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March Advocate Network Meeting

Avondale Meadows YMCA

3908 Meadows Dr

Indianapolis IN 46205

March 6, 2018
8:45 am - 11:00 am

Attendees will engage in a robust discourse around detouring the school to prison pipeline. Participants should be ready to fully engage with colleagues through conversation, video and real life simulations and find out where you would end up in the...

Navigating the Ever-Changing Waters of Immigration: Challenges and Solutions for Working with Survivors Without Legal Status

March 22, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This webinar will provide participants with information on the processes and best practices of the accredited in-house immigration services at the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence (CASFV) in El Paso, Texas. CASFV is the largest comprehensive provider of domestic violence and sexual assault services on the U.S./Mexico border and has been providing immigration services for 16 years.

Facilitating Groups with Men Who Batter - Webinar

March 21, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Often when the police are called for domestic violence, men who batter are arrested, convicted, and then likely sent to a batterers intervention program. What community support, programming, facilitation, and skills are needed to address men’s violence against women in a batterers intervention program? When men who batter are court ordered to group process, there needs to an analysis of key elements of abusive behavior and then a process to identify alternative beliefs and behaviors. The group process needs to be reflective and encourage critical thinking.

Alcohol and Sexual Assault

March 21, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

How does alcohol affect female and male bodies differently? “But what if they were both drunk? Doesn’t that mean they raped each other?” How do perpetrators intentionally use alcohol to make victims vulnerable? What should Title IX investigators know about alcohol and sexual assault? What can investigators and prosecutors do if victims cannot remember what happened?

Spotlight on Communities of Promise: Accessing Safety in Hennepin County

November 15, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Accessing Safety in Hennepin County is a collaboration between The Arc Greater Twin Cities (The Arc) and the Sexual Violence Center (SVC). The purpose of Accessing Safety in Hennepin County is to make The Arc and SVC safe places for people with developmental disabilities who are victims of sexual violence. During this webinar, learn more about the work of Accessing Safety in Hennepin County and their work to make the services at both organizations empowering for victims of sexual violence with developmental disabilities so that they have the skills and resources they need to heal. You will learn about their needs assessment process conducted in the summer of 2015 and the development of a strategic plan that outlines five initiatives to improve services. The webinar will include a history of this collaboration, why they choose to work together to support victim/survivors with disabilities, and the ways in which both organizations have benefited from a formal collaboration including tools that were developed as a result of the collaborations work.

Family Law Survival Kit: Tipping the scales in favor of domestic violence survivors who have mental health concerns

November 1, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

It is all too common for perpetrators of domestic violence to emotionally harm their partners and then to use the depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. that they caused as justification for taking away survivors’ children. Too often survivors have to navigate a complex family law process without legal representation and without support. The Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project in King County, WA created Family Law Toolkits for domestic violence advocates, attorneys, mental health service providers, and survivors. These tools enable survivors of domestic violence, particularly those with mental health concerns, to access the information, resources, and support they need to navigate the family law system successfully, and to protect themselves and their children from further harm. The scales of justice have not been balanced; we are tipping them by joining together. During this webinar, we will introduce the Family Law Toolkits, discuss why they are needed, and how to utilize them to improve outcomes for adults and children who have experienced domestic violence. We will also be sharing our new, free templates that you can use to adapt our tools for the needs of your community.