Why is Black History Month important and other questions: A Q & A with Virginia Duplessis

What do you want people to know about the work that you do?

Everyone has a unique and important role in ending domestic violence – and the health care system has a really special responsibility. That’s because there are a lot of survivors who will never call a hotline and never go into a shelter, but they will go to a doctor for themselves or their kids. That’s an incredible opportunity for a health provider to talk with survivors to let them know that they’re not alone and that there is help available.

People really believe their doctors and they may think, “Well, if my doctor is talking to me about this, it must be important.” So if a health care provider brings up  the importance of healthy relationships and how violence can affect your health, people really take it to heart.

What’s the hardest thing about your job?

Right now the healthcare system is experiencing a lot of burnout and turnover as a result of all the pressures of COVID. That means that it can be hard to convince them to prioritize talking about intimate partner violence with all their patients. It can feel like we are asking them to do something extra. So we have to work really hard at showing them why it’s so important to talk about these things. We want to make sure providers recognize that when they have patients who are experiencing relationship violence, it’s impacting their health. For example, maybe a survivor is not able to take a daily medication because their partner is hiding their prescriptions. If the provider just keeps telling the patient they need to take their medication, but not finding out WHY they are not taking their medication and coming up with an alternative, there is unlikely to be a change. Without addressing the violence, they’re not able to fully address their health needs.

What inspires you to continue doing the work?

I have a lot of inspirations. Right now  our Survivor Leadership Cohort is inspiring. It’s a program where we bring together 10 survivors of domestic violence from around the country for support, networking and working together to improve health policy and program to be more survivor-friendly. Hearing their stories and seeing their strengths is very inspiring. It reminds me why I come to work every day. It’s so important to be guided by their experiences, and really helps center me and my work. 

Why is Black History Month important through the context of your work?

The past couple years, people have been talking a lot about health equity and about how Black people are disproportionately impacted by high maternal mortality and infant mortality. We also know that Black women are at higher risk of experiencing lethal violence at the hands of a partner. Black History Month provides a great opportunity to highlight how health services and health outcomes are different for people who have experienced discrimination on both personal and system levels. It’s important to take a look at the specific health conditions, health problems and also health solutions for Black people. 

It’s also exciting to be able to promote the great work that’s happening by organizations lead by  and focused on the experiences of the Black community, and to be able to learn lessons from them about what’s working and how we can help reduce the disparities that we experience in health care.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

Sunshine.

Meaningful Engagement and Partnership with Lived Experience Experts of Human Trafficking, Domestic, and Sexual Abuse: Roundtable Webinar

Title: Meaningful Engagement and Partnership with Lived Experience Experts of Human Trafficking, Domestic, and Sexual Abuse   

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Time: 11:00 am PT / 1:00 pm CT / 2:00 pm ET (90 minutes)

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Description: Survivors and lived experience experts of human trafficking, domestic abuse, and sexual abuse have diverse capacities and skills to share as direct service professionals and other rolesThis webinar will explore strategies for engaging and empowering survivors of human trafficking in various capacitiesLived experience experts and advocates will share their experience in fostering partnerships and lessons learned through their journeyParticipants will gather strategies for collaboration and to empower lived experience experts to thrive in diverse capacities.

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Consider possible avenues to intentionally engage lived experience experts and support the development of their skills and abilities. 
  • Apply strategies to engage lived experience experts meaningfully, through information, inquire, involvement, collaboration, and empowerment. 
  • Explore approaches for partnering with survivors as employees, based on lessons and perspectives of lived experience experts.  
  • Discuss possible barriers for employing lived experience experts and exchange survivor-centered practices and compensation strategies. 
  • Identify strategies, tools, and resources to partner with lived experience experts. 

Presenters:

Perla Flores, JD, MPA (She/Her/ Ella), Senior Division Director, Community Solutions  

Siberia Moreno (She/Her/ Ella), Case Manager, Thriving Self-Sufficiency Pilot, Solutions to Violence Division, Community Solutions 

Chris Ash (They/Them), Survivor Leadership Program Manager Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)

Sheri Combs (She/Her), Director of Community and Youth Engagement, Covenant House of New Orleans, Covenant House New Orleans 

Target Audience:

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program Staff and Boards, Anti-Human Trafficking Program Staff and Boards, Taskforce members, other interested individuals

Questions?

Please contact Vivian Baylor – learning@futureswithoutviolence.org

This project is supported by Grant# 15JOVW-21-GK-02211-MUMU, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. 

Reimagining Aging: An Afrofuturist Approach to Healing Elder Abuse and Advancing Racial Justice

Title: Reimagining Aging: An Afrofuturist Approach to Healing Elder Abuse and Advancing Racial Justice 

Date: February 14, 2024

Time: 11:30 am PT / 1:30 pm CT / 2:30 pm ET (90 minutes)

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Description: Embracing an Afrofuturist lens and grounded in an anti-oppression framework, we will begin with an exploration of the unique challenges faced by elders of color, including abuse, neglect, and discrimination. Presenters will guide participants through critical conversations, dialogue, and strategic planning to gain insights into the impact of social and cultural factors on aging and elder abuse. Participants will explore strategies to address these issues and engage in reflective discussions around principles and practices of Afrofuturism and the intersections of race, age, and power dynamics. **Please come prepared to actively participate!**

Presented by UBUNTU Research and Evaluation

UBUNTU Research and Evaluation fosters research-based accountability to create an equitable world.  

Here is Why: 

  • We need to build an active bridge between the theory and praxis of collective liberation.  
  • We need to practice talking about liberation more in our day-to-day activities.  
  • We need to know that being Black is not a problem.  
  • We need to create and support Black-owned and Black-led institutions.  
  • We need to live as unencumbered by anti-Blackness as possible.  
  • We need to embrace Black aliveness. 

Presenters:

  • Deja Taylor
  • Koren Dennison

Questions?

Please contact Vivian Baylorlearning@futureswithoutviolence.org

Supporting Survivors of Trafficking with Intellectual Disabilities: Prevention and Response Through Multi-Systems Collaboration

Title: Supporting Survivors of Trafficking with Intellectual Disabilities: Prevention and Response Through Multi-Systems Collaboration 

Date: January 25, 2024

Time: 11:00 am PT / 1:00 pm CT / 2:00 pm ET (90 minutes)

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Description: Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) are at a disproportionately higher risk of experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Unfortunately, due to the marginalization of individuals with ID, victims/survivors are often not recognized or offered appropriate support and services. The webinar will explore vulnerability factors facing the ID community and how organizations can work collaboratively to offer person-centered support to those who have experienced trafficking. 

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Identify individual and systemic factors influencing the vulnerability of individuals with ID to exploitation and trafficking 
  • Recognize indicators of possible trafficking, and subtle nuances in presentation when interacting with a victim/survivor with ID 
  • Initiate and facilitate multisystem collaboration 
  • Explore methods of balancing institutional responsibility for ensuring safety and respecting individual autonomy 
  • Apply (employ) survivor-centered response practices when working with survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault with intellectual disabilities.  

Presenters:

Katherine Antall, MS is the Human Sexuality Specialist at The Cuyahoga Board of Developmental Disabilities. With a commitment to supporting survivors of sexual exploitation who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), Katherine plays a vital role in their empowerment and recovery. Her expertise extends to consulting for multidisciplinary teams, where she leverages her knowledge to enhance the quality of care and services provided to survivors with I/DD.  Katherine’s engaging presentations shed light on the crucial intersection of trafficking and I/DD, raising awareness and facilitating dialogue on this critical issue. Additionally, Katherine is a passionate researcher, conducting qualitative studies to further understand and combat trafficking within the I/DD community.  

Susan Kahan, MA, LCPC

As a member of the clinical staff at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute on Disability and Human Development, Susan provides individual and group therapy for children through adults on a broad range of mental health, developmental, and behavioral concerns, specializing in trauma.  Susan provides consultation around the country on disability-related topics including trauma and trauma-informed care, sexual abuse and human trafficking, sexuality and healthy relationships, and crisis intervention. In addition, Susan is certified in forensic interviewing, with additional certification in interviewing people with disabilities and people who do not speak.  Susan provides training and consultation for law enforcement, trauma centers, disability agencies, professionals, schools, and families.  

Target Audience:

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program Staff and Boards, Anti-Human Trafficking Program Staff and Boards, Taskforce members, other interested individuals

Questions?

Please contact Vivian Baylor – learning@futureswithoutviolence.org

This project is supported by Grant# 15JOVW-21-GK-02211-MUMU, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. 

The Time to Act Is Now – Intimate Partner Violence & the Black Maternal Health Crisis Can’t Wait Any Longer

There are two public health crises that are claiming the lives of black women at an alarming rate. Black families and communities across this nation have been devastated by pain and loss attributed to the intersection of two critical issues: intimate partner violence (IPV), often better known as domestic violence, and the painful issue of maternal deaths and pregnancy and infant loss. It is a harsh reality that many survivors of intimate partner violence live at the intersections of physical, emotional and sexual violence, mixed with the increased risk of infertility, miscarriages and even death due to serious physical violence and reproductive coercion.

Pregnancy is an especially risky period for IPV as abuse can start or intensify during pregnancy. Each year, an estimated 324,000 women in the United States are harmed by their intimate partners. IPV during pregnancy can harm both maternal and infant health.
In addition, the ongoing maternal health crisis – which disproportionately impacts Black women – demands sustainable funding, policies, resources and support for Black birthing survivors, who lack access to reproductive and maternal care services. Additional considerations must be made to further support survivors who may be marginalized due to other intersecting identities, or who may be living in rural/frontier communities that have limited or no access to obstetric providers or services.

The intersection of intimate partner violence (IPV), racism, and mortality among birthing people remains one of the least explored and under-resourced topics. Approximately, 45 percent of Black women experienced physical violence, sexual violence, or stalking from their intimate partner, which is significantly higher than the national average of IPV experienced by women of all races (approximately 27 percent). At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that black women have the highest maternal mortality rate in the United States — 69.9 per 100,000 live births for 2021, 2.6 times the rate for white women. Factors related to systemic, institutional, and historical racism perpetuate poor health outcomes and elevated risk for IPV for Black birthing people. Those factors include inequitable access to quality health care, education,and housing, as well as high rates of poverty and lifelong experiences of bias and discrimination, as well as violence and trauma.

IPV, racism, and maternal mortality are interconnected, interrelated, and yet preventable.

We need policymakers to take bold steps to institute change for those impacted by IPV and the maternal health crisis, by addressing social determinants of health and providing equitable, quality and comprehensive care to ALL birthing people and their children.

We are calling on our nation’s leaders to:

  • Publicly acknowledge that structural and racial disparities contribute to and exacerbate the maternal health crisis for Black birthing people.
  • Support increases to Family Violence Prevention Services Act (FVPSA) funding, which serves as one of the primary federal funding streams dedicated to supporting emergency shelters and related assistance for survivors of IPV and their children.
  • Advocate for policies that support the health of birthing people:
    • Require states to implement the Medicaid postpartum extension from 60 days to 12 months, which will provide new parents and babies critical support post delivery.
    • Pass the Black Maternal Healthcare Momnibus Act.
    • Expand telehealth services to bridge gaps in health care, especially gynecology and obstetric services within maternity care deserts.
    • Pass Preventing Maternal Deaths Reauthorization Act – to continue federal support for state-based maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs), preserving maternal health throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum, and addressing disparities in maternal health outcomes and finding solutions to enhance health care quality and outcomes while preventing future mortalities.

The time to act is now.

To find out more about the work Futures Without Violence is engaged in to address the intersections of racism, IPV, and health outcomes for Black birthing people, visit our Safety & Justice for Black Birthing People Coalition page.

Turning Outrage Into Action to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Recent news headlines about the horrific mass rapes committed against women and girls in Israel and in Sudan have brought much needed attention to the issue of sexual violence during wartime.

The terrible truth is that rape is one of the most commonly perpetrated, and under-prosecuted, war crimes.

