Colorado to Host First Joint Conference Addressing Both Domestic Violence & Sex Offender Management

Event will feature world-reknowned domestic violence expert; motivational speaker/former Bronco Reggie Rivers; and voices of victims

(LAKEWOOD, Colo., June 7, 2019) – For the first time in 13 years of hosting conferences on offender management, the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) will bring together both the fields of domestic violence offender management and sex offender management at one conference this summer.

The inaugural Domestic Violence/Sex Offender Management Board (DVSOMB) conference will take place July 9-12 at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge. The four-day event will feature three keynote speakers, two film showings, and 30 educational breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics for professionals at all levels of their careers. View the full agenda here.

Keynote speakers:

  • Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor and Anna D. Wolf Chair at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Dr. Campbell’s major area of research is violence against women and associated physical and mental health outcomes. She will present an overview of risk factors for domestic violence homicide and near homicide the importance of using this assessment tool.
  • Reggie Rivers is a former Denver Bronco and media personality who has published five books and runs a successful motivational speaker business. He will share lessons about team-building and leadership, which are both critical to success in treating offenders.
  • Diann Kissell is a celebrated speaker who has delivered her story of trauma and resiliency to audiences all over the United States. Diann’s father abused her for eight years and then murdered his wife and three of his 10 children when the abuse was about to be exposed. He was executed for his crimes.

The annual conference provides an opportunity to share the latest research, best practices, tools, and resources with professionals who work in fields related to offender management, including treatment providers, evaluators, victim therapists, victim advocates, school personnel, community supervision officers, child welfare workers, district attorneys, public defenders, polygraph examiners, judges, magistrates and law enforcement officers. This year, organizers added an additional day and identified areas of crossover between sex offender management and domestic violence offender management.

“Although each treatment population has unique needs, there are many places where these fields overlap in terms of best practices and learning opportunities for those who work with offenders,” said Marina Borysov, who coordinates the annual conference. “Additionally, many of the professionals who attend this conference – probation officers, victim’s advocates, attorneys, etc. – work with both populations. This is a wonderful opportunity for them to network, connect, and learn from one another as well as from our expert presenters.”

Various registration options and prices are available, from one day to the full four-day conference.

For more information or to register, visit www.colorado.gov/dcj/annual-SOMB-conference.

Media are welcome to attend. Please contact Patricia Billinger in advance at 303-239-4415 to make arrangements.

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The Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS) brings together diverse agencies that share a common vision: making Colorado communities safer and more resilient. The Department includes the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Colorado State Patrol, Division of Criminal Justice, Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC), Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), Colorado School Safety Resource Center, and Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System.

The Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) consists of seven offices and units that work to improve the safety of the community, the quality of services to crime victims, and the effectiveness of services to offenders. DCJ provides assistance to state and local agencies in the criminal justice system by analyzing policy, conducting criminal justice research, managing programs and administering grants.

In 1992, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation that created a Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) in the Division of Criminal Justice. The SOMB was charged to develop standards and guidelines for the evaluation, treatment, and behavioral monitoring of sex offenders. The board consists of individuals representing a breadth of law enforcement, community and criminal justice agencies. The SOMB develops standards and guidelines that provide a systematic basis for evaluation, treatment, and behavioral monitoring of adults and juveniles who have committed sex offenses.