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Joey BunchJoey BunchOctober 20, 20173min173
Reggie Bicha has been talking to tribal leaders about how the state of Colorado can be an ally to the Ute nation to provide needed social services to tribal members in the state. Bicha, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, and other state agency leaders met with representatives from the Ute Mountain […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirMay 4, 20172min420

Victims of stalking and domestic violence will be able to breathe easier with the enactment of legislation denying bail between conviction and sentencing for perpetrators of felony stalking or domestic violence. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1150 on Wednesday, closing a potential loophole that let judges grant bail to felony stalking and domestic violence convicts who are awaiting sentencing.

It can take weeks before a sentence is meted out, leaving victims in limbo — and in fear for their safety — under current law.

HB 1150, introduced in the House by state Rep. Clarice Navarro, R-Pueblo, won unanimous support in both chambers. The new law takes effect Aug. 9.

A House GOP press release quotes Navarro:

“This new law will be a sigh of relief to many victims who after enduring the stress of a criminal trial, won’t have to fear retaliation from their attacker. … I am grateful to all the stakeholders and legislators who participated in this process and hope this new law empowers more victims of stalking and domestic violence to report the abuse they have suffered.”

 

 


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirApril 11, 20172min41
The grim reality is that domestic violence is a driver in Colorado’s homicide rate. Tracking that violence to better understand it could lay groundwork for law enforcement and the rest of society to respond more effectively. It could even prevent more deaths. That’s the premise of a bipartisan measure that unanimously passed the Senate this week, […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicMarch 15, 20175min751

Victims of stalking in Colorado will very likely soon be able to legally break their rental agreements -- a proactive change in state law supported by sexual assault and victims’ rights groups and proposed in a bipartisan bill that is speeding its way through the Legislature. The state Senate judiciary committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to advance <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hB17-1035" target="_blank">House Bill 1035</a> to the Senate floor. The bill has already passed the House, where it was sponsored by Dominique jackson, an Aurora Democrat. Senate sponsor John Cooke, a Greeley Republican and former Weld County sheriff, said he expected the bill to land on the governor’s desk perhaps as soon as next week.



Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 20, 20175min39
The unique bond between women and their beauticians is the newest front in Colorado’s fight against domestic violence. Freshman Rep. Edie Hooton, a Democrat from Boulder, will present Senate Bill 1175  to the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee Tuesday afternoon. To get or renew a license under the proposal, barbers, hairstylists, cosmetologists, estheticians, […]

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Ramsey ScottRamsey ScottJuly 17, 201613min55

When the Rose Andom Center opened its doors to the public in late June, it marked the end of more than a decade of work to make the state’s first family justice center a reality. The center, located at 1330 Fox Street, will provide survivors of domestic violence a way to access services ranging from social services to help provide temporary housing and counseling to filing charges against their abuser as well as obtaining a protection order. Having those services under one roof is a substantial change from how most cities in the state and country have traditionally operated.