With the world facing the highest number of conflicts since the Second World War, the UN reports that an alarming number of women and girls worldwide are experiencing gang rape, sexual slavery and other forms of sexual violence. Today, there are 20 “situations of concern” where sexual violence is a threat to women and girls, including conflicts in Ethiopia, Haiti, Myanmar and Ukraine. (more…)

Lessons Learned from Judicial Education on Elder Abuse

Title: Lessons Learned from Judicial Education on Elder Abuse

Date: November 29, 2023

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Judicial education on abuse in later life and elder abuse is essential for judges sitting on all types of cases because elder abuse may be present in a civil, criminal, family, probate or even juvenile court context. Elder abuse is underreported and cases may not present as one might expect. This session will highlight some of the prevailing themes in judicial education on this topic and provide a snapshot of what judges are facing in various jurisdictions in responding to cases of elder abuse before them.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this presentation, you will be better able to:

  • Describe the importance of access to judicial education on abuse in later life and elder abuse for judges across the U.S.
  • Identify fundamental components of judicial education that are an essential foundation for judges presiding over cases where abuse in later life is present
  • Consider how key learnings from the CA judicial education replication of the Enhancing Judicial Skills in Abuse in Later Life Cases apply to your own continuing education as a judge or judicial officer

Presenters: Judge Mark Juhas and Candace Heisler, Esq.

 

Questions? Please contact Vivian Baylor Email: learning@futureswithoutviolence.org

This project was supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-22-GK-03995-MUMU awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this website/publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, or Futures Without Violence.

Why We’re All In For Kids

The conditions that promote lifelong health and well-being start early in a child’s life.  But children are growing up in uncertain and stressful times. In school, kids experiencing traumatic stress are 2.5x more likely to fail a grade and score lower on standardized tests.

Communities and local leaders have the solutions, yet siloed systems limit access to comprehensive, integrated, and holistic service provision. People get stuck with inflexible and restricted service options, and children suffer.

We need breakthrough thinking to reimagine and create the experiences and conditions that help children, families, communities, and society thrive and prosper. So we started All In For Kids, in partnership with our founding donors and partners.

All In For Kids is an innovation incubator that leverages what actually works for kids. Our partners develop and design responsive early childhood ecosystems of healing and caring from deep within their community. 

All In For Kids and our partners are co-designing solutions that break down the barriers. Everyone in the early childhood ecosystem of care—from policymakers and educators to healthcare providers and more—has a role in healthy outcomes.

Too often, outside organizations and policymakers call for solutions that don’t consider this interdependency, focus too much on individual-level solutions, and do not lead to the best outcomes for kids. All In For Kids shifts that power—and resources, along with it—into the hands of the community. 

All in For Kids grantee First 5 Monterey County is an inspiring example of this concept in action. They provide robust supports for families with young children, but they recognized their work was incomplete without also advancing families as advocates and leaders. Their political education and mobilization work is now a model that they are sharing through the Parent Power Blueprint.

By investing in community-driven solutions, All In For Kids is making systems-level changes to sustain the services, policies, and practices that result in holistic well-being across generations.

In early October, California leaders who work to make life better for families every day came together to share, learn and dream about health and behavioral health innovations with our All in For Kids partners. There was important collaboration and storytelling in the room, and we hope to see more of this at our future roundtables. 

The fact that racial disparities in economic, educational, health, and social outcomes for our children and their families still exist is a direct testament that what we are currently doing is not working or is not enough. 

Children deserve our boldest, most creative thinking and actions, and their parents deserve our authentic partnership. Our grantees work across systems and lift up parent and community voices because that’s where our most imaginative and effective solutions come from. 

From prenatal to school age and beyond, All In For Kids envisions a world where young children and their families have the support they need to thrive. 

Would you like learn more and receive updates? contact us here

Alum Campus Fellow Leadership Program

My name is Megan Beine and I was a Campus Fellow in the Futures Without Violence Campus Leadership program at Eastern Washington University for the 2022-2023 school year alongside my partner, Nicole Smith. This was an extremely valuable and growing experience for us that came with many struggles and rewards as we bumped up time and time again against our college’s academic bureaucracy in our attempts to lift up student voices and concerns surrounding violence and prevention efforts on campus.

At the beginning of the school year, a string of sexual assaults in our residence halls left us, and the rest of the campus community feeling very unsettled about the ways our university was handling, or attempting to prevent instances of violence, on campus. Knowing the statistics surrounding campus sexual assault, we understood that the cases that were being reported were only the tip of the iceberg, but it seemed that beyond a few emergency alerts there was no genuine conversation with the students surrounding issues of consent, safe sex practices, healthy relationships, or bystander intervention tactics that could help move the conversation forward beyond telling young women to “not walk alone at night”. We were concerned about the implications this response could have for other students and survivors. Further, we wanted to address and understand these specific instances of violence within the larger framework of sexual violence and prevention work so that it could improve the health of our campus community overall. Nicole and I began to set up meetings with the key staff and faculty members who seemed to be most invested in these issues to bring our thoughts to the table. Although they were sympathetic to our concerns, for the most part, they told us from their experience, students were simply not interested in discussing issues of violence on campus. “Good luck trying!” We were very disheartened by this assessment of our student body, but ultimately decided that we should go directly to the source.

We decided to set up a series of presentations during classes that professors would let us invade for an hour or two. We discussed the statistics surrounding campus sexual and domestic violence as well as general demographics. We outlined consent practices, the intersections between health and violence, bystander intervention and prevention tactics, the confidential and non-confidential resources that are available to students, and ended with some discussion questions to gauge how students were feeling on this issue. We were pleasantly surprised by the depth of perspective students had surrounding this topic; they had a wealth of knowledge and ideas surrounding what could be done to make them feel safer and more supported by the university as a whole. Their ideas centered around having an open dialogue in new student orientations, employee training and dorm rooms surrounding issues of prevention and violence, as well as making the community and university resources available to them as accessible and known as possible–especially given that multiple students stated they did not know so many resources were available to help them. This response led us to believe that the problem was not that students were uninvested in these conversations, but that our institution did not understand how to engage with them on these issues in effective ways.

Throughout these presentations, many students told us that it was the first time on campus that they were having an open conversation, not only about violence on campus, but how to prevent it within their everyday interactions. This is where we truly saw the value and necessity of campus advocacy and programs like the Campus Leadership Program. Although our university was making some effort to create events, panels, and spaces to discuss issues of violence and prevention, it was done from a top down approach that students did not want to engage with. We felt like these events felt like another “to do” item for students, leading to poor attendance and ultimately leading the university to give up on trying to engage the student population. Our university is likely not the only one with this problem, and this is where campus advocacy can fill the gaps and create peer leadership and relationships that are longer lasting and more influential on the campus culture as a whole. In the end, we need campus advocacy and programs like the Campus Leadership Program to help students thrive, and to keep universities accountable for creating safe learning environments for their students. Title IX is the bare minimum universities can offer, and survivors deserve the world of love, support, and effort from their campus community.

The Health Resource Center has many helpful resources for campus advocates and campus health centers. Request yours today!

We must not remain silent in the face of hate and violence

[NOTE: This blog post was updated on 12/1/23 to reflect updated information on the number of causalities since the start of the conflict.]

We must not remain silent in the face of hate and violence. 

That’s the wisdom shared by every organization that addresses violent extremism, and it’s something we’ve learned over many years of work at Futures Without Violence. We also know that speaking publicly in support of people who are the targets of violence and hate demonstrates that rejecting hate is the responsibility of each one of us.

I also believe that every human being should be protected from violence and harm, and anyone being harmed deserves our compassion. Full stop.

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What do ageism, elder abuse and domestic violence have in common?

Fewer older survivors access domestic violence services: We can change that.

Which of the following are examples of ageism?

  • When you turn 55, you start calling yourself old and worrying about the new fine lines on your face.
  • All the romantic relationships on your favorite Netflix show are between people in their 20s.
  • You give a bouquet of flowers to an older woman sitting alone in the park because she looks lonely.

The answer is all of the above.

The first example is internalized ageism – how we feel about aging.
The second is cultural ageism – the stereotypes that we see in the media.
The third is sometimes called “benevolent ageism” – when people think they are being kind, but they are actually patronizing and infantilizing older adults.

According to The World Health Organization, ageism is the most prevalent and socially acceptable form of bias. Globally, one in two people hold ageist attitudes toward older adults.

Today on Ageism Awareness Day, we’re thinking about the intersection of ageism, elder abuse and domestic violence.

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Arlene Groh (left), STAGES plenary speaker and founding member of Waterloo Region’s Elder Abuse Response Team, and Toi Dennis (right), STAGES workshop presenter from the CVLAP Elder Justice Initiative

The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 6 older people have experienced some form of violence. Age stereotypes play a key role in perpetuating abuse of older adults, as well as in hindering their access to appropriate care and support.

Our elder abuse work at FUTURES focuses on adults aged 50 and above because we know this is the point at which fewer older survivors access domestic violence services. This is also the point when survivors over 50 do seek help, they are often either not believed or dismissed.

Consider a fourth example of ageism:

  • You hear about a man who became so frustrated with caring for his wife who has Alzheimer’s, he grabs her and shakes her. In the conversation, several people lament the challenges of caretaking.

Negative stereotypes and bias can lead to harmful consequences, including violence against and abuse and neglect of older people. In this example, the woman with Alzheimer’s is seen as burdensome, and therefore his abuse is perceived as an excusable act of frustration.

Ageist attitudes contribute to structural ageism, which shapes legislation, policies, and practice. This is why there are so few domestic violence services tailored for older people. Educating people about the reality of ageism is a first step in changing systems that often disregard, stereotype and overlook older adult domestic violence survivors.

Elder abuse may have been happening for many years, or it may start because of new relationships, or changes in existing relationships like health conditions. Similarly to gender-based violence, there are individuals who are responsible for the violence, but underlying structural and cultural factors enable and perpetuate it. In the context of elder abuse, ageism serves as one such factor.

As part of my job with FUTURES, I educate judges on elder abuse. Many judges don’t recognize their own ageist assumptions. A judge once questioned the credibility of a grandmother who was brutally beaten and raped by her grandson. The grandson was found guilty, but the judge thought the victim must be lying because no one would want to rape someone of her age. This troubling sentiment reflects a fundamental misunderstanding about sexual violence but also deeply held assumptions about age. These assumptions limit options for older survivors and send the message to older adults that no one will believe them anyway.

So what can we do to meet the true wants and needs of older adults?

FUTURES created Strategies to Advance Greater Elder Safety (STAGES), a project to foster collaboration across disciplines to address abuse in later life. We met with stakeholders, community partners, other FUTURES staff, and experts with touchpoints to older adult survivors across different systems (advocacy, social services, justice reform, restorative justice, food systems, housing, shelter, substance use and harm reduction, tribal jurisdictions, among others). The answer became clear: older adults want options beyond what is currently available to them.

STAGES will continue to work with communities around the US to help support prevention and restorative options for older survivors of abuse and exploitation. Our goal is to change ageist attitudes in every community so that older people are seen as valued members of our communities deserving of dignity, structural supports, services, and healthy violence-free lives.

 

Leading Educational Support Groups Webinar Series

Title / TítuloLeading Educational Support Groups Webinar Series / Impartición de grupos de apoyo educativo

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Description / Descripción:

In part one, we’ll talk about creating a welcoming environment where everyone can feel safer to ask questions, share openly, and engage in meaningful reflection. We will learn techniques to reduce anxiety, and how to facilitate group agreements and norms that promote relationship building, inclusivity, and mutual respect. / En la primera parte, hablaremos sobre cómo hacer que un entorno sea acogedor donde todas, todos y todes puedan sentirse a salvo para hacer preguntas, hablar de forma sincera en público y participar en una reflexión significativa. Aprenderemos técnicas para reducir la ansiedad, y cómo facilitar acuerdos y normas grupales que promuevan el fomento de interrelaciones, de la inclusión y del respeto mutuo.

Part two will cover writing lesson plans for educational support groups. We will explore the art of skillfully posing open-ended questions that inspire self-reflection and deep conversations. We will share techniques for designing groups based on your community’s needs and structuring lesson plans with flexible agendas to meet the unique needs of each group. / En la segunda parte hablaremos sobre cómo escribir planes de lecciones para grupos de apoyo educativos. Exploraremos el arte de plantear hábilmente preguntas abiertas que inspiren la autorreflexión y las conversaciones a fondo. Hablaremos de técnicas para diseñar grupos basados en las necesidades de su comunidad, y estructuraremos planes de lecciones con tablas de contenido flexible para satisfacer las necesidades únicas de cada grupo.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve done this before or this is your first time, these sessions will help you build on your experience by learning from each other! / No importa si usted ya ha participado previamente, o si es la primera vez que participa: ¡estas sesiones le ayudarán a aprovechar su experiencia al mismo tiempo que aprende de sus pares!

