2018 Conference Sessions

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Pre-Conference Intensives



Voices Rising Pre-Conference Intensives

Access to Justice for All Victims: Language Access and Meaningful Collaborations

Presented by Leo Martinez, Beckie Masaki and Rosie Hidalgo

The National Resource Center on Reaching Underserved Victims of Crime, a project funded by The Office of Victims of Crime, in partnership with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence is offering a pre-institute to its annual conference attendees.

This pre-institute has been developed with the intent to provide a deeper understanding on why language access is necessary when working with all victims of crime, and more specifically with victims of domestic violence. It will also cover the obligations that service providers have in the community in regards to the provision of language access for those who are Limited English Proficient or for those who identify as Deaf and hard of hearing.

Given that language is just one element of culture, we can’t refer to it without providing an overview of how it ties with Culture and what it means to be culturally responsive. The collaborative nature of the advocacy work these days also has created the need for stakeholders to conduct more inclusive collaborations. We will explore how to make those collaborations more meaningful, for all those involve in the coordinated community response and for those who are not at the table of discussion.

Challenging Privilege, Empowering Change: Engaging Men in the Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Presented by Lee Clasper-Torch

Engaging men to break the silence and changing the culture of men’s power and privilege are both critical to ending violence against women and girls. But how do we engage and seek change at the same time? What does that look like? This intensive session will allow for an open and dynamic exploration of the approaches to, and challenges of, enlisting men as allies in this work. The format will be facilitated conversation—creating space for participants to have focused and in-depth dialogue, each bringing their own questions, experiences, and best practices to the table. How to balance and align meaningful efforts to promote healthy masculinity with the ultimate goal of preventing men’s violence against women will be an underlying theme.

Onwards: Understanding Inclusion, Navigating Accountability, Practicing Nonpunitive Conflict Resolution, and Building Transformative Leadership

Presented by Monica James and Tanvi Kaushal Sheth

This workshop is intended to support organizations and communities in better upholding values of inclusivity, and creating cultures of transformational healing to reduce the impact of gender-based violence. It will breakdown the different facets of intersectional violence affecting transgender people, and bring awareness to the resulting negative socio-economic impact on the individual and the larger interconnected communities. The Presenters will share stories of trials and tribulations from their individual and collective walks of living the values of a prison abolitionist, practicing transformative and restorative justice principles, and guided by the very act of self-determination. Using concrete examples, from their own work of building leadership capacity within impacted communities, Presenters will share models and strategies on building transformational leadership capacity and tangible resources, and will put forth examples of what it looks like to put theory into practice, and center the experiences of the most impacted in ones walk towards collective liberation. The workshop will also engage in exploring the path forward in building intentional and sustainable prison-abolitionist frameworks for addressing potential harm and sexual violence within social justice communities, while holding on to the lessons of harm-reduction, restorative justice, and healing.

We Are Survivors: Finding and Using our Voices for Lasting Change

Presented by Doreen Nicholas

It is in the best interest of the people who abused us to keep us silent. Finding our voices, using our voices, and being heard is a critical part of breaking the isolation we experienced, of healing, and positioning us to take our places in the domestic violence movement. In this survivor intensive we will explore being silenced, the “social” silencers in place to this day and how, with our “Voices Rising,” we can make lasting changes.

Voices Rising Plenaries

#SurvivorSpeaks: Amplifying the Voices of Survivors of Domestic Violence

Moderated by Ruth M. Glenn (NCADV)

Presented by Jennie Willoughby, Lawra Cowan and Zaida Hernandez

The #MeToo movement has given survivors of sexual violence a chance to be heard and has made some progress in changing the way people think and talk about it; however, despite overlaps in the topic, survivors who shared stories of domestic abuse via the hashtag experienced less positive impact. In an effort to destigmatize domestic violence in ways similar to the destigmatization of sexual assault via #MeToo, and as a reflection of our mission to amplify the voices of domestic violence survivors, NCADV has implemented the #SurvivorSpeaks hashtag.

#MeToo shows us that cultural and social change is obtainable when the conversation is made accessible to all who are affected by sexual violence. Our hope is that #SurvivorSpeaks will empower survivors to come forward with strength and share stories that need to be told bringing awareness to this issues that impacts millions of women.

