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DVP Projects

DVP strives to collaborate within governmental agencies and the community to provide expertise in domestic violence and make available the best possible interventions for survivors across all systems and communities.  Continuing to assess how to end domestic violence and develop plans for this endeavor is critical to providing the most effective services and best outcomes for Colorado citizens, now and in the future.  Please click to learn more about the Current and Past Projects DVP has been involved in.

 

Current Projects

 

State Domestic Violence Coordinating Council

The State Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC) is a joint initiative of the Department of Public Safety, Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) and the Department of Human Services, Domestic Violence Program (DVP) with a clear goal of working collaboratively to identify and coordinate existing state domestic violence-related programs and services.  Critical components of the council include: offender and victim issues, identification of gaps, sharing ideas, and improvement of communication between departments.  Most importantly, DVCC helps facilitate the integration of domestic violence issues, best practices, and education within State government.  The additional benefit is to create a method of disseminating information across state agencies and departments that is consistent, current, and avoids duplication of services.  To view a list of Statewide governmental resources for domestic violence, click here.  In 2013, the DVCC created a toolkit for State employees regarding domestic violence.

 

Domestic Violence and Child Protection Services Coordinating Council

The Coordinating Council is a collaboration of stakeholders in the areas of domestic violence and child protection with the purpose of supporting agency coordination to enhance the safety and services to families where domestic violence and child maltreatment overlap.  The Coordinating Council is comprised of state and county staff, system and non-governmental advocates, and other stakeholders.  Staff from DVP and Child Protection Services co-chair the council and serve on several of its sub-committees.  In 2012, the Coordinating Council developed the "Domestic Violence and Child Protection Practice Guide" for child protection workers.   

 

Colorado Parent Employment Project

In an effort to engage and involve low-income noncustodial parents who are behind with their child support payments, the national Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) has provided funding to child support agencies in eight states to link these parents with employment services.  As part of this demonstration project, the Colorado Department of Human Services, Child Support Enforcement Services Division (CSE) has developed the Colorado Parent Employment Project (CO-PEP) and will begin services in October 2012.  DVP is working with CSE and will provide CO-PEP Managers and Case Workers with knowledge and tools regarding how to recognize and intervene in cases or issues of domestic violence.  Through intensive training of staff, the development of domestic violence protocols and screening, conducting project site visits, providing assistance in fostering community relations with local domestic violence victim services and treatment providers, and being available for technical assistance, the DVP's approach will bring about heightened awareness and community involvement of the social issue of domestic violence.

 

DVP staff provided a Domestic Violence 101 Webinar to CO-PEP sites and referring partners.

 

DVP staff provided in-person training on the Domestic Violence Plan, Protocol, and Screening Tool for CO-PEP sites and referring partners.

 

Past Projects

 

TANF/DV Co-Location Project

The Colorado General Assembly created funding through the Statewide Strategic Use Fund (SSUF) to support strategic initiatives addressing systemic issues that mitigate poverty and its impact on Colorado families and communities.  In June 2009 SSUF awarded DVP funding to conduct the Enhanced Domestic Violence Advocacy and Prevention Project (EDVAPP).  Through EDVAPP, the DVP sub-contracted with domestic violence crisis centers to implement a Co-Location Project (CLP) initiating sustainable systemic change to enhance safety and services for survivors of DV through collaborative partnerships between local domestic violence crisis centers and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)/Colorado Works programs in county departments of human/social services.

 

The first SSUF grant (2009-2010) enabled the DVP to sub-contract with six domestic violence crisis center for a 10-¾ month-long pilot project.  Due to the success the six CLP sub-grantees during the first year, SSUF awarded the DVP another grant to continue five local CLP pilot projects from June 2010- June 2011 (Table 2). These five CLP pilot projects worked successfully with local TANF offices to change policies and procedures, deliver cross-training, develop materials and provide services to 1,178 survivors who were referred by TANF – this is a 17% increase over the 884 survivors served the previous year.

 

In 2012 DVP worked with project partners to develop a best practices handbook, and screening tools, as well as cross training to Colorado Works / TANF and DV workers.

 

Address Confidentiality Program

Beginning in November 2008, the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) convened a committee to plan for the Secretary of State (SOS), Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) implementation and to discuss the impact on programs and service delivery within both departments. The committee is comprised of staff from the departments, to include various program areas, as well as county representatives (see Appendix #1). The committee’s charge was to explore and determine what impacts implementation of the ACP would have to the departments’ fiscal, policy, systems, and training and to develop recommendations for implementation.  An implementation report was published and outlined the outcomes of those recommendations and related actions and completed the work of the Committee as of March 21, 2012.