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2016 Tax Protections for Domestic Abuse Survivors Recorded Webinar

Get ready for tax season, and help those you work with to get the most out of their returns! To kick off the Get What You Need: Public Benefits Webinar Series, Morgan Young, Immigration & Poverty Law Attorney, discussed tax protections for domestic abuse survivors. This recording includes information about various tax credits, specific provisions for domestic abuse survivors, claiming children as dependents during family law disputes, tax ramifications of the Affordable Care Act, and more. 

To view and listen CLICK HERE. You will be directed to a short survey and link to the recorded webinar.

Handouts are below.


Engaging Faith Community Leaders in Efforts to Address Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

Domestic abuse and sexual assault happen within all communities of faith regardless of one’s faith tradition. Victims and perpetrators are members of every local congregation and faith community. Therefore, faith leaders are uniquely positioned to provide helpful responses to victims and set a tone of intolerance for abuse within their congregation and community. 

This webinar was presented by Pastor Phil Haslanger, who has changed the way the faith community in Dane County responds to domestic violence. He recently organized an interfaith teen summit, helped organize a conference for faith leaders on domestic violence, established a faith issues subcommittee on the local CCR team; and coordinated faith leaders to sign a statement (featured on the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal) in response to the Ray Rice incident.

Sara Krall, End Abuse Coordinated Community Response (CCR) & Homicide Prevention Coordinator, and Ginger Francis, WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault SART/CCR Coordinator, joined Pastor Phil Haslanger for this discussion about ways to partner with local faith communities. 

To view and listen CLICK HEREYou will be directed to short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.


Advocacy for People Who Are Victims of Abuse in Later Life (webinar recorded 10/1/2015)

If you are new to advocacy for victims of abuse in later life, listen to this recorded webinar! You will gain a basic understanding of the dynamics of abuse in later life, and how it differs substantially from the experiences of younger people who are abused.  

CJ Doxtater (End Domestic Abuse WI, REACH Coordinator) and Ann Turner (National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, Elder Victim Service & Advocacy Coordinator) led the discussion. The webinar is less than 60 minutes long.

To view and listen, CLICK HERE. You will be directed to short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.


The Status of Same-Sex Marriage in Wisconsin After Obergerfell v. Hodges (webinar recorded 7.15.2015)

This presentation by Attorney Chris Krimmer considered the current (as of July 15, 2015) status of same-sex marriage in Wisconsin including a discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergerfell v. Hodges. The Obergerfell decision may be historically the most important civil rights case for gay men and lesbians. In this decision, the Supreme Court determined whether the fundamental right to marriage under the U.S. Constitution included the right of same-sex couples to marry.

The decision was pivotal for Wisconsin's federal case granting the right to marry to same-sex couples, or opening the door for the state's ban on same-sex marriage to be reinstated. In addition to a discussion of the right to marry, Attorney Krimmer addressed the unique aspects of divorce for gay and lesbian couples who married, and how to divide property and address custodial issues impacting children of a gay or lesbian couple who never married but ended their relationship. The webinar aslo discussed how lawyers apply a variety of family law statutes that reference gender such as "husband" and "wife" in the context of same-sex marriage such as the statutes involving step-parent adoptions and the marital presumption of children born during marriage.

Chris Krimmer is a family law attorney and partner at Balisle & Roberson, S.C., in Madison.

To view and listen, CLICK HERE. You will be directed to short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.


Jurisdiction: Obtaining a Restraining Order When Abuse Crosses State Lines 6-19-2015

End Domestic Abuse WI's Tess Meuer, Director of Justice Systems and Tony Gibart, the Public Policy Director will discuss the three components which allow courts to have jurisdiction (authority) to hear a case: subject matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction and venue. In addition, they will discuss the recently passed WI 2015 Act 4 [now the law] which extends authority of WI courts to have personal jurisdiction in cases where abuse crosses state lines. Finally, they will give helpful examples of how new personal jurisdiction law (Act 4) applies in interstate abuse cases.

You can view 2015 Wisconsin Act 4 prior to the webinar HERE

To view and listen, CLICK HERE.  You will be directed to short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.    