Learning Objectives / Objetivos de aprendizaje:

Part One Learning Objectives / Objetivos de aprendizaje de la primera parte:

By the end of this 45-minute webinar, participants will be better able to / Al final de los 45 minutos de este webinario, los participantes podrán:

  1. Recognize the importance of establishing psychological safety within educational support groups / Reconocer la importancia de establecer un entorno de seguridad psicológica dentro de los grupos de apoyo educativos.
  2. Describe strategies to create an environment that encourages curiosity, open sharing, and meaningful reflection among group participants / Describir estrategias para crear un entorno que fomente la curiosidad, la participación en voz alta y la reflexión significativa entre los participantes del grupo.

Part Two Learning Objectives / Objetivos de aprendizaje de la segunda parte:

Following this 45-minute webinar, participants will be better able to / Al final de los 45 minutos de este webinario, los participantes podrán:

  1. Describe the nuances of designing lesson plans with a support group component / Describir los matices del proceso de diseño de planes de lecciones con un componente del grupo de apoyo.
  2. Practice the art of asking open-ended questions to facilitate reflection and dialogue among support group members / Practicar el arte de hacer preguntas abiertas para facilitar la reflexión y el diálogo entre las demás personas del grupo de apoyo.
  3. Identify techniques for creating a safe and supportive space that encourages personal sharing and emotional processing within a learning context / Identificar qué técnicas usar para crear un espacio seguro y de apoyo que fomente la participación sincera, así como del proceso emocional, dentro de un contexto de aprendizaje.

Presenter / Presentador:

Juan Carlos Areán, Ph.D

Juan Carlos Areán, Ph.D., works as a Program Director at Futures Without Violence. For more than 30 years, he has led psychoeducational groups, workshops, trainings, and healing circles for men, fathers, and people who cause harm / Juan Carlos Areán, Ph.D., es director de programas en Futuros Sin Violencia (Futures Without Violence). Durante más de 30 años ha facilitado grupos psico-educativos, talleres, capacitaciones y círculos de sanación para hombres, padres y personas que usan violencia de género.

Elena Josway, Host / Cofacilitadora

Abby Larson, Host / Cofacilitadora

Vivian Baylor, Tech / Encargada de tecnología

 

Questions / ¿Preguntas? Please contract Vivian Baylor Email: learning@futureswithoutviolence.org / Póngase en contacto con Vivian Baylor al correo electrónico learning@futureswithoutviolence.org

This project was supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-22-GK-03994-MUMU awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. / Este proyecto cuenta con el apoyo de la subvención número 15JOVW-22-GK-03994-MUMU, otorgada por la Office on Violence Against Women (Oficina para la Prevención de violencia contra las mujeres), del Departamento de Justicia de EE. UU. Las opiniones, hallazgos, conclusiones y recomendaciones expresadas en esta publicación son las de los autores y no reflejan necesariamente los puntos de vista de la Oficina sobre la Prevención de violencia contra las mujeres del Departamento de Justicia.

New Resources to Help Pediatricians Support IPV Survivors

We’re excited to share several new resources that can help pediatric healthcare teams support intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors and their children. This includes updated clinical guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), as well as training and practice resources from The National Health Resource Center at Futures Without Violence.

Pediatricians know that supporting parents and other caregivers is a critical part of how they support children’s health and wellbeing. Pediatric healthcare settings provide unique opportunities for families experiencing IPV to access support and resources. Research suggests that even when IPV survivors don’t see a doctor for themselves, they continue to bring their children to the pediatrician. Also, talking about IPV in the context of how it impacts children’s health and providing resources for IPV during a child’s health visit is something that most parents find acceptable.

It can be challenging to address IPV during a pediatric health visit. There are a lot of things to cover during that visit, and sometimes it’s hard to know what to say or how to say it when it comes to talking about IPV. The following resources provide guidance on best practices to support IPV survivors and their children while ensuring safety.

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Resources To Help You Support Children, Youth and Families This School Year

Each year, back-to-school brings a mix of excitement and anxiety for children and families. This year, due to the pandemic, the epidemic of gun violence, and other factors, students are returning to school as we face a youth mental health crisis that Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has called “the defining public health issue of our time.” LGBTQIA+ youth, racial and ethnic minorities, those traumatized by violence, youth with disabilities, and those in underserved communities are at particular risk.

That’s why, here at Futures Without Violence, we’re reaching out to help. Our Hanging Out or Hooking Up safety card urges teens and young adults to reflect on how they are treated by the people they date, and shows how to support friends experiencing relationship abuse.

For those who work with youth, we’ve created:

 

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And our resources for college communities include:

We hope you will use and share these materials. Thank you, as always, for all the ways you support our work!

BUILDING COLLABORATIVE RESPONSES TO TRAFFICKED VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT: A TRAINING INSTITUTE

Title: Building Collaborative Responses to Trafficked Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Date: November 14-16, 2023

Location: New Orleans, LA

Description: This training will focus on improving collaborative responses for adult/youth domestic violence and sexual assault victims who have also experienced human trafficking.  The 2-day training will provide multidisciplinary participating teams with effective skill-building to identify, assist and promote safety for trafficked survivors; promote peer exchange to share innovation and help problem solve; and improve team coordination and recruitment of new partners to enhance services that increase survivors’ access to social services, health care, legal, and criminal resources that promote their healing and justice.

Please apply in multidisciplinary teams by September 18, 2023

For questions, including on your team configuration, please contact: Vivian Baylor at learning@futureswithoutviolence.org

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

  • Strengthen multi-disciplinary collaborative strategies in responding to youth and adult trafficked survivors with domestic violence and sexual assault experiences.
  • Define and clarify professional and organizational roles and responsibilities in responding to trafficked survivors.
  • Recognize the ways human trafficking can intersect with domestic and sexual violence.
  • Provide a survivor-centered and trauma-informed collaborative response to trafficked survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, considering equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Create a collaborative action plan to address human trafficking in the context of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Who is invited to attend?

  • Multidisciplinary teams comprised of different organizations (teams of 2-4) which may include but are not limited to: domestic violence/sexual assault program staff, healthcare staff, attorneys/legal experts, law enforcement, anti-human trafficking programs, and task force members, and other community-based programs. It is recommended that team members have at least 1-2 years of anti-HT experience.
  • At least one of the team members needs to represent a DV/SA organization.
  • Teams with diverse decision-makers with at least one designated lead person.
  • OVW grantees and their OVW grantee partners can participate and use their OVW travel funds to send grant-funded staff and partners to this training, with prior approval from their OVW Program
  • Priority will be given to groups that have recently started or would like to enhance their existing collaborative efforts to improve support for HT survivors, through an anti-human trafficking task force, coalition, or other multidisciplinary partnership.

How to apply:

  • Teams interested in participating must submit an application. If you are using OVW funds to participate, please obtain approval from your OVW program specialist. Due to space limitations of up to 12 multidisciplinary teams, your application is not confirmed until you receive an acceptance letter from FUTURES’ staff. Click here to view the online application & printable flyer.

Training Format:

  • Interactive and innovative educational sessions
  • Cross-professional sessions on building collaborations
  • Case analysis and application
  • Peer exchange

Faculty: 

  • Kiricka Yarbough-Smith, Human Trafficking Consultant, North Carolina
  • Perla Flores, Program Director, Community Solutions/South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking
  • David Ryan, Chief of Police (Retired), Westchester County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, NY
  • Sheri Combs, Covenant House New Orleans, Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force
  • Vivian Baylor, Futures Without Violence
  • Mónica Arenas, Futures Without Violence

Training Schedule:

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023: 8:30 m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023: 8:30 m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2023: 8:30 m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost:

The training is provided free of charge. Participants are responsible for their own meals, lodging, travel arrangements, and costs associated with attending.  Accommodations are available at the government rate of $151/night plus 16.20 % tax + $2 occupancy fee.  Logistics information will be provided upon confirmation.

Please do not make any flight or other travel arrangements until you hear from us that OVW has approved the program and that you have been accepted as a participant. Also in the interim, please ensure that your OVW program manager has approved expenditures from your award to attend the workshop.

For questions, including on your team configuration, please contact: Vivian Baylor at learning@futureswithoutviolence.org

This project is supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-21-GK-02211-MUMU, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office 

Centering LGBTQ Survivors in Employment

Centering LGBTQ+ Survivors: Mitigating Barriers and Discrimination in Employment

DescriptionFutures Without Violence, LA LGBT Center and You Are More Than  (YAMT) will host a webinar discussing the barriers and discrimination LGBTQ+ survivors face in employment. The webinar will focus on four main aspects related to LGBTQ+ survivors in employment including (1) barriers faced by survivors, (2) safety planning when applying for jobs and within the workplace, (3) employment discrimination, and (4) best practices service providers can employ when working with LGBTQ+ clients to ensure their employment needs are met.

Panelist: Aaron Polkey (he/him) Associate Director and Senior Attorney at FUTURES, Amanda Gould (She/They) Senior Program Manager -LA LGBTQ Center, Aims Babich (They/Them) Consultant and Mental Healthcare Worker- YAMT

Learning Objectives: As a result of this webinar, learners will be better able to: 

  • Name specific examples of the barriers LGBTQ+ individuals face when obtaining and maintaining safe and sustainable employment; 
  • Describe supportive services they can provide to minimize barriers; 
  • Analyze current organizational and professional practices from an inclusive lens; and 
  • Adapt to the unique needs that LGBTQ+ survivors face when navigating the pre-employment and employment process

When: Thursday June 29, 2023 

Time: 1-2:30 EST/10-11:30 PST

Recording Link

Reimagining Financial Literacy for Survivors

Title: Re-imagining Financial Literacy for Survivors

Description: Financial literacy is considered a key component of economic empowerment for many service providers in the anti-trafficking and domestic violence field. However, topics like budgeting, savings and managing credit do not always meet the immediate financial needs of survivors. During financial literacy awareness month, this webinar will highlight a panel of service providers who have expanded and reimagined their approach to financial literacy to support survivors. Panelist: Shafeka Hashash (Economic Security Project), Em Jackson (FreeFrom), Kayla Bright & Quintina Sonnie (Survivor Ventures), and Sarah Gonazlez & Carolyne Ouya (Futures Without Violence

When: Wednesday Apri 19, 2023 Time: 10:00-11:00pm PST/ 1:00-2:00pm EST

Recording Link.

Passcode: geMu!Qi1

Resources:

  • Webinar Guide
  • Money, Mental Health & Wellness Panelist: Quintina Sonnie (Survivor Ventures)
  • Description: Quintina is the housing program director and also runs her own business called conscious choice creation. She discusses how trauma lives in the body and how we make unconscious decisions based on traumatic experiences. Kontina gives the example of her own experience of being exploited and forced into a job where she had to make choices without much choice. The choice has been taken away from her and she wants to regain her freedom of choice.
  • Recording Link
  • Passcode: *2^jtAz9

Stalking, Trafficking and Economic Security

They Won’t Leave Me Alone: Intersections of Stalking, Trafficking, Economic Security

Description: This workshop will explore the intersections between stalking, trafficking and economic security. Participants will explore how stalking tactics are used to force and coerce individuals into sex and labor trafficking, prevent survivors from engaging in legal protections, and sabotage economic opportunities. Participants will also explore safety planning best practices to support survivors in the workplace and beyond. The primary audience for this session is victim-service provider agencies, workforce development professionals, and employers. Speakers: Carolyne Ouya (Promoting Employment Opportunities for Survivors of Trafficking – PEOST), Olivia and Suzanna (Workplaces Responds), Monica Player, Esq. and Maria Jose Fletcher, Esq. (BWJP)

Date: Thursday January 26, 2023 Time: 10:00-11:00pm PST/ 1:00-2:00pm EST

Recording Link

Passcode: d3b?7#E4

Resources:

Helping the health care community lead in preventing abuse

There was a time when emergency department staff routinely treated domestic violence survivors and then sent them right back home to face further abuse, without the ability to offer referrals or other help.

When few OB/GYNs knew that pregnant women are at vastly elevated risk of homicide, often at the hands of a current or former partner.

