish her nothing but the best.
We're continuing to work on our infrastructure and things seem to be falling into place. After assessing our current needs, I've decided to hire a Finance, Operations, and Grants Manager. This new position will be critical in helping us bring consistency and stability to the organization. Additionally, we're looking to hire a Public Policy Director. Please help us by sharing the posting far and wide! I would love the opportunity to announce new team members in upcoming newsletters!
We've been reflecting a lot on our current national sociopolitical context and the sheer exhaustion felt by direct service staff across our state. We see you all continuing to provide life-saving services in the midst of the compounded impacts of COVID, ongoing staff vacancies, changes to federal policy, and now MPX*. This work is difficult and draining even in the most ideal circumstances. We want you to know that as your state coalition, we are tracking MPX updates at the national and state level and are available with TA and training as things develop. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to reach out if there are other ways we can support you.
We're grateful to be in partnership with each of you. As always, I welcome feedback and can be reached here.
In solidarity,

Coalition Updates

Our Leadership Team: Marissa, Roshan, and Monica
Monica Rivera, Roshan Kalantar 
Leadership Team

Leadership Team 

For the seventeenth consecutive year, on Sept. 7 (tomorrow!) the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and community-based anti-violence programs across the nation will conduct the Domestic Violence Counts Survey: a one-day, unduplicated count of adults and children seeking domestic violence services in the United States.
The subsequent Annual Domestic Violence Counts Report summarizes this data and is instrumental in raising awareness about domestic violence and the incredible work local domestic violence programs do every day.
We're encouraging all our DV Program members to participate in the one-day survey and to share on social media platforms. NNEDV has provided a media kit and our staff are available to help navigate questions. Please reach out if you need!
A clock with the text: Save the date! DV Counts Survey Day. Sept. 7
Brandy Walega and Miranda Encina
Training and Technical Assistance Team

Training and TA Team

12 - 1 p.m. Sept. 13 
Title: Sheltering Animals & Families Together
Presenter: Allie Phillips
ASL and Spanish interpretation provided. Tendremos la interpretación de ASL y español.

Learn about the movement to create on-site pet housing for DV shelters. In this presentation attendees will learn the research supporting the need for pet-friendly housing, how preserving the human-animal bond can help survivors with resiliency and healing, four different SAF-T housing models, how to receive sustainable financial support to house pets in your shelter, and how to overcome common concerns such as allergies, fear of pets, and lack of space for pet housing. Existing shelter pet housing programs will be featured.

A weekly planner with doodles

Mark your calendars

October Facts & Snacks Webinar 
Noon Oct. 11 
Title: Historic Oppression, Trauma Stress, and Culturally Responsive Practice: Integrating an Intersectional Perspective
Presenter: Lou Felipe, PhD (she/her/they/them)
Hannah Colter, Community Impact Specialist

Community Impact Team 

Get ready for DVAM!
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) is fast approaching!  We'll be joining the unified #Every1KnowsSome1 campaign, created by NNEDV and PCADV, again this year. We hope you will too! Check out their toolkit and use as much or as little of their provided content as you'd like this October! 
Don't forget to register your organization through GiveGab to join the coordinated #GiveForDV fundraising campaign on Giving Tuesday!
Lindsay Christopher and Liz Kurko Housing and Economic Justice Team

Housing and Economic Justice

Housing Cohort and Monthly Call
12:30-1:30 p.m. 4th Wednesday each month
Join via Zoom
ASL interpretation provided.
Does your organization have advocates who are supporting survivors and their families with their housing needs? This could be through shelter, transitional housing, flexible funding programs, and/or other means. Navigating, accessing, and advocating for survivors and safe housing can be complex and overwhelming at times, and our housing cohort is one place where advocates can go for support with these complex issues. Whether you are new to working with survivors and housing issues, or you have been doing this for some time, we invite you to share your challenges and successes with others and learn from one another in the process.
Please reach out to Lindsay or join our monthly Zoom call to be added to the housing cohort.

Resources and Other News

1-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time Sept. 21
This foundational webinar will focus on how technology increasingly affects the lives of survivors and how it can have a significant impact on their lives. This training will look at how perpetrators misuse technology as another tool to stalk, abuse, and further control victims. It will also identify strategies for basic safety planning around technology risks and privacy while focusing on how to empower survivors around tech. Primary audience: Advocates at DV/SA Programs and other community-based victim service providers

Presented by the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Register here
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