10:00 AM10:00

Successful Rules Reduction Implementation Process in DV Shelters: From Vision to Practice

Featured Presenters: Dr. Shanti Joy Kulkarni, Researcher

Researcher Dr. Shanti Joy Kulkarni will join NCADV to explore the topic of successful rules reduction in domestic violence shelters.  

Domestic violence shelters provide safety for survivors to consider their options and heal from abuse. Unfortunately, many, survivors report negative experiences associated with shelter rule and policy enforcement. Philosophically, rule heavy environments run counter to trauma-informed service-delivery principles. Rules, such as curfew and conduct guidelines, decrease access to community social networks. Staff rule enforcement may also trigger survivors’ past experiences with abusive control and structural racism and deter safe, trusting relationships between staff and residents.  

This webinar will share findings from experts interviewed about best practices for successful implementation of rules reduction.

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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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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.


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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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.  


  • 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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CA Housing Protections

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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to Sep 26

HOPE International's 10th Annual International Leadership Summit

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. 


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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Understanding ACEs

Pioneering people, organizations and communities that have integrated ACEs science see remarkable results: 98% drop in suicides, schools eliminating suspensions and expulsions, juvenile detention facilities with no violence, Safe Babies Courts that nearly eliminate child abuse, batterers intervention programs that reduce recidivism from 60% to between 6 and zero percent.

 What is ACEs science? Who’s using it? And why does it work? ACEs Connection founder Jane Stevens explains, and also shows how to join the more than 300 communities on ACEsConnection.com that are on the road to improving economic, physical and mental health in their cities, towns, states and nations.

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12:00 PM12:00

Nuisance Ordinances: How They Work, Who They Harm, & 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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Understanding the Rage and Lethality of Men Who Strangle

Webinar Description

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 Casey Gwinn and Gael  Strack, the co-founders of the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, have been stating for nearly ten years that men who strangle women are the most dangerous men on the planet. This webinar will look deeper into this life and death truth. Today, felony strangulation laws have been passed in 48 states, 20 Tribal Codes, 2 U.S. Territories, the Federal Code and the Military Code.  As of this year, Idaho now permits an evaluation of stranglers as part of sentencing by an evaluator approved by the Domestic Assault and Battery Evaluator Advisory Board. (Rule 33.3, Idaho Code Section 18-918(7), recognizing that men who strangle are the most dangerous offenders. If a victim is  strangled even one time, studies show she is 750% more likely to be killed by her abuser. (Glass, 2008). Stranglers have been linked to domestic violence homicides, mass and school shootings and officers killed in the line of duty (Gwinn, Strack, 2014). Strangulation is also a gendered-crime. The vast majority of stranglers are men (Strack, Hawley, 2001). Strangulation communicates a clear intent/willingness to kill (Gwinn, Strack, 2014). Rendering a person unconscious is an inherently dangerous act that is  easily capable of causing death or brain injury with devastating lifelong consequences. The difference in the outcome, between unconsciousness, brain damage and death, is only a matter of seconds of ongoing pressure. In the final analysis, this is an act of cruel domination met by sheer horror and often accompanied by serious physical and psychological harm. (Lemmon, 2014). Given our current knowledge about stranglers, the criminal and civil justice systems have a duty to hold these offenders responsible for their extremely dangerous conduct which requires a better understanding of stranglers and what to do with them from bail through probation. In this webinar, the leading experts in the field will discuss for the first time, the connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), rage, and stranglers. They will discuss the need to develop new strategies in the treatment and supervision of men who strangle their intimate partners and the relationship of these strategies to the science of hope.


1. Increase understanding of why strangulation and suffocation offenses must be treated as serious felonies

2. Improve the court’s handling of non-fatal strangulation at every stage by recognizing that stranglers are different than other abusers

3. Increase awareness about the dangerousness of stranglers in order to promote victim safety

4. Increase understanding about the science of hope

Who should attend?

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

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