How is Colorado Working to Prevent Targeted Violence?

Program Overview

  • Program Launch:  June 1, 2018
  • Program Funding:  National Governors Association
  • Program Coordination:  Colorado Department of Public Safety through the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Colorado Information Analysis Center with support from:
    • Colorado Department of Human Services
    • University of Denver’s Colorado Resilience Collaborative
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Program Grant ends November 2019.

What is Colorado doing to Prevent Targeted Violence?

A multi-disciplinary team, appointed by former Governor Hickenlooper, is working with the National Governors Association to build healthy communities in Colorado by reducing targeted violence through the integration of existing training, partnerships, and intervention programs. To fulfill this mission, the team will:

  • Build awareness of targeted violence by developing tailored training plans and curriculum for state agencies;
  • Build trust among partners and establish a network for implementation; and
  • Institute intervention by developing tailored intervention plans for mental health providers, teachers, religious leaders, and law enforcement.

How can Colorado Prevent Targeted Violence?

Violence prevention strategies require the inclusion of stakeholders across disciplines; thereby fostering a comprehensive approach. This means focusing on all different aspects of violence prevention, economic stability, and health. Together, a coordinated approach can incorporate efforts that may be applicable to this type of violence (e.g. drug prevention, anti-bullying, and suicide prevention). These partnerships will coordinate a network of resources across the state to further our goals and benefit the communities within Colorado.

Current Steps

  • Conducted a summit on June 19, 2019.
    • 80 people participated
    • 8 state agencies represented
  • Participants working on answering these three questions
    • If a case came to your organization’s attention, how would you respond given what you already have in place?
    • What other organizations or entities might you partner with?
    • Do you have ideas about what else you would need to feel competent in handling such a case?
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