Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
News, Upcoming Trainings, Other Resources
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September is ...

a look at voting and elections
As we prepare for another election season, we find ourselves facing a number of new concerns coupled with unresolved ones that continue to linger in our communities.
Survivor privacy and voter suppression continue to be a concern. And new issues around safely casting votes during a pandemic or anticipating an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots in an overtaxed mail system are now in play before the November election. 
This month's newsletter includes resources that address many of these topics both at the local and national level. And be sure to also take a look at the new voting resource page on our website for more information on casting your 2020 ballot. 


Colorado Address Confidentiality Program: a statewide program that provides survivors of stalking, sexual assault and domestic violence with a legal substitute address and mail forwarding
Win Black/Pa'lante: a campaign dedicated to countering digital disinformation and voter suppression efforts geared toward Black and Latinx Americans
New Era Colorado: a leading voice for young people in Colorado politics and one of the most effective youth civic engagement organizations in the country 
Reflective Democracy Campaign: a campaign that investigates and disrupts the demographics of power in America, highlighting structural barriers that prevent fair distribution of political power
Voters with Disabilities Activated: a campaign from the National Disability Rights Network highlighting pending legislation that impacts voters with disabilities and its efforts to ensure full participation in the political process for voters with disabilities
League of Women Voters: a nonpartisan organization working on vital issues of concern to members and the public 

Coalition Updates

Liz Stuewe
Training and TA Manager

Training and TA Update

Upcoming Brown Bags:
September Brown Bag webinar: noon, Sept. 8
Human Trafficking in Colorado - Intersections with Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Presenter: Kara Napolitano, M.A., M.S. Research and Training Manager at the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT), Denver
This training explores root causes of human trafficking crimes and its intersecting identities, vlunerabilities, and social and system inequalities that can lead to trafficking. Topics include: the creation of statutes and complexities of disclosure, factors that create vulnerabilities, intersections with domestic violence and sexual assault, mandatory reporting and statewide resources to support survivorsRegister today

October Brown Bag webinar: noon, Oct. 13
Colorado-Specific Research on Child Custody Evaluators

Presenter: Yolanda Arredondo, Intake and Assessment Administrator, Colorado Division of Child Welfare
This webinar is based on a Capstone group project titled Colorado Child Custody Evaluators’ Professional Background and Practices of Intimate Partner Violence. With the permission of her MSW research group, Yolanda is sharing the results and key implications to improve understanding of the role child custody evaluators play in assessing intimate partner violence in child custody evaluations.Register today! 
Lydia Waligorski,
Public Policy Director

Public Policy Update

Wondering what legislation was passed during the 2020 session? Violence Free Colorado recently hosted a Virtual Public Policy Week with details on the previous and upcoming legislative sessions. 
Check out the video of our Facebook Live happy hour to see how survivors are impacted by this year's legislation. 
If you're a member program who wants to make your voice heard at the national level, contact me to learn how nonprofit staff can (and should!) lobby. I can explain the process and help prepare you to speak up in support of issues that are impacting survivors.
As always, I'm available if you have any other questions about public policy and how to get involved as we head into 2021 and a new legislative session!

Upcoming Trainings

Webinars and Web-Based Trainings

All trainings are Mountain Time
Sept. 2, 11 a.m.: Understanding How We View and Impact Difference. Presented by the Women of Color Network.
Sept. 2, 1 p.m.: Serving Survivors Impacted by Traumatic Brain Injury and Strangulation. Presented by the National Network to End Domestic Violence. 
Sept. 8, 11 a.m.: Working with Youth of Color. Presented by the Alliance of Local Service Organizations. 
Sept. 11, noon: Re-entry Work with Black Women Survivors. Presented by the Women of Color Network. 
Sept. 15, noon: Art-Based Prevention Approaches. Presented by the Alliance of Local Service Organizations. 
Sept. 16, 1 p.m.: Serving Veteran Survivors. Presented by the National Network to End Domestic Violence. 
Sept. 17, 1 p.m.: Client-Centered and Trauma-Informed Practice - Implementing Successfully in the Criminal Justice System. Presented by the Battered Women's Justice Project. 
Sept. 17, 1 p.m.: Responding to Male Victims/Survivors on Your Tribal College Campus. Presented by Red Wind Consuliting. 
Sept. 22, 11 a.m.: Protecting the Confidentiality of Survivors with Cognitive and Intellectual Disability. Presented by the Victim Rights Law Center.
Sept. 23, noon: Responding to Marginalized Populations. Presented by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. 
Sept. 23, noon: Engaging and Supporting Black Males who have Harmed and Survived Harm. Presented by the Women of Color Network. 
Sept. 28, noon: Survivor Centered Learning and LIstening. Presented by the Women of Color Network. 
Sept. 30, noon: Human Trafficking. Presented by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Resources and Other News

Save the Date: NNEDV 2020 Domestic Violence Counts Survey Day

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) 2020 Domestic Violence Counts Survey Day begins at 6 a.m. MST on Sept. 10 and ends at 5:59 a.m. Sept. 11. Conducted annually by NNEDV since 2006, this Census takes into account the dangerous nature of domestic violence by using a survey designed to protect the confidentiality and safety of victims. See last year's data national report and state breakdowns here.

The Serenity Project Soaring Curriculum
The Serenity Project is a nonprofit organization aimed at empowering at-risk womxn who have persevered through challenges.
The organization is seeking candidates for its Soaring Curriculum, a year-long personal and professional development mentorship project for women survivors of trauma, including domestic violence. The program begins in February 2021.
With mental health stigmatization, societal shaming of survivors, and a lack of tools for at-risk womxn to gain confidence, The Serenity Project aims to enrich the lives of womxn.
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