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Webcast:  Domestic Violence and Prisoner Reentry: Experiences of African American Women and Men

Presenters: Dr. William Oliver, Associate Professor, Indiana University , Dept. of Criminal Justice, Shelia Hankins, Project Director, MI Domestic Violence Prevention & Treatment Board, Dr. Oliver J. Williams, Executive Director, IDVAAC, University of Minnesota

Description: Across the country, more than 650,000 people are released from state and federal correctional institutions each year. Many of these individuals are African American men who have families awaiting their return; some with former or current partners that they have abused. This national webcast will update participants on the Safe Return Initiative which examines ways to enhance safety for victims of domestic violence that are, or have been in relationships, with offenders that are on parole or are to be released soon from prison. Presenters will highlight considerations relating to the intersection of intimate partner violence and the transition/reentry of offenders back into the community and discuss policy and practice recommendations for criminal justice systems, victim advocacy programs and community-based organizations.

Airing:  June 12, 2008 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pacific /2:00 to 3:30 P.M. Eastern

Registration: The webcast is free and open to the public. However, space is limited and registration is required. To register go to and follow the instructions. Participants will need a computer that has audio capabilities and is connected to the Internet. If you have any questions, email Lauren Litton at or contact IDVAAC at 877- 643-8222.

This webcast is being supported through funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Views expressed in the webcast are those of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official position of the U.S. Department of Justice .

Webcast:  Community Insights into Domestic Violence in the African American Community

Presenters: Esther J. Jenkins, PhD, Linner Ward Griffin, EdD, and Oliver J. Williams, PhD

Description: In an effort to increase understanding of the perceptions of African Americans toward domestic violence, the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community established the Community Insights Project. This national project focuses on securing information from individuals who maintain an insider-specific understanding of the causes and consequences of domestic violence and identifying what they consider to be effective solutions in preventing domestic violence in African American communities. Presenters will highlight findings of community assessments that have occurred across the country and discuss how the information can be used to shape and inform grassroots mobilization efforts to address domestic violence among African Americans in California.

Original Airing:   April 25, 2008

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Webcast:  Exploring Linguistic Accessibility Conference Call Training and Discussion

Presenters: Wendy Jones, Tracee Parker

Description: This call is an opportunity for grantees to both learn and discuss how they are meeting the language needs of clients as valued by Guiding Principle II of the Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program. This conference call will explore how communities are creating linguistically accessible and appropriate services and frame principles and lessons learned. Conference call participants will also hear from one supervised visitation and exchange center about their approaches and efforts around this issue.

Original Airing:   February 25, 2008

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Webcast:  Mobilizing to End Domestic Violence in the African American Community

Presenters: Phyllis Craig-Taylor, Ruth Slaughter, Jeanette Raymond, Oliver J. Williams

Description: In March, 2007, more than 500 concerned individuals, representing various fields and professions, gathered in Long Beach , California to attend a national conference hosted by the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC). The conference focused on community mobilization to end violence against women in the African American community and explored grass roots community organizing, drawing comparisons between the civil rights and domestic violence movements. In this webcast, presenters will recap some of the conference's key considerations for community organizing and discuss how agencies and individuals in California can integrate these concepts into their work.

Original Airing:   November 13, 2007

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Webcast:  Cultural Competency: What Does That Mean for Me?

Presenters: Debi Cain & Ona Foster

Description: Cultural competency, cultural relevancy, and cultural humility have become buzzwords for organizations in creating workplaces that promote diversity, reduce racism, and address the complex needs of a multi-cultural clientele. Presenters will discuss their experiences in addressing cultural competency including organization and self-analysis, staff development and creating safe spaces for tough conversations. They will also frame how these issues impact the delivery of supervised visitation and exchange services.  

Original Airing:   August 17, 2007

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Webcast:  Working with Native Families

Presenters: Vicki Ybanez & Jeremy NeVilles-Sorrel

Description: While some tribes are working on establishing or expanding their visitation services for families experiencing domestic violence, the reality is that resources are still too few and many Native families needing supervised visitation services are being served by non-tribal visitation providers. This training will explore considerations for Safe Havens grantees that work with Native American clients, including framing issues that impact families such as oppression, poverty, and racism. Additionally, grantees will have the opportunity to learn and discuss engagement strategies, cultural considerations, and service delivery.

Original Airing:  July 13, 2007

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Webcast:  Cultural Competence, African Americans and Domestic Violence

Presenters: Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, PhD, MSW

Description: This Web cast will provide an overview of cultural and societal influences that impact disparities related to domestic violence in the African American community and resulting implications for policy and practice for domestic violence providers, child welfare workers, and social service professionals.

Original Airing:  September 12, 2006

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