Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
News, Upcoming Trainings, Other Resources
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A mural of George Floyd with angel wings and a halo of words that say "Forever Breathing in our Hearts." 

May is ...

a look at our racial justice work, one year later
Since George Floyd's murder on May 25, 2020, Violence Free Colorado has joined the call in the past year for police accountability and racial justice, sharing statements and resources to continue the discussion around anti-racism work.
But our work - internally and externally - continues around where we've fallen short and what work is most impactful in creating change.
We know that violence is rooted in oppression, and can only be ended through equity for all. And we strive to work from a place that goes beyond words and moves into action in our pursuit of a world without violence.


George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 fact sheet: a description of the new act named in honor of George Floyd which works to end racial and religious profiling, hold police accountable and investigate police misconduct
National Police Accountability Project: a nonprofit created to protect the human and civil rights of individuals in their encounters with law enforcement and detention facility personnel
Mapping Police Violence: a real-time map providing insights into patters of police violence across the country
How 2020 Has Affected the Way We Hold Law Enforcement Accountable: a look at Colorado's police accountability laws 

Coalition Updates

Brandy Walega
Training and TA Specialist

Training and TA Update

May Facts and Snacks Monthly Webinar: noon, May 11
Topic: Understanding DV Offender Treatment Victim Advocacy

Presenter: Brandy Walega, Violence Free Colorado Technical Assistance and Training Specialist
It's common for advocates to work with survivors who have a partner or ex-partner who is doing DV offender treatment. Treatment Victim Advocates (TVAs) can be a source of support, information, and connection to the DV offender treatment process. This webinar will provide an overview of Treatment Victim Advocacy with Domestic Violence Offender Treatment. Register today! 
Facts and Snacks will not take place in June due to the Colorado Advocacy in Action conference. We'll see you in July!

Upcoming Trainings

Webinars and Web-Based Trainings

All trainings are Mountain Time
May 10-13, noon: Housing and Advocate Response Teams - Partnerships Beyond Basic Housing. Presented by Red Wind Consulting, Inc.
May 13, 11 a.m.: Supporting Domestic Violence Victims in the Classroom - Strategies and Education for the Educators. Presented by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Member and non-member registration available.
May 13, noon: Safety for All - Addressing Intimate Partner Violence and Lethality. Presented by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. 
May 14, 1 p.m.: Integrating Behavioral Health Approaches to Address Gender, Violence and Homelessness. Presented by Futures Without Violence. 
May 18, noon: Firearms Prohibitions - Understanding Federal Law. Presented by the Battered Women's Justice Project. 
May 18, noon: Ask the Expert - Trauma-Informed Care. Presented by the National Criminal Justice Training Center.
May 20, 11 a.m.: Intersection of Trauma, Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health. Presented by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. 
May 20, 2:45 p.m.: Understanding and Working with Child Survivors Experiencing Historic Trauma. First in a three-part educational series presented by Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley. 
May 27, 11 a.m.: Domestic Violence through a Jewish Lens. Presented by Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence. 

Resources and Other News

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Healing Across Language 40-hour Online Community Interpreter Training for Victim Services Info Session
Are you bilingual in English and Spanish? Are you interested in becoming an intepreter? Are you passionate about supporting victims of domestic violence/sexual assault?
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) hosts a free, live 60-minute information session at 11 a.m. May 14 to help you learn more about the Healing Across Language 40-hour Onlinel Community Interpreter Training for Victim Services.
The session is available to anyone in Colorado interested in exploring a career path as an interpreter for victim services, and will cover information about the upcoming training program, registration process, deadlines, pre-test, certification of completion, potential job opportunities and more. Learn more and register today! 
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National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health webinar series
This ongoing webinar series provides cross-training and practical applications for supporting survivors of domestic/sexual violence who use substances through an accessible, culturally-responsive, and trauma-informed (ACRTI) approach.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence's WomensLaw team also hosts Online Information Clinics (OICs), focusing on custody every other Tuesday in May and June at noon beginning May 4 at These are free, open to the public, and there is no registration required.
If you (or a survivor you work with) have a question related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, you can chat online with a WomensLaw lawyer to get free, plain-language legal information every Tuesday in May and June from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. MST.
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Domestic Violence Counts Virtual Congressional Briefing in orange text on a teal background
NNEDV Domestic Violence Counts Virtual Congressional Briefing
The National Network to End Domestic Violence invites you to join the Domestic Violence Counts Virtual Congressional Briefing at noon May 11 MST. NNEDV will also release its 15th annual Domestic Violence Counts Report during the briefing. 
Join the briefing on NNEDV's Facebook page, and be sure to Like NNEDV's page to receive a notification when the event goes live. 
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