Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


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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Who Do You Work For: An Exploration of Ethics for Victim-Serving Professionals

Who Do You Work For: An Exploration of Ethics for Victim-Serving Professionals

It is often difficult for victim-serving professionals to balance the ethics of their profession with an ethical response to crime victims. The conflicts of these ethical codes, and the misunderstandings that exist among our colleagues, create tension and mistrust across disciplines. While our roles may be different and our ethical obligations may vary, collaborating with victim service professionals is possible. This session will compare and contrast the ethical responsibilities of health care workers, law enforcement, prosecutors, corrections, therapists, and victim advocates towards the goal of fostering understanding among colleagues and increasing ethical behavior and communication toward victims.

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Seek Then Speak: Technology Designed to Increase Reporting and Access to Services

Seek Then Speak: Technology Designed to Increase Reporting and Access to Services

Research indicates that only 1 in 5 victims of forcible rape will report the crime, precluding law enforcement from holding offenders accountable and decreasing the likelihood that survivors will connect with supportive services. To increase access to reporting, EVAWI partnered with VictimsVoice to create a new self-guided, online interviewing tool for sexual assault victims. First, survivors and their support people are offered information about sexual assault victimization and various options for reporting to police and accessing services (SEEK). If they choose, survivors can then begin the process of reporting to police by providing information in response to trauma-informed interview prompts (SPEAK).

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Transforming Crisis Response into Long-Term Solutions

Transforming Crisis Response into Long-Term Solutions

Barrier Free Living is a domestic violence agency in New York City that serves people with disabilities and those who are D/deaf. According to the World Health Organization, people with disabilities are 1.5 times more likely to be a victim of violence than those without a disability, while those with mental health conditions are at nearly four times the risk of experiencing violence. During the COVID- 19 pandemic we learned a lot about how we can offer services in an accessible and flexible manner. We now better understand the true meaning “client centered” services by letting people choose how they would like to receive services such as by phone, video, or in-person. This resulted in people attending services more regularly and on-time.

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Elevating Victims’ Voices: The Difference a Lawyer Can Make

Elevating Victims’ Voices: The Difference a Lawyer Can Make

Affording victims of crime, the power to choose how, when, and to what extent to participate in the criminal justice system correlates with more positive outcomes for both victims and the system. These choices are the foundation of victims’ rights. Yet activating rights in our legal systems requires competent legal advocacy. Unfortunately, too few victims have access to legal representation to help them assert their rights in the criminal investigation and prosecution that result from their victimization.

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A Racial Justice Adaptation of SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Care Principles

A Racial Justice Adaptation of SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Care Principles

Racial justice is a public health and safety issue. The history of systemic racism and structural disempowerment in the United States sets the stage for a multitude of problems in vulnerable populations. In communities of color, health disparities related to bias and persistent institutional mistreatment and trauma are pervasive. For victims of color, who have experienced domestic or sexual violence, these harmful structures can be increasingly disenfranchising and act as barriers to engagement in services, participation in the criminal justice system, and can also lead to negative case outcomes.

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Overcoming the Criminalization of Human Trafficking Survivors

Overcoming the Criminalization of Human Trafficking Survivors

This panel will discuss the criminalization of human trafficking survivors and the ways advocates and attorneys can support survivors and help them clear their criminal records. The topics discussed will include: the intersection of the criminalization of survivors with racial justice, criminal court advocacy, affirmative defenses, criminal vacatur, changes in the laws nationally, power of vacatur for survivors, and how to build relationships with prosecution and educate the legal system.

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Speaking Out Online is Trending: Start by Believing and Social Media

Speaking Out Online is Trending: Start by Believing and Social Media

Over the past decade, social media has allowed anti-violence programs and criminal justice agencies to connect with their communities in new and exciting ways. Advocacy organizations across the country have identified new avenues for connecting with survivors and their loved ones, by posting messages of support and opportunities for activism, while criminal justice organizations are able to foster new connections with communities by participating in online conversations that are timely and relevant to the people they serve.

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Global Panel Discussion: Envisioning Liberty & Justice for All – This World Was made for You & Me

Global Panel Discussion: Envisioning Liberty & Justice for All – This World Was made for You & Me

Blame. Fear of Authority. Lack of Peer Support. Language Barriers. Survivors of assault and domestic violence around the globe are faced with many obstacles as they tirelessly seek justice. Many do not speak up. Those that do seek justice are often misunderstood and blamed for their experiences.

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Gender-Based Violence and Faith: Toward a Faith Sensitive Approach

Gender-Based Violence and Faith: Toward a Faith Sensitive Approach

Too often, when victim advocates, social workers, and therapists begin their work with victims of gender- and power-based violence, we assess the survivor and the case using a standard needs assessment format. When a victim/survivor tries to tell us about abuse and violence, they frequently leave out some of the most traumatic incidents because they are convinced, we won’t understand them – and they are right. The use of spirituality to maintain control over a victim/survivor is not unique to any one faith, but it is discounted by many (or most) system professionals. Victim advocates, social workers, human service workers, law enforcement and prosecutors discount spiritual abuse because we don’t understand it and we don’t know how to address it. 

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