In light of several recent, heinous incidents of violence against young women, specifically the Steubenville gang rape and the attack in New Delhi, among many others, advocates have reached out to NRCDV staff about being saddened and discouraged after reading through the details of these inhumane acts of violence against young women. To help offer a way for advocates to recharge and re-engage, the NRCDV brings to you the voices of 4 powerful women who are dedicated to ending violence against women and girls and who have been working in the movement for decades.
Anne Menard, Executive Director of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Chic Dabby, Director of the Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
Patti Tototzintle, Chief Executive Officer of Casa de Esperanza
Umi, Project Director for the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African-American Community
Let’s learn from these four amazingly dedicated and experienced advocates about how to stay motivated and steadfast to do this work in the face of opposition, apathy, and continued acts of dehumanizing violence that often go unpunished.
Cases of sexual abuse perpetrated against a child by a family member can be difficult to prosecute. Misperceptions about the dynamics of incest can lead to inadequate response by victim service providers and other members of the system. Prosecutors and allied criminal justice professionals can provide crucial support to children and families surviving incest by learning to identify and respond to their unique needs.Join us as Jennifer Long, Director of AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, and former prosecutor, and Alissa Mailen Perrotto, Online Resource Specialist for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and former children’s advocate, discuss strategies for preparing and litigating cases of incest while supporting children and families.By the conclusion of this presentation participants will be better able to:• Recognize the unique challenges related to the investigation and prosecution of incest cases• Overcome potential barriers in the prosecution of incest cases to improve offender accountability • Collaborate with advocates to decrease the likelihood retraumatizing child victims during investigation and prosecution
Hear from the Chief of the Manhattan District Attorney's Sex Crimes Unit about New York City’s “Backlog Project,” through which 17,000 previously-unexamined sexual assault evidence kits were outsourced for DNA analysis. Ms. Bashford will discuss why NYC decided to test every backlogged rape kit, lessons learned along the way, and some of the cases they solved through the Project. Presenter: Martha Bashford, Chief of the Manhattan District Attorney's Sex Crimes Unit.
On February 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. (eastern time), the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), in coordination with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will present a Web Forum discussion with Cherise Fanno Burdeen and Jeffrey Dion, Esq., on pretrial process considerations for crime victims. Ms. Burdeen is the Chief Operating Officer for the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring informed pretrial decisionmaking for safe communities. Since joining PJI in 2006, she has developed innovative strategies to raise awareness of pretrial justice issues, worked with a broad constituency of criminal justice stakeholder groups, provided technical assistance and training on policy reforms, and engaged in communications and media efforts. Ms. Burdeen also is the Chief Operating Officer for the Institute for Justice Planning, a subsidiary of PJI that provides planning support to jurisdictions engaged in criminal justice system reform.Mr. Dion is the Deputy Executive Director for the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), a nonprofit advocacy organization for victims of all types of crime. In this role, Mr. Dion assists with operational management, partnerships, policy and communication strategies, and the development of all financial resources. Previously, as NCVC’s Acting Executive Director, Mr. Dion oversaw five program areas—victim services, public policy, public education, training and technical assistance, and civil justice—and served as the point of contact for NCVC’s partner agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.Visit the OVC Web Forum now at http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ovcproviderforum to submit questions for Ms. Burdeen and Mr. Dion and return on February 6 at 2 p.m. (eastern time) for the live discussion. Go to http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ovcproviderforum/asp/participate.asp for instructions on how to participate.
The Sexual Assault Across the Lifespan National Technical Assistance Project, a project of the National Sexual Violence Resource center, invites you to attend our upcoming webinar, "Prosecuting Cases of Sexual Violence in Later Life". Misconceptions about older adults and aging can make cases of sexual assault later in life difficult to prosecute. To build an effective prosecution it is necessary for criminal justice professionals to understand not only the unique realities of aging and elder abuse but also how to contest stereotypes about older adults used to cast doubt on testimony. Join us as Viktoria Kristiansson, Attorney Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, and Linda Dawson, Elder Justice Coordinator for the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), share their insights on how to support survivors and hold offenders accountable in cases of sexual violence in later life. At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be better able to:
Identify the dynamics of sexual abuse in later life and consequences for older victims
Recognize tactics employed by offenders who commit sexual assault via force, fraud, or coercion
Investigate and prosecute cases involving the sexual assault of older victims
Promote collaboration and communication among agencies involved with elder abuse cases
National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse
Free Webinar.Featured Speakers:
Rochelle Hanson, PhD- Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina
Mary Margaret Gleason, MD, FAAP- Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Co-clinical Director of Early Childhood Support and Services, Department of Pediatrics, Tulane University School of Medicine
Carole Warshaw, MD- Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health; Executive Director, Domestic Violence & Mental Health Policy Initiative
Understand the relationship between a history of trauma and mental health and concurrent chronic health disorders.
