Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
News, Upcoming Trainings, Other Resources
November 2021

Colorado Gives Day is Dec. 7!

Colorado Gives Day is the annual statewide movement to increase online giving, and unites all Coloradans in a common goal to strengthen nonprofits in our state through giving to their favorite charities online.
Your gift to Violence Free Colorado can support the coalition's many initiatives and outreach efforts, including:
  • Our own professional development to better support survivors and advocates across Colorado
  • Production costs for Violence Free Colorado program handbooks and guides
  • Support for survivor initiatives, including travel costs to the Capitol to testify, Survivors' Caucus training opportunities and more
  • Prevention education through Stand Up Colorado, the coalition's statewide prevention campaign
And you don't have to wait to donate - you can schedule your donation any time!
Colorado Gives Day is a great way to show your support for the local organizations that inspire you. Give where you live today!

Coalition Updates

Shannon Schell, Violence Free Colorado Public Policy Director

Welcome Shannon Schell to the Violence Free Colorado staff!

Violence Free Colorado welcomes its newest staff member to the Team. Shannon Schell joined the coalition in October as the new Public Policy Director.
Shannon joins us from Arizona where she previously worked in the areas of public policy and legislative advocacy. She will work with the Public Policy Team to support our policy work, grow capacity for policy work, and support members and survivors who wish to engage in legislative advocacy.
You can reach Shannon at For more policy updates, check out the Public Policy update later in this newsletter!
Brandy Walega and Miranda Encina
Violence Free Colorado Training and Technical Assistance Team

Training and TA Team

November Facts & Snacks: Trans/Nonbinary Survivor Centered Services in the Big City AND in Small Communities
Nov. 9, noon-1 p.m.
Register today!

Trans and nonbinary people are everywhere – even in small, rural communities. Bring a snack and come engage with some basic facts about trans/nonbinary survivors of intimate partner violence, and other intersecting forms of victimization. This webinar will focus on what every organization can do to improve access and services to trans/nonbinary survivors in large and small communities. Eat up some practical solutions with your lunch or snacks!

Presenter: michael munson is the co-founder and executive director of FORGE, a national training and technical assistance organization focused on improving the lives of and services to transgender and nonbinary survivors. His work on violence against transgender and nonbinary individuals stresses the intersectionality between complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that can both spur violence, as well as catalyze healing for individuals and communities.
December Facts & Snacks: Technical Assistance Options for DVP's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Assessment
Dec. 14, noon-1 p.m.
Register today!
Domestic violence organizations that receive DVP funding are required to conduct an annual Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) assessment, within an Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma-Informed (ACRTI) framework. 
To support programs with this, Violence Free Colorado will conduct a webinar on the National Center for Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health’s (NCDVTMH) Tools for Transformation Reflection Toolkit as an EDI assessment option. 
This is not the only assessment tool that DVP funded organizations can use. However, this is the tool that Violence Free Colorado can provide the most in-depth technical assistance on. 
Violence Free Colorado supports collective healing by centering accessible, culturally responsive, trauma-informed practices and policies, through acknowledging survivors’ unique experiences found at the heart of gender-based violence and other intersectional oppressions.
Presenters: Miranda Encina (they/them, she/her), Culturally Responsive Technical Assistance Specialist and Brandy Walega (she/her), Technical Assistance and Training Specialist
Amelia Lobo and Shannon Schell, Violence Free Colorado Public Policy Team

Public Policy Team 

Colorado passed an Extreme Risk Protection Order bill in 2019, which allows a family or household member or law enforcement officer to petition a court requesting that an individual's firearms are surrendered if they pose a significant risk to themselves or others. Violence Free Colorado's partners are continuing to work on implementation of this bill, and Colorado Ceasefire has created this fact sheet which outlines the process.

Our fact sheet for HB21-1255, which outlines further steps to ensure that firearms are actually surrendered after certain protection orders, has also been translated into Spanish!

On October 20, advocates around the country reached out to the Senate to encourage them to introduce and pass a VAWA reauthorization bill. THANK YOU to those who reached out to Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper, and as we hear updates we will share them!
And finally, at the federal level, the House of Representatives passed the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act (H.R. 2119) on October 26! Next steps will include encouraging the Senate to vote on their version of the bill. Thank you all for your advocacy, and we will keep you updated!
If you have any questions or feedback on any of these initiatives or other policy issues, please contact Amelia Lobo at!
Lindsay Christopher and Chance LeBeau, Violence Free Colorado Housing and Economic Justice Team

Housing and Economic Justice Team 

Housing and Economic Justice Program Manager Lindsay Christopher was recently featured in a YellowScene Magazine article called "Domestic Violence and Homelessness."
Lindsay was featured along with individuals from several other state organiztations who discussed the dynamics and intersections of domestic violence, homelessness, and mental health and wellness.
Check out the article and remember to reach out to our Housing and Economic Justice team with any questions or feedback!

Resources and Other News

Webinar: AAPI Challenges, Barriers and Priorities: Share-back of Community Listening Sessions
Over the past year and a half, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) strove to learn more deeply from our community of frontline advocates, national partners, systems contacts, and allies through a series of listening sessions, assessment, and surveys.
During this webinar, staff shared themes and learnings from these sessions with the broader community. This includes barriers faced by survivors from the diverse AAPI community, how COVID has impacted the last year of advocacy, and intersections with experiences of xenophobia and racism.
From these learnings are recommendations and priorities for programs, funders, educators, systems, and policymakers.
National Network to End Domestic Violence Safety Net Tech Resources
Safety Net is announcing the release of a new report, Tech Abuse in the Pandemic and Beyond – a look at the findings from a needs assessment of the field that included the participation of over 1,000 advocates and legal systems professionals from around the US. Read the Full Report or the Executive Summary.
Technology can amplify abuse but is also used strategically by survivors and those who support them. Moving forward, we should bring this knowledge even more deeply into our work to respond to and prevent violence and abuse while supporting the well-being of providers.
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