Dare to Dream will provide male survivors with a safe and comfortable environment to join others in lifting the veil of secrecy and shame from their experience. The program will feature the screening of a film or television program with relevant subject matter, a facilitated panel discussion, and an opportunity to learn about local resources and support groups.
Office on Violence Against Women, United States Department of Justice; Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice; and the Verizon Foundation
The 11th Annual International FJC Conference, "Dream Big…Change the World” hosted by the Family Justice Center Alliance, will include discussions on issues related to the handling of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse and stalking cases in the context of the Family Justice Center model. The Alliance welcomes law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, shelter staff, community-based victim advocates, civil attorneys, judges, counselors, policy makers, elected officials, board members, survivors, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, medical personnel, educators, and all others interested in the future of family violence prevention. The conference faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized subject matter experts, advocates, and survivors. This conference will focus on leadership, accountability to survivors, guiding principles and promising practices in the rapidly evolving national and international movement toward Family Justice Centers and other approaches to co-located, multidisciplinary services for victims of family violence and their children. The conference will also include practical, hands-on training for police officers, prosecutors, advocates, and medical professionals in the day to day handling of domestic violence and sexual assault cases. This year’s conference will be in partnership with the National District Attorneys Association, National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. Professionals from the child abuse and domestic violence intervention and prevention fields will be able to network and cross-train while attending various shared sessions.
On January 11, 2010, CAST and their Coaltion partners across the state will be launching the first annual one- month awareness campaign that will culminate on February 12, 2010, Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, with a call to action to come together to abolish modern day slavery for good.
More information about local events is available online.
The Weekends of Recovery program is divided into two levels: Level I Weekends are open to all male survivors ages eighteen and older, regardless of where they are in their recovery process. Advanced Weekends are open only to alumni of MaleSurvivor Level I Weekends.
Goals of the Level I Weekend of Recovery
1. To provide an opportunity to experience a safe environment in which participants can discover they are no longer alone in their recovery
2. To provide an opportunity to co-create and experience safety with other survivors as they explore further aspects of their healing journey
3. To provide an opportunity where survivors can share their inner pain, strength and hope with others who have been abused
4. To provide an opportunity for survivors to give a voice to their experiences as a survivor
5. To provide a safe way for participants to share the story of their abuse with others who will understand and offer support
6. To provide a safe place for participants to experiment with letting go, opening up and being vulnerable, and practice asking for the support they need
7. To provide an opportunity for participants to explore safe ways of going beyond their comfort zones, and to find ways to get beyond their blocks to move beyond their abuse to experience a greater sense of freedom in their minds, bodies, and spirits and
8. To provide a safe place where participants can experience a sense of community, brotherhood and joy.
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