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Founded in 1977, the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a statewide, membership based non-profit organization that provides training and technical assistance to local domestic violence organizations across the state, creates change at the state and local level through our collective voice, and engages all Coloradans in our work to end domestic violence.
This past year, CCADV has worked successfully to pass major pieces of legislation that further protect child and adult survivors and our communities. We began work on an exciting online, on-demand learning center which launched in August 2014 and on a dynamic new website that is a true repository of relevant information for members and the public. We also received a 3-year Rural Grant award for CCR and Latin@ Outreach.
We hired a communications coordinator who will advance the capacity of the Coalition and members to effectively communicate with the public, promote awareness, proactively address and respond to issues related to domestic violence, and help frame the conversations so that we have a more consistent message throughout the state.
We also hired a permanent Executive Director who will guide CCADV on its mission to end domestic violence. Our goals for this year include expanding the online learning center and website as resources for members and the public to respond to issues related to domestic violence. We are revising our strategic plan to best meet the needs of our member organizations and inform our work in the upcoming years, and we have already started planning our 2015 Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference.
Executive Director Statement
A leader in Colorado's anti-domestic violence movement since 1977, CCADV trains advocates in best practices that promote consistent, high-quality advocacy and safety services in every community across the state. CCADV works to enhance the safety and quality of life of victims and survivors of domestic violence through improving the response to domestic violence by systems, such as the legal and child welfare systems, and by creating and enhancing law and policy. As the leading voice on domestic violence in Colorado, we raise awareness and understanding of domestic violence to engage individuals and communities to intervene in and prevent domestic violence.
CCADV staff has experience in both urban and rural, as well as culturally specific issues, and best and promising practices in all areas of domestic violence advocacy and organizational management and development.
We work hard every day to live up to our mission: Inspiring Colorado to End Domestic Violence.
Board Chair/President Statement
CCADV is a building a tent - a very large tent -- with plenty of room for any Coloradan who is interested in creating a world where domestic violence is unacceptable and even unthinkable. We invite you to join with us - find your place in to dig in and help with this important, live-saving work. Whether you're a parent, teen, teacher, coach, faith leader, employer, friend, neighbor - we can help you learn how to recognize and respond to signs of domestic violence in those around you. And - even more important - we can help you learn how to prevent violence in the lives of your children, grandchildren and future generations. Join us today!
Here are some of our most pressing needs:
1. Like most nonprofits, we have seen cuts from long-time funders. We have a great need for unrestricted funding so that we can provide a more nimble response to emerging trends in our work, including prevention work.
2. CCADV needs volunteers who are committed to the long term success of this organization. We welcome individuals with diverse skills, talents, and interests to join our Board and other committees, help with awareness campaigns, and support fundraising efforts.
3. CCADV wants to create a strong brand. We are looking for volunteers who have expertise in marketing to help us achieve this goal.
4. The overarching goal of our annual CAIA Conference is ensure that all victims of domestic, dating, and sexual violence and stalking who seek help in Colorado receive consistently compassionate, culturally-appropriate services grounded in best practices of victim advocacy. Professionals from around the state join us, though funding cuts have limited the ability of some advocates from more rural programs to access this important training. Donations for scholarships for attendees to the annual conference are needed to better ensure that marginalized/underrepresented groups/individuals are able to attend this event. We also welcome corporate sponsorship for the conference.
5. We can increase opportunities for people in rural communities to access meaningful participation in the work of CCADV by upgrading our remote conferencing equipment. We particularly need a large, flatscreen, smart TV for use in our conference room, which also needs a new large conference table and chairs.