Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
Violence Free Colorado's Monthly eNewsletter
News, Upcoming Trainings, Other Resources
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a look at policing and public health
All forms of violence have an impact on mental and physical health, and as protests continue for the rights and safety of Black lives, we're reminded that policing - and overpolicing - is a public health issue, particularly in communities of color.  
The Harvard Public Health Review states that police crackdowns contribute to post-traumatic stress in communities of color, can deter Black men on probation or parole from using emergency rooms, and carries a higher risk of lethal force against Black people.  
In our work, many survivors of color have also been harmed by law enforcement. The Women of Color Network notes that Black women often encounter institutional violence from police officers and the justice system, and are typically arrested at higher rates in domestic violence situations. In Latinx populations, survivors may distrust and avoid dealing with law enforcement officers due to immigration concerns. 
Anti-racism work requires understanding of the complicated - and often dangerous - relationship between people of color and law enforcement. As organizational leaders, we must assess and evaluate our own collaborations with police to ensure that all communities are safe.


The Marshall Project: a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system
Anti-Police Terror Project: a Black-led, multi-racial, intergenerational coalition that seeks to build a replicable and sustainable model to eradicate police terror in communities of color
White Coats for Black Lives: eliminating racism in the practice of medicine and recognizing racism as a threat to the health and well-being of people of color
INCITE!: a network of radical feminists of color organizing to end state violence, and violence in our homes and communities
Public Health is a Strategy for Abolition: a Critical Resistance toolkit with action steps, talking points and resources to advocate for a fundamental shift of public health work away from reformist measures and toward structural, root-level changes to the harms policing and prisons cause to community health
8 to Abolition: a list of eight reforms dedicated to building a society without police or prisons, where communities are equipped to provide for their own safety and wellbeing 

Coalition Updates

Lydia Waligorski
Public Policy Director

Public Policy Team Update

The 2020 Legislative Session Final Report is now available on Violence Free Colorado's Public Policy page. It introduces the 2020 legislation we actively worked on this session and includes supplemental insight on the laws which passed in the Point of Advocacy sections.
This year's General Assembly convening was like no other, as the legislative session was interrupted and then greatly influenced by both the COVID pandemic and the murder of George Floyd, followed by weeks of demonstrations at the Colorado State Capitol. 
I welcome your feedback, comments and engagement to shape future policy priorities at 
Liz Stuewe
Training and TA Manager

Training and TA Update

July Brown Bag webinar: noon, July 14
Topic: Promising Practices for Parent-Child Advocacy
Register today
Advocates will explore innovative and promising practices for parent-child advocacy in domestic violence programs, and application skills and techniques of intervention that honor non-abusive parents and promote parent-child relationships. 
August Brown Bag webinar: noon, Aug. 11
Working with People with Lived Experience
Register today
Organizations need effective strategies that encourage productive collaboration that centers survivor expertise. This presentation will offer best practices for capacity building within organizations to best support and engage with survivors in advocacy and organizing spaces. 

Upcoming Trainings

Webinars and Web-Based Trainings

All trainings are Mountain Time
July 8, 1 p.m.: Providing Safety for Domestic Violence Survivors in the Time of a Pandemic. Presented by the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center. 
July 9, 8 a.m.: Shifting the Systems - A Community-Level Approach to Violence Prevention. Presented by the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
July 15, noon: Bystander Intervention - From Research to Practice. Presented by PreventConnect.
July 16, noon: Navigating Mainstream - Reflections from Cultural Leaders. Presented by the National Resource Center for Reaching Victims. 
July 16, 1 p.m.: A Cultural Trauma-Informed Response on Tribal College Campuses. Presented by Red Wind Consulting, Inc.
July 21, noon: The Way Forward - Shaping the Future of Organizing. Presented by the Vera Institute of Justice. 
July 28, noon: Wellness. Presented by the Alliance of Local Service Organizations. 
July 29, noon: Dispelling Rape Myths. Presented by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. 

Resources and Other News

Violence Free Colorado receives $50,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation!

Thank you to The Allstate Foundation for the $50,000 grant to help us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment. The Allstate Foundation supports programs like Violence Free Colorado to help provide critical services to help survivors break free and stay free from abuse.

Webinar: Domestic Violence Counts Survey Day 
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) has announced the 2020 Domestic Violence Counts Survey Day starting at 6 a.m. MST on Sept. 10. The count will end at 5:59 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11.
In preparation for this date, NNEDV will also offer an informative webinar to review the survey content, highlight changes and new questions, and answer frequently asked questions. The webinar will also include a Q&A for attendees. Register today!
Women of Color Network's Culturally Specific Strategies Mentorship Lab Series
The Women of Color Mentorship Lab creates space for women of color and Indigenous advocates to address survivors' urgent economic security needs while advancing culturally speicif innovations for safety, access and security. The lab includes webinars and monthly coaching sessions for advocates.
The topic for the upcoming WOCN Mentorship Lab is Mobilizing Our Communities: Furthering Economic Security for Survivors of Color and Indigenous Survivors. Apply today!
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