Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
News, Upcoming Trainings, Other Resources
October 2021
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
Every1 Knows Some1

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and a team of state domestic violence coalitions have come together to create a unified Domestic Violence Awareness Month messaging campaign called #Every1KnowsSome1. With 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experiencing domestic violence, it is likely that everyone knows someone who has been impacted by domestic violence. The goal is to work together to amplify the impact of DVAM and Giving Tuesday efforts to help the issue of domestic violence rise above the noise and motivate people to get involved. 
Throughout October, we will join NNEDV in sharing content to help raise awareness and educate the public on the complex dynamics of domestic violence. NNEDV will also host a Week of Action Oct. 18-24 to engage advocates, partners and the public in starting a national conversation. 
Join us in raising awareness for Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

Coalition Updates

Marissa Shoback and Roshan Kalantar, Violence Free Colorado Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Violence Free Colorado celebrates the collaboration between Latina SafeHouse, Museo de las Americas and Art and Color!
This exhibit brought to life stories of resilience and power from Latinx survivors.
On August 19, the "Somos/We Are" exhibition held a closing ceremony with live performances and one last opportunity to see the collection. Pieces were created by Latina survivors as a means of personal and community healing, as a call to action and awareness.
Brandy Walega and Miranda Encina
Violence Free Colorado Training and Technical Assistance Team

Training and TA Team

October Facts & Snacks: Love Letters From Advocates to Advocates
Oct. 12, noon-1 p.m. MST
Register today! 

Our October Facts and Snacks will be dedicated to creating a space of gratitude for direct-service advocates and their work, as well as a space for self-care and community-care for any direct-service advocates who are interested. 
In support of this, we are compiling messages to advocates, and responses will be combined to create a slideshow to be shown during this time. 
Register here, grab a snack, and join us for the slideshow!
Working with Youth: Supporting Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Community-Based Advocates webinar
Oct. 19, 10-11:30 a.m. MST
Register today!

Maria Mendez (she/her/hers), Training & Technical Assistance Manager at Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)

Brandy Walega (she/her/hers), Technical Assistance & Training Specialist at Violence Free Colorado

Miranda Encina (they/them/she/her), Culturally Responsive Technical Assistance Specialist at Violence Free Colorado
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!

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.

Tamika Matthews and Hannah Colter, Violence Free Colorado Community Impact Team

Community Impact Team 

The Community Impact Team has created an ongoing video series this year to analyze media portrayals of healthy and unhealthy relationship standards. The team chooses a movie or television series to watch, then shares their thoughts and observations - both positive and negative - about the content.
You can catch up on the full series under the Stand Up Colorado playlist on our VIolence Free Colorado YouTube channel, along with plenty of other coalition content.
Want to hear the team talk about one of your favorite movies or shows? Email with your recommendations, and keep an eye on the Violence Free Colorado YouTube page for more reviews in the future!
Amelia Lobo, Violence Free Colorado Public Policy Specialist

Public Policy Team 

We previously shared a document outlining the changes passed in HB21-1165, which improves access to Crime Victim Compensation for survivors who have experienced strangulation. We have since learned that local CVC boards are not interpreting the bill in the way intended, which means access may continue to be limited for some survivors. We have updated that document to reflect this interpretation; the new version is available here.
If you have any questions please reach out to Amelia Lobo at We are looking into options around clarifying the intention of the bill to make sure all survivors who have experienced strangulation can access CVC without reporting to or cooperating with law enforcement, and we will keep you updated!
Lindsay Christopher and Chance LeBeau, Violence Free Colorado Housing and Economic Justice Team

Housing and Economic Justice Team 

The Housing and Economic Justice Team will offer Part 2 of its Economic Justice Pocket Guide series on Oct. 20, which will build on information shared in Part 1 and help advocates implement economic justice into their work. Advocates will learn to build out economic justice programming, set financial goals with survivors, and identify and cultivate community partnerships to support economic empowerment. 
Check out Part 1 of the series, and register for Part 2 today! And don't forget to download your own copy of the Economic Justice Pocket Guide!

Resources and Other News

Help Create Change for Men who have Experienced Aggression from their Romantic Partners
Researchers at George Mason University are seeking men between ages 18 and 59 who have experienced aggression from a romantic partner of any gender to take an online survey about their experiences. The survey takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. If you are interested, please call 703-993-2024, email or complete the online survey. 
Basic Interstate Custody Training for Advocates
Oct. 7, 10-11:30 a.m.
Has a domestic violence survivor ever asked you if she can leave the state with her children?  Have you ever worked with a survivor who has fled to your state with her children for safety?  Do you know what to do when a court in one state has entered a custody order and a court in another state has entered a protection order about the same children? The LRC, in partnership with the Battered Women’s Justice Project, will be offering a webinar on basic interstate custody issues. This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the various federal and state laws that govern interstate custody cases. It is designed for attorneys, victim advocates, and other community partners who wish to understand the basic framework of how these laws fit together. Register today!
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