Strategies to Enhance Employee Resilience and Engagement within Survivor-Serving Organizations

Title:  Strategies to Enhance Employee Resilience and Engagement within Survivor-Serving Organizations

Date:  Thursday, May 14, 2020


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Brief Overview of Presenters and Organizations 

Rose Brooks Center Staff Engagement Strategies

Resources on COVID-19 Response for Domestic & Sexual Violence Programs


Webinar Description:

Employee turn-over is a challenge faced by many organizations, particularly organizations that serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Frequent staff changes can disrupt the quality of and capacity to serve the community and can impact an organization’s sustainability and sense of cohesion.  What strategies can survivor centered organizations utilize to attract and engage staff, mitigate burnout, and build strength and collective resilience? This webinar will feature representatives of three organizations that serve survivors of violence and trauma who will share strategies that they use to increase employee engagement as well as improve services for survivors. Facilitators will also discuss some strategies they have incorporated to help staff adapt and manage during this extraordinary public health crisis.

After this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Examine your organization’s strengths and areas for improvement as to its ability to attract and support staff;
  • Identify strategies to attract, support and continue to engage employees within organizations that serve survivors of violence and trauma;
  • Utilize tools and resources to attract and continue to engage employees; and
  • Discuss tips to address the needs of employees during the current health crisis.

Who should participate?

Executive Directors, Program Directors/Managers/Coordinators, Supervisors, and Team Leaders in OVW funded projects.


Kelly Miller, Executive Director, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Lisa Fleming, MSW, Chief Operating Officer, Rose Brooks Center 

Vanisa Tabakovic, Executive Director, Tapestri 



Jennifer White & Monica Arenas, Futures Without Violence

Questions? Please contact Monica Arenas at

This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K047, 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.