October 2017 DVOMB Monthly Minute
Domestic Violence Offender Management Board Updates
DVOMB November Meeting
The next DVOMB meeting falls on November 3, 2017. We are meeting at a new location; the Denver Police Protective Association located at 2105 Decatur St., Denver, CO, 80211. With a larger venue, it is hoped that more guests attend the monthly Board meetings and learn about current initiatives. If you plan to attend the upcoming Board meeting, or future Board meetings, we ask that you RSVP to Adrienne Nuanes.
November DVOMB Meeting - Agenda
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Attention all readers: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)! This month serves as a reminder to reflect and to remember the importance of striving towards enhancing the safety of victims and the community. Whether you are a Domestic Violence Treatment Provider, a seasoned probation officer, or a new Treatment Victim Advocate, each of you serves an important function. Many of you who provide direct services to offenders, victims, or survivors already know the challenges associated with domestic violence, which often goes 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 engage in raising awareness in your community about domestic violence and how to engage others in the movement to make our communities safer.
  The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) has provided resources to make it easier to become involved.
Check out CCADV's website pages dedicated to the topic:   http://ccadv.org/be-involved/dvawarenessmonth/  

Also, please share your community  DVAM  events by submitting it to CCADV's Statewide Event Calendar by  clicking here

Download them, print them, hang 'em up! And you can add YOUR logo, too!  7 designs to choose.  Click here.
Check out CCADV's website pages
Standup Colorado Campaign
In Colorado, 1 in 7 people experience relationship violence. In 2016 alone, 48 people in Colorado died from relationship violence. Additionally, 2016 saw 18,501 cases of physical violence, sexual assault, intimidation, kidnapping, robbery, and/or death by a partner reported in Colorado. Relationship violence is not limited to any race, gender, class or part of the state.  Our current response to relationship violence (RV) is primarily one of intervention, with overreliance on the criminal legal system to address violence after it has occurred.
Because this problem is so critical and widespread , the Colorado Department of Public Safety and the Office of Domestic Violence Offender Management within the Division of Criminal Justice encourage all Coloradans to join a new movement: Stand Up Colorado.
Stand Up Colorado is a statewide, collaborative, multi-year relationship violence prevention campaign that goes beyond public awareness to alter behavior and effect long-term change. The message: Relationship violence is not OK. It is OK to ask for help. 
You may already have begun to see our TV and digital ads. So what can you do?
  • Participate in National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. Download this checklist of way to get involved
  • Follow the Stand Up Campaign on social media and share/RT the campaign tips and information.
  • Create and share a short video of you showing/telling how you are standing up to relationship violence and for healthy relationships! Use hashtag #StandUPCO and #DVAM2017 
  • If you are experiencing relationship violence, it is OK to ask for help! Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233).
If you are an Approved DVOMB treatment provider, you can get involved by considering to work with individuals who voluntarily refer themselves into treatment. Appendix A of the Standards states the following:
"The DVOMB understands that Approved DV Treatment Providers are sometimes presented with persons seeking DV evaluation and treatment who have not been charged with or convicted of DV offenses. Such evaluation and treatment is outside of the statutory mandate of the DVOMB and therefore not directly subject to the DV Treatment Standards. The DVOMB is not opposed to Approved DV Treatment Providers providing evaluation and treatment to such persons, using the providers professional and ethical judgment appropriately, and using the DV treatment Standards as the provider deems appropriate."
If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact staff.
Firearms and Domestic Violence
The evaluation of court ordered domestic violence offenders is a critical step in developing an individualized treatment plan that addresses an offender's risk and needs. Firearms within the context of domestic violence represents a level of lethality that is imperative to victim safety. More and more research is emerging about this subject and it's important both for policy-makers and practitioners to consider the literature and research.
Fact Sheet: Center for Gun Policy and Research (2015). Intimate Partner Violence and Firearms

DVOMB Upcoming CORE Trainings

November 14, 2017
8:30 - 4:30
710 Kipling St., Denver, CO, 80215
Registration Open
 This training will provide an in-depth review of domestic violence offender treatment with a focus on the requirements of the Standards and best practice modalities and concepts. After a discussion of the differences between traditional psychotherapy and forensic offense specific therapy, this training will cover offender treatment within the context of primary and adjunct interventions, offender contracts, level of offender treatment, core competencies and ways to measure offender progress and discharge criteria. Additionally, this training will incorporate important clinical issues to consider and the importance of the Treatment Victim Advocate throughout the therapeutic process. This training will have case examples and exercises to engage participants and provide tools for practitioners to utilize. 

