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

a statement on gun violence in our communities
The media moves so quickly, but we know the Asian American/Pacific Islander community, Boulder, and all of us are still impacted by the instances of mass gun violence last month, in addition to the domestic violence that survivors experience, and advocates bear witness to, every day. 

At Violence Free Colorado we have been grieving, not always knowing how to support ourselves, each other, and all of you. We’re working from a place of pain, continued and collective trauma, and struggling with feelings of loss and helplessness. We know we’re not alone in feeling these things, and that many of you may be even more deeply or differently impacted. 
Read our full statement here [PDF].


Asian Americans Advancing Justice: a national affiliation of organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote and fair and equitable society for all
Stop AAPI Hate: a center that tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States 
Asian Pacific Development Center: located in Aurora, CO; serves and supports all immigrant and refugee communities with a whole health, community-based engagement approach through health, education and advocacy
Targeted by Hate: understanding the difference between a hate crime and hate incident, and how to report
Boulder County Crisis Fund: a fund created by Community Foundation Boulder County to support victims, families and the community in dealing with and processing the recent devastating events in Boulder
Family Resources for Processing Violence: a list from the Boulder Public Library including resources, books and information on how to address these difficult topics with loved ones

Coalition Updates

Amelia Lobo,
Public Policy Specialist

Welcome Amelia Lobo to the VFC staff!

Violence Free Colorado continues to grow with the addition of Amelia Lobo to our staff! Amelia joined the coalition in March as our Public Policy Specialist.
Amelia has most recently worked as an advocate and legislative aide, and as the Public Policy Specialist she will help expand our capacity for policy work and provide support to members and survivors who are interested in advocating for change at the statewide and community level. 
Brandy Walega
Training and TA Specialist

Training and TA Update

April Brown Bag: noon, April 13
Topic: Advocates of Routt County's Social Change Program

Presenter: Graham Hackett, Social Change Program Manager, Advocates of Routt County
Join us to learn about how Advocates of Routt County’s Social Change program utilizes a dynamic array of campaigns, events, and educational programs to reach local schools, businesses, and social groups. Recognizing that, when confronting violence in our communities, outrage is natural and important - it is also exhausting and limits who we reach. Instead of stoking outrage to motivate action, our social change efforts seek to inspire enthusiastic, sustainable participation in the movement to end sexual and domestic violence. Register today!
May Brown Bag: noon, May 11
Topic: Understanding DV Offender Treatment Victim Advocacy

Presenter: Brandy Walega, Violence Free Colorado Technical Assistance and Training Specialist
It is common for advocates to work with survivors who have a partner or ex-partner who is doing DV offender treatment.  Treatment Victim Advocates (TVAs) can be a source of support, information, and connection to the DV offender treatment process. This webinar will provide an overview of Treatment Victim Advocacy with Domestic Violence Offender Treatment. Register today! 

Upcoming Trainings

Webinars and Web-Based Trainings

All trainings are Mountain Time
April 15, 11 a.m.: Historical Trauma, Generational and Person Trauma - Healing Outside of Time. Presented by International Association of Forensic Nurses. 
April 15, noon: Serving Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. Presented by Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault. 
April 22, 1 p.m.: Unique Legal Issues for Urban Victims. Presented by Red Wind Consulting. 
April 27, noon: Sexual Assault in Intimate Partner Relationships. Presented by Mending the Sacred Hoop, Inc. 
April 28, 11 a.m.: Valuing Multiculturalism and DIversity in Supervised Visitation Programming. Presented by Inspire Action for Social Change. 
April 29, 11 a.m.: Teen Dating Violence, Social Media and Tech Misuse Panel Discussion. Presented by National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. 

Resources and Other News

StrongHearts Native Helpline logo
StrongHearts HelpLine logo
StrongHearts Native Helpline now available 24/7, offers text advocacy services
StrongHearts Native Helpline (844-762-8483) recently announced it has expanded operations by offering advocacy services by phone and chat 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  As American Indian and Alaska Native communities continue to navigate the isolating effects of COVID-19, 24/7 expanded operations will allow those experiencing domestic and sexual violence to connect with a highly-trained advocate whenever they need free, anonymous and confidential support.
The helpline also expanded operations by offering text advocacy which launched on April 1 and uses the helpline phone number. Text advocacy increases accessibility for individuals who may be hard of hearing or uncomfortable or unable to vocalize a call for support.
StrongHearts Native Helplinle is a culturally-appropriate, anonymous, confidential and free service dedicated to serving Native victim-survivors, concerned family members and friends affected by domestic, dating and sexual violence. 
Center for Survivor Agency and Justice logo
Center for Survivor Agency and Justice logo
Economic, Money and Resource Challenges for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence During COVID-19
The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice released a data brief addressing immigrant survivor communities hit hardest by COVID-19.
In a national survey on the economic challenges facing survivors due to COVID-19 immigrant communities were among some of the hardest hit during the onset and shut down period (March-May 2020). The survey was completed by 608 domestic and sexual violence service providers and advocates, 92 of whom work in organizations that specifically serve immigrant communities.
Additional economic data briefs for LGBTQIA+ and communities of color are also available at the CSAJ website
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