2018 Conference Workshops

2018 Conference Workshops

A National Portrait of Restorative Justice Approaches to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Preliminary Findings from the United States

Presented by Rebecca Thomforde Hauser and Joan Pennell

This presentation presents findings from a national survey of restorative justice programs and tribal peacemaking circles to address domestic violence and sexual assault conducted in 2018 funded by the Office of Violence Against Women and the National Institute of Justice. The presenters will share findings on where the programs are located, how long they have been in existence, why the programs were started, and the programs’ goals and objectives. Discussions will include identified best practices, performance measures, challenges and what is happening in participants' communities.

Advocacy in Motion

Presented by Laura Horsley, Marci Chenoweth and Leatha Martin

Mobile Advocacy is an option for survivors who do not need/want to enter shelter. To develop and maintain a mobile advocacy program, an organization has to make a commitment to provide this type of service and explore ways to support the process. Safety planning has to take a step further and not only address the survivor’s safety, but that of the Advocate providing the mobile services. Finding ways to increase access while decreasing risk is key to mobile advocacy. While the model is gaining popularity and sounds straight forward, there are challenges and barriers that must be addressed.

Art Heals When Words Fail: Utilizing Trauma-Informed Art Practices To Heal the Wounds of Domestic Violence

Presented by Robbin Loonan

For many trauma survivors, abusive experiences are too overwhelming to verbalize and the traumatic material remains trapped in their bodies, causing distress and discomfort. Art can be a powerful tool for self- expression, for grounding and containment, and to recover from abuse. Through the use of didactic and experiential activities, this workshop‎ will engage participants and teach strategies that can be used to empower survivors, establish a sense of safety, regulate affect, as well as process, contain, and help integrate traumatic material. Case examples will also be utilized.

Beneath the Bruises: Using the CARE Model to work effectively with survivors experiencing head injuries

Presented by Rachel Ramirez and Emily Kulow

When most people hear the term "brain injury", their mind usually goes to football players or military veterans. But there is compelling evidence that domestic violence victims experience more assaults to the head than either of these groups. For decades we have known that abusers most often target the head, neck and face. But just recently have we started to realize the impact is much deeper and can affect how the brain functions. Come to this session to learn an innovative model for making these invisible injuries visible and accommodating the unique needs of survivors with head injuries.

Beyond the Obvious: Interpreting the Power, Control and Manipulation

Presented by Mark Wynn

This session will enable the participants to see the offender manipulation through the eyes of the victim, law enforcement, advocate and its impact. This session will enhance the participants’ understanding of the power, control and manipulation tactics used against the victim and the service provider as well as probable cause, interpretation of injuries, justifiable self-defense and determining dominant/primary aggressor.

Community Organizing: Engaging Everyone in Prevention

Presented by Diana Mancera and Ayana Murakami-Freeberg 

Community organizing is integral to prevention work with marginalized communities. These approaches may not necessarily fit conventional models of prevention but they are critical to creating relationships with key community and challenging cultures of gender-based violence. This workshop will provide information on how community activism has the potential to change norms and patriarchal power, mobilize resources, and generate lasting change.

Court-Appointed Guardians ad Litem in Civil Protection Order Cases: A Model Program for Addressing Parenting Time Issues

Presented by Jennifer Eyl

Since 1992, the Children's Law Center's Domestic Violence Program has provided volunteer attorney guardians ad litem to represent the best interests of children in civil protection order cases in Denver County Court. Each year, approximately 200 cases are handled by 50 volunteer attorneys and law student interns, working in concert with a social worker, ensuring that child safety is paramount. This presentation will describe the program, its multi-disciplinary model, its successes and challenges, and offer a framework for the development of similar community-based programs around the country.

The Cruelty Connection: Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence by Preventing Animal Abuse

Presented by Phil Arkow

Animal cruelty is coercive control, emotional extortion, and a barrier that prevents women from leaving abusive relationships. The domestic violence and animal protection fields have responded with legislative reforms, funding opportunities, technical assistance, research, and collaborative programs. This workshop will adapt the Duluth Model into a species-spanning approach to prevent abuse to all victims of family violence. We’ll discuss solutions including pet-friendly shelters and safety planning, and a new national resource directory to help you find the “abuse busters” in your community.

Digging Deeper: Working on Domestic Violence Cases within the Child Welfare System

Presented by Kimberly Demers

The presentation will provide an overview of the Safe Families Collaboration Program, an innovative program between domestic violence providers and the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF), Rhode Island's child welfare system. The program is a national model and the presentation will review the difference between other models, delving into the pros and cons of each.

