Cops are from Mars, Advocates are from Venus

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 7, 2021

Caroline Huffaker
Caroline Huffaker
Victim Services & Chaplains Director, Chattanooga Police Department
Kim Farbo
Kim Farbo
Detective (Ret.), Training Specialist, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

Advocates and Law Enforcement routinely come in contact with one another while serving victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. You would think that each profession would understand the other and work collaboratively for the benefit of a victim or survivor. However, many times a victim advocate professional may think a law enforcement professional is from another planet and vice versa. It’s not uncommon to hear there can be challenges when the two disciplines are asked (or even required!) to work together. The goals of each discipline will overlap but the ways in which we strive to achieve them can look different. When the work of these two professions is not approached mindfully, methods collide and negatively affect the victims and survivors both professions have been called to serve.

This workshop will be taught by an advocate and a law enforcement professional who believe we are far more effective when we serve our communities together rather than separately in our own silos. Presenters and attendees alike will be challenged to examine their own biases of their fellow public servants so that we know where improvements can be made. Attendees of this workshop will be given real world examples of collaborative approaches from victim advocates and law enforcement, and be shown how to work more cohesively to achieve that success.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify the differences in organizational structure and culture within law enforcement and advocacy agencies.
  • Define the similarities between the professions so that a common ground from which to build our work on can be identified. 
  • Develop procedures to more effectively collaborate across disciplines to achieve procedurally outcome.

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