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
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
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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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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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
12
10:00 AM10:00

Understanding ACEs

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. 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

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

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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
24
to Sep 26

HOPE International's 10th Annual International Leadership Summit

  • Oklahoma City Family Justice Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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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
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
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
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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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
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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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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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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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

REGISTER FOR OUR NEWEST POLICY WEBINAR!
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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Jul
19
9:00 AM09:00

Trauma 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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Jul
17
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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Jul
11
10:00 AM10:00

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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Jul
9
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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Jul
2
10:00 AM10:00

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.

  Objectives:

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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