Join us as we hear Jennie Willoughby and Zaida Hernandez explore what #SurvivorSpeaks means to them and how opening the doors to deeper conversations about domestic violence will help shift societal assumptions around the issue of domestic violence.

"The Best Way to Keep Her Safe is to Make Him Stop” - The High Point Model Case Study

Presented by Chief Kenneth J. Shultz, Susan Scrupski, Jennifer Wells, and Shay Harger

For nearly a decade, the city of High Point, North Carolina has been succeeding with an inter-agency, community-based model of ending domestic violence by holding offenders to account in the public square and in private. Led by law enforcement, the model has been shown to deliver remarkable results by nearly eliminating homicides and reducing offender recidivism. In this plenary session, we’ll screen a documentary about the program, and afterwards you’ll hear directly from the Chief of Police and the Director of Victim Services who have been with the program from the beginning. Then, for the first time, you’ll hear an Assistant U.S. Attorney speak about the success a county in South Carolina – nearly three times the size of High Point – is having replicating the program in what was once the worst county in the country for domestic violence.

Home Truth: Using International Human Rights Advocacy to End Domestic and Sexual Violence - Follow Up Discussion

Presented by Rosie Hidalgo and Carrie Bettinger-Lopez

This plenary will highlight the courage and national/international advocacy of Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales), whose three young daughters were killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a domestic violence restraining order in 1999. Devastated, Ms. Lenahan filed a lawsuit against the police, claiming they did not adequately enforce her restraining order, despite her repeated calls for help that night. Determined to make sure her daughters did not die in vain, Ms. Lenahan pursued her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and an international human rights tribunal (the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights), seeking to strengthen legal rights and improve protections for domestic violence victims. A new documentary film, Home Truth, chronicles Ms. Lenahan’s pursuit of justice, shedding light on how our society responds to domestic violence and how the trauma from domestic violence tragedies can linger throughout generations, as well highlighting the courage, resiliency and leadership of survivors who work for social change. This plenary session will highlight the efforts of Jessica Lenahan and her legal team’s petition against the United States before the Inter-American Commission, claiming human rights violations by both the local police department, who failed to protect Ms. Lenahan and her children, and by the US courts, which failed to provide her with a remedy. Clips from the film will be used to provide narrative and chronology of this landmark case. This session will also address the development by the Department of Justice (DOJ) of groundbreaking Guidance on Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. This Guidance seeks to build on the coordinated community response model reflected in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Finally, this session will describe local initiatives that have been inspired by Jessica’s case, including “Freedom from Domestic Violence” Human Rights Resolutions in 30+ municipalities across the U.S.; the “Cities for CEDAW” campaign; and the COURAGE (Community Oriented and United Responses to Address Gender Violence and Equality) in Policing Project. 

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

Presented by Kelly Miller, Oluwabukola Ogunrinola and Dalton Tiegs

Wonder what it looks like for young people of color to organize in rural states to end gender violence fueled by multiple systemic oppression? Join us to hear Idaho Coalition staff and youth activists share how we are creating an inter-generational collaborative to shift social norms in Idaho. Learn the five core elements of youth organizing and 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.

Voices Rising 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 is taken a step further and not only addresses the survivor’s safety, but also 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.

Advocating for Healthy Relationships: Exploring How to Take A Stand FOR Healthy Teen Relationships

Presented by Gretchen Shaw, Emily Treas and Alyssa Stephens

NCADV, the national voice of victims and survivors of domestic violence, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, have collaborated to launch Take A Stand FOR Healthy Relationships: A Teen Dating Violence Prevention Curriculum – an initiative funded by a contribution from the Verizon Foundation – to provide classrooms nationwide with tools, information, and lesson plans aimed at helping their students understand and develop healthy relationships, recognize dynamics of teen dating abuse, and learn how to safely ally for themselves and others who may be experiencing abuse. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, Take A Stand FOR Healthy Relationships provides middle and high school classrooms with educational resources and immersive program tools, including self-paced modules and interactive lesson plans that focus on teaching students how to understand and build healthy relationships, reject abuse, and safely ally for themselves and others experiencing abuse. Additionally, information and support resources and materials are provided to educators and students on the topic of teen dating violence and how to best support those experiencing or witnessing abuse.

