Oct
21
to Oct 22

HEALING TOGETHER: Healthy Manhood & Fighting for Gender Justice in Our Community

Together we’ve taken a fearless look at the responses we’ve created over the last 40 years with the aim of preventing and ending domestic violence—and we keep returning to the central premise that we must center the voices, lived experiences, wisdom and wishes of those most impacted by this issue.

Many survivors strongly assert they want the abuse to stop—while at the same time expressing love and hope for a healthy relationship. These survivors don’t always find long-term support when they reunite their families. Many reach out to find help for the person who is harming them. They seek support for rebuilding a safe and respectful relationshipand preventing abuse from ever occurring again.

California’s movement to end domestic violence, in partnership with boys and men of color, is seeking to honor these survivors’ desire to connect accountability alongside a commitment to the well-being of their whole family. This led us to some central questions:

  • What would it look like for more boys and men to promote this accountability for peers who cause harm?

  • How can we move toward a future where people who harm do the deep, introspective work needed to change their behavior, and work to be accountable to survivors AND the community around them?

  • Can more people who have caused harm assist in preventing future violence? Can they use honesty and vulnerability in efforts to shift attitudes among their own social groups?

We know that many work hard to expand the movement and be ever-more inclusive, stressing that everyone has a role in ending domestic violence. If we are to end domestic violence, we must gain more public commitment from people who have caused harm, and look at how they can contribute to the movement.

At these regional institutes, we’ll explore holistic methods of accountability that also include hope and healing. The overwhelming response to this year’s Shifting the Lens Conference was a desire to continue this complicated and, perhaps uncomfortable conversations with other social justice movements. In response, we are prioritizing depth versus breadth by hosting this series of two-day intensive trainings throughout the state. The next Shifting the Lens Conference will take place in Fall 2020.

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Oct
22
12:00 PM12:00

Understanding & Responding to Adolescent Intra-Family Domestic Battery

From the Battered Women’s Justice Project

Content: This webinar will explain the difference between Adolescent Domestic Battery & Intimate Partner Violence & the need for an alternative system & treatment response to this issue.

Adolescent Domestic Battery (ADB) is defined as a youth committing an act of violence against a parent, sibling, or other family member living in the home. These intra-family assaults result in many youth being arrested for DV under the definition of DV in many states.

According to data from the FBI’s National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS):

  • Half (51%) of ADBs victimized a parent & 1/4 (24%) victimized a sibling.

  • When against a parent, the parent was mostly likely the mother for both juvenile male (68%) & juvenile female offenders (81%). 48% of ADBs were arrested, compared with 31% of juvenile offenders who assaulted acquaintances & 32% who assaulted strangers.

The presenters will provide alternative “system responses” & “treatment responses” from projects implemented in Illinois & Florida.

Presenters: Robin Hassler Thompson, Consultant; Wendy Nussbaum, Executive Director of Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission.

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Oct
23
8:00 AM08:00

Strangulation: The Last Warning Shot

From the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

Presenter: Gael Strack, JD, CEO of Alliance for Hope International

Hosted by: Carle Hospital

Cost to attend: $100

Who Should Attend: Judges, Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Paramedics, EMTs, Advocates, Civil Legal, Attorneys Medical Providers, Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs

This 1 day training will feature the "best of the best" from the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. This training welcomes any professional working with victims of child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, and sexual assault who wants to IMPROVE their response to the handling of non-fatal strangulation cases. Strangulation has been identified as one of the most lethal forms of violence. Please join us to learn about emerging best practices, new research, new tools, new protocols, new case law, and new ways to address your cases and how you can save lives!

Gael Strack, JD will cover the following:

  • The History of Strangulation

  • The Need for Strangulation Training

  • Understanding the lethality of strangulation

  • Link between Officer and Mass Shootings

  • Medical signs and symptoms of strangulation assaults

  • Long term consequences, delayed death, and fatal strangulation

  • Investigative strategies, report writing, and interviewing witnesses

  • New strategies in clinical documentation of strangulation signs and symptoms

  • Understanding the impact of trauma on survivors

  • Development of local experts

  • Use of experts in court, including tips for testifying

  • Best practices in advocacy for survivors of non-fatal strangulation

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Oct
24
10:00 AM10:00

Survivor-Defined Success

From Alliance for Hope International

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, four members of the National VOICES Chapter will be speaking on Survivor-Defined Success in Family Justice Centers. Nationally, the Family Justice Center Alliance has seen that the most robust, impactful Centers are incorporating survivor input on a consistent basis, and oftentimes survivor voices provide a fresh perspective on how to enhance FJC operations and services. On this webinar, Kelsey Sanders, Sara Hardesty, Joyce Bilyeu, and Jennica Lawford will be sharing about their involvement in their local Family Justice Centers and how their ongoing feedback improves services for survivors in crisis.

 In this webinar, survivors will highlight:

·     The importance of including survivor voices in the operations of a Family Justice Center

·     Why they got involved with their local Center and what it has meant to them

·     Specifics on how they are currently engaging with their Center

·     The ways VOICES Committees impact survivors who are currently in crisis

·     Ideas for how to increase survivor involvement in FJCs

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Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

Forensic Evaluation of Gunshot Wounds

From the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention

ABOUT THE COURSE:

Louisville Metro Police Surgeon Bill Smock, M.D., one of the country's leading law enforcement educators and expert in clinical forensic medicine, has developed an 8-hour training program to assist forensic nurses, law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the forensic evaluation of gunshot wounds.

The program is specifically designed for law enforcement officers and medical personnel involved with the investigation, evaluation and reconstruction of firearms-related incidents, including domestic and officer-involved shootings. The information presented will assist you in your investigation and ensure that your conclusions and findings are based upon the most up-to-date medical science and forensic evidence

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • How to correctly determine entrance versus exit wounds

  • A review of current medical literature on the accuracy of untrained physicians at differentiating entrance from exit wounds

  • How to accurately determine the range-of-fire

  • How to determine the direction of bullet movement in graze wounds

  • Appropriate evidence recognition, collection and preservation

  • What tests should you ask your crime lab to perform

  • How to determine the wound track

  • Forensic photography techniques

  • The investigation of officer-involved shootings: can you account for each round and wound?

  • Case studies: domestic and officer-involved shooting

  • Use and misuse of forensic terminology

  • Interviewing techniques: what questions will determine the truth behind what happened?

