Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive


The Unreported: How Data Beyond Reported Incidents Can Drive Measurable Change

The Unreported: How Data Beyond Reported Incidents Can Drive Measurable Change

Most domestic violence and sexual assault go unreported. The “National Domestic Violence Prosecution Best Practices Guide” (2017) found that nationwide in the US, 80% of all the cases that were reported, were dismissed largely due to a lack of evidence. We know that victims suffer multiple incidents of domestic violence before they make their first call for help and that they leave and return to an abusive relationship an average of seven times before they leave for good. What we have is a huge void in the actual specifics of what is really taking place in these abusive environments.

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Changing the Child Welfare System Response to Domestic Violence – Overview of a Successful Pilot

Changing the Child Welfare System Response to Domestic Violence – Overview of a Successful Pilot

Traditional child welfare approaches to domestic violence place a heavy emphasis on the victim’s actions to protect themselves and their child from the abuser. Many case managers view the act of hiding victims in shelters and then separating them from abusers as a successful resolution to the violence. This approach does not work for many reasons. Relying solely on the victim to stop the violence at best results in the victim being labeled as having a “lack of protective capacity.” At worse, well-meaning case managers increase the danger by forcing a separation without the appropriate safety plan and resources to keep the survivor safe. For decades, this view that separation is the only solution has forced thousands of women to choose between extreme danger, homelessness, or staying with their abuser for lack of other options. Sadly, the result is that they all too frequently lose their children.

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Using Film to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence Featuring Intersectionality with Faith and Race

Using Film to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence Featuring Intersectionality with Faith and Race

Using art to convey a message is as old as time. But using the art of film to raise awareness of domestic violence (DV) through survivors’ stories is an innovative way to bring this issue out of the shadows and into the light. How we “talk” about DV is important whether through film, news, social media, as advocates, legislation, law enforcement, or community leaders. We must hold ourselves and others accountable to convey authentic language around the issue. Honoring DV survivors with a platform to tell their stories will help better understand their acute challenges.

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Measuring Success in the Criminal Justice System’s Response to VAWA Crimes

Measuring Success in the Criminal Justice System’s Response to VAWA Crimes

The presentation will then share the results of a data collection pilot conducted with 15 OVW grantees to explore the usability, feasibility and quality of proposed outcome indicators when collected in the field.

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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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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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How Media Portrayal of Interpersonal Violence Impacts Case Investigation, Prosecution, and Survivor Care

How Media Portrayal of Interpersonal Violence Impacts Case Investigation, Prosecution, and Survivor Care

This session will explore how media portrayals of domestic and sexual violence impact case investigation and prosecution, trauma-informed victim care, and decision making by judges and juries.

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Domestic Violence: The Common Denominator Behind Many Types of Crime

Domestic Violence: The Common Denominator Behind Many Types of Crime

This program will explore the ways in which domestic violence is a precursor to many other types of crime. From vandalism to violent mass shootings, drugs to negligent discharge, domestic abuse is involved in many types of criminal behavior. This program will identify some of the common situations and relationships that should prompt further investigation in order to gain a more complete picture of the interpersonal threat posed by a perpetrator.

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Opioid Addiction and Interpersonal Violence

Opioid Addiction and Interpersonal Violence

We are facing unprecedented challenges as our nation confronts a pandemic, a racial reckoning, and economic and political turmoil simultaneously. Rates of anxiety and depression have tripled; meanwhile, communication skills are dwindling. The way we support each other through this challenging time will have lasting effects. When we respond well to those in trauma, we build strong bonds of trust and enhance communication.

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Conducting Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews in Tribal Communities

Conducting Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews in Tribal Communities

Increasingly, criminal justice professionals and other practitioners involved in domestic violence cases are using domestic violence fatality reviews (DVFR) as a tool that may help reduce the many deaths due to intimate partner homicide. In a fatality review, community practitioners and service providers identify homicides and suicides resulting from domestic violence, examine the events leading up to the death, identify gaps in service delivery, and improve preventive interventions.

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