Recorded Webinar-The Neurobiology of Trauma: Understanding Victim Behavior 3-12-2015

For this webinar, Olga Trujillo combines her lived experience of violence with the science of trauma and violence on the brain to help participants explore how they may enhance their trauma-informed responses. This session examines the struggles criminal justice professionals face in handling domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse cases and explores efforts that can be undertaken to improve their ability to investigate these cases and assess credibility.

Olga Trujillo is an attorney, speaker, author and survivor. Her experience over the past 26 years has been as an attorney and as a consultant to many local, state and national organizations.  Olga is featured in the video “A Survivor’s Story”, a documentary and training video based on her personal experience of violence. Her numerous articles and publications include “The Sum of My Parts," a 2011 memoir for New Harbinger Publications,  and “Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Also Experiencing Trauma and Mental Health Challenges,” 2012 Handbook for Attorneys, which she co-authored.  Olga currently writes a blog for Psychology Today.

VIEW AND LISTEN. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.


Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Harassment of LGBTQ People (Recorded 3-10-2015)

THIS RECORDING

This webinar is about policies to promote inclusion of both LGBTQ clients and employees.  After viewing the webinar, participants will be able to list the types of policies that support an environment free of harassment and bullying of LGBTQ people, describe ways to assist staff in understanding and following the policies, and list the elements of a plan to monitor claims, address them seriously, and document their corrective action(s). 

VIEW AND LISTEN. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.

THE SERIES

The series is provided by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Domestic Abuse Program, and presented by Molly Herrmann, statewide training consultant and member of the End Domestic Abuse WI and WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault LGBTQ Committee. Services Act (FVPSA) federal requirements. Webinar 3 is Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting  Discrimination and Harassment of LGBTQ People.

The series offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on organization practices and culture, and to build bridges between existing knowledge and skills and innovative, emerging practices, while also meeting the DCF training requirement.

All staff of DCF domestic violence programs receiving FVPSA funding must view each webinar live (February and March 2015) or recorded.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

When you have completed the recorded webinar, download the certificate below.  It can be completed electronically or by hand and printed. Handouts are also available for download.


Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Environment and Services for LGBTQ People (Recorded 3/3/2015)

THIS RECORDING

This webinar is about creating an inclusive environment for LGBTQ clients.  It explores which areas of service provision, physical and otherwise, can communicate inclusion to LGBTQ people.  After viewing the webinar, participants will be able to address beliefs that inhibit inclusion of LGBTQ people, provide solutions to common questions about LGBTQ services, and name concrete steps to improve services. See Details for more information and to register.

THE SERIES

It is the second of a three-part series about inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals, and how to develop non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.

The series is provided by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Domestic Abuse Program, and presented by Molly Herrmann, statewide training consultant and member of the End Domestic Abuse WI and WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault LGBTQ Committee. Services Act (FVPSA) federal requirements. Webinar 3 is Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting  Discrimination and Harassment of LGBTQ People.

The series offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on organization practices and culture, and to build bridges between existing knowledge and skills and innovative, emerging practices, while also meeting the DCF training requirement.

All staff of DCF domestic violence programs receiving FVPSA funding must view each webinar live (February and March 2015) or recorded. 

GO TO RECORDING

To view and listen, CLICK HERE. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

When you have completed the recorded webinar, download the certificate below.  It can be completed electronically or by hand and printed. Handouts are also available for download.


LGBTQ 101: Terminology, Concepts & LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence (Recorded 2.17.2015)

THIS RECORDING

This webinar focuses on increasing knowledge about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) identities in an effort to provide inclusive services to these communities and to prevent discrimination, harassment, and bullying.  After completing the recorded webinar, viewers will be able to understand a brief LGBTQ history, describe terms and concepts related to LGBTQ identities, and explain similarities and differences between IPV in LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ relationships.

THE SERIES

It is the first of a three-part series about inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals, and how to develop non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.

The series is provided by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Domestic Abuse Program, and presented by Molly Herrmann, statewide training consultant and member of the End Domestic Abuse WI and WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault LGBTQ Committee. Services Act (FVPSA) federal requirements. Webinars 2 and 3 are: Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Environment and Services for LGBTQ People, and Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting  Discrimination and Harassment of LGBTQ People.

