Civic Engagement as Advocacy
Civic Engagement as Advocacy
News, Upcoming Trainings, Other Resources

This Month...

We're exploring election year advocacy. Federal tax law does allow 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations to engage in a variety of nonpartisan election-related activities, including voter registration and education. 
Violence Free Colorado will have a voter registration table at our DVAM kick off event on October 1st (more info below). Are you considering some electioneering activities this year? Great! It's an important year in our state...Coloradans will have a full ballot to vote on this year, including for a new governor and attorney general for our state. Our elected officials can impact survivor safety in variety of ways, so helping communities, including survivors, to register to vote and show up on election day IS advocacy! Here are some resources that will help you encourage civic participation AND stay compliant with federal income tax law and funding requirements.
Do you have more questions? Contact Lydia, our Violence Free Colorado Public Policy Director, at
Public Policy Toolkit (Violence Free Colorado)
Goverment 101 (VoteSmart)
Voting in Colorado (NonProfit Vote)
**If you believe that you or a member of your household will be exposed to criminal harassment or bodily harm because your voter information is publicly available, you may elect to become a confidential voter. Confidential voters’ voting information will not be released to the public. To become a confidential voter, you must go to your local county clerk and recorder’s office, fill out a voter confidentiality form, and pay a $5.00 fee. A list of county clerk and recorder offices and contact information is available online.

Coalition Updates

Crystal Young had the winning bid at our 40th Anniversary silent auction in Vail in June! She took home a Purple Purse designed by Serena Williams. The bag was generously donated to Violence Free Colorado by Marcy Smith, Lakewood-based Allstate Agency Owner.
Thank you Marcy and Crystal for your support of Violence Free Colorado!

Each year, Violence Free Colorado recognizes and promotes excellence in domestic violence victim advocacy throughout Colorado by presenting to outstanding individuals and organizations a Purple Ribbon Award.

Congratulations to our 2018 recipients:

Emily Osan of the San Miguel Resource Center as the Outstanding Domestic Violence Victim Advocate
Flora Archuleta of San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center as the Outstanding Leadership in Victim Advocacy
Pam Maass of the Gold Law Firm as the Outstanding Community Ally
Alliance Against Domestic Abuse in Salida as the Outstanding Domestic Violence Advocacy Organization
You can nominate an individual or an organization for a Purple Ribbon Award all year long! Just complete the form on our website. Award winners will be decided in April-May of each year, and awards are presented at the Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference in June. 

Communications Update

Amy Pohl, Communications Director
Domestic Violence Awareness Month is less than 60 days away, and Violence Free Colorado is putting together some great resources for #DVAM2018! We'll have them available on our website at soon, and here are some highlights:
  • 30 day social media calendar for the month of October
  • New 'Take Action' card
  • 2018 Video Challenge
And more!
This year, Violence Free Colorado is partnering with Woods Boss Brewing Company in Denver for our kick off event on October 1st (more info to come!) Partnering with a local business, especially a microbrewery or distillery, is a uniquely Colorado way to begin DVAM. Woods Boss has generously donated the use of their space for the event, and we even get to help them brew a special beer for the month of October. And 10% of sales for the month on that beer will be donated to Violence Free Colorado. WOW!
We'll have tips on how you can reach out to and partner with a local brewery for DVAM on our DVAM webpage soon. Added bonus: you can use the opportunity to debunk the myth that substance misuse leads to relationship violence. At our kick off event, we will also provide a voter registration table to help folks get and stay involved. Thanks to the Community Resource Center in the Denver Metro area who have volunteered to staff the table. 
We look forward to hearing about what YOU are doing in your community. Please share your events on our statewide calendar at:

Upcoming Trainings

All times are in MST. 
Do you have an upcoming training? Or another event you want to share with the Violence Free Colorado community? Post an event on our website calendar! 

Web-Based Trainings

Best practices for implementing a comprehensive IPV/SV protocol that includes staff training, routine assessment, student outreach, and partnerships.
Hunger isn’t about too many people and too little food. Hunger is about inequality. When individuals are hungry, they are forced into impossible choices that make them vulnerable to violence or to staying in violent relationships.
Join Hunger Free Colorado's Maryann McLendon (Food Assistance Program Manager) and Taylor Washington (Community Engagement Manager) as they present an overview of hunger in Colorado, research on the health-related impacts of hunger, and resources opportunities to prevent and address hunger.

Realistic and innovative ways to help those affected by domestic violence strangulation. 
Recognize common tactics used by stalkers; Conduct stalking-specific risk assessments; and, Identify key safety-planning strategies to address these tactics. 
This webinar will describe an evidence-informed universal education intervention on relationships and its impact on health, and features a new safety card specific to American Muslims.
Unpack the impact of mandatory reporting on help seeking and identify practical strategies to decrease negative consequences of reporting and increase survivor safety and self-determination. 
August 23 at noon: La Justicia Reproductiva y los inmigrantes (presented in Spanish) (CCASA)
Este taller es para todos los adultos que se sienten  interesados en apoya y proveer servicios en el marco de la justicia reproductiva & la violencia sexual.
August 23 at noonBuilding an Elder Justice Unit in South Dakota (OVC-TTAC)
The Elder Justice Initiative will discuss the unique role of Elder Justice Units in prosecuting elder abuse cases. 
August 27 at noon: Addressing Vicarious Trauma for the Individual (OVC-TTAC)
Online Expert Q&A discussion with Barbara Rubel on "Addressing Vicarious Trauma for the Individual." 
The Intimate Partner Violence Intervention (IPVI) aims to create meaningful deterrence for the most chronic and dangerous offenders, while promoting safety for victims. 
September 6 at noon: Digging Deeper: When Consent is Not Consent (OVC-TTAC)
The Elder Justice Initiative discusses the concept of consent, which underlies a range of actions in criminal and civil law, including gifting money.  

Resources and Other News

Your Input is Needed: Violence Free Colorado is partnering with the Center for Survivor Agency & Justice and Adrienne Adams, a researcher from Michigan State University, on a study to better understand survivors’ economic well-being. 
We support this project because the information gained from this study will be used to develop a tool that can be used by advocates, programs, and researchers to assess survivors' economic well-being. Also, the study will produce important information about economic abuse, its effects, and the help survivors have received and need to address it.  
We’re asking our member programs to partner in this study by recruiting survivors to fill out a paper survey. If your agency were to participate, your staff would tell clients about the study, provide those who are interested with the survey and a private space in which to complete it, thank them with a $5 gift card, and then return completed surveys to Adrienne at MSU. The researchers will provide all necessary materials, gift cards, and postage. The timeline for the survey is available at the end of this email. Please note: Your program and survivor participation in this study are completely voluntary. 
If you would like to find out more about what is involved in this study or if you are interested in partnering on the project, please email Sara from CSAJ and Adrienne from MSU. Their email addresses are and Deadline to confirm: Aug 10, 2018.
Your Input is Needed: The Center for Court Innovation, an independent nonprofit, in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, is conducting a study to understand the role of judicial engagement in Coordinated Community Response Models (CCRs). The study is funded by the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women (OVW). You are invited to complete the National Portrait of Coordinated Community Response Models Survey. This survey is intended for domestic violence advocates and judges who are part of a CCR. Deadline: Oct 31, 2018

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