International Safety Planning: Supporting Survivors of Forced Marriage and Domestic Violence

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 6, 2021

Casey Carter Swegman
Casey Carter Swegman, MA
Forced Marriage Initiative Program Manager, Tahirih Justice Center
Hellitz Villegas
Hellitz Villegas
Forced Marriage Initiative Project Associate, Tahirih Justice Center

Forced marriage is a serious problem impacting women and girls (and some men and boys) from across communities in the United States. Forced marriage often results in physical, psychological and sexual abuse, and can intersect with other forms of harm including domestic violence and human trafficking. Survivors face significant safety risks including the threat of being taken, and in some cases abandoned, overseas. Serving these survivors requires advanced and creative safety planning, risk assessment, long term emotional support and coordination with agencies not often involved in domestic violence intervention work. In this session, common case scenarios and best practice guidance for identifying and screening cases with an international component will be shared, including how to support survivors seeking to avoid travel and coordinate a repatriation for those already overseas. An overview of the available forms of legal remedies and other expert support resources will also be provided.


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

  • Identify indicators of overseas travel risk and the limitations faced by survivors abroad.
  • Establish strategies to empower survivors to name the risks they feel they are facing.
  • Create an effective safety plan around unwanted travel.
  • Implement an intervention when a survivor seeks support from abroad.

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