  • Recognition of staged shooting scenes

  • Wound ballistics and wounding: handgun versus rifle

  • A hands-on examination of spent bullets and cartridge cases

  • Radiographic identification of bullets

  • How to determine if the history is consistent with the physical evidence? How do you know?

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Oct
29
to Oct 30

Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in the Courts

Enhancing Cultural Responsiveness in the Courts is an interactive training for court staff focusing on the importance of enhancing cultural responsive approaches that increase access for survivors of family violence and sexual assault from diverse communities.
 
As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Facilitate access to justice by fostering more culturally responsive court staff.

  • Identify role-specific responsibilities in implementing culturally responsive practices in the courts.

    • Assess culturally specific barriers survivors may face in the criminal and civil justice systems and design strategies for overcoming those challenges.

Below are some of the topics that will be addressed. Please note that it is subject to change.

  • Mentor Court Case Study

  • Court Culture, Access to Justice and Bias

  • Cultural Responsiveness & Systems Mapping

  • Collaborations with Communities

  • Problem Solving and Team Action Planning

Attendance is limited to 40 participants representing Justice for Families, Improving Criminal Justice Response (ICJR), STOP and their OVW grant partners. Grantees may use their OVW travel funds to send court staff and partners to this training. The ideal team consists of 3 to 4 participants who work DV/SA cases such as judges, court clerks, security personnel, court advocates and DV prosecutors, and other court-related stakeholders such as domestic violence advocates or civil legal services attorneys. Please note that one of these participants needs to be a member of a community-based organization.

Sites interested in attending must register here by August 30, 2019 at 5pm EST. Please submit one application per team member by the deadline (even if you are still awaiting approval internally).

For questions about this training or for more information, please contact Jose Juan Lara Jr. at jjlara@casadeesperanza.org

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Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

Domestic Violence and restorative justice: a cross sectional conversation

From Blue Shield of California Foundation

In cases of domestic violence, what can be done at the local and national levels to promote healing and prevent future instances of domestic violence from occurring?

Join us and a panel of experts for an evening of discussion around new approaches to address and prevent domestic violence and what solutions we must fight for to ensure a better future for us all.

Speakers:

Katie Albright, CEO, Safe & Sound

Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Emma Mayerson, Executive Director, Alliance for Girls

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Oct
30
10:00 AM10:00

How State/Territory, Tribal, and Federal Health Policies Can Promote Survivor Health, Preserve Autonomy, and Protect Confidentiality

From Futures Without Violence

Health and insurance policies at the state/territory, tribal, and federal level have the potential to promote health, preserve autonomy, and protect confidentiality for survivors of domestic violence and state/territory policymakers have an opportunity to build on federal policies for further protections for survivors. In addition, health care providers can play an important role in addressing survivors’ health, and providing a warm referral to a domestic violence agency but sometimes lack of clarity about existing laws and policies prevent them from doing so. While laws and policies vary state to state, most U.S. states have enacted mandatory reporting laws, which require the reporting of specified injuries and wounds (i.e. gunshot and knife wounds), and very few have mandated reporting laws specific to suspected abuse or domestic violence for individuals being treated by a health care professional. During this webinar we will share our updated compendium on these policies (see below) and hear from key partners who've worked to clarify laws and policies and where needed create reporting exceptions for domestic violence survivors, to ensure that patients have knowledge of appropriate resources for intervention, safety, and access to health care.

This webinar will also launch our newly updated resource, The Compendium of State/Territory Statutes and Policies on Domestic Violence and Health Care, an at-a-glance summary of state and U.S. territory laws, regulations, and other activities relevant to addressing domestic violence in health care settings. Also newly updated, Insurance Discrimination Against Victims of Domestic Violence (PDF report): authored by webinar speakers Terry L. Fromson, and Nancy Durborow, highlights the discriminatory practices of some insurance companies that penalize domestic violence victims who seek coverage and the recent changes to state and federal law. We will also hear a case example from Colorado in repealing a mandatory reporting law and putting in place legislation which better supports survivors and their health. Futures Without Violence has these tools available for professionals to best serve their clients and patients.

Webinar will feature closed captioning and will be recorded and posted to our website.

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Nov
7
to Nov 8

Culturally Responsive & Holistic Abusive Partner Interventions

From the Training Institute from the Center for Court Innovation

The Center for Court Innovation in collaboration with Futures Without Violence is hosting a training institute in Decatur, GA on November 7 & 8, 2019. The 2-day training event is designed for jurisdictions who would like to learn more about holistic responses to abusive partner accountability. Sites may send teams of 3 - 4 people. The training will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on experience observing offender accountability mechanisms in action, learn from national experts about holistic responses to abusive partner accountability engagement, connect with peers, & create action plans to create sustainable, holistic responses to abusive partner accountability & engagement.

The learning institute will highlight the work of Men Stopping Violence, Caminar Latina, & the DeKalb County Magistrate Court, & will provide substantive strategies on how to incorporate community engagement, cultural responsivity, & court collaboration into a holistic approach to offender accountability.

Sites may send teams of 3 - 4 people, including judges, court coordinators, probation, victim advocates, & abusive partner intervention program staff.

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Agenda

Wednesday, November 6, 6:00pm - 7:30pm [OPTIONAL]

On a first come, first served basis, capped at 12 people, participants may attend an optional session to learn more about Caminar Latino's work, which focuses on creating opportunities for Latino families, affected by violence, to transform their lives and communities. This session will include a tour of Caminar Latino's offices. If you are interested in attending this session, you must indicate it on your registration form. We will let you know if you are selected to attend.

Thursday, November 7, 8:30am - 4:30pm

  • Welcome and Overview

  • Team Introductions

  • Laying the Foundation: The Guiding Principles of Holistic Responses to Offender Accountability and Engagement

  • Principles in Practice: Relational and Active Accountability

  • Principles in Practice: Centering Survivor Voices

  • Principles in Practice: Reflecting and Valuing Culture & Community

  • Principles in Practice: Identifying Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results

  • Overview of the Compliance Calendar and Tactics and Choices Class

  • Wrap-Up and Evaluations

Thursday, November 7, 6:15pm - 8:30pm [OPTIONAL]

On a first come, first served basis, capped at 12 people, participants will be invited to attend a two-hour session of Men Stopping Violence's 24-week abusive partner intervention program, Men At Work. This program offers men the education and the tools they need to begin changing violent and abusive behavior. The course is for anyone who wants to live more peacefully, establish meaningful relationships in their lives, and create safe communities for women and girls. In this course, men will receive information about violence against women, interact with other men, and complete exercises that help deepen their understanding of ways to make healthy and safe choices. If you are interested in attending this session, you must indicate it on your registration form. We will let you know if you are selected to attend.