Domestic Violence Fatality Review in Rural & Native American Communities

Presented by Eric Parsons

Montana has served as a model for other states establishing their own DV fatality review teams or reinvigorating existing teams. Recently, the state created a 2nd team, focused on Native American intimate partner homicide, due to extraordinary rates of intimate partner homicide. Currently, this is the only team of its kind in the country. The presentation will highlight similarities and differences in DV deaths across a large, Western, rural state and Indian Country, which includes 7 Reservations in MT.

Dynamics of Forced Marriage – Closing Protection Gaps and Responding to Individuals at Risk

Presented by Casey Swegman and Jeanne Smoot

Forced marriage, itself a form of family violence, often results in physical, psychological, and sexual abuse and frequently intersects with other forms of harm. These intersecting forms of harm, often perpetrated by individuals close to the victim, make forced marriage cases extremely complex. Attendees will come to understand and appreciate these dynamics and be equipped with guidance and tools on how best to assist through both direct service provision and policy advocacy, with special attention given to cases involving international travel, immigration concerns, and status as a minor.

Eight Common Myths About Abusers and Why They Still Matter

Presented by David Adams

How do offenders of intimate partner abuse avoid detection and accountability? Dr. Adams will discuss eight common myths of abusers that contribute to this as well as misunderstandings about victims. He will discuss underlying traits of abusers. This will include their psychological characteristics, manipulation strategies and excuses, and their common deficits as parents and how these impact children. He will discuss how the system’s heightened IQ about offenders creates better outcomes for offenders, victims and children.

Ending domestic violence, Ten Men at a time

Presented by Lee Clasper-Torch

Ten Men aims to shift harmful gender norms that contribute to a culture in which violence is tolerated. To this end, the RICADV recruits ten male community leaders annually who are asked to work within their spheres of influence by: 1) educating themselves and others about men’s role in ending domestic violence (DV) 2) bringing visibility to men engaged in DV prevention efforts through public awareness campaigns and communications strategies 3) mobilizing the community to find solutions for preventing DV. Participants will learn about Ten Men’s program structure and communications strategies.

Engaging the Community in the Solution: Building & Funding a DV Task Force with Impact

Presented by Carol Wick

Domestic violence taskforces can be one of the most powerful change agents in a community. When properly designed with impact outcomes and strategic committees that engage high level partners, everyone wins. This workshop is designed to walk participants through the process of transforming their task force into a powerful agent for change.

Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors

This workshop will help participants create enhanced safety plans for immigrant survivors of violence. The presenter will offer best practices to help immigrants navigate a number of systems, including encounters with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), housing authorities, Child Protective Services, health care systems, and others.

Enhancing Services for Male-Identified Survivors of Domestic Violence

Presented by Damien Frierson and Pierre Berastain

Utilizing information gathered through site visits to several local domestic violence programs and an expert roundtable convened by the Family Violence Prevention and Service Program (FVPSA), the presentation will highlight successes and challenges articulated by programs addressing the needs of male-identified survivors of domestic violence. In addition to providing an overview of the various approaches used by local programs and coalitions, the presentation will also provide guiding principles to support programs in building their capacity to serve male-identified survivors.

Fighting Cyber Sexual Abuse: Safety Tips and Litigation Strategies

Presented by Barbara Kryszko and Lindsey Song

This presentation will address the damaging form of abuse often referred to as “revenge porn” - more appropriately termed cyber sexual abuse. The training will discuss the ways in which abusers can harass, stalk, and coerce through technology and online spaces, the incredibly damaging effects of this harassment, and case stories of victims who have been affected by this form of abuse. The training will address family, criminal, and civil court strategies to addressing this abuse as well as safety planning for victims and remedies for victims to request take-downs of images and media online.

Getting Out the Vote: Election Efforts in a Polarized Environment

Presented by Allie Bones

Non-profits are often reluctant to get involved in anything that might appear to be partisan. There are many activities that non-profits can participate in, however, to help register people to vote and provide education to help make voters informed of the issues. This session will discuss efforts at federal, state and local levels that are being undertaken to mobilize Boards of Directors, staff and volunteers, program recipients, and supporters in voter registration and education efforts.

How to Coordinate Victim Services in Family Courts: Model Practices for Protection Order Cases and Family Court Procedures

Presented by Diane Palos, Alexandria Ruden and Monica Christofferson

The presentation will address the growing need for coordination between victim services and family courts in DV protection order cases and parenting determinations. Often victims are self-represented and only have an advocate and the court to rely on when maneuvering these cases. Cuyahoga County has established a model for handling DV protection order cases and will showcase proven strategies that any agency can implement to aid local courts in becoming more victim-centered. Participants will leave knowing how to introduce changes to their local courts in the context of enhanced victim safety.