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. However, 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.

Coming Together to Disarm Domestic Violence

Presented by Rachel Graber

Guns and domestic violence are a lethal combination. More than half of all women murdered in the United States are killed by an intimate partner with a gun, and the chance of being murdered by an abusive partner increases five-fold when there is a gun in the home. Abusers also use guns as a tool to terrorize and control victims in various ways.

According to the latest research, policies that prohibit abusers from purchasing or possessing guns are effective at reducing intimate partner homicide. But despite this clear intersection, our laws still have far too many gaps that allow abusers to obtain and keep firearms. These loopholes are due in part to the variability in state firearm removal policies.

To shed light on these gaps, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) and the Alliance for Gun Responsibility have teamed up to launch a new initiative: Disarm Domestic Violence. This collaborative effort will culminate in a website that allows individuals to research state-specific laws on domestic violence restraining order firearm removals.

The legal avenues available to survivors of domestic violence can change as soon as they step across state lines. While some states have strong laws regarding firearm prohibition and removal, others have nebulous policies – some never even explicitly mention guns in state law.

Given this dramatic variability, exploring options for disarming abusers can be difficult for legal professionals and advocates – and even more difficult for survivors with no legal training. In order to prevent gun-related domestic violence fatalities, survivors, advocates, and those in the judicial system must have a comprehensive understanding of the existing legal nuances and options available to them.

The Disarm Domestic Violence initiative, which will launch in 2018, will demystify these discrepancies by providing a user-friendly, interactive map that allows users to see details about removal in their states. The website will be a one-stop shop for anyone seeking information on state firearm removal and domestic violence laws. By obviating the need for extensive legal research, the website will enable survivors to advocate for themselves more effectively.

Knowledge is empowering. Survivors of domestic violence deserve to know their options. They deserve to have information. They deserve to live without fear of their armed abusers. Through the Disarm Domestic Violence initiative, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, NCADV, the Alliance, and PAGV are determined to provide them with the resources they need and deserve.

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.

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 and Firearms: An Advocate's Guide to the Law, to Challenges and to Solutions

Presented by Rob Valente

Domestic violence homicide accounts for a third of total homicides of women and 1 in 20 homicides of men; two-thirds of these homicides are committed using firearms. Recent high-profile mass shootings involving domestic abusers have raised awareness about the often fatal consequences when domestic abusers are able to obtain firearms. Less recognized are the 4.5 million American women alive today who have been threatened by an abuser with a gun and the one million of those who have been shot or shot at. Firearms are a potent tool of power and control.

In this session, we will explore some of the latest research about the use of firearms by abusers, develop an understanding of the strengths and limitations of federal law, and discuss the importance and effectiveness of both state and local laws. We will also consider several federal bills that address, from a variety of angles, the danger abusers with firearms pose to their victims, their families, their communities, law enforcement, and the general public.

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 second 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 seven Reservations in Montana.

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.

Economic Justice for Domestic Violence Survivors: A Panel Discussion

Presented by Sherry Edwards, Alona Del Rosario and B Bradburd

Moderated by NCADV and NEFE, this interactive panel discussion will explore current research on the economic impact of abuse to inform both policy and practice, as well as share innovative and trauma-informed approaches to offering advocacy, support, and education that promotes economic justice and empowerment for domestic violence victims and survivors. Organizations represented on the panel include the following: Institute for Women's Policy Research, Caring Unlimited and the Elizabeth Freeman Center. Attendees will have opportunities to participate in a live Q & A with panelists at the end.