When few physicians or nurses talked to young people about sexual coercion and rape.

For decades, Futures Without Violence has been working to change all that.

Our goal has been to ensure the health care community can become not just allies, but leaders, in the work to end abuse. And to support this change, we’ve created tools, trainings, and protocols that allow health care providers to support survivors of violence, promote prevention, and advance quality, equitable health care for all.
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The Accidental Educator Podcast

The Accidental Educator

Introducing a new podcast, The Accidental Educator, for gender-based violence programs interested in learning how to start their own podcast!

The Accidental Educator is a podcast for advocates who want to change how we teach about gender-based violence. We invite you to experience our “How to Make a Podcast” podcast. In our first two episodes we follow our host, Abby, as she learns how to get started with pre-production and planning out the theme and content, what gear she needs, how to use audio editing platforms, and how to edit the episode into a cohesive story. We also talk with local domestic and sexual violence programs about their podcasting strategies and how they make their podcasts relevant to the communities they serve. Make sure to check out the episode’s accompanying resource guide to learn more about podcast production.

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Out now on most streaming platforms!

Spotify
Google Podcasts
Podcast Addict
Amazon Music
Spreaker
SoundCloud
IheartRadio
Deezer
and more!

 

 

 

Accessibility

This series is presented in English with transcripts available. If you require other accommodations, please email us!

 

Questions?

Please e-mail us at learning@futureswithoutviolence.org  

Presented by the Institute for Leadership in Education Development (ILED) a project of Futures Without Violence

This project was supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-22-GK-03994-MUMU awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Celebrating Pride, Building Community and Resilience

As members of the Children, Youth and Teens program, we’re proud to be part of the groundbreaking work Futures Without Violence has done for decades to prevent violence, create healthy families and communities, and facilitate healing for many of us who have been deeply impacted by violence.

This month, as we celebrate Pride, we’re also proud that our work includes partnering with and supporting LGBTQIA+ communities.

In the Children’s Program, we work to stop violence affecting children and youth and build conditions and experiences for them to thrive. This includes working with professionals to help them support LGBTQIA+ young people to feel safe, seen and loved, and to know that safety and love are possible for them in all kinds of relationships – with peers, community, romantic partners, and themselves

This work is both an imperative and a personal commitment for both of us.

Lonna, a queer mother raising two queer children, one Black and one white, has felt joy and heartache as she watched her kids grow, noticing how they see themselves in a world that treats them differently because of their race and their queer+ identities.

Lonna knows firsthand how important it is for kids to have role models in school, in their communities, and in the stories they read and hear that represent them in the fullness of their intersectional identities. Otherwise, the lack of visible, relatable examples force our kids to wonder if there is something wrong with them, if they are alone. And it creates distinct barriers to seeking help when they need it.

In the Children’s Program at FUTURES, we use the acronym ACE to remind those of us who work with LGBTQIA+ youth about some fundamentals to creating inclusive, welcoming environments. It includes:

  • Affirming queer and trans youth with all their intersecting identities;
  • Connecting with them and making them feel seen, helping them access other connections, and pushing for LGBTQIA+ representation – all to help break isolation, support resilience, build community and safety, and inspire joy; and
  • Empowering them by lifting their stories and voices, providing gender- and sexuality-affirming care, and building better learning spaces. This will help grow and sustain their resilience.

For DJ, the ACE framework resonates because of how isolated they felt as a young, Black and queer person. As a teenager, they weren’t seeing other Black, queer people in their communities or represented in books or on TV. So they wrote a letter to their family, explaining these intersecting identities, afraid that they were alone. They never shared the letter, but it was a marker of the resilience that would help them connect with other Black, queer people on their journey –people who are proud of their voices and openly share their stories.

Feeling safe. Belonging to a community. Having your stories told. It’s critical for all young people, especially LGBTQIA+ youth of color.

These days, our work is harder than it should be due to the anti-LGBTQIA political backlash that makes celebrating Pride this year feel more important than ever. And even without the politicization of our very lives, the lack of public models of healthy queer relationships is already a challenge for those of us working to help young people grow up with nurturing and caring relationships. If you only see examples of healthy relationships in a community you’re not a part of, it’s hard to create those relationships for yourself.

But we can ALL work to change that, to create conditions and experiences that help all young people feel affirmed, connected and empowered. Try on the ACE framework in your daily practice to center the needs of young LGBTQIA+ people.

With support from many extraordinary partners, FUTURES has created resources to help professionals who work with young LGBTQIA+ people, including safety cards, posters, tips to make health settings LGBTQIA+ inclusive, and more. You can see them here.

We encourage you, also, to check out the work of some amazing organizations, including:

We also recommend the book, Gender Euphoria: Stories of Joy from Trans, Non-binary and Intersex Writers and the It Gets Better project’s LGBTQ+ Glossary. These resources can help you interrupt the isolation and fear many young people in your community might be feeling right now.

Our stories are our power, and we invite you to reflect on how your own experiences inform and affect how you show up in your communities.

June – Pride Month – will end this weekend but our commitment to showing up for the young LGBTQIA+ people in our communities will continue. We hope yours will too.


Lonna Davis is a White queer mother and Vice President for Children and Youth Programs at FUTURES. DJ Peay is a Black, trans person on the intersex spectrum and a Communication and Administrative Specialist in the same program.

Engaging Men: One of the Secrets to Our Success

As Father’s Day approaches, everyone at Futures Without Violence thanks the dads, granddads, uncles, father figures, and all the men who are helping us transform culture that too often emboldens harassment, assault, and abuse.

Many years ago when I began doing this work, I realized that much of the language being used in the urgent effort to prevent and respond to the crisis of domestic violence painted all men as the problem.

But I, along with the pioneering women and men I was privileged to have as partners, knew many men who wanted to be part of the solution. So our team at FUTURES began the important work of engaging men. We talked to supportive men from all walks of life – and more importantly, we listened. We made sure to invite, not indict them. And with their help, and help from allies who had been making hard-fought progress for years, we built on our shared goal to stop violence and make families and communities safe.

Our work with men has been groundbreaking and transformative. For more than a decade, our Coaching Boys Into Men program, the public policies we shaped and advanced, and our work with health care providers, business leaders, and judges, have been made possible by our brilliant, dedicated partners who are people of all genders.

So, too, is our Team: Changing Minds initiative, with Harry’s as the founding sponsor, which responds to the national mental health emergency so many youth are facing today.

Right now, with our country hurting and deeply divided, engaging men in the work to build a violence-free world is more important than ever. Those who promulgate hate are amplifying the language of violence against women, racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric as they recruit young men to their cause.

We began working with men to stop violence. Today, we do it also to preserve our democracy and our country.

Our commitment will not waver.

The Crisis of Guns, Intimate Partner Violence and Maternal Health

National Gun Violence Awareness Day was launched in 2015, following the tragic murder of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Black girl killed by a stray bullet in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood. It was just one week after she spoke at President Obama’s second inauguration.

It’s become a “new normal” to turn on the TV, listen to the chilling details of another shooting and feel the anxiety, suffering and pain of those impacted by violence.

Nothing about this is normal. This is not okay.

Today is a day for remembering, and for taking action. And while the anniversaries of a number of tragic mass shootings captured headlines last month – including the lives viciously taken by a white supremacist targeting black shoppers at the Tops Supermarket in Buffalo, NY and the one-year anniversary of the Uvalde school shooting – I’m thinking about another headline. One that brought the reality of firearm and maternal deaths due to intimate partner violence to the forefront.

Last month in Dallas, 26-year-old Gabriella Gonzalez was shot and killed by her boyfriend in a parking lot after she returned from seeking an out-of-state abortion due to Texas’s six-week abortion ban. Family members reported that the boyfriend had a history of abuse, including a previous assault charge for violence against a family member.

It’s a tragedy and also a reminder of a stark reality: guns are lethal for pregnant women.

In fact, homicide is the leading cause of death for women who are pregnant or have recently given birth in the United States. Black women, Native American and Alaska Native women, and younger women bearing a disproportionate burden of those deaths.

Pregnancy can often intensify the level of violence experienced within an abusive relationship. In addition, according to Harvard’s Karestan Koenen and Rebecca Lawn, as was the case in Texas, “laws restricting women’s access to reproductive and abortion care services can place women at further risk, since control over a woman’s reproductive choices often plays a role in intimate partner violence.”

How do we move forward?

Step one is to fully close the boyfriend loophole and ensure abusers cannot access firearms. The availability of a gun in a household where domestic violence is present further exacerbates the power and control dynamic commonly used by abusers to inflict coercive control over their partners. Our federal and state legislators need to take action and should not ignore the realities of individuals who may be suffering in silence, behind closed doors, in abusive relationships.

A second step would be to improve reproductive health access and support during pregnancy, especially for those most at risk of domestic violence. Due to the increased risk of violence during pregnancy, especially gun violence, access to a full range of quality reproductive care is vital for survivors. Healthcare providers can play a critical role in screening for violence, offering support, and offering referrals. Together, we can take immediate steps to support funding for existing programs that address these intersections, fund research to better understand the linkages and improve access to health care for low-income women.

Finally, we can advocate for legislation and funding that will increases access to domestic violence and sexual assault services and support such as the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act and Post-Partum Medicaid coverage, which addresses the rise in maternal mortality and supports preventable causes of death due to homicide, overdose and suicides.

It is also critical to support the development of partnerships between health care and community-based support services, which can aid in screening survivors for domestic violence and providing quality, culturally-specific, trauma-informed resources to help.

It’s my hope that one day, we will no longer as a country need a National Gun Violence Awareness Day where we are strategizing on how to keep guns out of the hands of abusers and how to protect our children from mass shootings and violence within their communities.

But for that to happen, we must act now.

Responding to the national youth mental health emergency

The headlines are everywhere: Anxiety and depression among teens is skyrocketing. If you’re a parent, or work with young people, you won’t be surprised to hear that the American Academy of Pediatrics declared a national emergency in child and adolescent mental health.

What can be done?

We can expand what help looks like and who it comes from by activating those who youth trust most, like a coach, a gaming friend, or an older peer. That’s at the heart of the unprecedented national response network we’re building to put mental health support just a click, call, or connection away from millions of teens and young adults – with a focus on boys and men of color. 

It’s been a year since we shared the news that a collaboration between Futures Without Violence, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and the National Council for Mental Wellbeing had won the Harry’s Open Minds Initiative search for the next great idea to improve mental health in the United States. As we wrap up our first year, we wanted to let you know how much Team: Changing Minds, with Harry’s as our Founding Donor, has already accomplished. 

We’re engaging the trusted peers and adults in young men’s lives who are active in pastimes they love (like video games, mentoring, and sports) to identify signs of mental health challenges, provide help, and offer other assistance and connections to young people.

Our goal is to transform how mental health support is delivered to young people in this country  – helping to augment (but not replace) the critical role mental health providers play. Team: Changing Minds instructors are training more than 20,000 mental health responders who have the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of young people.

And our work has just begun. Team: Changing Minds will scale up over the next few years, helping many more people learn to recognize the signs of mental health challenges and connect young people to support earlier, before those challenges become crises. We aim to shorten the average 10+ year time period it takes most young people to access help for mental health challenges. 

This work could not be more important at this moment when so many teens and young adults are hurting so much. So as Mental Health Awareness Month wraps up, we wanted to update you about the innovative work we’ve got underway.

Interested in getting involved in Team: Changing Minds? Let us know

Strategies To Improve Maternal Health And Safety

The leading cause of death during pregnancy and immediately after birth in the United States? It’s not sepsis, hypertension, or hemorrhage. It’s homicide, often at the hands of a current or former partner.

Couple that with our country’s appalling – and worsening – rate of maternal mortality, and you have a full-blown crisis that’s taking a terrible toll.

That’s why we’re working so hard, in so many ways, to improve maternal health in this country. That begins with our long-term, transformative work to show physicians, nurses, and other health care providers how to safely talk with their patients about domestic and sexual violence, and how to intervene effectively with those at risk.

Our Connected Parents, Connected Kids materials are helping home visitation and early childhood staff address domestic violence among their clients. Research from home visiting programs has shown that as many as half of low-income mothers visited have experienced abuse. The harmful impact on their physical and mental health, and that of their children, is well documented.

