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 accountability, self care, supporting survivors with multiple challenges, and trauma informed.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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