Trainers:   DVOMB Staff
Training Hours Certificate:
7 Hours

DV101 DVRNA Training
December 12, 2017
8:30 - 4:30
710 Kipling St., Denver, CO, 80215
Registration Open
Description:    This training provides an overview of different types of risk assessment and the importance of utilizing risk assessment practices in the forensic setting. This discussion will include how to distinguish static and dynamic risk factors and why this is important to assessing offender progress. After a review of the research supporting the Risk, Need, Responsivity Principles, participants will review the scoring manual of the Domestic Violence Offender Risk and Needs Assessment (DVRNA). Through this discussion, participates will learn about the supported research for each domain, how each domain is scored, and the development of the DVRNA overtime. The second half of this training will transition to application and participants will review three different case studies and score the DVNRA in a group setting.
Trainers: DVOMB Staff
Training Hours Certificate: 7 Hours
To see a description of all the new trainings and the learning objectives for each, please see contact the DVOMB staff for the Course Catalog.
Advanced Series Training
Advanced Series Trainings are offered by the Office of Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management (ODVSOM) for audiences who work with both domestic violence and sexual offender populations. These trainings are more in-depth, topic specific that are designed to enhance practices and skill development. These trainings are offered periodically throughout the year and can be uses for ODVSOM training credits.
The ODVSOM staff are currently looking at trainings for 2018. If you are interested in a particular topic or have a suggestion for a training, please contact the staff.
Save the Date!
Strangulation and Lethality Training
January 16, 2018
8:30- 4:30
Registration Not Open at this Time
Abstract: Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of domestic violence and sexual assault: unconsciousness may occur within seconds and death within minutes.
When domestic violence perpetrators choke (strangle) their victims, not only is this felonious
assault, but it may be an attempted homicide. Strangulation is an ultimate form of power
and control where the batterer can demonstrate control over the victim's next breath. It may
have devastating psychological effects or a potentially fatal outcome.
National experts Casey Gwinn & Gael Strack, Co-Founders of Alliance for HOPE
International and the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, will cover:
Findings from a study of 300 misdemeanor strangulation cases
  • Understanding the lethality of strangulation
  • Identifying the signs and symptoms of strangulation cases
  • Anatomy and medical aspects in surviving and non-surviving victims
  • Investigation, documentation, and prosecution of non-fatal
  • strangulation cases as felonies, or attempted homicides
  • Use of experts and court considerations
  • Advocating for victims of strangulation
  • Best practices, new resources and next steps
Gael Strack - Gael Strack is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder for Alliance for HOPE International. Prior to launching the Alliance for Hope with Casey Gwinn, Gael served as the Founding Director of the San Diego Family Justice Center from October 2002 through May 2007. In that capacity, she worked closely with 25 on-site agencies (government and non-profit) who came together in 2002 to provide services to victims of domestic violence and their children from one location. The San Diego Family Justice Center was featured on Oprah in January 2003, recognized as a model program by President Bush and was the inspiration for the President's Family Justice Center Initiative launched in Oct 2003. Prior to her work at the Family Justice Center, Gael was a prosecutor at the San Diego City Attorney's Office. She joined the office in 1987 and served in many capacities including Head Deputy City Attorney responsible for the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Unit. Gael has also worked as a deputy public defender and a deputy county counsel for the San Diego County Counsel's office handling juvenile dependency matters. She graduated from Western State College of Law in December 1985. Gael is a former board member of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, past President of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council and former commissioner of the ABA's Commission on Domestic Violence. In her spare time, Gael is an adjunct law professor for California Western School of Law teaching "Domestic Violence and the Law." Gael has been honored with numerous awards, including San Diego Attorney of the Year for 2006 and most recently by United States Attorney General Eric Holder as the 2010 Recipient of the National Crime Victim Service Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services. Gael has also co-authored a series of strangulation articles in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, the National College of District Attorney's Practical Prosecutor, and the Journal of the California Dental Association. Gael has co-authored five books with Casey Gwinn, JD, on the Family Justice Center movement including a Guide to Co-Located Services in the Middle East and in Mexico. Gael has also co-authored a book with Judi Adams, called "The Big Girls Club - Little Girl Rules for the Big Girl Workplace" which describes the ten rules of friendship that can help women thrive and succeed in the changing workplace. 