Connected Parents, Connected Kids addresses the barriers and difficulties staff experience in addressing domestic violence, offering strategies and tools that help them provide support when a client discloses abuse. That kind of intervention can make a big difference!

And we’re working tirelessly to convince Congress to pass the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act of 2023, which was re-introduced in both chambers this week. The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any high-income country and there are painful disparities, with Black and Native American/Indigenous women much more likely to die during and after childbirth than those who are white.

The problem has been getting worse, not better, in recent years and the new restrictions on abortion care, which are affecting miscarriage care in some states, threaten to make it worse still.

But there is hope. Four in five pregnancy-related deaths in this country are preventable, and the 13 evidence-based bills in the Momnibus Act will help prevent them. That’s why we’re pressing so hard to convince Congress to pass it.

Working together, with the right interventions and support, we can ensure pregnancy and childbirth are a time of joy and celebration.

Won’t you join us?

 

Access, Care, and Support for Survivors of Sexual Violence and Coercion: A SAAM Panel for Healthcare Providers

Date: Tuesday, April 25th, 2023

Having meaningful access to trauma-informed healthcare is an important part of wellness and healing for survivors of sexual violence. For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we are hosting a panel discussion that will focus on equipping healthcare providers with the knowledge necessary to minimize barriers to care, effectively supporting patients who have survived sexual violence, and fostering a safe and supportive environment. Participants will learn about CUES, a universal education approach to addressing intimate partner and sexual violence in health settings that ensures that all patients get information about available resources.

Speakers and Panelists:
  • Alisa Zipursky, Survivor Activist, Author of Healing Honestly
  • Bianca Palmisano, MSN, RN and Trauma-informed Care Educator
  • Megha Rimal, Program Specialist, Futures Without Violence National Health Initiatives
  • Virginia Duplessis, Associate Director, Futures Without Violence National Health Initiatives

Acceso, atención y apoyo a las víctimas de violencia y acoso sexual:
Un panel del SAAM para profesionales de la salud

Fecha: Martes 25 de abril 2023

El acceso adecuado a una atención médica informada sobre traumas es una parte importante del bienestar y la recuperación de las víctimas de violencia sexual. Para el mes de la sensibilización sobre la violencia sexual, organizamos un panel de expertos que se centrará en dotar a los profesionales de la salud de los conocimientos necesarios para minimizar las barreras a la atención, apoyar eficazmente a los pacientes que han sobrevivido a una agresión sexual y fomentar un entorno seguro y de apoyo. Los participantes aprenderán sobre CUES, un enfoque de educación universal para abordar la violencia sexual y doméstica en los centros de salud que garantiza que todos los pacientes reciban información sobre los recursos disponibles.

Grabación próximamente!

Ponentes y panelistas:

  • Alisa Zipursky, Activista Sobreviviente, Autora de Healing Honestly (Sanar de verdad)
  • Bianca Palmisano, Maestra en Enfermería, Enfermera Titulada y Educadora en Atención Informada Sobre Traumas
  • Virginia Duplessis, Directora Asociada, Iniciativa Nacional de Salud para un Futuro sin Violencia
  • Megha Rimal, Especialista En Programas, Iniciativa Nacional de Salud por un Futuro sin Violencia

El evento contará con interpretación simultánea en español y en lenguaje de señas (ASL) y también con subtítulos en inglés.

Biden/Harris Budget Proposal Makes Unprecedented Commitment to Violence Prevention

In its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2024, the Biden/Harris administration shared its vision and priorities for the nation. Consistent with President Biden’s longstanding commitment to preventing domestic and sexual violence and helping survivors heal, the budget would make major investments in programs that prevent violence and support both adult and child victims of abuse. In our view, the domestic and international investments the administration is proposing are badly needed and very wise. 

At Futures Without Violence, we are particularly pleased that the administration wants to make major investments in some of our top priorities, including the Violence Against Women Act, Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, and some vitally important prevention programs and housing supports for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Specifically, the budget includes:  

  • $ 1 billion for the Violence Against Women Act, including new funding for restorative justice programs. This is a $300 million (43%) increase over what was included in the FY 2023 federal budget, which was the highest funding level in history; 
  • More than $519 million for the Family Violence Prevention and Services, which is double last year’s appropriation; and  
  • $30 million for the Children Exposed to Violence initiative at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. That would be a $20 million increase. 

Supporting Economic Justice
 

The Biden/Harris budget funds several groundbreaking programs and makes investments that would boost the economic security and safety of women, which is critical to helping survivors of domestic violence live safely and independently of their abusers.  

It would restore the full Child Tax Credit, which cut child poverty in half in 2021, to the lowest level in history, when it was adopted temporarily as part of the American Rescue Plan. The administration would expand the credit from $2,000 to $3,000 per child per year for children six years old and older, and to $3,600 per child per year for children under age six. It would also make the Child Tax Credit fully refundable, so that it no longer excludes children in the lowest-income families. It would once again allow families to receive monthly advance payments, so they can pay their bills, rather than waiting to get their tax credit all at once when they file their taxes.  

The administration also proposes to create a national paid family and medical leave program, providing up to 12 weeks of paid leave so working people can take time off to care for a new child or a seriously ill loved one; heal from their own serious illness; deal with a loved one’s military deployment; or find safety from domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  

The Biden/Harris budget proposal makes another major investment in child care.   


Stopping Violence Worldwide
 

The administration’s budget proposal would make the largest commitment ever to addressing gender-based violence and gender equity worldwide, providing nearly $3 billion to advance gender equity and equality internationally.   

FUTURES co-chairs the Coalition to End Gender-Based Violence Globally and leads much of the appropriations work for the coalition, so we were especially grateful to see the largest commitment ever to preventing and responding to gender-based violence, not less than $250 million.  

At FUTURES, we will work with the administration to build awareness among members of Congress about the enormously positive impact these investments would have in making our country, and our world, safer and stronger.  

Sign up to join our Network here to stay apprised of developments on the FY 2024 budget and other FUTURES policy priorities. 

Celebrating history (and making more progress) for women

It’s Women’s History Month, a time to mark the progress women have made, and what’s still needed, to achieve a world where women and all people can live free from violence, with real opportunities to prosper and thrive. 

We have made much progress since FUTURES was launched 35 years ago, a time when women earned about 66 cents for every dollar a man earned, and domestic violence was still thought of by many as a “private matter.” FUTURES has worked since then to shape public policy’s response to violence, change social norms, advance economic security and opportunity for women, engage boys and men in violence prevention, and more 

Often, progress is made incrementally. But we look for innovations that have the potential to be transformational. I want to share a few things we’re especially excited about right now. 


Economic Innovation

When Congress passed the CHIPS and Science Act, it was widely hailed as a bipartisan triumph that would provide a badly needed economic boost to our country. Now, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo has mandated companies that benefit from CHIPS must provide affordable child care, an innovative use of federal resources to ensure women can access these high-paying jobs and leverage public dollars to help companies address the childcare crisis 

Here's the truth:CHIPS won't be successful unless we expand our labor force. We can't do that without affordable child care. That's why we're requiring companies that recieve funding to tell us how they plan to provide affordable child care for workers

This Women’s History Month, we’re hailing leaders like Secretary Raimondo – innovative women with their finger on the country’s pulse who are helping vulnerable families become economically stable. She understands, as we do, that when you advance economic opportunity, you strengthen families and communities, and help prevent violence. And at FUTURES, we’ll continue to advocate for a recovery that centers the needs of women, survivors, and families so that we can build an economy that works for all.


Building a Culture of Hope
 

Too many people believe that violence is inevitable. But we know violence is preventable. That’s why we’re building the Courage Museum, a design lab for the deep, transformative human change needed to prevent violence before it happens.  

Award-winning women filmmakers and educators are among the world-class architects, designers, scientists and subject matter experts who are creating an immersive experience that features changemakers throughout history who have acted with courage to create change. The experiences of women and girls in all their diversity will be central to the stories we are telling. 

Once it opens in 2025, the Courage Museum will be unlike any other place – a tribute to those who persevered against gender-based violence, hate crimes, childhood trauma, and gun violence, and a thought-provoking, transformational laboratory for social norms change. 


Vote for FUTURES! 
  

Do you want to support us to continue making history? We are proud and grateful that CREDO has selected Futures Without Violence as one of the beneficiaries of its generous grant during Women’s History Month. Please, take a moment to vote for us at this link, so we can benefit from their support for our critical work. 

Thank you, as always, for sharing and supporting our work. 

Strengthening Domestic and Sexual Violence Programs to Support Trafficking Survivors: Intersections, Equity, Cultural Humility, and Collaborations

Title: Strengthening Domestic and Sexual Violence Programs to Support Trafficking Survivors: Intersections, Equity, Cultural Humility, and Collaborations

Date: March 15, 2023

Time: 12:00 pm PT / 2:00 pm CT / 3:00 pm ET (90 minutes)

Link to Bios

Webinar Recording

Closed Captioning Transcript

PowerPoint Slides

Resource List

Description:

Systems of inequality increase vulnerability to human trafficking, domestic, and sexual violence. Supporting survivors of human trafficking requires an intersectional and equity-centered lens to decrease barriers to accessing resources.  This webinar will review the ways that human trafficking can intersect with domestic and sexual violence, how to engrain equity and cultural responsiveness in your support of survivors, and the power of collaborative relationships to better support and serve survivors.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this presentation, you will be better able to:

  • Identify the various ways human trafficking can intersect with domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Apply principles of equity in supporting survivors of human trafficking and domestic and sexual violence.
  • Identify strategies to support survivors of human trafficking within domestic and sexual assault organizations, and in collaboration with others in your community.

Presenter:

Kiricka Yarbough Smith

Kiricka is the former Director of Human Trafficking Programs at the North Carolina Council for Women and Youth Involvement, where she has worked since 2015. She also serves as a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime at the U.S. Department of Justice, as a faculty member for Futures Without Violence, and as a consultant and trainer for the Office on Trafficking in Persons at the Administration for Children, Youth and Family, and the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Trained as a social worker, Kiricka addresses human trafficking at its intersections with other issues, including mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, and child advocacy. She has over 20 years of combined experience working in these areas. Kiricka is the former Human Trafficking Program Manager at the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and a former Investigator for Project No Rest at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Administration for Children and Families. She also served as the Chairperson of the NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking from 2014-2019. As a 2021 Human Trafficking Leadership Academy Fellow, Kiricka helped develop recommendations to address institutional inequities and barriers to accessing services for survivors of human trafficking and communities of color.

Target Audience:

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program Staff and Boards, Anti-Human Trafficking Program Staff and Boards, Taskforce members, other interested individuals.

Questions? Please contact Vivian Baylor Email: vbaylor@futureswithoutviolence.org

This project is supported by Grant# 15JOVW-21-GK-02211-MUMU, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Shared Leadership in Survivor-Serving Organizations (3-part Webinar Series)

Title: Shared Leadership in Survivor-Serving Organizations (3-part Webinar Series)

Description:

Increasingly, survivor-serving organizations are practicing power sharing, collective leadership, co-director models, and other forms of co-designing and decision-making approaches. These transitions are a way to engage staff as leaders at all levels of the organization, build stronger teams, support professional development, and create an organizational culture centered in equity.

Shared leadership structures are connected to the mission and core values by supporting the growth and development of new programs, expanding the reach of the work, and in turn, benefitting services for survivors.

Learning Objectives: 

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

  • Examine positional power in the workplace with respect to structure, communications, conditions, and staff development
  • Reflect on power dynamics in their supervisory relationships and new ways to distribute power across teams
  • Consider new approaches to expand staff leadership that leverages the strengths of team members.
  • Apply leadership development and decision-making strategies that can ultimately advance the mission of a survivor-serving organization.

 

Who should participate?

Executive Directors, Program Directors/Managers/Coordinators, Supervisors, Board Members, Advocates, and Team Leads

Staff at all levels of survivor-serving organizations are welcome to attend. The goal of these sessions is to encourage people with decision-making power and supervisory responsibilities to workshop new ways to distribute power and leadership opportunities among all staff.

Questions? Please email: learning@futureswithoutviolence.org

This series is organized by the Supporting Organizational Sustainability (SOS) Project, learn more and view resources.

This project is supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-21-GK-02206-MUMU awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. 

