The Bridging the Gap: Creating a Community of Support for Survivors with Disabilities conference will take place in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference will bring together over 300 professionals from a variety of fields including respresentatives of anti-domestic and sexual violence service providers, disability service providers, criminal justice professionals, self-advocates from the disability rights movement, and other allied professionals. The conference will highlight promising practices for serving survivors with disabilities; explore emerging issues at the intersection of violence adn disability; and foster networking among those working to end violence against people with disabilities.
Vera Institute of Justice's Center on Victimization and Safety
This conference brings together professionals from a variety of fields including criminal justice, disability rights, Deaf rights, self-advocacy, violence against women, and other to highlight promising practices for serving survivors with disabilities; explore emerging issues at the intersection of violence and disability; and foster networking among those working to end violence against people with disabilities. The conference features 5 keynote addresses, more than 30 workshops, a promising practices showcase, and an art exhibit.Who Should Attend
Disability organization advocates, educators, and managers
Domestic violence program advocates, educators, and managers
Law enforcement officers
Rape crisis center advocates, educators, and managers
Self-advocates and survivors
State domestic violence and sexual assault coalition staff
Office on Violence Against Women grantees
Other allied professionals
Organizations from the same community are encouraged to attend in teams to foster collaboration. This conference is an OVW-approved conference. With approval from your OVW Program Specialist, OVW grant funds can be used to support your attendance.
University of Kentucky Violence Intervention and Prevention Center and campus/community partners
Take Back the Night 2014
Wednesday, March 26
7pm March from Thoroughbred Park, Third Street Stuff and Coffee, and University of Kentucky Patterson Office Tower Plaza
7:30pm Rally @ Courthouse Plaza, downtown Lexington, KY
Take Back the Night is an annual march and rally that has been taking place in Lexington for well over 30 years. This event unites campus and community members to recognize the collective power of our community to end violence, especially sexual assault, stalking, and partner violence.
Take Back the Night will be on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The march begins at 7pm from three different locations in Lexington:
Thoroughbred Park (intersection of E. Main Street and Midland Avenue)
Third Street Stuff and Coffee (257 N. Limestone)
Patterson Office Tower Plaza (University of Kentucky campus)
The marches will meet at Courthouse Plaza at 7:30pm for the Take Back the Night rally. In case of inclement weather, the rally will be inside Central Christian Church at 205 E. Short Street (behind the courthouse). The rally includes special speakers, live music, a speak-out, candlelight vigil, and more! There will be an after-party immediately following at Third Street Stuff and Coffee (257 N. Limestone).
This event is planned by student and community volunteers. Additional information is available online or by calling 859-257-3189.
Who are the instructors? Courses are taught by teams of nationally recognized scholars, researchers, and practitioners with hands-on experience—leaders in the field of victimology, criminal justice, and victims’ rights and services.
What courses are being offered? NVAA offers a multi-level educational experience to match the full range of skills providers need today. Trainings, according to track, include the following:
Track 1: Foundation-Level Training. This training is designed for persons with less than 3 years of experience and for those from states who do not yet have a State Victim Assistance Academy. 3.2 CEUs will be awarded for full participation and completion of all NVAA requirements.
Track 2: Professional Skill-Building Institute. This unique track is designed to address several timely topics that confront victim service providers on a daily basis. 3.4 CEUs will be awarded for full participation and completion of all NVAA requirements. Topics during the August 2009 session will include:
Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma
Ethics in Victim Services
Providing Culturally Competent Services to Victims of Crime
Track 3: Leadership Institute. Topics include leadership in victim services, staff development, and strategic planning. 3.3 CEUs will be awarded for full participation and completion of all NVAA requirements
Attendees will benefit from nearly 100 workshops and plenary sessions on topics such as counseling and advocacy; restorative justice; program management; spiritual and mental health services; domestic violence and sexual assault; special concerns for children, elderly, and victims with disabilities; public policy; law enforcement and prosecution models; working with the media; self care and burnout; interdisciplinary services and collaboration; and much more. All workshops earn continuing education credits for the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP).
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