Friday, November 8, 8:00am - 6:15pm

  • Court Observation: Domestic Violence Compliance Calendar

  • Debrief

  • Self-Assessment and Action Planning

  • Tactics and Choices Observation

  • Tactics and Choices Debrief

  • Wrap-Up and Evaluations

This event has received OVW approval. However, please do not make any travel arrangements until you receive confirmation from us that your team has been selected to attend.

To apply, please click the "Apply Now" button and complete the online form by September 13. Please complete this form carefully, with particular attention to your name, company/organization, and contact information.

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Please Note:

  • Please do not make any travel arrangements until you receive confirmation from us that your team has been selected to attend.

  • The training is free, but all travel expenses are paid for out of your jurisdiction's grant and not by the Center for Court Innovation. Please inquire with your grant manager/fiscal team for information regarding reimbursement.

  • Teams can use their ICJR, STOP, and Rural funding to attend. Justice for Families grantees must receive approval from the Center for Court Innovation and their grant manager to use grant funding.

  • Teams are expected to attend the full two-day event (not including optional sessions). The Center for Court Innovation may take your team's participation at the training into consideration when reviewing applications for future events.

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Nov
8
9:00 AM09:00

Elder Financial Abuse

From the Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance

About the Training

As elder financial abuse is difficult to detect and address, it is critical to learn what it is and coordinate resources to combat it. This training will consists of a general overview by Contra Costa Senior Legal Services Attorney Eliza Duggan, followed by a facilitated panel discussion with several local experts on the topic.

Learning Objectives

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe different types of financial elder abuse and key signs of financial abuse.

  2. Create action plans to prevent and address financial elder abuse; and

  3. Identify community resources to support elder financial abuse victims.

Is This Training Right For Me?

Designed to be relevant to broad range of participants, including:

  • Financial Services Personnel

  • Elder Services Providers

  • Crisis Intervention Specialists

  • Health Care Professionals

  • Mental Health Professionals

  • Social/Human Service Providers

  • Attorneys

  • Community Members

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May
18
to May 21

2020 Family Justice Center Conference

Registration Now Open!

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Living a Legacy of HOPE

Dear Friends,

 We are so excited to begin registration for our 2020 International Family Justice Center Conference (May 18-21, 2020) in San Diego, California entitled "Living a Legacy of Hope". Hope is the single greatest predictor of long-term well being in the lives of trauma-exposed adults and children. This year our conference will be again grounded in the science of hope and every attendee will walk away with practical tools to increase personal hope and better equipped to give hope to others. Rarely can a conference promise to provide a life-changing understanding of hope to a multi-disciplinary audience of police officers, prosecutors, advocates, doctors, nurses, civil attorneys, judges, probation/parole officers, ministers, camping professionals, mental health professionals, public health officers, policy makers, faith community leaders, elected officials, survivors, batterers intervention program facilitators, and other attendees. We measure hope, resiliency, and well-being in our conference attendees and our outcomes are powerful and long-lasting. Our outcomes include a major finding that hope is more significant than resiliency in predicting well being in trauma survivors and the professionals serving them. This next year we will again evaluate this finding from years' past.

 Our speakers are a "Who's Who" in the field of the collaborative work and include law enforcement leaders, prosecutors, advocates, judges, doctors, nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, and researchers. A complete listing of workshops is available online for your review.  We are especially focusing on legacy speakers this year as we honor many in the domestic and sexual assault movements that have been doing this work for 25+ years. Our Annual International Family Justice Center Conference brings together 800 multi-disciplinary professionals working in the fields of domestic violence, stalking, child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking. For the last three years, our conference has sold out with many multi-disciplinary teams from communities across the country and around the world joining us for three amazing days together. This next year will be no exception.

Our team at Alliance for HOPE International has never been more excited about the future of our work. We have more than 130 operating Family Justice/Multi-Agency Centers and more than 100 more in some stage of development across the United States and around the world. Two years ago, we helped launched the European Family Justice Center Alliance and connect with other worldwide allies that include open or developing Family Justice Centers in more than 25 countries. Our Camp HOPE America program for children exposed to domestic violence, with national support from Verizon, has now expanded to 20 states with the support of Affiliated Family Justice Centers and forward-thinking community-based agencies. More and more communities are realizing that cross-sector collaboration and collective impact approaches are the future. Agencies cannot keep working alone in silos. Our Family Justice Center Alliance program can provide the support for any community to develop a Family Justice Center framework. Our Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention is doing transformational work around the world in addressing near and non-fatal strangulation assaults. Each of our major programs will have tracks at the conference along with our Polyvictimization Track - focusing on addressing lifetime trauma and victimization with those reaching out for help after experiencing violence and abuse.

 We want to see local communities attend our conference in multi-disciplinary teams with diverse representation including child welfare, domestic violence, elder abuse, human trafficking, and sexual assault professionals. We want to enhance the multi-disciplinary relationship building that occurs each year, the small group learning opportunities among those working in Family Justice Centers, Child Advocacy Centers, Rape Crisis Centers, High Risk Teams, multi-disciplinary teams, and other types of collaborative models. We also want to give community-based sexual assault and domestic violence agencies the information and research they need to help them expand their vision and operations - moving more toward multi-agency models that survivors want and need in their journey to hope and healing. So, identify your team, book your hotel room (space is limited), and register today! The InterContinental Hotel, on the Bay, is the newest and most beautiful hotel in downtown San Diego.

 Why bring a team? Why not just come alone? If you come in a team, you will leave with a shared vision for more trauma-informed, hope-centered approaches to addressing and preventing the violence that destroys the lives of so many children and adults in your community. This may be the most important conference you and your colleagues will ever attend! It will inspire you forward to continue Living a Legacy of Hope and give you the tools to provide life-changing pathways to hope for survivors, both adults and children, in your community!

 With Great HOPE,

 Casey Gwinn, President & Gael Strack, CEO

To Register for the 20th Annual International Family Justice Center Conference, Click HERE.