Lessons Learned About Survivor-Centered Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic (3-part Webinar Series)

Title: Lessons Learned About Survivor-Centered Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic (3-part Webinar Series)

Dates: March 23, 2022, 11AM PST/ 2PM EST
April 27, 2022, 11AM PST/2PM EST
May 25, 2022, 11AM PST/2PM EST

Register for all three sessions here.

Please join us for a webinar series to learn more about the issue brief Lessons Learned About Survivor-Centered Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations for Intimate Partner Violence Advocates, Pediatric Healthcare Providers, and Child Welfare and Family Violence Advocates. This brief focuses on best practices and innovative strategies that IPV advocates and IPV service agencies can implement to form stronger support networks for survivors of violence and abuse that continue to function in emergency conditions. Developed through a collaborative effort of the Improving Services for Violence Against Children and Women project (by Futures Without Violence, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and from research by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh), brief explores the connections between IPV and child abuse, the intersection of family violence with the COVID-19 pandemic, the inequities that shape them both, and practice and systems change recommendations for the field to better serve adult and child survivors during a national crisis.

Download the issue briefs.

Session 1: Intimate Partner Violence Advocates

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Watch webinar recording here.

Access slides and resource list here.

Description: Please join us for a webinar to learn more about the issue brief Lessons Learned About Survivor-Centered Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations for Intimate Partner Violence Advocates. This brief focuses on best practices and innovative strategies that IPV advocates and IPV service agencies can implement to form stronger support networks for survivors of violence and abuse that continue to function in emergency conditions.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this training, participants in attendance will be able to:

  1. Identify at least two organizational policy and practice recommendations for IPV service agencies; and
  2. Describe at least two systems-level improvements to promote equity across the service landscape and address disparity gaps and underlying root causes of IPV during and post-pandemic.

Speakers:

  • Jennifer Haddad Bell, MTP, Program Consultant, Futures Without Violence
  • Arlene Vassell, Vice President of Programs, Prevention & Social Change, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
  • Shirley Luo, Resource Center Coordinator, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

Session 2: Pediatric Healthcare Providers

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Watch webinar recording here.

Access slides here.

Pediatric Healthcare Quality Assessment/Quality Improvement (QA/QI) Tools:

Description: Please join us for a webinar to learn more about the issue brief Lessons Learned About Survivor-Centered Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations for Pediatric Healthcare Providers. This brief focuses on best practices and innovative strategies that pediatric healthcare providers and pediatricians can implement to form stronger support networks for survivors of violence and abuse that continue to function in emergency conditions.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this training, participants in attendance will be able to:

  1. Identify at least two practice recommendations for pediatric healthcare providers; and
  2. Describe at least two organizational policy improvements to promote equity across the service landscape and address disparity gaps and underlying root causes of family violence during and post-pandemic.

Speakers:

  • Jennifer Haddad Bell, MTP, Program Consultant, Futures Without Violence
  • Maya Ragavan, MD, MPH, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    University of Pittsburgh, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Ashley Starr Frechette, MPH, Director of Health Professional Outreach
    Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Webinar 3: Child Welfare and Family Violence Advocates

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Watch webinar recording here.

Access slides here.

Description: Please join us for a webinar to learn more about the issue brief Lessons Learned About Survivor-Centered Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Recommendations for Child Welfare and Family Violence Advocates. This brief focuses on best practices and innovative strategies that child welfare and family violence advocates can implement to form stronger support networks for survivors of violence and abuse that continue to function in emergency conditions.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this training, participants in attendance will be able to:

  1. Identify at least two practice recommendations for child welfare and family violence advocates; and
  2. Describe at least two organizational policy improvements to promote equity across the service landscape and address disparity gaps and underlying root causes of child abuse and family violence during and post-pandemic.

Speakers:

  • Jennifer Haddad Bell, MTP, Program Consultant, Futures Without Violence
  • Melinda Cantu, MSSW, LCPAA, (She/ Her/ Hers), Vice President Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention Services, SAFE
  • Neena McConnico, Ph.D, LMHC, Executive Director, Child Witness to Violence Project, Boston Medical Center
  • Lonna Davis, MSW, Director of Children & Youth Program, Futures Without Violence

Questions?
Please e-mail: health@futureswithoutviolence.org

This project is supported by the Cooperative Agreement Number, NU38OT000282, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

5 Things We Can Do about Gun Violence and Children

When I worked as a counselor for children exposed to violence in my home state of North Carolina, there’s one phrase I heard again and again: “this is the way it is.”

It was at a time when young people were becoming accustomed to hearing gunshots, listening to news reports of shootings in their city, and seeing guns within their homes and were accepting this behavior as if it was the norm.

Unfortunately for victims of gun violence, that refrain is all too familiar. Gun violence may affect everyone differently, but child after child who I met said they were “feeling numb” to the violence they witnessed. In many ways they were taking their cues from the adults in their lives, from all of us, who seemingly have grown accustomed to the unacceptable gun violence all around us. (more…)

How Economic Justice Shapes Our Work

This week, we honor the life of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr., who made achieving economic justice a cornerstone of his calls to advance racial justice.

Dr. King conceived of economic justice as “decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old age security, health and welfare measures, [and] conditions in which families can grow, have education for their children and respect in the community.” He reminded us that you cannot achieve true equality without making economic opportunity available to all, including those traditionally locked out of the country’s prosperity.

At Futures Without Violence, economic justice has long been at the center of our work. We believe it’s not only the right thing to do, but is critical to achieve our vision of a world without violence.
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HCADV Day 2022: Reproductive Justice is Survivor Justice

Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day (HCADV Day) 2022

Reproductive Justice is Survivor Justice: Bodily Autonomy, Health, and Safety Panel

Wednesday, October 12th at 10am PT/11am MT/12pm CT/1pm ET – 90 Minutes

Watch the webinar recording here.

Ver la grabación aquí.

Access transcript here.

Download slides here.

Speakers:

  • Laura Jiménez, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

Laura Jiménez has proudly served as the Executive Director at California Latinas for Reproductive Justice since 2011.  For more than 25 years, Laura has worked with women of color organizations across the country on issues of reproductive justice, including the National Latina Health Organization, the Dominican Women’s Development Center and was part of the birth of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.  Since joining CLRJ, Laura has been engaged in Reproductive Justice policy advocacy, community engagement and community informed research efforts.  She also serves as a mentor to the Reproductive Justice team of the Beatríz María Solís Policy Institute in California.  Laura is passionate about issues of immigration, environmental justice, and birthing and parenting, as they intersect with reproductive justice.   Laura is a proud mamá to four awesome people and is the compañera of a gifted musician.

  • Aisha Chaudhri, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health

Aisha Chaudhri (eye-shuh cho-dhree, no pronouns, just name pronounced correctly) has been a social justice activist for over 24 years and has been working directly on Reproductive Justice (RJ) issues for over 16 years. Currently, Aisha is the Co-Director at ICAH (the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health), an RJ organization centering the leadership and bodily autonomy of Black and Brown youth in the Midwest, specifically trans and gender nonconforming youth. Previously, Aisha’s commitment to anti-oppression work stays rooted in the experiences of marginalized communities including Aisha’s own queer, gender nonconforming, femme, Punjabi, immigrant, and Muslim identities.

More about HCADV Day:

Medical studies link the long-term effects of domestic violence and abuse with a myriad of health problems, such as smoking, diabetes, obesity, eating disorders, and substance abuse. While doctors and nurses routinely ask about high blood pressure and high cholesterol, too few assess for domestic violence and its impact on health. Universal education provides an opportunity for clients to make the connection between violence, health problems, and risk behaviors. Through a brochure-based universal education approach clients seeking services in health care facilities or domestic violence programs can receive information about the impact of abuse on their health.

Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day is a nationally-recognized day that takes place annually on the second Wednesday of October. Sponsored by FUTURES, the awareness-raising day aims to reach members of the healthcare and advocacy communities to offer education about the critical importance of universal education to promote healthy relationships, address the health impact of abuse and offer warm referrals to domestic violence advocates.

The 23rd annual HCADV Day was held on October 12th, 2022. This year, we centered reproductive health and justice. We offer a number of resources to help you organize events and activities on and beyond HCADV Day in our Action Kit featuring planning tips and social media tools. We encourage you to be creative! For this year’s focus, take a look at our reproductive & sexual health resources.

Want to stay connected? Sign up for our Health mailing list, to be the first to hear about HCADV Day and other Health-related updates, be sure to check the box before “Health” under: “I’d like to receive more information about the following topics”.

For questions about the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, organizing local events, or to talk through your ideas, contact health@futureswithoutviolence.org and include “HCADV Day” in the subject line.

View our HCADV Day Action Kit

View our HCADV Day Past Activities Archive

Supporting Survivor Health Access: Open Enrollment

Date/Fecha: December 1, 2022/ 1 de Diciembre de 2022  10am PT/ 11am MT/ 12pm CT/ 1pm ET

Watch the recording here.

View the transcript here.

Ver la grabación aquí (Comienza a las 6:38).

Open Enrollment is happening now through January 15, 2023! Did you know…

  • Health insurance is available for survivors and their families through the marketplace (healthcare.gov) and that significant financial help is available for the purchase of coverage?
  • Screening and brief counseling for domestic violence and behavioral health are covered benefits in all plans offered on the marketplace?
  • There are special rules that may help married victims of domestic violence and their dependents to qualify for financial help when they apply for health insurance.

View this webinar to hear key steps and strategies about signing up for health insurance and how to help clients enroll in healthcare and understand the domestic violence provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Learn more about supporting survivor access to health coverage here.

¡La Inscripción Abierta está ocurriendo ahora hasta el 15 de Enero de 2023! Sabía que…

  • El seguro de salud está disponible para los sobrevivientes y sus familias a través del  Mercado de Seguros Médicos (healthcare.gov) y que hay disponible una importante ayuda financiera para la compra de cobertura?
  • La detección y el asesoramiento breve para la violencia doméstica y la salud mental están cubiertos en todos los planes que se ofrecen en El Mercado de Seguros Médicos?
  • Existen normas especiales que pueden ayudar a las víctimas casadas que sufren violencia doméstica y a sus dependientes a que puedan ser elegibles a recibir ayuda financiera cuando soliciten un seguro médico.
  • Vea este seminario en línea a fin de conocer los pasos y estrategias clave sobre la inscripción en el seguro médico y cómo ayudar a los clientes a inscribirse en el seguro de salud y entender las disposiciones de la violencia doméstica en la Ley de Asistencia Asequible. 

Access/Acceso: English Captioning, ASL Interpretation, and Spanish><English Interpretation will be provided. Interpretación ASL e interpretación en Español e Inglés.

Speakers/ Oradores: Lena O’Rourke and Elena Josway

Unfinished Business: Few States Providing Robust Workplace Protections for Survivors of Violence

Financial independence is critical for people experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. It can be especially challenging, or even impossible, for them to escape abuse if they lose their jobs and face heightened economic insecurity.

But a new guide released today by FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE and Legal Momentum finds that few states have enacted the kind of employment laws that help people facing violence keep their jobs – and the laws that do exist are not always complied with or enforced. Changing that should be a high priority for state lawmakers when state legislative sessions begin early next year.  

Our new State Guide on Employment Rights for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking identifies workplace protections now on the books in four categories essential for survivors: anti-discrimination protections, reasonable accommodations in the workplace, leave/time off, and unemployment insurance. It looks at laws in all 50 states and several territories and finds that the only employment protection that is available in most states is unemployment insurance for survivors.  
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Supporting Survivor Health Access: Open Enrollment

Date/Fecha: December 1, 2022/ 1 de Diciembre de 2022  10am PT/ 11am MT/ 12pm CT/ 1pm ET 

Watch the recording here.

View the transcript here.

Ver la grabación aquí (Comienza a las 6:38).

Open Enrollment is happening now through January 15, 2023! Did you know… 

  • Health insurance is available for survivors and their families through the marketplace (healthcare.gov) and that significant financial help is available for the purchase of coverage? 
  • Screening and brief counseling for domestic violence and behavioral health are covered benefits in all plans offered on the marketplace? 
  • There are special rules that may help married victims of domestic violence and their dependents to qualify for financial help when they apply for health insurance. 

View this webinar to hear key steps and strategies about signing up for health insurance and how to help clients enroll in healthcare and understand the domestic violence provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Learn more about supporting survivor access to health coverage here. 