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. He will discuss underlying traits of abusers, including 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 Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence 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 Domestic Violence Task Force with Impact

Presented by Carol Wick

Domestic violence task-forces can be one of the most powerful change agents in a community. When propertly 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 chance. Many communities have task forces specifically designed to engage community members in addressing the issue of domestic violence. Unfortunately, in addition to dealing with funding challenges (or possibly because of funding chanllenges), these groups seem to get little accomplished and engage advocates in the field and not those who can enact policy level change. The result is often meetings that talk about the issue but don't make real change, frustrating everyone involved. Even well-run task forces often struggle to engage everyone in meaningful work that produces real results. Participants will learn techniques to identify one outcome they want to change in their community and be able to successfully communicate the value of that outcome to funders.

Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors

Presented by Leo Martinez

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. However, there are many activities that non-profits can participate in, such as helping register people to vote and providing 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.

Healing Interpersonal Violence Through the Use of Trauma Informed Yoga

Presented by Elaine Fillion-Crouse

Come prepared to move whether on your mat, on your chair or in your mind. Experience the benefits of Yoga as you learn about the neurobiological effects Interpersonal Trauma has on the brain, nervous system and physical aspects of the self. Through experience learn how yoga forms, and breath work can help increase self esteem, body awareness, a sense of competency.Yoga can also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression and PTSD. Explore how poses and breathe create new neuropathways to that create a new mind- set as well as a new relationship with body regulation.

HOME TRUTH: A Feature Documentary by Katia Maguire and April Hayes

Presented by Katia Maguire and April Hayes

In 1999, Colorado mother Jessica Gonzales experiences every parent’s worst nightmare when her three young daughters are killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. Devastated, Jessica files a lawsuit against the police, claiming they did not adequately enforce her restraining order despite her repeated calls for help that night. Determined to make sure her daughters did not die in vain, Jessica pursues her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and an international human rights tribunal, seeking to strengthen legal rights for domestic violence victims. Meanwhile, her relationship with her one-surviving child, her son Jessie, suffers, as he struggles with the tragedy in his own way. Filmed over the course of nine years, HOME TRUTH chronicles one family’s pursuit of justice, shedding light on how our society responds to domestic violence and how the trauma from domestic violence tragedies can linger throughout generations.

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 (Housing and Urban Development) Coordinated Entry and HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) 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, Barrier Free Living 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, Private Investigator; 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 Family Violence Prevention and Safety Act 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.

Reboot! Domestic Violence Shelters and Pets: How RedRover offers assistance for successful co-sheltering

Presented by Katie Campbell

This presentation will include an overview of RedRover’s Domestic Violence grants program and the importance of recognizing pets and domestic violence. This will include updates to our current grants as well as information on a new pilot program. Participants will learn about different co-sheltering models and how to use the SAF-T Start-Up Manual to create a program to fit their needs. This workshop will focus on the importance of working with the community and participants will take part in hands-on activities designed to help them overcome barriers.

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 the use of restorative justice.

Rewriting the Story: Working with Journalists to Transform Portrayals of Domestic Violence in the Media

Presented by Natalie Schreyer

This session will explore how journalists, practitioners, and activists can better engage to shift the paradigm of domestic violence in the media. Using constructive guidelines and resources for both experts and journalists, we will discuss best practices for reporting on domestic violence and how we can work together to produce meaningful stories for news outlets and readers.

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.

Surviving or Thriving: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy to Support Your Mission

Presented by Leah Goss, Kristi Hall-Jiran, Edie Dahlen, and Brittany Caillier

Are you burning out by living in fundraising starvation mode? Can you imagine what your organization would look like if you built a thriving development program and adopted a robust culture of philanthropy? Learn from the inspiring fundraising journey of the Community Violence Intervention Center, who moved from an events-focused mindset, to a 6-person thriving development team raising over $4.5 Million in revenue each year. Discover how transformational the giving experience can be for everyone involved -- your donors, your board and staff, and most imortantly, your clients. 

Participants will:

  • Understand the essential components and benefits of a culture of philanthropy.
  • Learn which fundraising strategies achieve the best return on investment.
  • Examine the importance of an annual fundraising plan and how to build it.
  • Experience the joy and value of delighting your donors and providing one-of-a-kind giving experiences.
  • Discover fun and fulfillment in raising financial support (Yes, you really CAN actually LOVE asking for money!)

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 (with an 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 critical 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 intimate partner violence, 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 New York 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 reliably 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.

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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