This conference will address what best practices look like in child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse human trafficking, and domestic violence for:

  • Prosecutors

  • Law Enforcement Officers

  • Advocates

  • Therapists

  • Civil Attorneys

  • Doctors

  • Nurses

  • Judges

  • Court Professionals

  • Survivors

  • Parole and Probation Officers

The International Family Justice Center Conference is the only national and international violence prevention conference focused on the development of multi-agency, multi-disciplinary teams in every community in America and around the world!

 In 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) will host two tracks (with six workshops per track) of the conference - one on "Handling Non-Fatal Strangulation Cases" and the other on "Expanding Family Justice and Multi-Agency Centers." The U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will sponsor a track on "Working at the Intersections of Co-Occurring Trauma (Polyvictimization)" and the complex challenges of working with polyvictims - survivors impacted by multiple forms of childhood and adult trauma. In all workshops, we will share our lessons learned on how your community can move forward toward greater collaboration, co-located service approaches, and effective high risk teams - that can save lives and produce better short and long-term outcomes for survivors and their children. Other conference workshop tracks will include: "Improving the Law Enforcement Response"; "Best Practices for Civil and Criminal Justice Professionals"; "Trauma Informed Advocacy"; and "Camp HOPE America: Breaking the Cycle."

 Join us for an amazing three days of interaction, small group discussions, strategic thinking, and cutting edge learning. Our speakers and sessions will challenge you and your multi-disciplinary team to dream big and change the world!

Come join us for Living a Legacy of HOPE 

To visit our registration website click  HERE. 

Conference Registration Type Registration Rates

Individual $570

Group Rate (4 or more) $520 each

-International Resident $420
-US Military Personnel
-Undergraduate/Intern/Resident

2-Day Attendance $380

This project is supported all or in part by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K066 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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Oct
16
12:00 PM12:00

Coercive Control: Practical Implications

From the Battered Women’s Justice Project

Content: Over the last 2 decades, England, Ireland, France, Scotland, & a number of other countries & thousands of service organizations world-wide have adapted coercive control as the framework for improving the response to interpersonal abuse & discarded definitions & practice models that narrowly emphasize violence or relegate the role of children to “witnesses”. What were the key frustrations with the justice & Refuge/Shelter response that led to the changes? What is the coercive control “framework”? Is it applicable in the U.S.? Drawing on examples from his forensic caseload & his recent experiences abroad, Dr. Stark will introduce coercive control as a practical model to improve assessment with women & children & as a political model to address violence against women as a “liberty crime.”

Presenters: Evan Stark, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

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Oct
15
10:00 AM10:00

A Panel Discussion Highlighting Survivor Voices

#SurvivorSpeaks:

Featured Presenters:

Patrisha McClean Photojournalist (Founder of Finding our Voices: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Violence)

Nanci Kreidman CEO (Domestic Violence Action Center)

Aja Desmond Program Director (HAVEN)

Janessa Rivera CEO (R.E.B.I.R.T.H. Journey)

 During Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a panel of survivors will join NCADV for a free webinar to discuss the most pressing issues facing survivors today. Survivors will share creative and inspiring ways they are taking action in their own communities, bringing attention to the issue, as well as insight into the challenges they face in getting the word out.

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 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Oct
10
10:00 AM10:00

Addressing Stigma within Healthcare & Social Service Provision

From Futures Without Violence

Stigma is complicated & there are numerous components at play that allow stigma to affect health care & social services. Power imbalances among people, in environments, & in the structure of our system create an atmosphere where stigmatizing behaviors thrive. Presenters will discuss a framework for understanding stigma, identify staff behavior that stigmatize clients & provide tools/resources that can help providers treat clients with respect, dignity, & worth.

Speakers:

Ondine Quinn, MSW, CSW, Training & Technical Assistance Specialist, Provide

Kate Vander Tuig, Senior Program Specialist, Futures Without Violence

Graciela Olguin, Program Assistant, Futures Without Violence

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Oct
9
12:00 PM12:00

Domestic Violence & Technology: New International Research & Resources for Practice

From the Battered Women’s Justice Project

Dr. Molly Dragiewicz & Dr. Bridget Harris will present recommendations for future research policy, & practice on technology & DV based on the 1st Australian study focused on survivors’ experiences of technology-facilitated coercive control. Digital technologies play an increasingly important role in everyday life. The ubiquity of these technologies, combined factors like with GPS tracking, cloud-based storage, and platform integration, present significant challenges to personal security and privacy, and particularly for domestic violence victims.

This webinar presents findings from the Australian Communications Consumer Advocacy Network funded study, "Domestic violence and communication technology: Victim experiences of intrusion, surveillance, and identity theft." Findings are based on interviews with 20 DV survivors in New South Wales and Queensland and online focus groups with key stakeholders in rural, regional, and remote areas

Following the above presentation, Rachel Gibson, Senior Technology Specialist for the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence will discuss resources for practice from NNEDV’s extensive tech safety work and the application of the work to the US.

Presenters: Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz, Griffith University, Australia
Dr Bridget Harris, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Rachel Gibson, Senior Technology Specialist, Safety Net Project, The National Network to End Domestic Violence

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Oct
8
11:30 AM11:30

Family Based Violence & Young Women: Unintended Consequences

From the Battered Women’s Project

This webinar provides a particular focus on girls charged with any home-based Webinars assault (simple assault, domestic battery, assault against as family member) to understand the context of those offenses and how supporting girls and their families can avoid their arrests and detentions.

The research has been clear for decades that girls are arrested disproportionately for home based intra-family assaults arising from family chaos that is best handled through community-based services or child protection systems.

Perhaps most critically, the most recent OJJDP report reminds us of the urgent need to address race disparities in our justice system. It’s time to re-focus efforts to understand the intentional and unintentional forces behind the harsh treatment of girls of color and make it a goal to reduce their arrests, petitions, and detention.

Presenters: Francine Sherman, Clinical Professor and Director, Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project at Boston College Law School

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Oct
2
12:00 PM12:00

Difference between Privileged Information & Confidential Information for DV Advocates

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRIVILEGED INFORMATION AND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 
If you have questions about confidentiality and mandated reporting, we have you covered! In addition to the toolkit from the Partnership, Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP), and Confidentiality Institute, we're hosting a monthly technical assistance series. This Wednesday, October 2nd from noon-1 p.m., Jennafer Wagner of FVAP will answer the following question: "What is the difference between privileged information and confidential information?" Then Partnership staff and Jennafer will open up the discussion for any topics related to confidentiality and mandated reporting. 

