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05/02/2016 - Shifting the Lens: Transforming Our Approach to Domestic Violence

When: 05/02/2016 to 05/03/2016
WHAT: Web Conference / Webinar
WHERE:
INFORMATION: Victim safety and offender accountability have been central figures in the domestic violence field over the last few decades. As a result, we’ve seen significant expansion in crisis responses and legal interventions. When we look at a snapshot depicting our statewide response to domestic violence, these crisis responses and legal interventions appear as the predominant images in our picture. What happens when we shift the lens and look at domestic violence with a broader view?

For more information:
Conference staff
conference@cpedv.org

05/02/2016 - Veterans Treatment Courts & Community-Based Domestic Violence Programs: Collaborating for Safety and Accountability

When: 05/02/2016 to 05/04/2016
WHERE: Handlery Hotel, San Diego, CA
INFORMATION: The Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP) is pleased to announce an exciting 2 1Ž2 day training that will address military and veteran-related domestic violence and the diversion of offenders through Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) and similar criminal justice programs. While the majority of Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) in our country are accepting domestic violence cases, VTC staffs are rarely connected to or collaborating with their local community-based domestic violence advocates. In turn, community-based advocates often have no knowledge of local VTC operations. This training will bring together local teams of VTC staff, domestic violence court staff, and community-based advocates from jurisdictions in which VTCs are or are considering accepting domestic violence offenses. Through plenary and breakout sessions, attendees will develop individual and system linkages at the community level and work towards improving veteran-related victim safety and enhancing veteran accountability. Topics addressed during this training will include: Context of Violence Risk & Danger Combat Stress, Co-occurring Conditions & Domestic Violence Key Components of Veterans Treatment Courts Domestic Violence Courts Victim Advocacy and Its Integration into VTCs Offender Intervention Programs Protection Orders, Firearms, & Federal Law The Military’s Response to Domestic Violence Veterans Health Administration Services Collaboration

For more information:
Brian Clubb, Military & Veterans Advocacy Program Coordinator
571-384-0985
bclubb@bwjp.org
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05/04/2016 - Shared Roots: Sexual and domestic violence prevention strategies in support of social justice

When: 05/04/2016 , 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
WHAT: Web Conference / Webinar
WHERE:
INFORMATION:

For more information:
PreventConnect
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05/06/2016 - Advocates’ Introduction to Gender-Based Asylum for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault  

When: 05/06/2016 , 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
WHAT: Web Conference / Webinar
WHERE:
INFORMATION: Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who fear returning to their home country may be able to obtain lawful status in the United States by applying for gender-based asylum. If the survivor is successful in her application for asylum, she will be authorized to live and work in this country; subsequently apply to become a lawful permanent resident; and eventually become a U.S. citizen. This webinar is designed to help advocates and attorneys not trained in immigration law identify when a survivor might be eligible for gender-based asylum and  how to support a survivors and attorneys working with survivors develop the evidentiary record necessary to succeed in bringing a gender-based asylum claim. The webinar will provide tools and information to help advocates and attorneys understand how gender-based asylum cases differ from VAWA, T and U visas. 

For more information:
National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project
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05/10/2016 - The Skills We Need for the Relationships We Want: Exploring the features and evaluation findings of a domestic violence prevention program for LGBTQ communities

When: 05/10/2016 , 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
WHAT: Web Conference / Webinar
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INFORMATION: Developed 15 years ago by LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, the NW Network’s Relationship Skills Class (RSC) has since grown considerably in size and scope. RSC is a domestic violence primary prevention program that centers the experiences of LGBTQ communities and teaches skills to build loving and equitable relationships. To address the growing pressure to implement “evidence-based programs,” the NW Network recently conducted a comprehensive, community-based evaluation of RSC to examine its delivery and impact on participants. This session will describe the development, curriculum, and culturally specific approach of RSC as well as key findings from the evaluation. This webinar aims to highlight one approach for preventing domestic violence that is both informed by evidence and grounded in our communities.