Learn how programs and services can be designed to be more supportive, avoid re-traumatization, address the consequences of trauma in the individual, and facilitate healing
Just Detention International is a international health and human rights organization that seeks to eliminate sexual violence in all forms of detention. "The Right Response: Addressing Sexual Abuse in Large, Urban Jails" is the third in a three-part series of webinars on providing services to survivors of sexual abuse in jails. This JDI webinar will help advocates develop a better understanding of the crisis of sexual abuse in large, urban jails. The session will review the obstacles to providing victim services in such facilities, such as the high levels of need among inmates. Participants will hear from expert speakers on how to conduct hospital accompaniments, handle hotline calls, and deliver vital-in person services. The webinar will also review the new opportunities to expand inmate services afforded by the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards, which are binding on jails nationwide.
The session will feature a conversation between a community-based victim services advocate and the administrator of a large, urban jail who are collaborating on a program to address sexual abuse in the facility. They will discuss the benefits of working together, and offer tips on overcoming the challenges of working in city jails with many inmates. The session will conclude with a presentation on creating sexual assault response teams, followed by a question-and-answer session.
The series is part of JDI’s National Sexual Violence in Detention Education and Resource Project, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. The first two webinars of this series can be found in the archived webinars section of this page.
Who Should Attend:
This webinar is aimed at advocates and service providers – rape crisis center staff, counselors, and administrators – though anyone who works in the victim services field is encouraged to attend. Corrections officials, law enforcement, and other professionals in related fields are also invited.
On February 7, 2013, at 1pm EST, the Children's Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services, will host the 1 hour Webinar, "Child Maltreatment 2011 - Key Findings and Expanded Discussion" to expound on the findings reported in "Child Maltreatment 2011". The report presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies during fiscal year 2011. Among the findings:
Children in the age group birth to 1 year experienced the greatest rate of victimization.
Boys accounted for 48.6 percent, girls for 51.1 percent of victimized children. In the remaining 0.3 percent of cases, the gender of the victim was not known.
Children from three races/ethnicities comprised 87 percent of victims—white (43.9 percent), Hispanic (22.1 percent), and African American (21.5 percent).
Just Detention International is a international health and human rights organization that seeks to eliminate sexual violence in all forms of detention. "Getting Down to Basics" is the first of a three-part series of webinars on providing services to survivors of sexual abuse in jails. The webinar will provide an overview of the crisis of sexual abuse in jails, outlining the factors that make this violence so prevalent, as well as its devastating impact on survivors. Participants will have an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of sexual abuse in jail from JDI Survivor Council members. The webinar will also feature JDI staff who have worked extensively to ensure services for incarcerated survivors. Following the presentation, participants will have a chance to ask questions The series is part of JDI’s National Sexual Violence in Detention Education and Resource Project, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.Who Should Attend: This webinar series is aimed at advocates and service providers – rape crisis center staff, counselors, and administrators – though anyone who works in the victim services field is encouraged to attend. Corrections officials, law enforcement, and other professionals in related fields are also invited.Register online.
Within this one-hour webinar, Phil Rich will provide an overview of a relational approach to the treatment of sexually abusive youth and describe how to use workbooks to model healthy relationships and encourage the skills these youth need to develop. If you have never tried a webinar, it is a chance to both hear a short talk about a specific topic and then be able to ask questions and listen to a discussion as different issues are raised. It is absolutely free, a great way to learn, and you don't need to travel out of your office or home to interact with colleagues across the country.
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