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Sep
27
9:00 AM09:00

Human Trafficking 101

Contra Costa County’s Human Trafficking Coalition and Community Violence Solutions brings you a Human Trafficking 101 curriculum that provides relevant & focused information on identification & trauma-informed interventions.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn to:

1. Identify at least three “red flags” or warning signs that may indicate human trafficking.

2. Recognize the dynamics of trauma bonding as it applies to human trafficking.

3. Apply trauma-informed perspectives when supporting survivors

Is this Training Right for Me?

Human Trafficking 101 is relevant to a broad range of participants, including:

  • Crisis Intervention Specialists

  • Health Care Professionals

  • Mental Health Professionals

  • Public Benefits Specialists

  • Social/Human Service Providers

  • Community Members

  • Educators

  • Probation Officers

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Sep
25
11:00 AM11:00

Children in Detention: Critical Clinical, Legal, Policy, and Human Rights Issues for Health Professionals

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This webinar will feature closed captioning and will be recorded.

Thousands of children seeking refuge from life-threatening danger in their home countries have been detained by U.S. immigration authorities, and in some cases, separated from their parents and caregivers.

Description:

This urgent webinar, sponsored by the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse (NHCVA) and presented by colleagues from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) addresses the clinical, mental health, policy, legal, and human rights issues faced by detained migrant children and their caregivers. Particular attention will be paid to how participants can harness their own professional training and standing to become more involved in both direct service and advocacy, in order to address what many consider to be an urgent humanitarian crisis and a deliberate assault on human rights.

Speakers:

Cory Shindel, Deputy Director of Policy Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Tamar Magarik Haro, Senior Director, Federal and State Advocacy at American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Suzan Song, MD MPH, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Division of Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychiatry, George Washington University (AACP)

Questions?

Please email NHCVA Staff at: health@futureswithoutviolence.org

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Sep
24
2:00 PM14:00

Housing Protections for Survivors Seeking Emergency Assistance

Join the National Housing Law Project and the Family Violence Appellate Project for a webinar about the new housing protections in the recently passed Assembly Bill 2413, which offers housing protections for survivors and others who need to call 911 to summon police or emergency assistance. This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of nuisance ordinances and crime-free housing policies, how they harm survivors, and how California law now includes additional protections for survivors so that they do not have to choose between their safety and their homes. Presenters will also discuss a new state court form that reflects AB 2413’s new protections. The session will end with a Q&A.

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Sep
24
2:00 PM14:00

New California Protections for Survivors Calling Police or Emergency Assistance

Join the National Housing Law Project and the Family Violence Appellate Project for a webinar on September 24th at 2 p.m.! Kara Brodfuehrer and Taylor Campion will discuss the recently passed AB 2413, which offers housing protections for survivors and others who need to call 911 to summon police or emergency assistance. This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of nuisance ordinances and crime-free housing policies, how they harm survivors, and how California law now includes additional protections for survivors so that they do not have to choose between their safety and their homes. Presenters will also discuss a new state court form that reflects AB 2413’s new protections.

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Sep
24
12:00 PM12:00

Defense-Based Advocacy: Principles and Practices

Content: Victims of battering charged with crimes are best served when advocates understand and support the role of the defense in the criminal legal system. This webinar will explain what it means to advocate from a defense perspective, discuss values shared by anti-domestic violence practitioners and criminal defense practitioners, and suggest some concrete advocacy strategies for working on behalf of victim defendants in ways that maximize opportunities for justice and help prevent further victimization.

Presenters: Cindene Pezzell, hosted by NCDBW

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Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

Rita's Work Shelter Guide

Rita’s Work Shelter Guide

The Rita’s Work Shelter Guide is a platform that assists first responders and shelter staff in providing critical services to the community. This application connects domestic violence shelters and first responders to help survivors get needed emergency shelter quickly and efficiently. This app is designed to make it quicker and easier to help first responders help find emergency shelter for survivors.


In this webinar, you will get an introduction to why and how the Rita’s Work Shelter Guide was created, how it works, and how it can benefit shelters, first responders, survivor advocates, and most importantly, survivors of domestic violence themselves. The developers are specifically looking for Bay Area programs to participate in a Pilot Project.

Webinar Hosts:

Amanda Gibson

Amanda Gibson is a licensed clinical social worker and an independent professional counselor with 15 years of experience. She treats adults and families in the areas of child welfare, domestic violence, trauma, chronic health, and mental health and wellness. She the Founder and CEO of Counseling Col:lab in Sacramento California. Counseling Col:lab provides a collaborative space where therapists of all different backgrounds come together to serve the Sacramento area. 
While earning her master’s in social work at USC, Amanda served as the program director at Good Shepherd Shelter in Los Angeles from 2003-2006. In January of 2014, she returned to serve at the Shelter as the Director of Clinical Programs and Operations after working in Sacramento in mental health. 
In addition to her extensive clinical skills, Amanda has always integrated self-care into each agency she has been a part of and as a result has led very successful teams who provide high quality, efficient services, with low rates of burn out and staff turnover.

 Kathleen Buczko

Kathleen Buczko is a nonprofit consultant and strategist with a specialty in fundraising and organizational leadership. She has served in a variety of capacities for LA-based nonprofits, including the City’s oldest domestic violence shelter, Good Shepherd Shelter. Prior to joining Good Shepherd Shelter as director of development, Kathleen used her extensive brand marketing and sales expertise to transform education through a project of the Specialty Family Foundation, the Catholic Schools Consortium. This pilot project seeks to build on the centuries of success of Catholic education in the United States in building pathways out of poverty for immigrant families - providing new horizons, skills and confidence to succeed. While with the CSC, she formed the first collaborative efforts with joint programming and fundraising to ensure that the capacity investment lasted from the smallest to the most stable urban Catholic elementary schools. 
Prior to beginning her career in development, Kathleen guided some of the world’s largest brands with innovative counsel and programs. With stints in telecommunications, energy, utilities, healthcare, packaged goods and franchising giants, her truly unique career spans from social justice initiatives to selling beer, positioning nuclear power plants and launching balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Her clients span from the top consumer brands and to behind the scenes players in technology. Her background in engineering and science coupled with her media experience provides a combination that is unrivaled by the competition. Her work with Epson and HP, created the digital imaging consumer category with innovative programs for photography, creativity and ink jet technology -- and one of the first corporate blogs in 1996! She is a recognized leader in positioning and branding serves on several corporate and community boards. Most recently, she was recognized by Bulldog Reporter for her work in the non-profit research and development space. 
Kathleen received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Wayne State University and began her career as a news writer/producer at WDIV-TV, an NBC affiliate, Detroit, Michigan, and is returning to her roots in the media as creator and executive producer and host of “The Dots” a weekly podcast interviewing artists, community and business leaders about success and making their communities a better place. She is currently at work on a new book about work, life, mission and achieving goals, called Connecting the Dots: a handbook for change. She has appeared on several media outlets including, The Real, Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post.

