October 2018
Domestic Violence Offender Management Board Quarterly Minute
Join the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) for Domestic Violence Awareness Month on October 12th, 2018! A lunch and learn will be offered and those who attend will receive 1 hour of training credit. Everyone is welcome to attend, observe, and participate

WHERE:  710 Kipling St. Lakewood CO 80215
WHEN:   October 12, 2018
TIME: 9:30AM

Host the Next DVOMB Traveling Board Meeting – May 2019

Every year the DVOMB goes on-the-road to conduct a meeting in a different location around the state. This gives the DVOMB a chance to connect with and hear from community stakeholders who may be unable to attend the monthly meetings in Denver. In previous years, the DVOMB has visited Steamboat Springs, Fort Collins, Pueblo, Gunnison, and Colorado Springs. These have been great opportunities to share successes and challenges that exist in our field.

If you are interested in the DVOMB coming to your community and want to learn more, please contact Jesse Hansen via email
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)! This month serves as a reminder to reflect and to remember the importance of working together to enhance the safety of victims and the community. Whether you are a Domestic Violence Treatment Provider, a seasoned supervision officer, or a new Treatment Victim Advocate, each of you serves an important function on the Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Team. Many of you know of the challenges associated with domestic violence, which are sometimes overlooked and underappreciated. The staff want to thank all of you for your service and the sacrifices you make.

The DVAM also represents an opportunity to raise awareness in your community about domestic violence and how to engage others in the movement to make our communities safer. Here are some things you might consider doing in recognition of DVAM:

• Violence Free Colorado (formerly Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence) has provided resources to make it easier to become involved. Click here for details. 

• You can also find materials for DVAM here
Lunch and Learn Topics at the DVOMB Meetings

If you are looking for training hours, attending the monthly DVOMB meeting could be beneficial to you. Over the last three meetings, the DVOMB offered 5 hours of training credits. Training topics have included interstate compact requirements, domestic violence and suicide, and the DVOMB strategic action plan.

The DVOMB is interested in what training topics might be of interest to you. If you have a training topic in mind, please send your suggestions to Marina Borysov via email

New Electronic Process Fingerprinting Process for Background Investigations

Attention all applicants seeking placement on the Approved Provider List!

Effective November 1st, there is a new process for conducting a background investigation for the purposes of your application. The new process will involve obtaining electronic fingerprints through the Colorado Applicant Background Services (CABS).  

Please refer to this form for additional instructions and applicants can visit https://uenroll.identogo.com or call (844) 539-5539 to schedule fingerprint appointments.

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Policy Updates

Section 9.07 Revisions – Public Comment

At the August DVOMB meeting, the Board approved revisions to Section 9.07 of the Standards which now include the approval requirements regarding Specific Offender Populations, previously section 10.0. These recommendations were formed through the Domestic Violence Treatment Provider Committee with the input of several Approved Providers, Domestic Violence Clinical Supervisors (DVCS), and Board members who are Approved Providers. This revision marks the culmination of a revision process that has lasted over one year for the entirety of section 9.0. For over a year, this committee met to review proposed changes, reviewed research, and developed new provisions for the application, supervision, and approval process. The approved revisions in Section 9.07 introduce portions of section 10.0 as they relate to the provider application requirements. 
•    The term “Same-sex” has been changed to “GLBT+” to be more inclusive of this Specific Offender Population.
•    The remaining portions of sections 10.0 will be updated throughout the body of the Standards as they apply to each section.
It is important to note that these revisions are not yet effective as the implementation of Section 9.0 and 9.07 is still to be determined. The Board approved these revisions with the intent of having a planned, purposeful and deliberate implementation process that is flexible.
Public Comment for Section 9.07

The approved revisions are not yet final so you have the opportunity to provide comments to the revisions. The Board is offering all stakeholders the opportunity to comment on these revisions for possible consideration by the Board before final ratification. The DVOMB will be reviewing the public comments at the September Board meeting.

Section 9.07 Revisions - Click Here
Public comments are considered anonymous and confidential and any identifying information will be removed when presented to the Board. The DVOMB is accepting public comments now through October 11th, 2018. Public comments will be presented anonymously to the Board at the August meeting. Please submit your public comments to Jesse Hansen via email
Research Corner – Adolescents who Commit Domestic Violence

Juvenile intimate partner violence depends on the experiences and development of a juvenile not only during their adolescent years, but also into young adulthood (Ramirez et al., 2011; Sweeten et al., 2016). Research on juvenile intimate partner violence has focused primarily on risk factors and predictive factors that lead to intimate partner violence (Ramirez, Pail, Sanchagren & Heimer, 2011; Smith, Greenman, Thronberry, Henry, Ireland, 2015; Sweeten, Larson, & Piquero, 2015). Researchers agree that the strongest influences on juvenile intimate partner violence (both physical and emotional) are peer relationships, early onset of dating and sexual activity, and familial conflicts (Ramirez et al., 2011; Smith et al., 2015; Sweeten et al., 2016). 

Peers who engage in violent and delinquent behaviors are more likely to condone dating violence (Ramirez et al., 2011; Smith, 2015). When peers allow violent behavior, even if it is not against an intimate partner, juveniles tend to view violence as a social norm (Ramirez et al., 2011; Smith, 2015). Juveniles who have large, violence-condoning peer networks are the most likely to engage in intimate partner violence, when compared to smaller peer networks and non-violent peer networks (Ramirez et al., 2011). In their study of 1,354 juvenile offenders, Sweeten et al. (2016) found that 44% of low violence juveniles and 43% of high violence juveniles began dating earlier than their non-violent counterparts. Additionally, those who had multiple sexual and dating partners were also more likely to be violent (Sweeten et al., 2016). 

Similar to these findings, Ramirez et al. (2011) found that 13% of juveniles who engaged in intimate partner violence had a sexual partner other than the person with whom they were in a relationship. Nonexclusivety with sexual partners was found to more than double the chances of intimate partner violence. Researchers attributed this finding to heightened jealousy because of higher commitment standards (Ramirez et al., 2011). Finally, dysfunctional or turbulent home lives also contributed to the likelihood for juveniles to engage in intimate partner violence (Ramirez et al., 2011; Smith et al., 2015; Sweeten et al., 2016). 

Juveniles who experience family violence, especially between parents, along with lower socioeconomic backgrounds, were more likely to engage in intimate partner violence (Ramirez et al., 2011; Smith et al., 2015; Sweeten et al., 2016). In a study of juveniles who were adjudicated for felony or serious misdemeanor charges, Sweeten et al. (2016) reported that 27% engaged in physical violence against an intimate partner, 67% engaged in emotional violence, and 69% of the total sample engaged in some form of violence.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
DV101 DVRNA Training Boulder

Boulder County Justice Center
Jury Assembly Room
1777 6th Street
Boulder, CO 80302

Thursday, October 18, 2018
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

DV200 DVOMB Community Round Table Discussion Boulder

Boulder County Justice Center
Jury Assembly Room
1777 6th Street
Boulder, CO 80302

Friday, October 19, 2018
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

DV101 DVRNA Training Denver

710 Kipling St.
Suite 3000
Lakewood, CO 80215

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Below training is not sponsored by the DVOMB however, we encourage you to attend.

WHAT: 2-Day Domestic Violence Female Offender Training
WHEN: November 16th & 17th 2018
RSVP: Jeanette Barich, LCSW, LAC
303-507-5825 Jeanette@jeanettebarich.com
COST: $200
This 14-hour training is based off the best practice guidelines (Appendix B) of the DVOMB Standards in working with court ordered female domestic violence defendants. Space is limited and people will be accepted on a first come basis.