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.
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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