October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological abuse as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Abusers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.

·         One in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been the victim of physical violence by an intimate partner.

·         Forty-four percent of lesbian women, 61%of bisexual women, and 35% of heterosexual women experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

·         Twenty-six percent of gay men, 37% of bisexual men, and 29% of heterosexual men experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.

For more information visit:

-The Office of Victim Assistance Intimate Partner Abuse pages under “get help” tab

-National Coalition Against Domestic Violence http://www.ncadv.org/ 

-Statistics are from the CDC 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence survey http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/nisvs/

-Follow our local safe houses: https://www.facebook.com/FollowSPAN (Boulder) AND 

https://www.facebook.com/safeshelterofstvrain (Longmont)

2012 National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities

The National Coalition for Anti-Violence Programs' 2012 National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities Released Today

To download the full report please visit NCAVP online at: 

http://avp.org/resources/avp-resources/248

 The Report includes:

  • Overall rates of reports of anti-LGBTQ violence remain steady in 2012.
  • Transgender women, people of color, and gay men face the most severe violence
  • LGBTQ people report substantial police misconduct when engaging with the police

The report is the most comprehensive report on this violence in the United States. It draws on data collected from 15 anti-violence programs in 16 states (with one organization reporting about two states) across the country.  States reporting were: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Vermont.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual assault and sexual violence impacts all college campuses.  About 1 in 4 females, 1 in 6 males, and 1 in 2 transgender people experience some form of sexual violence in their life time.  This April there are a number of campus and community events going on bringing awareness to this important issue. The Gender Justice League, a student group out of Women and Gender Studies, is hosting Denim Days the week of April 15-19, 2013.  Denim Days originates from a 1999 Italy court case in which the National High Court overturned a rape case because the victim was wearing jeans. It was thought that jeans would have been too tight to pull off without the woman’s consent. The ruling sparked a nationwide protest where anti-rape activists wore jeans.  OVA, Office of Victim Assistance, will be collaborating with the Gender Justice league on a few of their events:

  • How to Help Friends who have Experienced Gender Violence WED April 17, 3013 4:00-5:00pm Gates Woodruff Cottage
  • What is gender violence, anyways? THU April 18 4:00-5:00pm Gates Woodruff Cottage
  • Healthy Relationship Check-up FRI April 19 11:00-1:00pm UMC Gallery
  • For more information and other events this week visit: http://wgst.colorado.edu/denim-days-2013

OVA will also be partnering with MESA, Moving to End Sexual Assault, Boulder County’s Rape Crisis Center, by co-hosting a showing ofThe Bro Code on April 24th, CHEM 140, 6:15pm.  This event is free and open to the public.  After the film there will be a discussion lead by the film’s creator, Dr. Thomas Keith, who is a professor at California State University and California Polytechnic University.  Dr. Keith teaches philosophy and specializes in American philosophy and pragmatism with an emphasis on issues of race, class, and gender.

  • MESA also has many other exciting events planned throughout April.  Check out the full listing here: http://conta.cc/10IS3Sz

OVA is a place of support for you if you or someone you care about has recently or in the past been impacted by sexual violence.  OVA offers free and confidential counseling, support, and advocacy.  For more information please call 303-492-8855 or visit our website.  This link is specifically focused on sexual assault: http://cuvictimassistance.com/issues/sexual-assault/

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Tips for Managing Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting

The Office of Victim Assistance staff send our deepest condolences to people impacted by the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  For information on tips for managing distress in the aftermath of a shooting please go the link below from the American Psychological Association. http://www.apa.org/school-shooting.aspx

In an effort to address concerns prompted by last week’s events in Connecticut, our Faculty Staff Assistance Program at University of Colorado Boulder will be offering a session, entitled, Talking with our Children about Violence, on Thursday December 20th.  The disturbing events of last Friday have brought up many questions regarding how to talk with our children about violence in the community.  Please join the counselors of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at the lunch hour for a conversation and information session about how to help your children understand and cope with school violence.

