The Center works in partnership with a broad cross-section of local and national community and campus based organizations to advance creative solutions to intimate partner violence. The Center is exceptional in its commitment to community linkage through training and service.
The intent of the Center is to work closely with and give back to the domestic violence community. Toward that end, training opportunities and forums are held regularly, which:
- Bring together researchers, practitioners, advocates and other experts to enhance knowledge and forge alliances across a wide spectrum of professionals in the field.
- Advance the critical thinking, clear analysis and creativity for a broad cross-section of practitioners working with families and individuals experiencing domestic violence.
- Increase the stability of programs and their capacity to effect domestic violence in their home communities and/or professions.
The cornerstone of these events is the Community Education Series, held twice per year. These full-day training events attract upwards of 200 advocates, service providers, government agency staff, and others from across Colorado. Recent events include:
- Carole Warshaw, MD presented on Domestic Violence, Lifetime Trauma, and Mental Health: Critical Issues for Policy, Prevention, and Service Delivery.
- Evan Stark, Ph.D, MSW presented on Domestic Violence, Coercive Control and Child Well Being: Putting the Revolution Back on Course.
- Barbara Hart, JD, presented on Economic Justice for Battered Women: Strategies for Achieving Economic Security.
These continuing education and training events help accomplish the Center’s goal of expanding its reach to workers in domestic violence and related fields who do not enroll in the academic degree program(s). In this way, the Center strengthens the infrastructure of those organizations charged with the responsibility to serve victims and advocate for social change regarding violence in local areas across the nation.
In 2008 the Center on Domestic Violence introduced the Phoenix Center at Auraria (PCA), making victim services and prevention activities regarding domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking available on campus for the first time. The Auraria Campus in Denver is Colorado’s largest college campus and serves more than 60,000 students, faculty, and staff. The PCA provides response and support services, education and training as well as resource referrals for the campus community. It operates a 24/7 helpline for victims, organizes education and awareness activities, and is helping to streamline policies and protocols for victims and offenders campus wide.
The newest program of the Center is titled Enhancing Needed Domestic Violence Resources for School Aged Children and Youth or the END Violence Project. Planning began in the fall of 2009 to launch this new initiative to enhance the capacity of schools to successfully identify and respond to the needs of children who witness violence in the home. The Center is working with public schools in five communities across Colorado’s Front Range to pilot the END Violence project. The program has three components: 1) train school personnel to identify and respond effectively to child witnesses of domestic violence, 2) increase the availability of relationship violence prevention programs and education for all school aged children, and 3) assist schools in developing clear response policies and procedures to cases of domestic and dating violence.