Each April, OVC helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victim' Rights Week (NCVRW) which will be observed April 19–25, 2015. This year's theme—Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.—emphasizes the role of the entire community, individually and collectively, as we support victims of crime and empower them to direct their own recovery.
GLSENs Day of Silence is a national day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools.
In the United States April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue. We need everyone’s help to end it. Thank you for getting involved and for supporting SAAM efforts.Since 2001 the NSVRC supports SAAM organizers with resources, tools and training. You can ask us questions about sexual violence, prevention, or planning a campaign.
It’s Time to Come Together across settings and disciplines to participate in discussions about LGBT health disparities, and advocate and educate on critical healthcare gaps and needs of LGBT individuals.Throughout the week, the Coalition brings together national and state LGBT organizations, health centers, health departments, universities, health organizations, clinical and behavioral health providers, and LGBT individuals and allies to raise awareness of LGBT health equity focusing on the issues of trust, transparency, and truth.It’s Time for Trusting Relationships. Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 4:00pm For more the agenda and to register http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50800/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY...
National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE)
The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) is proud to be a founding partner of the National Youth Violence Prevention Campaign. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth Violence. This week long national education initiative will involve activities that demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their school and community safer.
The conference planning committee invites presentations, workshops, symposia, and professional posters that offer advanced research studies, innovative policy/practice solutions, or advocacy strategies that address legal issues for individuals, families, and communities.
Topics may include innovative practice and policy reform efforts that advance social and economic justice and equality. This includes clinical and community responses to interpersonal and structural violence across the lifespan (‘offenders’ and/or ‘victims’); mass incarceration; inter-professional and interagency collaboration; culturally responsive trauma informed care; clinical assessment and treatment using the DSM-5; criminal, family, juvenile, and restorative justice policies and interventions; family and community mediation; mitigation in capital cases; specialty courts; child, adolescent, adult, and elder welfare; end of life issues; forensic mental health and substance abuse interventions in correctional or community settings; custody vs. care ethical dilemmas, risk management for service providers, forensic education and criminal justice advocacy.
This year’s conference presentations also will be considered for publication in the Journal of Forensic Social Work.
To submit a proposal and for additional conference information please visit our website: www.nofsw.org
Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI)
The role of intervention in addressing intimate partner violence has become distorted due to a combination of gender neutral advocates, flawed and misrepresented research and the increasing emphasis on evidence based practice. The result is that legislators and communities are withdrawing support from intervention program and the resurgence of strategies that put victims at risk are being promoted. Programs are increasingly finding themselves under attack and having to respond to questions that that they are not prepared to answer. Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI) has taken the lead in the last 20 years of bringing together some of the best faculty from around the world to address controversial issues and provide unequaled networking opportunities. This year is no exception. This conference is an unprecedented opportunity to hear and mingle with some of the leading experts from around the world. A variety of thought provoking plenary sessions will address topics of research, culture, women's use of force and how the field can move forward. Additionally, there will be an assortment of workshops which will offer a smaller group experience to explore topics in depth. This conference is bringing together many of the leaders in the field to discuss how to reclaim the narrative and define the future of batterer intervention programming with an emphasis on cultural sensitivity and victim safety focus. Please see the web site for the agenda, schedule and presenter details.Event dates: April 15, 2015; April 16, 2015; April 17, 2015.Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5700 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49546. Discounted room rates available.CE: 20 BIPSCC CEUs - no extra fee. 20 CEUs Social Work applied for - Social Work CEU Fee $40.00Sponsor: Batterer Intervention Services Coalition of Michigan (BISC-MI)Additional sponsors: Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board (MDVPTB,) Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV,) Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC,) National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Family Justice Center Alliance, American Probation and Parole Association (APPA,) Futures Without Violence, American Judges Association, Women of Color Network, Inc., National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV,) and National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ.)Conference web site: http://www.biscmi.org/advancing-the-narrative-inspiring-the-future-3/. On line registration: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1675677. Cost: Early bird rate: $299.00 members or $399.00 non members (after March 18, 2015 late fee add $50.00) Conference rate includes: Continental breakfast and lunch all 3 days.Discounted room rates at the Crowne Plaza Hotel: $75.00 for a double or a single (If you are calling for reservations, you must mention the BISC-MI Conference to get the reduced rate)Contact information: For information please see the web site or contact BISC-MI at 517-482-3933 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This web conference will engage participants in a discussion of popular education as a community mobilization approach rooted in social justice. We will explore the use of popular education in statewide prevention capacity building, in addition to exploring the Texas Assosication Against Sexual Assault's (TAASA) support of rape crisis centers in using the methodology themselves. The presenters will explore the benefits and challenges of using this methodology for sexual violence prevention work at both the state and local level.Learning Objectives:By the end of the series, participants will be able to:
describe the basics of popular education - principles and practice and
identify ways to engage communities in sexual violence prevention, through popular education.
On February 11, 2015, at 2 p.m. (eastern time), the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will present a Web Forum discussion with Shamele Hill and Karen Kalergis on best practices for building resiliency in child abuse organizations.
Ms. Hill is the Director of Training and Community Engagement at the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition in St. Louis, MO, where she helps develop and facilitate trainings and support groups and coordinates the “A Place to Call Home” news feature. She has been involved in the field of social work for 15 years, and has extensive experience in working with victims. Previously, Ms. Hill served as one of the original Resiliency Coaches for the OVC-funded Resiliency Project, which developed and pilot-tested a program model that child abuse organizations can use to build resiliency in their employees and volunteers.
Ms. Kalergis has 22 years’ experience in victim services in government, nonprofit, and university settings. She is the President of Mani Partners Strategic Communications, a consulting practice that serves child welfare, victim services, and social justice agencies; and the Product Coordinator for the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit being developed and piloted by Northeastern University to address vicarious trauma in victim assistance providers and first responders. Ms. Kalergis also is a consultant for OVC's Training and Technical Assistance Center, focusing on vicarious trauma and resiliency, crime victims’ rights, strategic planning, and state victim assistance academies.
Visit the OVC Web Forum to submit questions for Ms. Hill and Ms. Kalergis and return on February 11 at 2 p.m. (eastern time) for the live discussion. See instructions on how to participate.
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