Conducting an initial sexual assault legal intake interview requires a specialized skill set. This free, online course will help you further develop the skills you need to conduct a sexual assault legal intake, demonstrating best practices and inviting you to develop strategies for effectively working with survivors to identify and address their civil legal needs. The course consists of a self-paced web-based training, a series of independent homework activities, and an interactive webinar led by VRLC Staff Attorney Laura Mahr. The course is available for OVW grantees, sub-grantees, and their grant partners,* and will begin Wednesday, June 5th, 2013. To pass the course, you must attend the June 20th webinar (10–11:30 a.m. Pacific). For more information, see the course outline online or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. *Note that should the course fill, priority will be given to LAV grantees, sub-grantees, and their grant partners.If you are not an OVW grantee, but are interested in the course, let us know and we will contact you when the course is offered without grant restrictions.
The Hopi-Tewa Women’s Coalition to End Abuse (HTWCEA) will be hosting a Sexual Assault Awareness Conference on April 17, 2013 at the Hopi Veteran’s Memorial Center in Kykotsmovi, AZ. Please contact HTWCEA for more information.
This conference will be held in support of April’s National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and in celebration of the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act signed by President Obama on March 7, 2013. HTWCEA and national Native Sister Coalitions will be active during the month in bringing about awareness and needed information will be brought to Hopi this April. The event is a great opportunity for Hopi, Tewa and all Native American’s to share and learn about prevention strategies, healing ways and communicating about sexual assault. There are many ways in which the rich Hopi and Tewa history and culture can prevent sexual assault and heal our people. Every year we are strengthening partnerships and collaborations and it is our hope to create more connections this year.Entertainer/Activist Mr. Ed Kabotie will be providing unique perspectives about trauma, its effects on his life, art and entertainment from an advocacy perspective at the conference. Mr. Kabotie is from the village of Shungopavi and the Tewa village of Khap'o Owinge (Santa Clara Pueblo). His vision as an artist is to express the virtues of Native American cultures. These expressions take the forms of overlay jewelry, watercolor paintings, traditional pottery, and trilingual (English, Hopi & Tewa) musical compositions. His heritage is his inspiration. Ed is a third generation artist who comes from a family of artists. Ed received the 2009 Male Artist of the Year Listener’s Choice Award from KUYI Hopi Radio and is currently an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
The 2013 Sexual Assault Summit Planning Committee is pleased to open registration for the 2013 Sexual Assault Summit XII: Be the Solution! Please join us in Rock Springs on April 16th– 18th at the Holiday Inn as we all come together to continue to be part of the solution. We will begin the first day with a theme of “It all starts with you” as individuals engage in training opportunities to meet needs within their disciplines. The second day’s theme is “It all starts with us.” This day promises to provide participants with in-depth training experiences focusing on multi-disciplinary response to sexual assault. As we close the final day of the Summit with “Together, we can prevent sexual assault”, participants will be provided with prevention programming that will support local prevention efforts even for folks that are traditionally response based. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend optional documentary-viewing sessions in the evenings; “SEXT Up Kids: How Children are Becoming Hypersexualized” and a public screening of the Academy Award Nominee Best Documentary Feature, “The Invisible War."
Analyze characteristics of successful cross-sector collaborations that have implemented effective policies, systems, and environmental changes to address the social determinants of health in communities, schools, worksites, healthcare entities, and other settings;
Enhance capacity to create inventive, effective and inspiring strategies to address current and future health education and promotion needs, trends, settings, opportunities and challenges;
Explore participatory approaches involving researchers, practitioners, and/or community members to transform health parity efforts, create new models in the field, or overcome challenges for more effective outcomes;
Examine school-based strategies and school-community collaborations/initiatives designed to improve health literacy, health equity, and overall community health.
The Rural Law enforcement Technology Institute will be held April 28 to May 2, 2013, in Annapolis, Maryland. The institute provides an opportunity for rural law enforcement officers to learn about and discuss technology initiatives and issues affecting the rural law enforcement community. Applications must be received by March 13, 2013.
This Southern Regional Forum will be limited to 32 attendees with 25 advocates from OVW-supported programs and 7 non-OVW funded economic and social justice advocates. OVW grantees will utilize OVW training and travel funds to attend; limited travel and boarding scholarships will be available only for non-OVW grantees accepted to participate in the Regional Forum. All participants MUST be based in organizations located in a Southern State (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, or WV).On April 18, 2013 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and April 19 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., the Regional Forum will consist of panels, workshops, and brainstorming sessions to develop policy recommendations related to building and strengthening a safety net for women of color survivors in the following five arenas: Institutional bias and affect on services; Advocacy inclusion as part of our work; Re-entry populations; Tribal sexual assault; and, U & T-Visas. The Regional Forum will offer a mix of information-sharing on economic justice and survivors of violence as well as opportunities for contributing to policy recommendations while developing advocacy and leadership skills. During the Southern Regional Forum, attendees will be provided with light morning and afternoon snacks during breaks. To be considered for the pool of attendees, please complete the appropriate OVW or non-OVW advocate application.
Just Detention International and the PREA Resrouce Center are holding two FREE full-day trainings in Columbia, SC. The first training, on April 23, will focus on creating a trauma-informed victim services program, as required by the PREA standards.The second training, in April 24, will provide corrections staff with the skills to develop inmate education programs that comply with the PREA standards. Both trainings will be held at the same site in Columbia, SC. Because the sessions complement each other, it is encouraged that you attend both. Each will feature interactive exercies, expert panels, sexual abuse survivor testimonies, and group discussions that cater to individuals working in a range of detention settings. Speakers will include leaders in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, advocacy, and mental health, as well as a survivor of sexual abuse in detention.For more information or to register, visit http://www.justdetention.org/en/south-carolina-regional-training-application.aspx
Rensselaer County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)
Join members of the Rensselaer County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), students and professionals from healthcare, law enforcement, counseling, advocacy, higher education, and prosecution from throughout New York State for the third annual one-day conference on preventing and responding to sexual assault. Attendees of the conference may choose from a variety of workshops which fit their interests and training needs, and will also have the opportunity to network with other professionals. The cost to attend the full-day conference is $40, which includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments, all conference materials and parking. This year, we are able to offer a special student rate of $32 for full-time students. Detailed directions, parking instructions and helpful reminders will be emailed to attendees in advance of the conference.
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