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Morning workshop times: 10:30 – 12 noon
State Central Registry (SCR) Workshop
Presenter: Thomas Farrell, MSW, Robyne Jiles, MSW and Nancy Carre-Lee, MSW
The Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P) is New Jersey’s child protection and child welfare agency within DCF and is responsible for investigating all allegations of abuse and neglect. The State Central Registry (SCR) is housed within DCP&P. In 2004, DCF created SCR a 24-hour centralized screening system that standardized the practice of processing calls of suspected incidents of abuse and neglect. This initiative has led to the consistency in screening practices as well as a highly structured decision-making process.
This workshop will familiarize participants with the NJ Child Abuse Hotline referral process, and how its role fits within the DCF structure. The workshop will enhance participant’s knowledge and understanding of the role system partners have in reporting suspicions of child abuse and neglect, as well as participants obligations to report concerns of abuse or neglect. The workshop will provide an overview of the DCF engagement, investigatory and case-practice processes.
1.5 DVS Credits: Community Resources
Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control in LGBT+ Relationships
Presenters: Kaila Most, BA and Katarzyna (Kasia) Toczylowska, MSW
As educated domestic violence advocates, we all know abusers cannot be identified based on their gender or gender expression. With the influence of herstorical practices, it is still a mistake that even the best of us make. Identifying behaviors alone, even when violent, also leaves dangerous margins for error in terms of looking at the power dynamic in a relationship. The Northwest Network’s Assessment Tool is here to help. Determining a pattern of systematic power and control through outlined prompts and critical thinking sets this tool apart. It was specifically developed over 20 years of work with LGBTQ+ survivors of intimate partner violence. Advocates or organizations looking for tangible ways to make their services more inclusive to LGBTQ+ individuals will find this an extremely helpful resource. The Tool offers the opportunity to reframe your individual and/or organizational approach to initial client assessments all while ensuring unconditional positive regard for your clients. Join members of the NJCEDV LGBT Task Force as they familiarize participants with the Northwest Network Assessment Tool. Participants can expect an overview of the tool, analysis and skill-building, as well as role playing exercises to prepare for incorporating the tool in the programs of their organization. The Assessment Tool gives advocates and counselors a strong framework and strategy for discerning power and control in a relationship. Once established the tool can also help clients reflect on their own experience and behaviors.
1.5 DVS Credits: Intervention or Diversity
Group Counseling for Korean American Domestic Violence Victims
The Korean Population is about 7% of the total population of Bergen County NJ. Many Korean immigrants and citizens live in this area because the easy access to New York City, the marketplaces run by Korean owners and educational opportunities for their children. Domestic violence victims from the Korean Community experience additional barriers to receiving domestic violence services. The stigma around seeking mental health services, the cultural factor of shame in revealing family matters, the logistical difficulties in accessing the resources and the language barriers all impact service accessibility. This workshop will focus on the unique characteristics of providing group counseling to Korean Domestic Violence survivors. Participants will learn about cultural considerations to consider when developing groups for Korean Survivors of Domestic Violence: what are common Korean Core values and how they impact identifying and seeking help behaviors outside of the family, specifically for DV; why the group counseling modality for DV is crucial but so challenging in the Korean community; how to overcome resistance and create a cohesive group unit despite the high level of clients’ resistance; features of Korean Women’s victims’ group; roles and challenges that facilitators may face; the future direction of improving DV services for the Korean community.
1.5 DVS Credits: Group Dynamics or Diversity
Child Marriage and Forced Marriage in NJ: ID and Intervention
Did you know that child marriage is legal in New Jersey, and forced marriage is not a specific crime? That more than 3,630 children as young as 13 were married here since 1995, mostly minor girls wed to adult men? That many girls and women in New Jersey are pressured, tricked, threatened or beaten into marriage, and then trapped for a lifetime of rape, beatings and domestic servitude? This workshop will examine the various forms of forced and child marriage in New Jersey, including how often it happens and why, and whom it affects; ways forced and child marriage overlap with domestic violence, human trafficking and other forms of gender violence; the difficulties women and girls face when trying to avoid or flee such marriages; and how service providers can help survivors overcome those difficulties. Participants also will learn ways to join the growing movement to end forced and child marriage in New Jersey and across the U.S.