Speakers: Ben Leonard and Paulette Erickson-England, staff counselors from the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.

For additional information or to rsvp, please contact our office at 303-492-3020 or email Yee.Chan@colorado.edu

Date/Time: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, 12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: UMC 247

National Report on Partner Violence and the LGBTQ community

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has produced this report to document intimate partner violence (IPV) within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) communities. This critical report highlights the intricacies of IPV within LGBTQH communities, examines the barriers to safety for LGBTQH survivors, and outlines vital recommendations for responding to, preventing, and eradicating LGBTQH IPV. Summary from Colorado 2011 report:

In 2011 the Colorado Anti-Violence Program (CAVP) saw the highest number of survivors of intimate partner violence from those aged between 19-29, with 27% of total reports, whereas in 2010 the age group with the highest numbers were between the ages of 30-39. Overall, there was a small increase in the number of reports received recorded by CAVP, from 86 in 2010 to 89 in 2011, which is a 3% increase. There were more reports from both men and women in 2011 as compared to 2010, with men at 63%  (56 of total reports) and women at 39% (35 of the total) in 2011.

For the whole report from 2011 click here: http://www.avp.org/documents/2012ReleaseIPVREPORTFinal.pdf Information specific to Colorado is on page 65.

To view the 2010  full report please visit this link: http://www.avp.org/documents/IPVReportfull-web_000.pdf Information specific to Colorado is on page 42.

Information on the shooting in Aurora, CO

We in OVA would like to extend our thoughts and deepest sympathies to the families and friends affected by the shootings in Aurora.  For the most up to date information on this situation please see information from COVA, Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance or follow them on Facebook, click here: COVA on Facebook.

COVA has been asked by Aurora Police Department to coordinate donations for victims of the Aurora mass tragedy.  You can donate online through COVA's Giving First profile at: https://www.givingfirst.org/cova or checks can be made out to COVA and mailed to: 90 Galapago Street, Denver CO, 80223. Please include "Aurora tragedy" in the memo line of the check.

OVA invites all CU-Boulder students, staff and faculty to visit the below services in the days and weeks to come if you have been impacted by this event and would find it helpful to speak with someone.  Also visit this resource for tips specifically related to this event: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/mass-shooting.aspx

Please see the following campus Resources for students, staff, faculty and their significant others who may be impacted by this. These types of events can impact people in many different ways.  Please contact any of these campus offices for support in dealing with how these events may have impacted you.

  • Counseling and Psychological Services:  Free and confidential counseling for students.  Center for Community, S440     303-492-6766     http://counseling.colorado.edu
  • Office of Victim Assistance: Free and confidential counseling and advocacy for students, staff, faculty and their significant others.  Center for Community, S440     303-492-8855     http://cuvictimassistance.com
  • Psychological Health and Psychiatry: Confidential counseling for a fee or using your Buff Gold Insurance. Wardenburg Health Center     303-492-5654
  • Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: Free and confidential counseling for faculty and staff.    Administrative Research Center (ARC) East Campus, A353  303-492-3020   http://hr.colorado.edu/fsap

Other information also available under our Get Help tab and here: cuvictimassistance.com/issues/trauma/traumatips/

2011 Hate Crime Report Released

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), released its report Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2011. In Colorado, while overall reports increased 3 percent in 2011 (87 to 90), reports of hate violence targeting Latin@ people increased by 250 percent from the previous year (6 to 21). View the media release and full report HERE.

Campus Resources for those Impacted by Summer Fires

Please see the following campus Resources for students, staff, faculty and their significant others affected by fires this summer.These types of events can impact people in many different ways.  Please contact any of these campus offices for support in dealing with how these events may have impacted you.Counseling and Psychological Services:  Free and confidential counseling for students Center for Community, S440     303-492-6766     http://counseling.colorado.edu

Office of Victim Assistance: Free and confidential counseling and advocacy for students, staff, faculty and their significant others

Center for Community, S440     303-492-8855     http://cuvictimassistance.com

Psychological Health and Psychiatry: Confidential counseling for a fee or using your Buff Gold Insurance

