Inspiring Colorado to End Domestic Violence.

That’s our mission statement and it truly describes our work.

CCADV is committed to the creation of an empowered society in which all people live free from violence and abuse.  Toward that end, our working vision is that by 2020, the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence will be the trusted and valued leader in expanding the capacity of Colorado’s domestic violence programs, allied professionals, policymakers, and the public, to dramatically reduce domestic violence in the Colorado.

CCADV was founded in 1977 by twelve domestic violence victim service programs, to eliminate and prevent incidents of battering and violence against women through education, advocacy and action.  As the federally recognized domestic violence coalition of the State of Colorado, the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) works with a diverse network of rural and urban Colorado domestic violence victim service programs to encourage appropriate and comprehensive responses to family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence against adults or youth within Colorado.  Now in its 36th year, CCADV provides a strong statewide voice to improve the safety and options for victims of domestic abuse by engaging in strong systems advocacy, public policy development, public awareness and education, and capacity building for Colorado domestic violence programs and allied programs and individuals.

Our Philosophy: 

* CCADV respects the interconnection between all forms of oppression and violence, especially violence against women.  Our values support the dignity and worth of all people and we recognize that self-determination is the antidote for power and control inflicted by one person over another.

* We believe that domestic violence continues to the degree it is tolerated in our communities and that to truly prevent this violence requires social change.  Social change demands we look at our own work to ensure that we are accountable to the goal of anti-oppression, that our communication is respectful, our actions transparent and our work based in principles of fairness, social justice and equality.  It also requires victim-centered collaboration with a broad range of partners committed to ending violence against women.

* Violence against women and children results from the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control over others in intimate relationships, and from societal abuse of power and domination in all forms, including but not limited to sexism, racism, heterosexism, classism, bigotry, able-bodyism, and ageism.  We oppose all forms of oppression and the use of violence as a means of control. We must work toward inclusion and legitimation of all traditionally silenced groups within the domestic violence movement.

As a leader in the anti-violence movement, we are a domestic violence resource for policymakers, the media, and our community.    

The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

*Strengthens domestic violence victims service organizations throughout Colorado

We offer training and expert advice to domestic violence programs that serve survivors of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. We establish and promote best practices grounded in survivor-centered, trauma-informed practice.  CCADV develops training, technical assistance and resources on topics including board development, strategic planning, governing policies and procedures, program management, all areas of direct program service, legal advocacy, and coordinated community response.

*Creates change through our collective voice

The Coalition works to break the silence surrounding domestic violence. We work on behalf of survivors and the advocates who serve them, engaging in systems advocacy and public policy development to enhance the safety and quality of life of victims and survivors of DV.  The Coalition actively participates on numerous statewide boards and committees to influence initiatives that affect survivors in Colorado.

*Engages Colorado in our work to end domestic violence

The Coalition works in partnership with communities throughout Colorado to increase Coloradans’ awareness and understanding of domestic violence.