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If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Miranda Stiers, Capacity-Building Program Specialist.

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Sep
24
to Sep 26

HOPE International's 10th Annual International Leadership Summit

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Dear Friends:

Casey and I are excited to announce that registration is now open for our next Leadership Summit and we look forward to sharing the highlights from the Family Justice Center movement. This year, we will be visiting Kim Garrett and her team at Palomar, the Family Justice Center in Oklahoma City. Our annual Leadership Summit is one of my personal favorite events of the year. We invite you to join us. We just love getting together with Family Justice Center Directors and Leaders from across the United States and around the world. It is also a special time for us to be with our own FJC team to recap on the prior year and set new goals for 2020. Because we anticipate another sold out Summit, we encourage you to please register early. 

As you will see below, our team has developed three amazing HOPE-filled days of thinking, learning, sharing and dreaming big. This is our collective chance to connect with others who share our passion for co-location, take time to reflect and come home inspired.  

This one is for you. We encourage you to take the time to refill your heart and mind with HOPE and ideas for yourself, your staff and survivors.

 Always with great HOPE, 

 Gael, Casey and the Alliance Team

Community organizations are increasingly recognizing that collaborative, cross-sector work is able to produce more dynamic, holistic services for trauma survivors and their children. It also allows survivors to go fewer places to get the whole-person support they need both during and long after the crisis.

 Across the country, community-based sexual assault and domestic violence organizations are asking: What strategies can help us develop more collaborative partnerships? How can we expand to address multiple forms of lifetime trauma? Who can we partner with to increase the impact of our agency's vision and mission in the community? What is the next step in working across sectors to prevent domestic and sexual violence? How does our organization keep its identity in the journey toward adding partners and building a more cross-sector approach?

Rape Crisis Centers and Child Advocacy Centers are also asking about ways to increase integrated approaches that help them work at the intersections of child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and human trafficking. The Alliance's Leadership Summit is a tremendous opportunity to think, together with some of the leading experts in the country, about the complexities of cross-sector, cross-subject area collaboration. 

Our Leadership Summit will help you explore the why and how to work collaboratively and move towards a greater, multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, and co-located services approach. Whether you have just started down the road toward greater collective impact or have been part of this movement from the beginning, our Annual Leadership Summit is a chance for you to learn from and be inspired by others in the domestic violence and Family Justice Center movements.

This year we will be meeting in Oklahoma City and spotlighting Palomar: Oklahoma City's Family Justice Center – a dynamic and robust Family Justice Center led by Executive Director Kim Garrett. Since Palomar opened in 2017, it has served nearly 24,000 survivors in Oklahoma City. Kim Garrett and her team are currently advocating for MAPS 4 funding in order to expand their services and secure a permanent facility (read the news coverage here).

This September, we have dedicated extensive time for inter-agency dialogues on confidentiality, evaluation and data collection, statewide initiatives, staff wellness, bail reform, and emerging issues. Survivors in the National VOICES Network will be sharing about their involvement in their Center, and Gael Strack will be facilitating our 2nd Annual HOPE Talks with three Family Justice Center Directors. We will also be joined by key leaders in the European Family Justice Center movement to learn more about collaboration at the international level.

 We look forward to having you join us for three days of thinking, dreaming, and having fun together!

 Our three-day Summit is specifically targeting:

  • Community-Based Agencies who are interested in increasing their collective impact through co-located services 

  • Leadership staff at open and developing Family Justice and Multi-Agency Centers

  • ·Board Members, Policy Makers, Elected Officials and Funders

  • We encourage existing Family Justice Centers and Multi-Agency Centers to bring a multi-disciplinary team that includes directors and supervisors from your on-site partner agencies. 

Agenda

Day 1 Topic Areas:

  • State of the Family Justice/Multi-Agency Center movement

  • Director discussions on emerging issues and hot buttons

  • Dialogue on the Science of Hope

  • Intersections of substance use and domestic violence

Day 2 Topic Areas:

  • Polyvictimization Demonstration Initiative results

  • Director-led discussion on Directors Survey

  • Confidentiality and information sharing

  • HOPE talks

     

Day 3 Topic Areas:

  • Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats analysis

  • Launching work groups and working time

  • VOICES panel

Click Here to See the Full Agenda

Registration Information

The registration fee for the three-day event is $150 per person

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Please contact rylie@allianceforhope.com for more information.

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Sep
20
9:00 AM09:00

Trauma 101

Contra Costa County’s Alliance to End Abuse invites you to join us in this training to learn about the various types of trauma, toxic stress, vicarious trauma and ways to build resilience through self-care.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will learn to:

1. Recognize the impact of trauma on health, brain development and emotional well being.

2. List types of trauma and chronic adversities that impact individuals and families.

3. Identify vicarious trauma/compassion fatigue, and how it may impact client service delivery.

4. Apply this knowledge to their work.

***NOTE: Advanced registration and ticketed confirmation is REQUIRED for participation. This training has been capped to a participant size that optimizes learning. Please be respectful of this training opportunity and do not show up without a reserved seat.***

Is this training right for me?

Trauma 101 is relevant to a broad range of participants, including:

  • Crisis Intervention Specialists

  • Health Care Professionals

  • Mental Health Professionals

  • Public Benefits Specialists

  • Social/Human Service Providers

  • Community Members

  • Educators

  • Probation Officers

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Sep
19
12:00 PM12:00

An introduction to National Sources of IPV Victimization Data

This webinar is designed as a descriptive and non-technical introduction to national sources of data on intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization in the United States. Target audience members practitioners and others who are not primarily engaged in conducting their own research but are interested in learning more about the data systems that inform policy. The webinar focuses on three data collections: the Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (UCR-NIBRS), the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), and the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS).