Wardenburg Health Center     303-492-5654

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: Free and confidential counseling for faculty and staff

Administrative Research Center (ARC) East Campus, A353      303-492-3020   http://hr.colorado.edu/fsap/Pages/default.aspx

The Office of Victim Assistance can assist you in navigating academic, University or off campus systems.  Additionally, if you would like to consult with a therapist or advocate regarding how to support a student, colleague, or peer who may have been impacted by the fires please call the Office of Victim Assistance at 303-492-8855.  Please feel free to contact the Office of Victim Assistance if you have questions about what you’re experiencing or for resources.

The Office of Victim Assistance would like to send our deepest condolences to those negatively affected by fires.

Sincerely,

Office of Victim Assistance Staff

An open letter to CU and the Boulder community

The Office of Victim Assistance is re-posting a letter CU's Center for Multicultural Affairs Department sent out to our community yesterday.

An open letter to CU and the Boulder community:

In the past few months we, at the Center for Multicultural Affairs, have witnessed several situations unfold and have been concerned about the local reports this spring of false allegations involving men of color as the perpetrators and most notably, around the recent Trayvon Martin tragedy in Florida.

As a community, we stand against these incidences that have profiled people of color and targeted men, in particular, as scapegoats in these unjust situations.  Irrefutably, we recognize that one’s overall sense of personal safety becomes compromised and the value of community violated by those individuals who allow ignorance and fear to ignite their unjust actions.  The tenets of freedom, justice, access and equity are deeply imbedded in our society and when these are violated, everyone is impacted.

As a department, we stand for every student’s undeniable right to fully express their identity and be safe and respected in their community.  Our individual right to participate and experience life at CU, to the highest degree, is key to being successful here and must not be denied to anyone.

We invite everyone to take a stand with us by making a personal investment to deeply examine our own hidden attitudes and biases and to look at ways to reduce fear and ignorance in our daily interactions with each other. We also encourage everyone to take a critical look at how we, individually, participate in our community and to recognize what role and responsibility we each have to enact change.

CMA is committed to aiding every student in their process, especially those who have been affected by these recent incidences.  Whether you, or someone close to you, have been impacted by these recent events, or you are simply looking at ways to engage in discussions on race and ethnicity and further your diversity awareness skills, we would like to offer our services and support in helping all students, faculty and staff build a more inclusive campus.  Additionally, CMA can also help connect you to other departments and resources on campus that can also be of support and advocacy to you.  We encourage you to visit us at any time!

To further the discussion of a very important topic, we invite you to two upcoming events.  The first is a panel and discussion hosted by several CU students this Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 5:00p.m. at Hellems 201 entitled, Hoodie to Hijab: The Reality of Hate Crimes.   The second event is being hosted by CU’s Freshmen Council called A Day Without Hate on April 27, 2012 from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. at Norlin Quad where a number of booths and resources will be available for everyone to learn more about anti-discrimination, non-violence and ally-ship.

In moving forward, there are a number of helpful resources that are available for furthering dialogues on race, finding opportunities for growth, and expanding skills and competencies.  We hope that, through shared knowledge, responsibility and commitment, we each can contribute to building a stronger and more vibrant community that is respectful of individual differences, experiences and viewpoints.

Center for Multicultural Affairs

103 UCB, Center for Community, Suite N320, Boulder, CO  80309-0103

Phone  303-492-5667, Fax  303-735-0321  Website: www.colorado.edu/studentaffairs/cma

 

Anti-bias resources

Campus Resources for those impacted by Lower North Fork Fires

Please see the following campus Resources for students, staff, faculty and their significant others affected by Lower North Fork Fire. These types of events can impact people in many different ways.  Please contact any of these campus offices for support in dealing with how these events may have impacted you.