1.5 DVS Credits: Intervention Skills
Implementation of the Family Justice Center Model – A Best Practice and Integrated Service Delivery Model for Victims of Domestic Violence
The Family Justice Center Model is designed to reduce the barriers and fragmentation of existing services and meet the diverse needs of victims of domestic violence by bringing together government and non-government agencies together in one location. The first Family Justice Center (FJC) was established in San Diego in 2002. Currently, there are more than 130 operating Family Justice Centers and similar multi-agency centers across the country with over 100 more in some stage of development. This workshop will detail the practical application of the Family Justice Model in New Jersey. Presenters from the operating Family Justice Centers in Essex, Morris, Union, and Monmouth Counties will discuss start-up, current programs and services, strategic direction, benefits of colocation, and unique challenges that each of the four counties have encountered. The perspective of a survivor will be provided by a member of the Essex County VOICES Chapter. Power point presentations will be utilized by some of the panelists.
1.5 DVS Credits: Organizing for Change
Addressing Violence Against Women with Developmental Disabilities
Studies suggest nearly 90% of women with disabilities have experienced some type of abuse in their lifetime. In particular, women with developmental disabilities are 3-10 times more likely than their non-disabled peers to experience abuse over longer periods of time. This session is designed to familiarize DV/SA professionals and volunteers with developmental disabilities, and how such disabilities affect both a survivor’s ability to seek services and the provider’s ability to render them effectively. The intersection of abuse and disability, safety planning, reporting issues, useful community resources and effective communication techniques will be discussed.
1.5 DVS Credits: Intervention Skills or Diversity
Intersectionality with the Ace Factors
This workshop will discuss the pair of ACEs – the Adverse Childhood Experiences that are discussed at length as they relate to the ACE Study, and the Adverse Community Environments that contribute to violence, racism, poverty, limited opportunities, and other structural inequities that impact health and the body’s stress response system. Additionally, we will discuss those issues that create higher ACEs in marginalized communities and the role that epigenetics plays in the intergenerational transmission of behaviors
1.5 DVS Credits: Mental Health or Diversity
Afternoon workshop times: 1:30 – 3 PM
Domestic Violence Fatality Review
In the past decade alone, over 250 women in New Jersey have died at the hands of an intimate partner. This number includes victims from all segments of society, regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. The New Jersey Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board uses the fatality review process to take an in-depth look at individual cases and examines the incidents leading up to the tragedy, including any involvement with governmental and nongovernmental systems. The ultimate goal of the review is to identify “red flags” and gaps in services in order to create statewide changes that will prevent future domestic violence fatalities.
Members of the Board will present an overview of New Jersey Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board and share information and data from the Board’s most recent report on domestic violence fatality in immigrant communities. We will start with contextual information about intimate partner homicide and the national effort to utilize multidisciplinary review teams to conduct in depth investigations of these incidents in order to prevent future deaths. We will then briefly discuss the specific objectives and review process of New Jersey’s board and some of the interest groups that have been examined in past years which include teens, African-American women, spouses of law enforcement officers, and survivors of near fatalities related to intimate partner violence. For each of these groups, information will be shared on trends that were discovered; recommendations for prevention, response and policy; and resulting action and projects that have occurred within the State of New Jersey.
Next the presentation will focus on the board’s most recent report which focused on domestic violence homicide in immigrant communities of New Jersey. The board’s review of this issue was conducted in 2015-2016. Key findings from the report will be presented along with recommendations specific to this group, but also recommendations that can be applied more broadly.
The session will include opportunities for audience members to ask questions about the board process and the data presented, as well as share their thoughts and perceptions of the board’s findings and recommendations. Finally, audience members will be informed of the new direction that the board is taking in terms of case review and an exciting development in the board’s future.
1.5 DVS Credits: Organizing for Change
Culture Specific Support Services for South Asian LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence
While sexual violence is not a new issue for the South Asian immigrant population, sexual violence is denied, victims are silenced, marginalized and made invisible. The conflation of “family honor” with the sexual purity of women often results in the denial of sexual abuse of females in order to protect the family name. Additional factors such as an immigrant’s unfamiliarity with the socio-cultural and legal systems of a new country render South Asian survivors of sexual violence reluctant to seek services. For South Asian LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence, marginalization and oppression for their sexual orientation often intersect with racism, classism and xenophobia. Consequently, LGBTQ sexual violence survivors of South Asian origin mostly refrain from reporting their abuse.
Through the use of a panel presentation, group discussion and activities, participants will discuss the cultural dynamics of sexual violence among the South Asian immigrant population, explore the barriers to disclosure and seeking services, and outline the strategies to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate support services. In addition resources will be shared.