¡La Inscripción Abierta está ocurriendo ahora hasta el 15 de Enero de 2023! Sabía que… 

  • El seguro de salud está disponible para los sobrevivientes y sus familias a través del  Mercado de Seguros Médicos (healthcare.gov) y que hay disponible una importante ayuda financiera para la compra de cobertura? 
  • La detección y el asesoramiento breve para la violencia doméstica y la salud mental están cubiertos en todos los planes que se ofrecen en El Mercado de Seguros Médicos? 
  • Existen normas especiales que pueden ayudar a las víctimas casadas que sufren violencia doméstica y a sus dependientes a que puedan ser elegibles a recibir ayuda financiera cuando soliciten un seguro médico. 
  • Vea este seminario en línea a fin de conocer los pasos y estrategias clave sobre la inscripción en el seguro médico y cómo ayudar a los clientes a inscribirse en el seguro de salud y entender las disposiciones de la violencia doméstica en la Ley de Asistencia Asequible.  

Access/Acceso: English Captioning, ASL Interpretation, and Spanish><English Interpretation will be provided. Interpretación ASL e interpretación en Español e Inglés. 

Speakers/ Oradores: Lena O’Rourke and Elena Josway 

What’s missing in coverage of the Pelosi attack? A focus on violence against women

News reports on the brutal attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are rightly pointing to the incident as yet another consequence of the rising tide of hate-fueled political speech from the far right.

But these stories largely miss the big “M” in the room. Misogyny.

The attacker’s goal was to kidnap and assault Speaker Pelosi, to make an example of her in her role as a powerful woman. In this way, he was following up on the intentions of the January 6 insurrectionists, who specifically targeted Speaker Pelosi and defiled her office when they broke into the Capitol building.

At Futures Without Violence, we have long known that violence against women is linked to many other forms of violence. Mass shooters, primarily male, more often than not have histories of domestic violence. Both the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League have lifted up “the woman problem” of far right extremism, whose membership is primarily white and male. And more recently, experts have been sounding alarm bells about how the January 6 storming of the Capitol was rooted in white supremacy and violence against women.

Is it any wonder that even as Americans are electing more and more female politicians, women in office are also increasingly under attack? Axios reported last year about the growing number of death and rape threats, by phone and online, against female elected officials, especially those who are recognizably Black, women of color, Muslim or Jewish.

What happened to Paul Pelosi is also personal to me. Speaker Pelosi has long been a champion of our work in California and nationally to prevent and respond to violence, in all forms.

I’m not surprised by this incident but I’m saddened nonetheless. My heart goes out to the Pelosis, who need all our support as they recover, as do all victims of violent crimes. Reports are that he will have a long recovery process and convalescence, and we are keeping him in our thoughts.

Despite this incident, I still believe that violence is not inevitable, and that there are actions we can take to prevent and confront this rising tide of hate.

What can be done?

Every institution – including the U.S. Congress – should do more to recognize and respond to threats and incidents of violence against women. We’ve come a long way since 1984, when a former Congressman called the first federal legislation to address domestic violence the “take the fun out of marriage” bill. But not nearly far enough.

Just look at some of the responses trying to minimize the Pelosi attack or deflect attention. Whenever there is a hate crime, there should be a unified voice of condemnation. We need to take out the politics and put humanity back at the center of our response.

We also need to do more to recognize how the links between racism, anti-Semitism, anti-trans violence, and violence against women are a threat to our communities and our nation.

For too long, those of us who work across these issues have worked in silos. But we are doing better.

At Futures Without Violence, for example, we just issued over $1 million in Community IMPACT awards from a federal contract to 11 organizations across the country working to respond to hate crimes in all forms. From Oakland, California to Colorado Springs to Martinsburg, West Virginia, these organizations are connecting with men, women, and young people where they are – in nail salons, workplaces, and in their homes – to prevent and respond to hate. And we are going to take what they’ve learned and share it out to be replicated elsewhere.

But you don’t need to work at an organization like ours to be part of the response.

Each one of us can reflect on what happened in the Pelosi home, and to women in many homes, or in the Tops grocery store in Buffalo, or the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

We can decide that what happens to one community affects us all, even if the families directly targeted don’t look like us or worship like us or share our party affiliation.

And we can take one small step to reach out with compassion, and speak out against the hate targeting our neighbors.

Won’t you join me?

A Love Letter to Survivors

A Love Letter to Survivors and Those Living with Violence or Abuse

To all survivors and anyone living with violence or abuse – you are more than worthy of love, of joy, of thriving. Whatever your experience is, please know that you are resilient. Because when we’re experiencing abuse, just getting to the next day takes resilience.

Let’s dismantle the notion that healing happens only after abuse ends. You can be in pain and healing all at the same time, because healing is not linear. Whatever you are experiencing now, you can find help from just one person you choose to let into your story.

Farah and her kids have a story as unique as yours. She found things like connecting with her aunt, setting up automatic payments, and having a morning routine with her children helpful – these are all examples of “protective factors,” and they can look different for everyone. Maybe someone from church sees you at the store and asks how you’re doing – even brief connections that don’t involve talking about our experiences of abuse can be meaningful for us and for our healing. There might be someone in your family or community who could help you and your kids have more time together, or help you identify ways you’ve grown or want to grow. When someone shows up in just one of these ways, whatever change happens might help make other things more possible, too.

This love letter is for you to know that what you do every day to survive and heal matters. It’s for you to know that hope and change are possible, even if bit by bit.

To learn more about the protective factors and what they might look like for adult and child survivors of domestic violence, visit: https://dvchildwelfare.org/resources/issue-brief-on-the-protective-factors-for-survivors-of-domestic-violence/.

 

Accessibility

This video is presented in English with closed captions in English. If you would like to request an interpretation, translation, or have other requirements to watch the video, please email us!

 

Questions?
Please e-mail DJ Peay at DJPeay@FuturesWithoutViolence.org

 

A Renewed Sense of Urgency this Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed each October, brings a renewed sense of urgency for those of us working to support women and all people affected by relationship abuse. 

This is especially true this year, as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A new analysis by the Council for Criminal Justice reports that domestic violence increased more than 8% following the pandemic lock-downs of 2020, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline is receiving two to three times as many requests for help as before the pandemic. This “shadow pandemic” meant women were increasingly unsafe at home – and the many impacts of COVID on housing, jobs, transportation and child care meant it was harder than ever to leave.  (more…)

DVAM: Virtual Briefing on Intersection of Reproductive Health and Violence and Abuse

Title:  National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse Virtual Briefing on Intersection of Reproductive Health and Violence and Abuse

Date: Monday, October 31st 2022

Time: 1oam PT, 11am MST, 12pm CT,  1pm ET (60 min)

Watch the recording

View the slides

National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse Policy Recommendations

Futures Without Violence Reproductive Health Resources and Provider Training Videos

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Women with unintended pregnancies are two to four times more likely to experience physical violence than those whose pregnancies were planned, and those who experience abuse are at increased risk for pregnancy complications and poor birth outcomes. Research finds homicide is the leading cause of death among pregnant women – with Black women, Native American and Alaska Native women, and younger women bearing a disproportionate burden of those deaths. At the same time, domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines have seen a sharp rise in requests for help over the past two years – pointing to a need to further support victim services. During the pandemic, children and youth were half of the callers to the national sexual assault hotline. Youth are often estranged from reproductive health care in general, and the intersection of abuse and lack of reproductive health care can result in untreated STIs, unplanned pregnancies and miscarriages, and long-term physical and mental health impacts. The connection between violence and reproductive health has far reaching consequences for our communities.

Speakers:
• Jennifer Villavicencio, MD, MPP, FACOG, Lead for Equity Transformation, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
• Maeve Wallace, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology, Tulane University
• Virginia Duplessis, MSW, Director, National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Futures Without Violence
• Sandra Henriquez, MBA, CEO, VALOR
• Shanna Cox, MSPH, Associate Director, Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Moderated by:
• Lisa James, Futures Without Violence, National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse

Sponsored by: The National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse

Connecting Workforce Development and Violence Prevention

A Q&A with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and FUTURES

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At the Workplace Resource Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, we know the toll economic abuse and workplace sabotage take on survivors and their workplaces. However, the intersection between domestic violence and workforce development is rarely discussed.

We sat down with Michelle Rafferty, chief program officer at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (pictured left) and Sarah Gonzalez, associate director for workplace and economic justice at FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE to discuss how domestic violence shows up at work and how workforce development can better support survivors.
 

Some advocates see a disconnect between the workforce development community and the gender-based violence prevention community. Does this disconnect exist?

Rafferty: I’ve held positions in both fields and have witnessed the disconnect first-hand. Workforce organizations may make cross-referrals for survivors who are searching for a job, but we could have a much greater impact on economic outcomes for survivors of gender-based violence if we developed strategies for systemic change.

It can be challenging to connect the dots across the complex systems of human service, policy, government and advocacy organizations at local, state and federal levels. We have so much to do with limited resources – and also have to work hard to stay on top of key issues and changes in our respective fields. It’s not surprising that this results in silos.

In addition, our country still underestimates how common gender-based violence is. As a result, workforce development groups don’t always have access to resources or training to screen for violence and intervene in helpful ways. And it’s incredibly challenging and sometimes unsafe for someone to disclose they are dealing with an abusive partner.

This all results in not enough survivors being connected with the support they need to build careers, while their partners often undermine or sabotage their economic independence.

Just imagine what we could do to close gender gaps in employment, income, and wealth if we created local systems that intentionally supported the physical, emotional and economic well-being of survivors.
 

This Q&A tackles the intersections of workforce development and gender-based violence. How do you define the term “gender-based violence”? Why is it important to define?

Gonzalez: Gender-based violence is a broad spectrum of abusive behavior and/or harassment directed toward a person based on their gender. It’s about power and control over another. It encompasses domestic, dating or intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. The abuse spans physical, sexual, and psychological harm; threats and coercion; being denied one’s basic freedoms; and economic sabotage and control.

There are many terms used to describe this kind of violence, including domestic violence and intimate partner violence. On a technical level, these terms may have different definitions, especially within research. But we use the term “gender-based violence” to recognize that this type of violence impacts everyone: those who identify as heterosexual, LGBTQIA+, cis-gender women and men, or who are gender-non-conforming or transgender. While data show men are primarily the perpetrators, women, gender-non-conforming individuals, and transgender individuals can use gender-based violence as well.

Gender-based violence is too often narrowly viewed as physical violence or rape, and something that only impacts certain identities. But that’s not true. By recognizing what gender-based violence is at its core and what it can look like, workplaces and workforce development providers are better able to prevent it and support those who experience it.
 

How does gender-based violence affect survivors in the workplace? And why is understanding its impact on workers and the workplace important for employers?

Gonzalez: Aside from sexual harassment, gender-based violence is generally not seen as a workplace issue. But it is. Violence doesn’t stay home. There are people in your workplace right now who have or are currently experiencing gender-based violence and harassment.

At the most extreme, women are getting killed at work. One in three female workplace homicides were committed by a personal relation, most of whom were intimate partners.

Abusive actions not only affect those who are targeted, but everyone in the workplace. Abusive partners often make harassing phone calls, show up at work, keep survivors up all night, or assault them before work so they struggle to perform their job duties. This, of course, also affects co-workers who witness abuse.

It also affects workplace safety in other ways. In a survey, nearly 20 percent of perpetrators of violence against their intimate partners reported causing or almost causing a serious accident at work because they were distracted.

And it’s also taking an economic toll: seven out of 10 survivors say their abusive partners stopped them from working. The goal of employment sabotage is to limit the resources and opportunities survivors have to seek safety and independence. Unfortunately, all too often, survivors are also penalized by employers, making them more vulnerable to harm. About 60 percent of victims report losing their jobs because of the impacts of violence and abuse.
 

One of the core missions of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions is advancing equity and a human-centered workplace. How does advancing trauma-informed workplaces and supporting survivors advance this mission?

Rafferty: The National Fund aims to advance workforce equity by ensuring all workers have resources required to thrive in careers, all jobs are good jobs, and race does not dictate employment outcomes. We believe that job quality and equity cannot exist without the other. All workers need access to a job that is safe, offers sustainable pay and benefits, is secure and stable, and provides career pathways and opportunities for mobility. We outline these principles in our Job Design Framework.