Counseling and Psychological Services:  Free and confidential counseling for students

Center for Community, S440     303-492-6766     http://counseling.colorado.edu

 Office of Victim Assistance: Free and confidential counseling and advocacy for students, staff, faculty and their significant others

Center for Community, S440     303-492-8855     http://cuvictimassistance.com

 Psychological Health and Psychiatry: Confidential counseling for a fee or using your Buff Gold Insurance

Wardenburg Health Center     303-492-5654

 Faculty and Staff Assistance Program: Free and confidential counseling for faculty and staff

Administrative Research Center (ARC) East Campus, A353      303-492-3020

http://hr.colorado.edu/fsap/Pages/default.aspx

The Office of Victim Assistance can assist you in navigating academic, University or off campus systems.  If you would like to consult with a therapist or advocate regarding how to support a student, colleague, or peer who may have been negatively impacted by the fires please call the Office of Victim Assistance at 303-492-8855. Additionally, please feel free to contact the Office of Victim Assistance if you have questions about what you’re experiencing or resources.

The Office of Victim Assistance would like to send our deepest condolences to those negatively affected by the fires.

Sincerely,

Office of Victim Assistance Staff

Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarship for Students Committed to Reducing and Preventing Dating Abuse & Domestic Violence

Description

Dating abuse and domestic violence can have a significant impact on a student’s college experience and their ability to persist and remain in school. It can also affect overall health, including physical and mental health. This scholarship was created to recognize and support students working to end dating abuse and domestic violence by providing financial assistance for educational needs. The hope is that recognizing and financially supporting students will reduce and prevent dating abuse and domestic violence among the campus community.

Scholarships are funded by the Verizon Foundation, which has a core initiative devoted to the prevention of domestic violence. The Gender Violence Prevention Advisory Committee (GVPAC) will review the scholarship applications and make award recommendations and notifications. The GVPAC is comprised of students and staff from various programs and divisions on campus and guides gender violence prevention and intervention initiatives. A total of five grants of $2,700 will be awarded to full-time, degree-seeking students.

Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled and planning to be enrolled in Fall 2012 as a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking student at the University of Colorado Boulder.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • By applying for this grant you are giving permission for the scholarship committee to verify your enrollment and check your grades.
  • Submit a one to two page, double-spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins, essay about your work towards ending dating abuse and domestic violence to:  Jessica Ladd-Webert, Director, Office of Victim Assistance and Chair of Scholarship committee, jessica.ladd-webert@colorado.edu
  • Attach a one page resume.
  • Attach two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your commitment to dating abuse prevention or domestic violence issues.
  • Remember to include your full name, email address, and student ID number on all submitted documents.
  • Deadline to apply: March 15th, 2012 by 5pm

Application Evaluation Criteria

Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to reducing and preventing dating abuse and domestic violence. Examples of this include, but are not limited to: providing information to peers on the issues, volunteering for a local domestic violence organization, being an active member of a student group dedicated to gender violence/domestic violence issues, having an academic focus on dating violence or domestic violence.

Number & Amount of Awards

  • Five scholarships will be awarded by the end of April 2012 and will be applied to your 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Notifications will be sent to the email included in the application.
  • Each scholarship will be in the amount of $2,700.
  • Please note that if you receive financial aid this award could impact that.  Please follow up with the Office of Financial Aid for more information:  http://www.colorado.edu/finaid/

Contact Information

NCAVP releases National Report on anti-LGBTQ Hate Violence

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released the national report on anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) violence. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 12, 2011 Media Contact: Roberta Sklar 917.704.6358

REPORT ON HATE VIOLENCE AGAINST LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUEER AND HIV-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES RELEASED TODAY: Report shows second highest murder rate ever recorded. Transgender people and people of color are most targeted communities for severe hate violence. To download the full Report please visit NCAVP online

For the rest of this press release please click here

Hate Crimes in the US

On November 22, 2010, CNN reported that there were 6,604 criminal incidents characterized as hate crimes reported in the United States in 2009, according to an FBI report release Monday. The incidents involved 7,789 offenses resulting at least in part from bias toward a person's race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin or disability, the report said.  To read more of CNN's report please visit: http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/11/22/fbi.hate.crimes/index.html?iref=allsearch