Voices Rising Sessions Roundup: Informative Workshops

Voices Rising, NCADV’s national conference on domestic violence, will return next month, September 23-26, 2018 in Providence, RI. We’re proud of our conference’s history of providing advocates and survivors cutting edge content and in-depth information -- far more than your typical “DV101” conference! In this blog post, we’re rounding up two dozen of the most informative workshops you you will have the opportunity to attend when you register for the 2018 conference, Voices Rising!

Read on for workshop descriptions of informative workshops on numerous topics including child custody, child welfare, community organizing prevention work, coordinated community response, cyber abuse, domestic violence and animal abuse, financial education, healing for survivors, high-risk responses, immigrant survivors and refugees, law enforcement, LGBTQI, media, offender accountabilityself care, supporting survivors with multiple challenges, and trauma informed.

Child Custody

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

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.

Child Welfare

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

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

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.  

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

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.

Community Organizing Prevention Work

Community Organizing: Engaging Everyone in Prevention

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.

Coordinated Community Response

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

Domestic violence task-forces 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.

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
  • work in small groups to identify how they can set up multi-disciplinary work-groups to engage new stakeholders
  • learn strategies to engage higher level stakeholders in the process

Cyber Abuse

Fighting Cyber Sexual Abuse: Safety Tips and Litigation Strategies

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.

Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse

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

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.

Financial Education

Economic Justice for Domestic Violence Survivors: A Panel Discussion
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.

Healing for Survivors

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

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.

High-Risk Responses

Domestic Violence Fatality Review in Rural & Native American Communities

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.

Lethality Assessment Program: An Outreach Model

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.

Immigrant Survivors and Refugees

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

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.

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Law Enforcement

Beyond the Obvious – Interpreting the Power, Control and Manipulation

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.


Proactive Inclusion of LGBTQ+ Survivors of Violence

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
  • outcomes and expectations of being an inclusive organization.


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

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. 

Offender Accountability

Eight Common Myths About Abusers and Why They Still Matter

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.

Valuing Offender Accountability: The New York Model for Batterer Programs

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. 

Self Care

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

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
  • 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.

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

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!

“If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities.” - Ann Richards

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

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.

Supporting Survivors with Multiple Challenges

Overcoming Barriers to Seeking Safety for People with Disabilities

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. 

Working with Survivors with Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse Challenges: A Trauma-Informed Advocacy Approach

Erin and Erin will provide attendees with information about the neuro-biology of trauma and how substance abuse and mental illness can impact survivors. From a non-clinical lens, we talk about how staff can support all survivors, no matter how complicated their presentations are. By providing real-world examples and getting information from participants, our presentation provides concrete solutions to challenging situations that programs and advocates face.

Trauma Informed

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

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.

We’ll be highlighting more sessions over the coming weeks, so be sure to check back on the NCADV blog for updates!

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Posted by Lynn Brewer-Muse at 06:00
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