Casey Gwinn - Casey Gwinn, Esq. serves as the President of Alliance for HOPE International. Casey has been recognized by The American Lawyer magazine as one of the top 45 public lawyers in America. He is an honors graduate of Stanford University and UCLA School of Law. Casey served for eight years as the elected City Attorney of San Diego from 1996 to 2004. Prior to entering elected office, Casey founded City Attorney's Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Unit, leading the Unit from 1986 to 1996 - prosecuting both misdemeanor and felony cases. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges honored his specialized prosecution unit as the model prosecution unit in the nation in 1993. In 2002, Casey saw his vision of a comprehensive Center for services to victims of family violence become a reality in San Diego as he led the effort to open the nationally acclaimed San Diego Family Justice Center with professionals from 25 agencies together under one roof. His leadership has been widely credited for the 90% drop in domestic violence homicides in the City of San Diego. In October 2003, President George W. Bush announced a national initiative to begin creating Family Justice Centers across the country and asked Casey to provide leadership to the effort. Today, Casey and his team support more than 100 open and developing Family Justice Centers in the U.S. and around the world. Casey has served on the U.S. Attorney General's National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women and the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence. He chaired the California Attorney General's Task Force on Domestic Violence. He also served on the congressionally created Department of Defense task force, studying the handling of family violence throughout the Department of Defense. He has authored or co-authored a host of articles and media commentaries and nine books on domestic violence and the Family Justice Center movement. The first book entitled "Hope for Hurting Families" calls for the creation of Family Justice Centers across America to help hurting and violent families. His second book, co-authored with Gael Strack, was released in April 2007, "Hope for Hurting Families II: How to Start a Family Justice Center in Your Community. Casey's fourth book, "Dream Big: A Simple, Complicated Idea to Stop Family Violence" was published in 2010. All books are available at www.familyjusticecenter.org. Casey's most recent book, "Cheering For the Children: Creating Pathways to HOPE for Children Exposed to Trauma" is a clarion call to all caring people to become cheerleaders for children exposed to trauma and abuse. In the book explains why childhood trauma should be the preeminent public health issue in America today and how we can all help change the lives of children for the better. This book was the result of one of Casey's great personal passions, Camp HOPE America, the unique camping initiative he founded at the San Diego Family Justice Center that is now expanding across the nation. Camp HOPE America is the first specialized camp in the country focused exclusively on children exposed to domestic violence and child abuse.
Please note that the Advanced Series Trainings are now being offered in conjunction with the Sex Offender Management Board and may or may not be directly related to domestic violence issues. Please review the training description before registering. To attend any of the above trainings, you must register and pay online by credit card or electronic check.
DVOMB and Committee Meeting Dates

Standards Revision Committee:
At the October DVOMB meeting, the Board voted to create a new committee called the Standards Revision Committee. This committee is charged with reviewing Section 4.09 of the Standards and the criteria for recommending alternative treatment options for a court ordered domestic violence offender (i.e., self-defending victim, severe treatment amenability issue) by an approved Domestic Violence Treatment Provider. This committee with identify possible changes Section 4.09 of the Standards and make recommendations to the Board. If you are interested in participating on this committee, please contact Jesse Hansen for more information.  
Upcoming Committee Meetings
Conference Line: 1-888-740-4219
Enter Pass code: 932451#
DVOMB Meeting
November 3, 2017
9:30AM - 3:30PM
2105 Decatur St, Denver, CO 80211
All Staff
Implementation Science Committee
November 8, 2017
1:30PM - 3:30PM
700 Kipling 3th Floor
Victim Advocacy Committee
November 14, 2017
9:30AM - 11:30AM
DV Treatment Provider Committee
November 28, 2017
11:00AM - 1:00PM
Conference Line
Note: All DVOMB meetings are open to the public. We encourage you to participate if you have an interest in any of the current projects of the DVOMB.