Centering worker voice is key to creating quality jobs and equitable workplaces. Businesses that are able to retain a skilled and committed workforce and achieve their goals often prioritize the well-being and engagement of their staff. They recognize that workers bring their whole selves to the workplace, and sometimes that means they show up with the mental and physical impacts of toxic stress, abuse, or trauma. Ignoring this can cause harm to both the worker and the business.

You can learn about practices that employers can adopt to create more supportive workplaces in the National Fund’s guide, A Trauma Informed Approach to Workforce.
 

What are some best practices for a trauma-informed workplace?

Gonzalez: First, a trauma-informed workplace recognizes that its employees have lived experiences that may include trauma, whether related to gender-based violence, racism, a near-death experience, or other life events. Knowing that, employers should respond with supportive policies and practices that seek to create a space in which all workers can thrive and do their best work.

Trauma-informed environments center on six principles: safety; transparency and trust; peer support; collaboration and mutuality; empowerment, voice, and choice; and cultural, historical, and gender issues. Each of these principles reinforce one another to create a stronger and more trauma-informed workplace.

So what can this look like?

Employers can start staff meetings by checking in on how employees are doing, which centers their humanity and helps establish a psychologically safe environment. They can be clear about workplace policies and decision-making processes, share the rationale behind them, and implement them equitably and consistently. And they can foster connection and belonging through team building or meeting rituals to help increase feelings of safety, inclusion, respect.

These are just a few examples. There are so many actions both individuals and organizations can take. At the FUTURES National Resource Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, we offer a range of technical assistance and training resource to support employers in these efforts.
 

It sounds like the changes needed within the workforce development community go beyond the individual organization level, to create new norms around gender-based violence in the workplace. What does systems-level change look like and why is it critical?

Rafferty: Systems-level change can be driven by legislative or administrative policies, through sustained commitments and alignment between key community institutions and organizations, through new narratives and shared beliefs, and through other mechanisms.

To better support the economic outcomes of survivors, workforce development systems should dedicate more resources to understanding and responding to the impact of gender-based violence on workers. It should be something we try to solve, as much as lack of access to affordable, quality child care or safe, affordable transportation. And we need leaders to acknowledge and prioritize these issues, to begin to change the narrative that gender-based violence is uncommon or that a survivor can simply choose to not be abused.

These are a few basic preliminary suggestions. Developing a more comprehensive recommendation would require much more thought, analysis and partnership.

Let’s keep this conversation going! I’m looking forward to comments and ideas from our readers.

 
Michelle Rafferty
As chief program officer on the executive team at the National Fund, Rafferty articulates and implements the organization’s strategic vision and oversees its program portfolio. Rafferty has spent her career working to reduce unemployment and poverty while promoting racial, socio-economic equity.

Sarah Gonzalez
is associate director, workplace and economic justice at FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE. She leads initiatives relating to economic justice and security, and safety and gender equity in the workplace, and works to improve access to quality employment opportunities for survivors of trafficking and gender-based violence.

PIVOT Towards Promising Futures

PIVOT Towards Promising Futures

Introducing the new podcast for everyone invested in ending and preventing gender-based violence and deepening experiences of healing for children and their families.

PIVOT Towards Promising Futures is a podcast where leaders working to end violence against children and families share their insights on what is needed to pivot our efforts towards a bright and promising future. We invite you to join wide-ranging discussions examining our collective work over the decades and taking an honest look at where we fell short, particularly for families of color. We’ll explore what pivots can lead us to a future where we can help parents and caregivers get the resources and support they really need, and build more pathways toward healing and growth for ALL children and families who have experienced violence. Hosted by Wendy Mota and Surabhi Kukke, this podcast is presented by Promising Futures.

The PIVOT Towards Promising Futures logo states the title in purple over a lavender background.

 

Out now on most streaming platforms!

Spotify
Google Podcasts
Apple Podcasts
Amazon Music
Deezer
and more!

 

Accessibility

This series is presented in English with transcripts available. If you require other accommodations, please email us!

 

Questions?
Please e-mail us at thePIVOT@FuturesWithoutViolence.org.

 

Presented by Promising Futures

The development of this podcast was supported by Grant Number 90EV0532-01-00 and 90EV0524-01-00 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Points of view shared in this series are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Building Healing Environments for Children and Youth Impacted by Violence

Building Healing Environments for Children and Youth Impacted by Violence

This webinar presents five research-based protective factors that illustrate opportunities for prevention and early intervention with families impacted by co-occurring domestic violence and child maltreatment. In this webinar Dr. Tien Ung, and Mie Fukuda, will present new resources for the field, including an issue brief and practice tips on protective factors for survivors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the science of resilience.
  • Describe five protective factors that reduce the negative impacts of domestic violence on adult and child survivors of domestic violence and promote their healthy development and well-being.
  • Strengthen systems of care to incorporate protective factors for survivors.

 

Access the webinar recording and resources

This webinar was held on September 21, 2022. Recordings are available here (English) and here (with American Sign Language interpretation).

Webinar slides

Protective Factors Alignment Tool

What’s on your radar? Protective Factors Template

 

About the presenters

Tien Ung, PhD, helps individuals and organizations translate and apply relevant research, build knowledge, and generate culturally authentic evidence to improve outcomes for families impacted by adversity and trauma. She is the Associate Director of Impact & Learning at Futures Without Violence, where she collaborates with colleagues and external partners to design practice, program, and policy solutions by integrating community wisdom, lived experience, and 21st century science. Tien draws from 25+ years of experience as a child protection expert, trauma therapist, social work educator, community-based researcher, and systems consultant. She has worked across sectors—including child welfare, criminal justice/family law, schools, rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, and child and family trauma clinics.

Mie Fukuda, MS, provides technical assistance to domestic violence programs and implements initiatives focused on supporting child and adult survivors of domestic violence. Mie was a children’s advocate at the Asian Women’s Shelter and holds a BA in Psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Education in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

Accessibility

This webinar is presented in English with closed captions in English. Spanish and American Sign Language interpretations will be available soon. If you require other accommodations, please email us!

 

Questions?
Please e-mail DJ Peay at DJPeay@FuturesWithoutViolence.org

 

Presented by Promising Futures

This webinar was supported by Grant Number 90EV0532-01-00 and 90EV0524-01-00 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Points of view shared in this event are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the official positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Centering Equity in Multisector Collaborations

Centering Equity in Multisector Collaborations

Are you doing equity work in your community or organization or want to get started? In this webinar, equity, leadership, and improvement consultant Kristene Cristobal shares a framework about how to center equity in collaboration and how to measure it through a set of values, capabilities and processes that underpin health equity efforts. The Framework for Equity in Multi-Sector Collaboration synthesizes the wisdom of thought leaders and people with lived experience and utilizes metrics such as leadership and organizational commitment to equity, diverse staff representing the communities their organizations serve, disaggregated data by race, and structures and processes to increase staff capabilities in equity. We hope that as a result of this webinar, viewers can add this framework to their toolbox for designing community-centered and equity driven work in their communities.

Viewers are invited to reflect on:

  • how to track equity in a meaningful way,
  • how to make equity work actionable across partnerships, and
  • how to center lived experience in equity strategies, implementation, and practice in a sustainable way.

 

Access the webinar recording

This webinar was held on August 23, 2022. The recording is available here (English and American Sign Language)

You can “Switch Playback View” at the bottom right hand side of the recording window.

 

About the presenter

Kristene Cristobal, MS, MA, founded Cristobal Consulting in 2013 to create lasting positive social impact, building on the strengths of individuals and communities, focused on racial and health justice. Kristene has over 20 years of experience in program and curriculum design, strategic planning, teaching and coaching teams in QI, program evaluation, and equity TA and consulting. She works at the intersections of equity, multi-sector collaboration, quality improvement, and the spread and sustainability of effective practices – partnering with community-based organizations, health care delivery systems, community health centers, health plans, academic institutions, government departments, and foundations to do so. Kristene earned her MS in Maternal and Child Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, her MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington, and her BA in Neuroscience at Oberlin College.

 

About the facilitator

Tien Ung, PhD, helps individuals and organizations translate and apply relevant research, build knowledge, and generate culturally authentic evidence to improve outcomes for families impacted by adversity and trauma. She is the Associate Director of Impact & Learning at Futures Without Violence, where she collaborates with colleagues and external partners to design practice, program, and policy solutions by integrating community wisdom, lived experience, and 21st century science. Tien draws from 25+ years of experience as a child protection expert, trauma therapist, social work educator, community-based researcher, and systems consultant. She has worked across sectors—including child welfare, criminal justice/family law, schools, rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, and child and family trauma clinics.

 

Accessibility

This webinar is presented in English with American Sign Language interpretation available and closed captions in English. If you require other accommodations, please email us!

 

Questions?
Please e-mail DJ Peay at DJPeay@FuturesWithoutViolence.org

 

Presented by Promising Futures

This webinar was supported by Grant Number 90EV0532-01-00 and 90EV0524-01-00 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Points of view shared in this event are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the official positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Women Belong Inside, Outside, Everywhere, Free

In the Persian language, there is a word for rooms in the home that are open to male visitors, beeroonee (بیرونی) or outside, and a word for rooms that are sacred and protected, andaroonee (اندرونی) or inside, the space for women.

Not exclusive to Iran, acts of violence and oppression against women have long been treated as a private matter, veiled behind closed doors. It wasn’t until 1993 that the UN considered domestic violence an international human rights issue. In the U.S., the Violence Against Women Act, which acknowledged domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and designated resources for prevention and response, wasn’t passed until 1994.

Around the world, we have witnessed women breaking open the doors of silence about violence, lifting their voices to call for their safety and freedom – from nations recovering from conflict such as in Rwanda or in response to raising rates of femicide in places including Mexico.

And now, the people of Iran, led by women and girls, are taking to the streets in response to the recent death of 22-year old Iranian-Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini. Amini died in police custody on September 16, behind closed doors, three days after she was arrested and detained by the Morality Police for wearing the country’s mandatory hijab, or headscarf, improperly.

Her death has since sparked the demonstrations rapidly spreading in the streets of Iran that go beyond the call for women’s freedoms. As recounted in the lyrics of Shirvin Hajipour’s song “Baraye” – the protest’s new anthem – these demonstrations call for “dancing in the streets, for smiling faces, for students, for the future, for the polluted air, for the innocent dogs, for a girl who wishes she was a boy, for feeling of peace, for woman, life, freedom.”

In Iran and elsewhere, women are often the canaries in the mines when it comes to the erosion of freedom. In fact, women’s treatment is the greatest indicator of how peaceful and secure a society is. The groundbreaking work of Dr. Valerie Hudson shows “that the prevalence of violence against women and inequality in a country can be a predictor of its peace and security” and notes that “when a society normalizes violence and oppression between men and women—the two halves of humanity whether in households or communities—adverse effects will be felt.”1

In 2017, FUTURES released its report “Linking the Security of Women and Security of State: A Policymaker Blueprint” and offered priority policy and programmatic recommendations around the relationship between gender-based violence, violent extremism, and trauma, and approaches that improve resilience, support survivors and contribute to better security outcomes. This report informed the Women, Peace and Security Act of 2017 (WPS) which calls for women to have a stronger presence at negotiating tables, greater opportunities to prevent conflict, increased protections from violence, and better access to resources during post-conflict reconstruction.

Women in Iran have access to education, employment, and even the right to vote. Behind closed doors, however, laws govern the personal and private aspects of women’s lives, including their right to travel, inherit property, pass citizenship onto their children, and dress how they like.

Now women have become the symbol of freedom and are leading the protests — from removing their hijab and singing songs of freedom in their classrooms to cutting off their hair and marching in the streets of Iran in defiance of batons and bullets. Their voices are leading the movement, and speaking to the impact of women’s empowerment and the demand for equality.

The very fact that the chants for “women, life, and freedom” became the battle cry for Iranian demonstrators over the past few weeks is a realization that as long as the women in Iran are treated as second class citizens, and their personal and private decisions can be trampled on, all people’s hope for democracy, justice, and equality in the rule of law is futile.

As we have done in other countries, Futures Without Violence is listening to the women in Iran. We must follow their lead, lift up their voices, and support the effort to change Iran’s arc towards injustice and oppression to one of freedom — freedom of expression, freedom of movement, freedom of choice, freedom to exist.

Women belong inside – andaroonee (اندرونی), outside – beeroonee (بیرونی), everywhere, free.