As a statewide leader in the movement against domestic violence, the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence is committed to assisting the media to accurately and responsibly cover all issues concerning domestic violence.
For media inquiries, please email or call:
Amy Pohl, Communications and Membership Director
Amy Miller, Executive Director
The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence was established in 1977 as a nonprofit statewide membership program. Members include domestic violence service providers and community members.
The Coalition works to end domestic violence through three main initiatives: strengthening Colorado’s domestic violence shelters by providing training and technical assistance; creating change in Colorado by developing and supporting public policy and legislative initiatives that protect victims and survivors of domestic violence; and engaging Colorado in the movement to end violence by promoting awareness of domestic violence to the media and general public. Learn more about the Coalition by visiting our About Us page.
CCADV In the News: Archive
April 27, 2017, Fox31: Domestic violence survivors want some mandatory reporting laws repealed
March 13, 2017, The Denverite: A father wonders: Could Denver police have prevented Kayla Burke’s death?
February 27, 2017, 9News: Man in deadly domestic violence case shouldn’t have had gun
February 15, 2017, Fox31: Advocates hope spike in domestic violence deaths brings quick changes
February 9, 2017, CBS4: CBS4 To Former CU Coach: ‘Did You Beat That Woman?’
September 18, 2016, Denver7: DV victim says police offered movie tickets after failing to arrest accused attacker
August 20, 2016, 9News Balance of Power: Problems and Solutions of Domestic Violence
August 16, 2016, Littleton Independent: LPD opens internal investigation of officer
June 30, 2016, 9News: Help Available for Domestic Violence Victims
June 29, 2016, Denver Post: What we know about the Wynkoop shooting victim and her estranged husband who pulled the trigger
May 24, 2016, Fox31: DU, Metro State rank high for offensive comments about women online
By accurately covering domestic violence homicides, journalists and news outlets have the opportunity to make a significant difference in helping the community understand how domestic violence can go unchecked and unrecognized as a problem until it escalates to an extreme and often tragic level.
The following are ways to enhance coverage of domestic violence.
• Domestic violence advocates, including CCADV Staff, are legitimate sources that can supplement and balance comments from law enforcement and/or friend and family of the story subjects
• If a quote or statement is confusing or unclear, ask an anti-domestic violence expert to clarify.
• For example, if a neighbor tells you, “I’ve never hear them fight before. They seemed like a perfect couple.” A DV advocate may help to explain that domestic violence is more than just physical violence and loud fights. DV is a pattern of controlling behavior that others, even close family members, may not know about, especially since abusers often isolate their victims from social relationships.
For example: Instead of “the victim was attacked by her husband,” write “the victim’s husband attacked her” (or “victim/police report that Mrs. Smith’s husband attacked her, causing [describe harm]”)