Statewide Conference to Explore, Expand, Create Opportunities to Reduce Domestic and Sexual Violence

Madison—The three statewide anti-domestic and sexual violence groups announced they will be holding a joint event in November to mobilize and educate advocates, professionals and survivors. The conference—entitled “Transform the Conversation: Explore. Expand. Create.”—will be the largest such gathering in Wisconsin in at least the last five years.

The conference is a joint effort by End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) and American Indians Against Abuse (AIAA). Over 500 participants are expected to attend on November 5th and 6th at the Kalahari Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells. The conference features nationally recognized keynote speakers, a selection of over 50 workshops and a variety of opportunities to participate in facilitated conversations. The agencies say the gathering will be a unique forum for the exchange of promising practices to create a more peaceful state.

In a joint statement End Domestic Abuse WI, WCASA and AIAA said, “We look forward to welcoming advocates, professionals and survivors from across Wisconsin to engage in conversation. Collectively, we will energize our efforts to eliminate domestic and sexual violence. This conference will be a timely opportunity to explore innovative ideas and to expand our vision—actions that will ultimately lead us to the future we wish to create.”

More information about the conference can be found here: http://bit.ly/transformtheconvo. Registration is now open and available online at: http://bit.ly/register2transform.

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Selected Resources

Voting Guide for Advocates and Survivors

This guide is meant to help advocates assist their clients with the voting process. With recent law changes and court decisions, even the basics of how to cast a ballot can be very confusing  The guide covers voter registeration, ID requirements and determining where to vote. 

Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Harassment of LGBTQ People

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.