1.5 DVS Credits: Intervention or Diversity
The use of symbols and archetypes to explore our inner drive
As we all know, domestic violence and sexual assault are two of the most challenging fields of work a person can enter. The emotional burden required to properly work with and assist victims and survivors oftentimes results in burnout and secondary trauma. Advocates, who work tirelessly and fearlessly for the victims and survivors, commonly find themselves feeling helpless to these emotions. Some of the negative experiences that can happen to an advocate include a negative mindset towards their role, frequent absences from work, lack of participation in case discussion, decrease in communication with coworkers and other advocates, and even an apathetic approach towards victims and survivors. Victim and survivor stories along with their involving cases bear a heavy weight on their advocate’s mind and heart. Due to the intensity and importance of the work in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault, it is imperative to help sustain advocates and prevent burnout. In this training, participants will utilize different symbolic figures and the sand tray to help explore advocate’s personal strengths, emotional resources and work goals in the field of gender based violence. By way of symbols such as: Old Man, Old Woman, Warrior, Teacher, Mother, Father, Healer, Hero, Trickster, the Evil Animal, the Goddess, and the Child participants will explore their roles in the work in the field. Participants will discuss their feelings and create a sand tray around their experiences in the field. Advocates will discuss the past, present and futures selves in their work. This strength based training will focus on the importance of their role in the movement. In a means to help mitigate burnout, this training will help advocates support each other along the journey, explore their personal courage, tenacity and ambition to continue in the movement of gender-based violence.
1.5 DVS Credits: Values and Attitudes
Parents as Healers: Recovering from Domestic Violence
Therapists are increasingly interested in the value of including the caregiver in impactful ways in treatment sessions, especially for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. Extensive research regarding the importance of bonding and relationship in resilience to childhood trauma have alerted therapists to the need to include caregivers in a primary role in the child/adolescent’s healing. Researcher, Dr. Bruce Perry has noted that traumatized children often do not get triggered during their “5:15” therapy appointment, but at various times when stressed. This workshop will introduce an overall approach, Parents as Healers, PAH, where parents are encouraged to be dynamically involved in treatment sessions. Participants will learn how to create opportunities for parents and children to process traumatic experiences together using a variety of techniques including directive play therapy, playful psychoeducation, verbal expression, creative arts, and more. A modality for training parents to be more effective, Parent Management Training will be introduced. Participants will also learn how to best train caregivers and the special challenges survivors of domestic abuse face when trying to implement effective discipline and positive parenting.
1.5 DVS Credits: Restructuring Towards a Non-Violent Family
Nonprofit Boards: Why Equity and Diversity are Essential
Having a board with diverse perspectives is critically important. Each person will bring his or her own personal and professional contacts and life experiences to their service on a nonprofit board. With a diversity of experience, expertise, and perspectives, a nonprofit is in a stronger position to plan for the future, manage risk, make prudent decisions, and take full advantage of opportunities. A diverse board that is also sensitive to cultural differences is usually one that has a stronger capacity to attract and retain talented board members – as well as to be in touch with community needs.
1.5 DVS Credits: Organizing for Change or Diversity
Would you be shocked to know that intimate partner homicide is either the first or second leading cause of death for pregnant women in the United States? Or that pregnant women who experience domestic are less likely to seek prenatal care, and experience more pregnancy complications such as low birth rates, anemia, and depression? Roughly 25% of women who report that they are being physically or sexually abused by their intimate partners also report being pressured or forced to become pregnant. Women victimized by their partners are less likely to use birth control, either because of their partner’s unwillingness to use birth control or because their partner demands that they become pregnant. The link between domestic violence and reproductive coercion may explain why women who are abused by their intimate partners are at greater risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy. This workshop will define and discuss the dynamics of reproductive control and coercion, address the impact of reproductive control on women’s health, discuss assessment techniques both before and after she is pregnant, and review opportunities for outreach with reproductive health and family planning clinics that can help in the response and prevention of reproductive coercion.
1.5 DVS Credits: Intervention Skills
Alcohol, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Alcohol has long been used as an excuse for all types of violence, including domestic violence and sexual assault. “I was drunk, I didn’t know what I was doing”. Survivors will sometimes explain away behavior by saying, “Well, they have a problem with alcohol”.
We know that alcohol can lower a person’s inhibitions and affect their judgement, but it does not make a person violent. There are other factors at work.
This didactic workshop will look at the connections between alcohol, domestic violence and sexual assault. We will discuss the difference between “causing” behavior and “impacting” behavior and watch a video clip of a perpetrator who uses alcohol to facilitate an assault.
1.5 DVS Credits: Substance Abuse