For more information:
Northwest Network
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05/11/2016 - Faith and Culture: Addressing the Needs of Jewish Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

When: 05/11/2016 , 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
WHAT: Web Conference / Webinar
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INFORMATION: For more than a decade, Michelle Lifton led Project DVORA at Jewish Family Service of Seattle. She will share her insights into cultural and religious traditions that impact Jewish survivors of intimate partner violence, and how we as faith community members, allies and/or advocates can be a resource for healing. Presenter: Michelle Lifton

For more information:
Faith Trust Institute
206-634-1903
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05/11/2016 - Meaningful Voices Online Book Club Discussion: Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors by Anne K. Ream

When: 05/11/2016 , 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
WHAT: Other
WHERE:
INFORMATION: Author Anne K. Ream (of Voices & Faces Project) will join Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune and Special Victims Advocate/Former Prosecutor Roger Canaff for a conversation about this remarkable book and the role of faith communities in ending sexual violence.

For more information:
Faith Trust Institute
206-634-1903
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05/11/2016 - Cultural Competency in Practice: Lessons Learned

When: 05/11/2016 , 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
WHAT: Web Conference / Webinar
WHERE:
INFORMATION: Many organizations recognize that cultural competency is an essential skill for effective program development and implementation. While the value of it is widely recognized, the process for practicing cultural competence is still not widely understood. This webinar will be conducted by Jewish Women International and its partners for the Boy to Mentsch project, a healthy masculinity public awareness campaign and programmatic initiative funded by an Office on Violence Against Women Consolidated Youth Engaging Men and Boys grant. Boys to Mentsch, launched in a conservative and insular Orthodox Jewish community in Baltimore, will serve as a case study to examine cultural competency strategies: gaining access to the community, building credibility, and implementing effective programs in culturally specific communities. Lessons learned, applicable to many different cultural competence projects, will be shared.

For more information:
Boy to Mentsch
pmcgann@mencanstoprape.org
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05/12/2016 - Why Opposing Hyper-Incarceration Should be Central to the Work of the Anti-Domestic Violence Movement

When: 05/12/2016 , 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
WHAT: Web Conference / Webinar
WHERE:
INFORMATION: The term “hyper-incarceration” highlights that the tremendous growth in incarceration is concentrated in particular geographic locations (low-income neighborhoods of color) and has concentrated effects felt disproportionately by African Americans.  In this webinar, Professor Donna Coker will discuss the enormous growth of the US prison population and the policies and practices that contribute to these high incarcerations rates.  She will briefly discuss how survivors end up in prison for crimes that flow from their victimization; the physical and sexual violence perpetrated against individuals who are incarcerated; and the ways victims of DV and/or SA in neighborhoods targeted for surveillance and arrest related to the “war on drugs” fear police intervention.  She will then examine some of the larger, less well-known aspects of hyper-incarceration that have dramatic effects on DV and SA.  Professor Coker will then discuss collateral consequences that limit the economic and civic opportunities of those with criminal convictions; prison trauma and the deepening of destructive masculinities; and the weakening of a community’s social structure, economic viability, and political clout.  She will then examine how these harms are tied to increased risks for the occurrence of domestic violence.  She will then discuss how these connections between hyper-incarceration and DV and SA should impact the work we do. 

For more information:
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
ncdbw@ncdbw.org
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05/16/2016 - Technology Strategies for Ending Child Sexual Exploitation

When: 05/16/2016 , 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
WHAT: Web Conference / Webinar
WHERE:
INFORMATION: This web conference focuses on how to use technology to reach people we don’t usually see as part of prevention– those accessing child pornography/child sexual abuse images and strategies to persuade them to stop and seek help. Focusing on an exciting new effort, the Thorn Deterrence Program, we will explore what has been learned and some of the initial results of these efforts.

For more information:
PreventConnect
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