VOI appreciates the role of community in both preventing victimization and supporting victims. We offer many opportunities to education groups about preventing victimization.
We provide education to middle and high school students, along with school resource officers. Presentation topics include what a healthy relationship looks like, how to recognize perpetrator behavior and how to get help when it won't stop. We also train Colorado School of Mines personnel and plan to offer training for their students.
VOI provides community groups with speakers or training as requested. We directly contact at-risk communities to schedule informative sessions. The goal is to educate the general community about barriers to crime reporting, and about the criminal justice response and available resources, including police based victim services.
We recently presented at the annual COVA Conference (Colorado Organization of Victim Assistance) in Keystone, October 21, 2012. Our presentation highlighted the success we have had creating partnerships with other agencies - “We are All in this Together: Building and Maintaining a Multi-Disciplinary Collaborative Between Government and Non-Government Entities".
VOI facilitates the delivery of educational brochures targeting victims, teens, family and friends of victims and perpetrators, to clinics, libraries, bars, restaurants, etc. The brochures' message is that domestic violence must stop, and they educate about the impact on families, children and the community. They include resources for help and change.
VOI participates in many metro area groups assoicated with victim's services and other social services.