Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


Using Restorative Justice to Benefit Victim Survivors: Is It Possible?

Using Restorative Justice to Benefit Victim Survivors: Is It Possible?

Although an ancient practice, restorative justice is experiencing a revival in public interest. Communities, particularly those that have been shut out of the traditional American systems of adjudicating crime, are drawn to a system which incorporates community residents into the decision-making process.

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Stronger Together: Creating a Human Trafficking Collaborative Using the Baltimore Blue Dot Model

Stronger Together: Creating a Human Trafficking Collaborative Using the Baltimore Blue Dot Model

In 2018, Baltimore City launched a multidisciplinary collaborative of 48 federal, state, and local agencies who came together to combat human trafficking in both sex and labor along the Baltimore Washington corridor. This innovative and committed group recognized the challenges of having no central point of intake for these vulnerable victims and created the Blue Dot Initiative of Baltimore City. Understanding that the majority of these victims are strangled and the inequity of justice in demonstrating wounds in darkly pigmented victims, alternate light source technology has equalized the field of justice for victims of trafficking and is now accepted in Baltimore City court systems. Cities across the country are seeking guidance in replicating this collaborative model which has identified and offered warm hand off resources and safety to over 150 victims of trafficking in 18 months.

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Transforming Secondary Trauma: Providing Support When Empathy Runs Out

Transforming Secondary Trauma: Providing Support When Empathy Runs Out

In this digital age, where mobile technology plays an omnipresent role in our lives, it is particularly important for victim service professionals to set appropriate boundaries and exercise self-care. For anyone in a helping profession, working with victims/survivors of violence can take a significant toll on their professional and personal well-being. With the added stress and anxiety of a worldwide pandemic, it’s more important than ever to find ways for service providers to take care of themselves and minimize harm, both to themselves as well as their clients.

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Mindfulness for Multi-disciplinary Teams: Best Practices Gained from an Unprecedented Year

Mindfulness for Multi-disciplinary Teams: Best Practices Gained from an Unprecedented Year

The COVID-19 pandemic uprooted daily life in ways most of us never imagined, and the effects have been ongoing, creating a consistent undercurrent of stress, uncertainty, and trauma. Coping skills for actively looking after our mental health, regulating our emotions, and maintaining our interpersonal relationships have never been more critical. Mindfulness allows us to focus on the present, get out of the worry loop, and center ourselves to move forward.

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Identifying Repeat Offenders by Applying Lessons Learned from The Rape Kit Backlog

Identifying Repeat Offenders by Applying Lessons Learned from The Rape Kit Backlog

A new picture of sexual violence and homicide offenders has emerged due to increased funding to test backlogged and unprocessed rape kits, and the collection and processing of DNA from known offenders. This session will summarize findings from agencies nationwide and outline specific best practices gleaned from big misses in investigations and DNA processing. The presenter will provide case examples, resources for further guidance on intra- and inter-agency collaboration, as well as ideas for using DNA and information technology to identify and track repeat offenders.

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Elevating Survivor Voices: The Impact of Start by Believing

Elevating Survivor Voices: The Impact of Start by Believing

All too often, when sexual assault victims find the courage to come forward, their disclosures are met with doubt or blame, rather than empathy and support. End Violence Against Women International set out to better understand the impact of responses to victim disclosures, both from professionals as well as loved ones.

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The Trauma of Incarceration

The Trauma of Incarceration

When addressing the collateral consequences of incarceration, there is very little attention paid to the traumatic impact of the experience of incarceration, and the effect that it has on successful reconnection with family and the community upon release. This session will explore the prevalence of pre-incarceration trauma; individual and institutional trauma that is experienced while incarcerated; incarceration as trauma; and the impact that these experiences have on currently and formerly incarcerated people.

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Sexual Assault and Stalking Survivor Safety: Promoting New Approaches to Long-Standing Crimes

Sexual Assault and Stalking Survivor Safety: Promoting New Approaches to Long-Standing Crimes

Advocates, lawyers, law enforcement, and other first responders are often well-schooled in safety planning with survivors of intimate partner violence. However, many of the most common safety planning tools and methodologies are not relevant to survivors of non-intimate partner (including stranger) sexual assault and stalking. These commonly misunderstood, and severely underreported, crimes require safety plans that are informed by and responsive to survivors’ realities. In this interactive session, we will explore the intersection of stalking and sexual violence, identify stalking behaviors, summarize possible legal remedies to enhance survivor safety, and share examples and strategies to safety plan with and support victims of stalking and sexual violence.

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Alternative Responses to Intimate Partner Prosecution: From Diversion to High Lethality

Alternative Responses to Intimate Partner Prosecution: From Diversion to High Lethality

In 75% of intimate partner violence homicides, the victim experienced violence within the preceding 30 days. Victims of intimate partner homicide who have been strangled are 750% more likely to be victims of intimate partner homicide. However, not all cases involve high lethality. Therefore, communities may consider alternatives to prosecution in intimate partner violence cases, as a result of data driven factors that address outside stressors and engagement of survivors.

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Image-Based Abuse and Trauma

Image-Based Abuse and Trauma

Image-based sexual abuse, which is sometimes referred to as “revenge pornography” is the distribution of sexually explicit images or video of individuals without their permission. The material may be used by the perpetrators to blackmail the subjects into performing sex acts, to punish them for ending a relationship, to coerce them into continuing a relationship, or to silence them. In addition to these dynamics, extortion and monetary payment are often involved. Image-based sexual abuse is a form of psychological and domestic abuse, as well as a form of sexual abuse. This type of evidence, coupled with the suspect’s manipulative behavior, is used to control victims in domestic violence and human trafficking situations.

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