The series offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on organization practices and culture, and to build bridges between existing knowledge and skills and innovative, emerging practices, while also meeting the DCF training requirement. 

All staff of DCF domestic violence programs receiving FVPSA funding must view each webinar live (February and March 2015) or recorded.  

GO TO RECORDING

To view and listen, CLICK HERE. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

When you have completed the recorded webinar, download the certificate below.  It can be completed electronically or by hand and printed. Handouts are also available for download.


Other Acts Evidence: Recent Legislative Changes 2-18-2015 Recorded Webinar (approximately 60 minutes)

On February 18, 2015, End Abuse and the WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault  co-hosted this webinar by Assistant Attorneys General Audrey Skwierawski and Miriam Falk, discussing the anticipated impact of this important legislative change.

View and listen to the recorded webinar now. (You will be directed to respond to two questions and then go on to the recording.) Handouts can be downloaded below.

Description: In 2014 the WI legislature significantly expanded the ability of prosecutors to introduce evidence of prior acts by the defendant in domestic violence and sexual assault cases.  It is hoped that this new broader standard will help prosecutors provide juries with a more complete picture of the defendant’s history and behavior resulting in increased offender accountability.

The change requires that law enforcement officers take a complete history of the defendant’s prior actions and  that prosecutors be able to explain these behaviors using well established DV/SA dynamics.  It may also require increased expert testimony.  Victims may be asked to provide more information than they have in the past, both to law enforcement and to the jury.   The advocate will likely be called upon to explain to victims why this information is being collected and how it can be useful in holding offenders accountable.  Advocates who testify as expert witnesses may be called more frequently in order to explain the additional contextual information being presented at trial.

This webinar discussed the statutory change and provided illustrations of how the change may impact victims and advocates.  All advocates who discuss criminal proceedings with clients and those who may serve as expert witnesses will benefit from this recorded webinar.


Custody and Placement - Overview and Troubleshooting (6.9.14)

Morgan discusses some of the most commonly raised issues regarding custody and placement, including non-marital children, leaving with children and changing orders.

Click HERE to view and listen to the recorded webinar.


Crisis Counseling: how can I help her?

When the phone rings, you want to be ready–this session will give you some of the tools and resources you need to respond to those who call your crisis line.  This live webinar was presented for participants of the recent “Kick Start Your Advocacy Skills” training.  This recording will be useful to anyone who is new to crisis counseling. (Runtime is approximately 60 minutes.)

Presenter Sara Krall is the Community Response and Homicide Prevention Coordinator at End Abuse.  She has extensive experience as an Advocate and as Volunteer Coordinator, here in Dane County and in the Seattle area in Washington State.

Click HERE to view and listen.

Two handouts (see below) can be printed. 

The first is a handout of the slides.

The second handout, of common crisis line questions and responses, provides background information that may be useful: in some cases, you may help a victim to understand potential risks and make an informed decision. In other cases you may offer reassurance if the victim is unaware of his or her legal protections.


Working with Battered Immigrants: VAWA Immigration Remedies

Join Morgan Young, End Abuse Immigration and Poverty Law Attorney, for a discussion of VAWA remedy trends, concerns and best practices when working with battered immigrants. 

You will learn about: 

  • Common distinctions and strategies within VAWA immigration law
  • Which questions to ask and what type of assistance to seek in your advocacy with battered immigrants

This webinar was designed for advocates who have little or no knowledge of immigration law.  The webinar was recorded on December 4, 2013, and runs for less than 60 minutes.

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Calculating True Program Costs

February 12, 2013 Webinar Recording

Do you know what it costs to deliver your programs? An understanding of true program costs is essential for management decisions, program design and effective development work. This webinar provides an overview of how to: allocate expenses; build realistic program budgets; and communicate what your work actually costs.  Information provided can assist programs to provide required detailed cost reporting to WI DCF.  Presenters: Dennis Johnson and Ben Williams of Forward Community Investments join WCADV’s Patti Seger and Teresa Weinland-Schmidt.

