Domestic Violence Trainings – November & December 2012



Is Advocacy Effective?  A review of the research evidence —  2-3:30p CST 11/20/12

Presenter: Cris Sullivan, PhD, Professor, Ecological/Community Psychology, Associate Chair, Psychology Department, Michigan State University. 

Description: Most domestic violence service programs engage in various forms of advocacy. Advocacy involves more than providing emotional support and referrals — it is a distinct activity that involves working to change policies, practices and conditions that are negatively impacting people. Some domestic violence advocates work on a wide range of areas with survivors, while others focus on one particular system, such as the welfare, housing, or legal system. Few advocacy interventions have been rigorously evaluated, and the belief in their effectiveness has largely been based on anecdotal evidence. This is problematic as more and more funders are pushing “evidence based practice.” In this webinar, Cris Sullivan will review the empirical evidence behind providing advocacy services for domestic violence survivors. There are a number of studies that have shown how effective advocacy can be, and these findings can be used to justify funding such services.

Stalking and Sexual Assault — 1:30-3p CST 11/29/12

Presenter: Michelle Garcia, Director, National Stalking Resource Center.

Description: Research indicates that there is a connection between stalking and sexual assault. However, this intersection is often missed, particularly in non-stranger sexual assault cases. This webinar will examine pre- and post-sexual assault behaviors by rapists and explore whether these behaviors could be considered stalking and the potential benefits of doing so.

Ethical Dilemmas of Domestic Violence Prosecutions — 2:00-3:30p CST 12/12/12

Presenter: Teresa Garvey, an attorney advisor with AEquitas

Content: All lawyers have a duty to conduct themselves ethically, and prosecutors are (rightly) held to an even higher standard. As Justice Sutherland famously observed in United States v. Berger, 295 U.S. 78 (1935), a prosecutor’s interest in a criminal case is not that he or she “shall win a case, but that justice shall be done.” This webinar will not only review the ethical duties of prosecutors from the standpoint of the Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as other professional standards of conduct for State advocates in criminal actions, but will explore the many ways in which prosecutors handling domestic violence cases can strive to do justice in the broadest sense of the word, taking into account the interests of victims, defendants, and society as a whole.

Improving the Justice System Response to Witness Intimidation — 2-3:30p CST 12/14/12

Presenter: Rhonda Martinson, an attorney advisor with AEquitas.

Description: Violent criminals routinely escape justice by intimidating witnesses to their crimes, which has resulted in justice system professionals, community leaders, and researchers declaring witness intimidation a national concern and a challenge to administering justice. Intimidation crimes range from crude to complex and when successful, escape the purview of the justice system, and allow criminal behavior to continue unchecked. The pervasive nature of these crimes is devastating to victims and community confidence in the justice system’s ability to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable. This presentation will discuss the ways batterer’s intimidate and control victims; victim behaviors that are attempts to cope with their battering; effective investigation and documentation of intimidation and intimidation crimes, charging and trying the intimidator and strategies to hold these offenders accountable.

Honouring Resistance — 2-3:30p CST 12/18/12

Presenter: Cindy Ogden is currently a therapist at the Men’s Counselling Service of the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, as well as a PhD student at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work..

Description: The response-based approach for working with victims and perpetrators of abuse was developed by Dr. Allan Wade, Dr. Linda Coates, and Nick Todd (R. Psych). Cindy Ogden and Gillian Weaver-Dunlop have been using the response-based approach for many years in their therapeutic work. This webinar will focus on working with victims. Cindy and Gillian will discuss how therapists using this approach a) honour a woman’s resistance to violence and abuse, and b) contest the blaming and pathologizing of victims. 
Using case examples, Cindy and Gillian will explore the five basic assumptions that underpin the response based approach. These assumptions include: 1) Whenever people are badly treated, they resist; 2) People tend not to notice that victims resist abuse; 3) Perpetrators know that victims will resist, so they make plans to try to stop the victim’s resistance; 4) abusive and violent behaviour is deliberate, conscious and planned, and 5) when it comes to domestic violence, appearances are deceiving (Wade, Coates, & Todd, n.d.).



Safety at Home – Intimate Partner Violence, Military Personnel, and Veterans

The Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP) is pleased to announce the release of four modules of the e-learning course, Safety at Home – Intimate Partner Violence, Military Personnel, and Veterans. The course is designed for advocates (military and civilian) who provide services to military-related families experiencing intimate partner violence. The course will also be helpful for social service and mental health practitioners who are working with these victims and their families. The self-paced course includes eight modules with mini-lectures, case studies, video clips, practice scenarios, and opportunities for self-assessment to test mastery of course content. Supplemental materials are available to download.

The following modules have been posted:

  • Context of Violence
  • Risk and Danger
  • Combat Stress
  • Co-Occurring Conditions and Intimate Partner Violence

The following modules will be posted as they are completed:

  • Military and Veteran Cultural Competence
  • Department of Defense Response to Intimate Partner Violence
  • National Guard, Reserves, and Department of Veterans Affairs Response to Intimate Partner Violence
  • Collaboration, Memoranda of Understanding, and Jurisdiction

The development and production of the e-learning course was funded under the auspices of the Avon Foundation for Women’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Initiative. More information about the Avon Foundation for Women is available

The course supplements the current BWJP project, Building Effective Civilian Responses to Military-Related Victims of Intimate Partner Violence, which is funded by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


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