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

March Is...

Women's History Month. What began as a single week in March in 1978 blossomed into a monthlong celebration in 1987.
As a country, we spend the month of March honoring the contributions and achievements of women throughout history.
Take a moment to think of how women throughout history have paved the way for our society through their own struggles and successes, and acknowledge the women who have also made a powerful impact in your daily life. 


Women's History Month at the National Archives
: Learn about women's history in the United States through letters, photographs, film, and other primary sources.
Women are Sacred 2019 Monthly Calendar with awareness dates from the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center.
Library of Congress: Exhibits, collections, audio and video that commemorate and celebrate the vital role of women in American history. 
Women of Color You Should Know: A look at some of the trailblazing women who broke racial and gender barriers.  

Coalition Updates

2019 Membership Renewals Continue hrough March 31!

It's time to renew your Violence Free Colorado 2019 membership!
We thank you so much for your patience as we've rolled out our new system in Coalition Manager, and we want you to be just as excited as we are! Coalition Manager allows you to register for trainings, access Violence Free Colorado member resources and connect with other programs in Colorado. 
You'll need to reset your password before you can access Coalition Manager. Once you're in the system, you'll need to update your information (including your annual budget for domestic violence programs) to calculate and pay for your membership fees. 
Your 2018 member access expires on March 31, so renew your membership today! Reach out to us with any questions you may have - we're here to help get you up and running as soon as possible! Contact Tamika Matthews, Community Impact Manager, at 720-728-8368 or

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Working Group

It may be only March, but it's never too early to start thinking about Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. We've got some amazing activities in the works, and we need YOUR help to make them happen! You can help us raise awareness about domestic violence and join our efforts to end it by joining our DVAM working group. Take a look at our 2018 DVAM page to learn more.
Want to get involved? Contact Tamika Matthews, Community Impact Manager, at 720-728-8368 or
Liz Stuewe, 
Training and TA Manager

Training and TA Update

Sometimes confidentiality can seem challenging! 
I'm hosting our upcoming Brown Bag, "A Practical Review of Confidentiality: Navigating Challenging Situations" at noon March 12, and I'll provide you with some challenging hypothetical situations that arise in domestic violence programs and walk you through tools and strategies to address the situations.

We want to hear your input, questions, and feedback! If you have specific scenarios you would like to work through, please email me at by March 8. Register today!
Lydia Waligorski, Public Policy Director

Policy Update

Domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking create serious negative physical and emotional impacts on survivors and their families, and far too often can end with a fatality. Under the current federal Family and Medical Leave Act, survivors who have been fortunate to work with their healthcare providers have accessed FMLA leave when needed to address the effects of violence for years.

The Colorado State Program will follow the FMLA closely in recognizing that allowing survivors experiencing health related effects to access the program, but will also take a trauma-informed and best-practice solution in assisting survivors to access leave. This is especially important for those who may not have health insurance or not be able to get a medical appointment within a short time window that allows for their safety needs. We also know sabotaging survivors access to healthcare and insurance coverage is a common abusive tactic.

I am asking you to call your legislators to ask for their vote on the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) bill, which includes a Safe Leave provision.
If you have personally experienced or witnessed the toll of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking on personal health please ACTIVELY support this bill. The legislature needs to hear from you! 

This bill will be heard in a committee with many new members who are not familiar with domestic violence and may not understand how this specific provision will support survivors and their families.
Find your elected official at and make your voice heard! If you have any questions, contact me at

Upcoming Trainings

Webinars and Web-Based Trainings

All times are MST
March 6-28, 11 a.m.: Her Health, Her Housing - Improving Services for Women Experiencing Homelessness. Presented by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
March 12, 1 p.m.: Think. Rethink. Mandatory Reporting Practices. Presented by the National LGBTQ Institute on Intimate Partner Violence. 
March 13, 1 p.m.: Supporting Women in Recovery: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Subtsance Use Treatment. Presented by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health. 
March 20, 11 a.m.: Beyond Shelter: What Do Domestic Violence Survivors Need? Presented by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
March 20, noon: SAVE Payment Program for Medical and Anonymous Sexual Assault Reports. Presented by the Office for Victims Programs, Division of Criminal Justice, Colorado Department of Public Safety. 
March 21, 12:30 p.m.: Nonfatal Intimate Partner Violence: The Special Role of Firearms. Presented by the Battered Women's Justice Project. 
March 28, 1 p.m.: Are Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessments Racially Biased? Presented by the Battered Women's Justice Project.  
April 2, 1 p.m.: Domestic Violence-Related Mass and Spree Killings. Presented by the Domestic Violence Fataility Review Initiative. 
Do you have an upcoming training or event that you'd like to share with the Violence Free Colorado community? Post an event on our website calendar!

In Person Trainings, Conferences and Events

March 8: Women Empowering Women: Justice & Leadership Forum 
Presented by G.L.O.B.A.L Justice
Location: Fort Collins, CO 
March 21: Promoting Childhood Resilience Through Trauma-Sensitive Yoga & Mindfulness
Presented by Denver Children's Advocacy Center
Location: Denver, CO

April 2: Child Abuse Prevention Month Kickoff Day at the Capitol
Presented by CO4Kids, Colorado Dept. of Human Services, Colorado Heart Gallery, Colorado Foster Care and Illuminate Colorado
Location: Denver, CO
April 4: Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Intervention Conference
Presented by Colorado School Safety Resource Center
Location: Denver, CO
April 22-23: Safe Shelter Symposium on Domestic Violence
Presented by Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley
Location: Boulder, CO

May 9: Western Slope Youth Safety Symposium
Presented by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center
Location: Montrose, CO

June 5-7: Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference. 
Presented by Violence Free Colorado and CCASA. 
Location: Vail, CO
June 25-27: Wyoming Joint Symposium on Children and Youth
Presented by the WyoJSCY Committee. 
Location: Cheyenne, WY
July 29-31: Technology Safety Summit
Presented bythe National Network to End Domestic Violence
Location: San Francisco, CA
Sept. 16: National Conference on Domestic Violence - Voices in Action
Presented by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Location: Washington, DC

Resources and Other News

Safety Net Project Releases Three Spanish Language Templates for Release of Information and Advocate Instructions

The National Network to End Domestic Violence's Safety Net Project has released Spanish versions of their three Release of Information Tools. The templates can be found on the Confidentiality Templates page their website.
Anti-immigration Rhetoric and Policies Still Keep Survivors from Seeking Help

A 2017 survey conducted by API-GBV and partner organizations revealed that 43 percent of survivor advocates worked with immigrant survivors who dropped their cases because they were fearful to continue. In a recent statement to California Health Report, Policy Director Grace Huang suggests that fears are likely to be even stronger now: survivors are "declining to apply (for U visa protections) because they'd rather be under the radar than (have) immigration authorities have any information about them."

Visit the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors and sign up for their emails for the latest on immigration policy and resources for advocates.

CAIA registration is now open!

Join us for the Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference June 5-7 in Vail, CO! Registration is now open!
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