There are five free Regional Advocate Days for Training annually. End Domestic Abuse WI plans them in collaboration with local advocates in each Wisconsin region (western, northern, northeastern, southeastern, and southern). Additionally, we host RADs specifically for advocates of color twice each year. Advocates are welcome to attend any RAD in any region, regardless of where they live and work! During the 2019 Western RAD, we will split the day into two topics – Homicide Prevention & LGBTQ+ Inclusivity – and have experts present on each topic, with input and opportunities to share experiences from attendees.
Morning workshop: What Does Homicide Prevention Look Like?
There are many ways that advocates can play a role in preventing domestic violence homicides in Wisconsin. This session will review homicide risk factors, safety planning with victims in high danger, and strategies for proactively collaborating with community partners to identify victims at the greatest risk and connect them with help. Representatives from Menomonie Police Department and The Bridge to Hope will walk through processes they’ve formalized to prevent DV homicides in their community. Utilizing both the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) and a Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) approach, Menomonie’s efforts have evolved over time to better meet the ever-changing local needs. This presentation will detail the creation and development of their program from the research stage to implementation and beyond. In addition, advocates will have an opportunity to share successes and explore challenges related to homicide prevention in their community.
Angie Mcilquham, Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, The Bridge to Hope
Kelly Pollock, Investigator, Menomonie Police Department
Sara Krall, Homicide Prevention Program Director, End Abuse
Afternoon workshop: LGBTQ+ Inclusivity: Challenges & Strategies
Many of us have worked to understand the needs of LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, and to make our programs welcoming and responsive. So why aren’t we serving more LGBTQ+ people? We will look at some of the social determinants of health that can drive vulnerability to violence and keep LGBTQ+ populations from accessing services, along with strategies for overcoming these barriers. What has been successful in your community? Where do you still feel stuck? Bring your stories and questions for strategizing and support.
Amanda Schumacher, Program Coordinator, Family Support Center
Morrigan Villa, Advocate, Bolton Refuge House