Presenters: Lynn A. Addington, J.D., Ph.D, Professor, American University

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Sep
12
10:00 AM10:00

Intersection of Faith and Domestic Violence

Dr. Oliver Williams, professor and leading expert in domestic violence in the African American community, will explain the historical challenges of domestic violence in faith communities and highlight tangible action steps to more holistically address domestic violence in contexts of faith. Dr. Williams will be co-presenting with Dr. Andy Johnson from Bethel University in St. Paul Minnesota, co-author of Religion and Men's Violence Against Women; Mrs. Elizabeth Petersen, MSW, Executive Director of SAFFI (South African Faith and Family Institute-Cape Town, South Africa); and Minister LaDonna Combs, Director of Prevention Sisters in Detroit, Michigan. This panel of faith leaders will dive into how to debunk gender roles and address domestic violence within communities of faith.

The objectives of this webinar are to:

  1. Educate service providers on the intersections of faith and domestic violence;

  2. Expand on how faith communities can be proponents of the intervention and prevention of domestic violence; and

  3. Explain how to interpret religious texts that center around gender and equality. 

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Sep
4
12:00 PM12:00

What to Think About if you Work with Children or Youth in Your Job

Presenter: Arati Vasan, Family Violence Appellate Project Senior Attorney

Free and open to all Partnership members

Are you an advocate with questions about confidentiality and mandated reporting? Have you looked at the toolkit from the Partnership, Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP), and Confidentiality Institute, but want additional support? We have you covered! We recently introduced monthly technical assistance Zoom Meetings to provide more information and answer your questions. We discuss a new topic the first Wednesday of every month from 12-1 p.m.

Next month, on Wednesday, September 4th, FVAP will provide a short presentation on "What to think about if you work with children or youth in your job." FVAP will also include information that the Attorney General is looking at issuing an advisory opinion about the question of what it means to have a job role that requires "direct contact and supervision of" children. Then staff from the Partnership and Arati Vasan from FVAP will open up the discussion for any topics related to confidentiality and mandated reporting. Bring your questions but also come prepared to share your ideas and solutions with colleagues grappling with similar issues.

Questions? Please contact Michell Franklin, Capacity Building Program Manager, at michell@cpedv.org.

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Sep
4
12:00 PM12:00

Nuisance Ordinances: How They Work, Who They Harm, and How to Fight Them

Content: Nuisance ordinances – which impose civil and criminal penalties on residents for seeking police or emergency medical assistance – purport to discourage crime and promote safety and quality of life within communities. However, recent advocacy and research have revealed that these laws and policies have the opposite effect. These policies discourage residents from reporting and seeking emergency assistance for crimes, including incidents of domestic violence, and compromise the safety of survivors. Nuisance ordinances also have been used in targeted enforcement efforts against communities of color. This webinar provides an overview of how nuisance ordinances jeopardize housing for survivors of gender-based violence, as well as provide tools to combat these harmful laws.

Presenters: Sandra Park, Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Women’s Rights Project and Linda Morris, Skadden Fellow, ACLU Women’s Rights Project.

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Aug
29
1:00 PM13:00

Public Charge Rule Update Webinar

The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence will host a webinar on August 29th at 1 p.m. PST to provide up-to-date analysis on the impact of the public charge inadmissibility rule on immigrant survivors. The organization's Advisory, "How Will 'Public Charge' Policy Changes Impact Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault?" has been revised to reflect the provisions of the final rule. You'll learn more about how public charge determinations will be made, which survivors will be exempt, and how the rule will impact survivors and their families. In addition to exploring these resources, API-GBV encourages you to review these action items prepared by Protecting Immigrant Families.

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Aug
28
2:00 PM14:00

Intro to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES): The Linkage between ACES & DV

Lisa Tadlock, MPA (Northern ACEs Collaborative), Kelly Rizzi (Shasta County Office of Education), & Dr. Marta Induni, PhD (Cancer Registry of Greater California & Public Health Institute) will provide background information on the development of ACEs & intersections within the spectrum of DV. Participants will learn about potential lasting effects on families, acquire a basic understanding of the neuroscience of ACEs & how it affects children’s brain development, & explore the data that went into developing the findings of long-term chronic disease effects.

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Aug
26
9:30 AM09:30

Effective Data and Information Sharing: Navigating Common Challenges

Many jurisdictions face challenges in sharing data and information between behavioral-health and justice-system partners, including navigating HIPAA and other regulations impacting privacy and confidentiality. This webinar will provide information about common challenges in order to support data and information sharing across organizations, agencies, and states. Examples of effective strategies at local and state levels will illustrate ways that jurisdictions can work together to share information across county and state lines in a way that complies with HIPAA.  

Presenters:

  • Chris Schneweis, Senior Management Analyst, County Manager’s Office, Johnson County, Kansas

  • Blane R. Markley, J.D., M.B.A., Partner, Spencer Fane LLP

  • Bo McCall, Performance Analyst, DataKC (City Manager’s Office), City of Kansas City, Missouri

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Aug
22
10:00 AM10:00

DVAM is 365 Days Long: How to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence During and Beyond October

Featured Presenters:

Lynn Brewer, Communications Director, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Joe Ostrander, Digital Communications Manager, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Cassie Amundson-Muño, Communications and Design Coordinator , Casa de Esperanza

Rachel Graber, Director of Public Policy, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

October is fast approaching, and for the domestic violence field this means one thing – Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is coming! Join the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence (NRCDV) for a FREE webinar. You’ll learn more about these organizations’ DVAM campaigns, how to utilize available tools and resources to make these campaigns relevant to your audience and how to integrate DVAM into your policy and educational work to make DVAM’s impact last beyond October.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

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Aug
15
10:30 AM10:30

Building Your Evaluation Toolbox to Tell the Story of Your Prevention Program

You have a fantastic prevention program and want to share its impact with others, including potential funders and community members. Or you think you have a pretty good program and want to make it even better or expand your work to new groups. But where do you start?

This webinar presented by Mina White of the California Department of Public Health and Pat Reyes of Strategic Prevention Solutions will offer some strategies, share a few free and low cost resources and respond to your questions about evaluation planning.

 Questions?