Innovative Housing Responses to Increase Safe Housing Options for DV Survivors facing Homelessness

Presented by Debbie Fox, MSW and Peg Hacskaylo, MSW

The Domestic Violence & Housing Technical Assistance Consortium (DVHTAC) is an unprecedented federal initiative created to improve policies, identify promising practices and strengthen collaborations necessary to improve housing options for survivors facing homelessness a result of violence. We will explore innovative safe housing models including: DV Housing First, Rapid Rehousing, prevention/diversion, and flexible funding; as well as a brief overview of HUD's Coordinated Entry and HMIS requirements; and, the use of VOCA funds to create new, innovative housing alternatives.

Lethality Assessment Program: An Outreach Model

Presented by Erin Fox and Janice Miller

This workshop will detail House of Ruth Maryland’s (HRM) outreach model of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP). Partnering with law enforcement to administer the Lethality Assessment, HRM Outreach Specialists contact victims, regardless of lethality score, freeing police resources and engaging populations reluctant to work with police and mainstream systems. The workshop will outline pros and cons of this model, implementation recommendations, tips to create productive partnerships, how to use data collected to support programming, and considerations for outreach.

Our Journey of Transformation

Presented by Kelly Miller, Jeff Matsushita and Jennifer Martinez

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence has been on a transformational journey – from an inward-facing individual and organizational transformation to an outward-facing journey. Kelly Miller and Jennifer Martinez will what inspired the transformation, so what did the internal individual and organizational changes look like as well as the external changes to the now what does this mean for our future work. The Idaho Coalition will share our theory of change process as well as ongoing challenges and successes in working toward a multi-cultural, liberating organization.

Overcoming Barriers to Seeking Safety for People with Disabilities

Presented by Cynthia Amodeo and Paul Feuerstein

In 2006, BFL opened the doors to Freedom House, a crisis domestic violence shelter for people with disabilities. Freedom House was the first totally accessible DV shelter. The training will focus on the unique challenges a person with a disability faces when in a domestic violence situation including barriers to seeking safety. We will educate service providers about what it means to be accessible and review strategies to overcome barriers. Various disability perspectives will be considered including but not limited to D/deaf/hard of hearing, visually impaired, and medical conditions.

Parental Alienation Trumps Abuse in Custody Litigation: Legal Strategies and Reforms

Presented by Chris O'Sullivan and Sasha Drobnick

Empirical analysis of over 4,000 appellate and trial court decisions (Joan Meier, PI; funded by NIJ) confirms that mothers are losing custody to abusive fathers when the father alleges parental alienation. In this data set, when a mother alleged that the father abused her or their children, a father’s allegation of parental alienation significantly increased his chances of winning custody or other outcomes he sought. Legal strategies to combat alienation claims will be presented, as will a template for legal reforms at the state level to improve court outcomes in custody and abuse cases.

Proactive Inclusion of LGBTQ+ Survivors of Violence

Presented by Tory Smith

This workshop provides a general guide to begin making an organization more inclusive to the needs and experiences of survivors with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or other marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities. The workshop includes introductory information on LGBTQ+ communities, specifics of LGBTQ+ violence and trauma, how to prepare and move towards inclusion, best practices for direct services, and the outcomes and expectations of being an inclusive organization.

Promising Futures: Fostering Healing for Adult and Child Survivors of Domestic Violence

Presented by Leiana Kinnicutt, Eleanor Lyon and Josie Serrata

This workshop will provide an overview of the Promising Futures: Best Practices for Serving Children, Youth, and Parents Experiencing Domestic Violence capacity building website and related tools. Presenters will focus on some of the major complexities involved in implementing common outcome measures for DV programs work with children and lessons learned from the 12 highly varied FVPSA funded grantees we are working with to implement the measures. Finally, presenters will discuss the role state coalitions and advocates can play better addressing the needs of children and youth.

Protecting Access to Safety and Justice for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Trafficking

Presented by Cecelia Levin and Rose Hidalgo

Abusers often use the threat of immigration enforcement as a way to gain power and control and to make immigrant victims less likely to seek protection. This interactive workshop will use case scenarios to highlight special immigration remedies for survivors under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), including VAWA provisions around confidentiality and sensitive locations. Strategies will be shared on ways to reach out to and enhance advocacy for immigrant survivors and how to access reliable and updated resources.

Redefining Safety and Accountability: Rethinking our Relationship with the Criminal Justice System

Presented by Allie Bones and Sarah Robinson

Since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994, Coalitions and agencies serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence have been inextricably linked with the criminal justice system. Communities of color warned at the time that this would have a negative impact on their communities, and nearly 25 years later, it's clear they were right. Coalition representatives will share information about efforts they are undertaking to divest from the CJS and invest in communities, the partnerships that have evolved as a result, and the alternatives to safety that are being considered.