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Transforming Services for Children & Youth: Creating Trauma-Informed Support for Families & Children in WI DV Programs

February 7, 2013 Webinar Recording

 Join special guest Susan Blumenfeld of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH) for this exciting learning opportunity. This webinar will provide Wisconsin domestic abuse Services providers a framework for building a trauma-informed approach to meeting the needs of children, youth and families exposed to domestic violence.

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Prevention: Voices of Men - Stepping Up and Speaking Out

December 12, 2012 webinar recording

The Fox Valley community has mobilized men and boys to address violence against women and girls. This webinar discussed current initiatives undertaken by Voices of Men and ways the initiative might be replicated in other communities. Presented by: Dave Willems, Fox Valley Voices of Men member, volunteer, and program consultant; and Julie Fevola, Executive Director, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services.

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Prevention: Men as Allies

November 27, 2012 webinar recording

This webinar explored promising local initiatives that engage men, and ways to develop an approach to mobilizing men in your community.  Presented by Molly Zemke, Prevention Program Coordinator from Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.

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Recruiting and Orienting an Effective Board of Directors

September 14, 2011 webinar recording

This program, presented by Gary Kelsey of Kelsey & Associates, focuses on board recruitment, board planning, i.e. forming committees, and board orientation.

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Creating and Supporting an Effective Board of Directors

March 10, 2011 webinar recording

The program, presented by Gary Kelsey of Kelsey & Associates, focuses on roles and responsibilities of boards and their executive committees as well as staff and board relationships.

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Financial Empowerment Training Webinar Session II

September 15, 2010 webinar recording

Presenters:     Dr. Vivian Larkin, Director of Economic and Social Justice, WCADV     Graciela Laguna, Victim Services and Access Specialist, WCADV     Nataliya Runte, Sojourner Family Peace Center     Chia Yang, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Authority (WHEDA)In this session presenters discuss culturally sensitive strategies for assisting survivors from diverse backgrouns, including immigrant victims, to improve financial stability.

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Financial Empowerment Training Webinar Session I

May 25, 2010 webinar recording

Presenters:     Dr. Vivian Larkin, Director of Economic and Social Justice, WCADV     Morgan Young, Immigration/Poverty Law Attorney, WCADV     Jolynn Woehrer, Task Force on Family ViolenceThis webinar is the first in a two-part series. The content has been condensed from a 4-hour training that was designed to help advocates provide survivors with: Resources to strengthen confidence in order to take action; Strategies to address financial and safety challenges of ending a relationship with an abuser; Resources for working through quality-of-life changes they may encounter when fleeing abuse; Strategies to work through challenges that occur after identity or name change and abuser misuse of her personal records; Tactics to understand financial fundamentals and basic steps to building a strong financial base, including budgeting, saving, building credit, and managing debt.(Apologies for missing the first 15 minutes)

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Preventing Homicide: Milwaukee’s Lethality Assessment Program (Recorded 9/30/2014)

Milwaukee County has embarked on an exciting initiative to implement the Maryland Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) county-wide.  The LAP is an emerging best practice to teach police officers the indicators of potentially lethal domestic violence and victim risk assessment techniques, and implement a follow up protocol that connects high lethality risk victims with an advocate while officers are still on the scene.  

Dr. Jackie Campbell conducted an extensive study which revealed that only 4%  of women victims of DV homicide or attempted homicide had ever sought shelter at a domestic violence program, despite the fact that such services are a protective factor against DV homicide.  The LAP, developed by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, works to close that gap and connect high-risk victims to life-saving advocacy services from the moment they reach out to police.  The protocol can also be adapted for use by other first responders, such as emergency room doctors.

The presentation slides can be printed either as full-sized powerpoint slides (one slide per page) or a handout with three slides per page.  Links are below. 

To view and listen, click HERE


Basic Information for Restraining Orders in Wisconsin E-Learning Modules

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin created 4 E-Learning Modules to provide basic information about Restraining Order in Wisconsin. They include videotaped presentations by Tess Meuer, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin’s Director of Justice Systems, as well as vocabulary and quizzes to give a basic overview and useful resources for anyone who will be assisting victims to obtain restraining orders in Wisconsin.

To access the modules, CLICK HERE.  You will be directed to a short survey containing links to each module. Each one can be completed in 20-30 minutes.