Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
News, Upcoming Trainings, Other Resources
August 2021
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In Memoriam: Barb Paradiso

Violence Free Colorado is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Barb Paradiso, who served as the Director of the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver for 20 years. She was a friend of the coalition, and a tireless advocate and champion for survivors of domestic violence.
Barb founded the school's first graduate degree program on gender-based violence, helped secure funding to create the Auraria campus' Phoenix Center to respond to interpersonal violence, and continued to educate the public and raise awareness in an effort to end all forms of violence.
Learn more about Barb's incredible legacy in this tribute from the Center for Domestic Violence, and consider a donation in her memory to support the contributions and continuation of her amazing work.

Coalition Updates

Marissa Shoback, Finance and Operations Director

Finance Team

Violence Free Colorado is pleased to introduce Marissa Shoback, our new Finance and Operations Director!
Marissa joins Violence Free Colorado with many years leading direct service teams and community engagement efforts for a variety of educational and nonprofit organizations along Colorado’s Front Range. She brings strong systems building and organizational efficiency skills to support the coalition’s finance, grant, and operations management areas.
Marissa will also serve as a strategic thought partner alongside the Board of Directors and the larger team to successfully advance the work of the coalition.
You can reach Marissa at Welcome to the team!
Miranda Encina
Culturally Responsive Training and TA Specialist

Training and TA Team

August Facts & Snacks: Supporting Survivors’ Paths to Financial Stability
Date: August 10, 2021 12:00-1:00pm
Lindsay Christopher & Chance LeBeau of Violence Free Colorado’s Housing and Economic Justice Team
Violence Free Colorado’s Housing and Economic Justice Team is excited to share our Economic Justice Pocket Guide with programs and advocates across the state. The pocket guide is a tool that programs can use to begin or deepen their economic justice work with survivors of domestic violence. This webinar will walk through the pocket guide and include a discussion of resources and tools within the guide with a Q&A to follow. Register here!
Amelia Lobo
Public Policy Specialist

Public Policy Team 

The 2021 legislative session wrapped up on June 8, and all of our priority bills this year passed! We now shift into the work of implementation and planning for the 2022 session.
In case you missed it, our July Facts & Snacks provided highlights from our work during the 2021 legislative session. You can also access our 2021 Legislative Session Report as well as information about the following bills:
  • HB21-1165 – which clarifies that survivors who experience strangulation and receive a forensic medical exam qualify for Crime Victim Compensation whether or not they report to law enforcement,
  • HB21-1255 – which outlines a firearms relinquishment process for courts, respondents, and defendants.
Federal Updates
In June we participated in NNEDV’s Virtual Advocacy Days and were joined by several state advocates to request support for several federal bills that fund domestic violence programs, including the VOCA Fix Act of 2021, the FVPSA Improvement Act of 2021, and VAWA reauthorization. Thanks to everyone who joined and shared the impact of COVID-19 in your communities and the need for this funding – thanks to input from advocates across the country the VOCA Fix Act was passed unanimously by the Senate on July 20, and is now headed to President Biden for his signature.
Please contact Amelia Lobo at with any questions!
Tamika Matthews, Community Impact Manager

Community Impact Team 

Unhealthy relationship behaviors can and do start at a young age, but there are limited interventions in Colorado for young people who use abusive behaviors. That's why our violence prevention campaign, Stand Up Colorado, partnered with a variety of community organizations, state agencies, and individuals across Colorado to develop guidelines for professionals to work with youth ages 10-17 who engage in relationship abuse. Check out the guide and related FAQs to learn more.

For questions about the guide, contact Ellen Stein Wallace, advisor to Stand Up Colorado, at For media inquiries, contact Tamika Matthews at, Community Impact Manager. And remember to follow Stand Up Colorado on Instagram!

Resources and Other News

Safe Shelter Educational Series on Domestic Violence
Join Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley for "Impact on Children: Recognizing Body-Based Trauma and Therapeutic Interventions to Promote Regulation at 2:45 p.m. MST on Aug. 19.
As children grow, defenses that have been developed by trauma experiences may actually become counterproductive and eventually interfere with the capacity to live, love, and be loved. This webinar is a Polyvagal Theory-informed presentation focusing on assisting children and youth in developing connection and safety. Participants will learn how to track the physiology of embodiment and presence to repair the conditions of dysregulation and fear stored in the body.
The session will discuss nuances of culture when addressing trauma as participants learn exercises to invite organization and balance to the survivors’ autonomic nervous system and support the completion of physiological states that disrupts their everyday routines.
SAVE THE DATE: Heart of Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days, Sept. 21-23
The Heart of Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days conference will be held Sept. 21-23 in Fremont County. The goal of RPD is to bring increased access to resources to support sustainable rural nonprofits, increase the engagement of funders in rural communities, and encourage effective collaboration on a regional scale. Meeting the needs of rural Colorado communities is what RPD is all about.
The conference is an exciting opportunity for nonprofit professionals, grantmakers, community leaders, distinguished speakers, and elected officials to exchange knowledge and expand professional networks across the region.
This opportunity only occurs once every four years in the Heart of Colorado region which is composed of Chaffee, Clear Creek, Custer, Fremont, Gilpin, Lake, Park, Summit, and Teller counties. Visit the conference website for the most up-to-date information! 
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