October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Ensuring that your events and outreach materials are inclusive of people with disabilities and Deaf people is a key opportunity to reach potential survivors.
As organizations prepare to engage communities across the United States, join Activating Change for this informative virtual event. This webinar will explore strategies for ensuring your in-person and online events are accessible, welcoming, and inclusive.
This webinar is the second in a two-part series for prosecutors that provides essential information to reduce barriers and promote the prosecution of cases involving domestic and sexual violence against people with disabilities.
Providing effective accommodations and modifications to survivors with disabilities requires prosecutors to have knowledge of typical accommodations. It is also helpful for prosecutors to build relationships with disability providers in their community as this will help them to access those accommodations in a timely manner.
In part 2, Olga Trujillo of Activating Change and Jonathan Kurland of AEquitas, will review the range of needs survivors with disabilities may have in participating in a case involving gender-based violence against them and the accommodations prosecutors can provide. They will also identify the types of disability service providers that prosecutors can engage and partner with to help meet the needs of survivors with disabilities during the prosecution stage.
This webinar is the first in a two-part series for prosecutors that provides essential information to reduce barriers and promote the prosecution of cases involving domestic and sexual violence against people with disabilities.
In part 1, Olga Trujillo of Activating Change and Jonathan Kurland of AEquitas will explore the unique complexities of violence against people with disabilities and Deaf people, barriers to access to effective criminal justice responses for survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors, and opportunities for change. This webinar will provide foundational information for prosecutors, including a deeper dive into disability, unique dynamics of domestic and sexual violence in the lives of people with disabilities, and specific tactics used by abusers.
This is the second webinar in a two-part series for law enforcement.
Join Olga Trujillo of Activating Change and Mike LaRiviere representing the National Sheriffs’ Association as they review the range of needs survivors with disabilities have when filing a report and participating in the investigation of gender-based violence crimes. They will also review the accommodations patrol officers and investigators can provide and identify the types of disability service providers that officers and investigators can partner with to help meet the needs of survivors with disabilities during the investigative stage.
This webinar is the first in a two-part webinar series for law enforcement.
Join Sandra Harrell of Activating Change and Mike LaRiviere for the National Sheriffs’ Association as they explore the unique complexities of violence against people with disabilities and Deaf people, barriers to access to effective criminal justice responses for survivors with disabilities and Deaf survivors, and opportunities for change. This webinar will provide foundational information for law enforcement, including a deeper dive into disability, unique dynamics of domestic and sexual violence in the lives of people with disabilities, and specific tactics used by abusers.
Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) face disproportionate amounts of trauma – including domestic and sexual violence. In addition to the present-day trauma experienced by Black and brown communities, these communities also experience historical trauma and community displacement. These intersecting traumas create barriers to healing and have a significant impact on mental health and overall wellness.
In many ways, BIPOC communities have had to look out for themselves and for each other to simply survive the systemic racism. Culture, community, and connection are pillars that support and uplift BIPOC individuals when the dangers of oppression and systemic racism threaten their communities. BIPOC communities have been powerful, unyielding, and revolutionary in combating these attempts to diminish their worth and value.
What would it look like if we supported and promoted culturally relevant and responsive forms of healing?
Join Olga Trujillo, Activating Change, as they facilitate a discussion to answer this question and more with Jolene Engelking, National Tribal Sexual Assault Resource Center Coordinator for the Minnesota Womens’ Sexual Assault Coalition and Lata D’Mello the Assistant Director of Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity. Together, they will explore the ways in which culturally specific and Tribal programs use community building and other unique approaches to help BIPOC survivors heal.
Esther Fass and Nancy Smith from Activating Change will provide an overview of Activating Change’s new remote sign language interpretation service. The new service provides remote sign language interpretation services – free of charge – to victim service providers in the United States serving Deaf victims and their families.
Victim service providers must meet eligibility requirements and apply to participate. Esther and Nancy will cover who is eligible to receive services, how the service works and the technology providers need to connect with interpreters remotely.
They will also provide information on how to apply and review important dates. In addition, you will be able to ask Esther and Nancy questions about participating in the service and the application process.
In honor of Elder Abuse Awareness month, Sandra Harrell, from Activating Change, will discuss the unique dynamics of abuse experienced by two communities of older adults with disabilities: those who are formerly able-bodied and are aging into disability and those with early-acquired disabilities who are aging with disabilities. Sandra will also discuss the barriers to services these survivor communities experience, as well as the implications for service providers.
Nearly 3 million people in the United States identify as “American Indian or Alaskan Native” (2010 U.S. Census). Due to systemic and historical oppression, individuals within these communities experience high rates of sexual assault and have high rates of disability. Indigenous survivors of sexual assault who also have a disability encounter unique barriers in their healing journey. During this webinar, Olga Trujillo of Activating Change will be joined by Nicole Matthews of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition to discuss these barriers, strategies for providing support and opportunities for change.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and in support of survivors everywhere, we are dedicating this month’s End Abuse of People with Disabilities webinar to lifting up promising practices for serving domestic violence survivors with disabilities. Featuring a panel comprised of service providers addressing gaps in their own organizations, this webinar will explore the unique barriers that people with disabilities have to navigate when seeking healing and the strategies that advocates can employ to proactively remove those barriers. Specifically, the panelists will explore the civil-legal needs of survivors with disabilities, the needs of survivors who acquire a disability through domestic violence, and the unique needs of Deaf survivors. The panelists will provide practical guidance from their own experience that will help you ensure that survivors with disabilities feel respected and supported within your programs.