Removing Firearms from Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence Offenders, and Keeping Guns Out of Their Hands

Presented by David Keck

Most Recent Research on Specific Aspects of Firearm Surrender Protocols combined with Domestic Violence Protective Orders, and the Impact of those on Rates of Intimate Partner Homicide
-Best Practices based upon the Most Recent Research Practically Applied in Any Community
-Specific Guidance on Inclusion of the Best Practices in Your Community

Restorative Justice: Promise and Perils

Presented by Lisalyn Jacobs

The presentation will address the history of restorative justice (RJ), as an alternative and community based vehicle for providing healing and accountability. It will then pull in statistics regarding the domestic/sexual violence context, particularly the increasing reluctance of some communities to engage with law enforcement, followed by a discussion of the potential uses of RJ to address some domestic/sexual violence cases as an alternative to engaging the carceral system. The presentation will also address the pros, cons and potential unintended consequences of restorative justice use.

Strategies for Implementing Human Trafficking Services in Your Agency and Community

Presented by Kate Wyatt and Shaleen Seward

Focus on the information and tools needed to be successful in implementing human trafficking services and resources in pre-existing domestic violence programs and into communities collaborations. We will discuss ways that policies can be altered to fit this population, as well as adding questions to intakes and referrals. Last, we will emphasize the importance of a community wide response and share a guideline that will be implemented in our community so victims and agencies know who to contact and how to access services for victims. Discussion includes how to implement community education.

Taking Care of Yourself in Your Profession and How to Prevent Burn Out

Presented by Courtney Mohr Taylor

This workshop further explores the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma identified by the American Counseling Association which may impact the following areas: behavioral, interpersonal, personal values/beliefs and job performance. Presenters will explore differences between compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, and burnout (emphasis on why burnout is dangerous). The workshop will incorporate intervention and prevention strategies while providing participants with tools, including an active engagement with a 10-minute mindfulness exercise.

Transforming the Economic Landscape Facing Survivors

Presented by Erika Sussman and Lisalyn Jacobs

This workshop will engage attendees in activities to address the questions: What is the “economic ripple effect of domestic violence” in their communities? How does racial bias show up for survivors, within our programs, and in navigating safety? How do we develop strategies that center the voices and experiences of marginalized survivors and work towards systems change?

Unrapable: Racism, Hypersexualization, Sexual Violence, and the Black Woman

Presented by Nwando Ofokansi

In consideration of the socio-ecological model of health, it is important to assess how social determinants impact the health outcomes of specific populations of people. In particular, intersectional racism and sexism among Black women must be examined. The oppression and monolithic representations of Black communities, and the commodification and hypersexualization of Black women's bodies render Black woman vulnerable to victimization and shamed into silence. In order to better serve Black women and create better outcomes regarding IPV, it is imperative that these determinants be addressed.

Valuing Offender Accountability: The New York Model for Batterer Programs

Presented by Gregory White and Phyllis B. Frank

Generally said, batterer programs have a goal to fix men, give them the tools to stop their abuse. The the NY Model has explored this issue for over 40 years in order to answer: Not Necessarily! Batterer Programs can hold men accountable, but not without mandates that will reliable impose consequences for non-compliance with orders to complete a program. This session will present the history, current underpinning and guiding principles of how a NY Model program functions within the context of a Coordinated Criminal Justice Response to men's violence against an intimate female partner.

We Choose All of Us: Youth Organizing to End Gender Violence

Presented by Kelly Miller and Jennifer Martinez

Wonder what it looks like for young women of color to organize in rural states to end gender violence fueled by multiple systemic oppression? Join us to hear high school activists share how we are creating an inter-generational collaborative to shift social norms in Idaho. Learn how we are centering the lived experiences of historically marginalized youth and communities in our work. Explore our We Choose All of Us campaign rooted in self-reflection, storytelling and art, and community practices of coming together as whole human beings.

What does it really mean to be trauma-informed and why does it matter?

Presented by Katharine Tyler

In sum, when creating trauma-informed programs, we have to intervene at many levels. The management has to truly understand trauma-informed care and be able to translate the theory into practice. Higher level, trauma-informed, organizational change involves a paradigm shift and this shift comes from training, program assessment, and engagement in the trauma-informed movement. Agencies have to embrace trauma-informed practices agency wide. This talk gives service providers and leaders in the domestic violence movement practical tools to become more trauma-informed in their work.

20-Second Self-Care: You Deserve More! But Let's At Least Do This. Daily Self-Care Practices for Busy Advocates

Presented by Ben Atherton-Zeman

Ideally, our self-care should be a main focus, given all we’ve been through! Realistically, that’s not always possible. For those situations when time is limited, this workshop will teach you how to work self-care into daily activities that you already do. Ben is an admin on the “Self-Care for Advocates” Facebook page. Please bring your favorite self-care activities to share!

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