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Miranda Stiers, Capacity-Building Program Specialist

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Aug
14
10:00 AM10:00

Vicarious Trauma: Organizational Responses and Practical Applications for Self-Care and Reducing Isolation

Featured Presenters:

Kelly Coyne, Vice-President of Domestic Violence Shelters (Safe Horizon)

Liz Roberts, Deputy CEO (Safe Horizon)

Kimberlina Kavern, Senior Director, Crime Victim Assistance Program (Safe Horizon)

Safe Horizon will join NCADV to share insights on vicarious trauma.

Vicarious Trauma (VT) occurs when we accumulate and carry the stories of trauma – including images, sounds, details – that we hear about from survivors, which then impact our bodies, our minds, and our worldview. Anyone who, in the course of their work that engages with or is responsible for trauma survivors, hears about/discusses stories of trauma, and learns details about client experiences will be impacted by VT throughout their career.

During this webinar participants will learn about general strategies for managing Vicarious Trauma that include; self-care, reducing isolation and on the job strategies. All levels of staff in human services organizations will benefit from the practical applications for Vicarious Trauma intervention that will be discussed during this webinar.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Aug
7
12:00 PM12:00

Criminal & Civil Subpoenas

As part of the Confidentiality and Mandated Reporting Toolkit the Partnership, Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP), and Confidentiality Institute introduced at Shifting the Lens this year, we will be hosting monthly technical assistance Zoom Meetings to provide more information and answer your questions. These meetings will take place the first Wednesday of every month from 12-1 p.m. On August 7th, FVAP will provide a short presentation on the topic “The difference between a criminal and civil subpoena and what to think about in your response.”

Afterward, staff from the Partnership and Arati Vasan, Senior Attorney at FVAP, will open up the discussion for any topics related to confidentiality and mandated reporting. Bring your questions, and also come prepared to share your ideas and solutions with colleagues grappling with similar issues.

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Aug
1
10:00 AM10:00

CA Housing Protections

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On August 1st at 10 a.m., Kara Brodfuehrer and Renee Williams (National Housing Law Project) will lead a discussion on California housing protections for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. These include an eviction defense for survivors, the ability to change locks, and a survivor's right to terminate a lease early. Participants will receive an overview of federal protections and learn how state law was recently updated to include an additional documentation option for survivors who are being evicted because of the abuse committed against them. Partnership Members pay only $15 (a $20 discount)!

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Jul
30
10:30 AM10:30

Effective Data & Information Sharing: Navigating Common Challenges

Webinar on July 30th, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET  

Many jurisdictions face challenges in sharing data and information between behavioral-health and justice-system partners, including navigating HIPAA and other regulations impacting privacy and confidentiality. This webinar will provide information about common challenges in order to support data and information sharing across organizations, agencies, and states. Examples of effective strategies at local and state levels will illustrate ways that jurisdictions can work together to share information across county and state lines in a way that complies with HIPAA.  


Presenters:

  • Chris Schneweis, Senior Management Analyst, County Manager’s Office, Johnson County, Kansas

  • Blane R. Markley, J.D., M.B.A., Partner, Spencer Fane LLP

  • Bo McCall, Performance Analyst, DataKC (City Manager’s Office), City of Kansas City, Missouri

 

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Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Forfeiture by Wrongdoing: turning the Tables on Witness Intimidation

In this webinar, we will take an in-depth look at how prosecutors from Virginia are turning the tables on batterers and stranglers by using good old fashioned team work, solid investigation techniques and ingenuity to hold batterers and stranglers accountable. Donald Goodman and Josh Steward, two prosecutors from Virginia, will share how they prosecuted a non-fatal strangulation case after the victim recanted and asserted her Fifth Amendment right.

Understanding how difficult it is for victims of domestic violence to testify against their abusers and how often victims are intimidated to drop charges, the DV Unit in Virginia’s D.A.'s Office, under Chief Assistant Attorney Alex Rueda, has resurrected evidenced based prosecution. They are utilizing the exceptions to the hearsay rule such as spontaneous statements and medical diagnosis – as well as making good use of the long-established and often forgotten legal doctrine of Forfeiture By Wrongdoing. 

 The Doctrine of Forfeiture by Wrongdoing is based on simple principles of fairness and equity. Case law now recognizes that domestic violence cases are notoriously susceptible to witness intimidation (Giles). As such, the Doctrine allows prosecutors to shine a light on witness intimidation and introduce evidence which shows how a particular defendant prevented the victim from testifying and explain why the victim has failed to appear in court or has asserted the Fifth Amendment Privilege not to testify in court. A favorable court ruling then allows prosecutors to continue with prosecution and avoid having to dismiss the case due to the victim being uncooperative. 

 The leadership of the Virginia’s District Attorney’s Office and the judicious rulings in the Cody case have resulted in a groundbreaking published decision– one of our favorite cases from 2018. The Cody Case is a must read for any professional handling domestic violence and strangulation cases.

 Objectives: 

1. Discuss strategies for prosecuting domestic violence cases with or without the victim’s participation

2. Increase the understanding and use of the Doctrine of Forfeiture By Wrongdoing

3. Learn how to gather evidence to show witness intimidation

4. Discuss lessons learned from prosecuting the Cody Case

  Who should attend?

This webinar is recommended for any professional working with victims of strangulation and/or men who strangle.

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Jul
25
10:00 AM10:00

Moving Mountains: How YOU Can Help Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

Featured Presenters:

Constituents have power – use yours to influence public policy and make a difference in the lives of victims and survivors of violence! .

Join the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and Jewish Women International (JWI) for “Moving Mountains: How YOU Can Help Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act,” a webinar focused on reauthorizing VAWA via constituent advocacy. You’ll learn how to meaningfully engage with your Members of Congress to promote reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act with vital enhancements.

Special guests include Virginia Davis (National Congress of American Indians), Lisalyn Jacobs (Just Solutions), Emily Waters (National Transgender Law Center), and Monica McLaughlin (National Network to End Domestic Violence), and featuring an introduction by Dr. Angelo McClain, CEO of the NASW.

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Jul
23
10:00 AM10:00

Caring Dads Webinar

In this introduction to the Caring Dads program, Community Manager and Accredited Trainer Sarah Webb will discuss an approach that addresses domestic violence and child maltreatment by empowering women, keeping children safer, and holding fathers accountable. This webinar provides valuable information about what the Caring Dads program is, the feminist lens it emerged from, and the research behind its effectiveness. Participants will gain an understanding of its adaptations, which have been fully translated into Spanish and Aarabic—and also hear testimonials from mothers, children and fathers.

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