Enhancing Safety Through Practice
- Engaging Fathers in the Supervised Visitation Setting
January 23, 2013
Presenters: Johnny Rice II with the Vera Institute of Justice and Jennifer Rose, a consultant with Futures Without Violence
Fathers who have used violence come through the doors of our visitation centers as visiting and custodial parents. Many centers have found that engaging fathers can increase safety and wellbeing for women and children and can create benefits for men themselves, but acknowledge that the work can be difficult. On this webinar, Jennifer Rose, a consultant with Futures Without Violence, and Johnny Rice II with the Vera Institute explore the challenges and benefits of engaging fathers, including how to have difficult conversations with men who have used violence. They also offer suggestions for gaining the support of your community partners in doing this work with fathers.
- Supporting Families with Deaf Individuals in Supervised Visitation
April 4, 2013
Presenters: Jessalyn Frank with CSD of Minnesota and Nancy Smith and Ona Foster with the Vera Institute of Justice
Visitation centers provide services to a diverse population, including members of the deaf and hard of hearing community. On this webinar, Jessalyn Frank, the state director of Communications Services for the Deaf in Minnesota, provides an overview of the deaf and hearing loss communities, including cultural and linguistic components, and strategies for communication. She also discusses the prevalence and dynamics of domestic violence within the deaf community, including barriers to accessing services. Ona Foster and Nancy Smith of the Vera Institute join Jessalyn to discuss the implications for visitation centers, and offer considerations for enhancing safety and accessibility.
- Working with Individuals with Limited English Proficiency
July 25, 2012
Presenter: Cannon Han with the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
This is the first webinar in the two-part series on Limited English Proficiency. Many visitation centers work with parents and children for whom English is not their primary language. To provide safe services to these families, most centers rely upon interpretation services. On this webinar, Cannon Han with the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence (API) discusses strategies and challenges to providing access to individuals with limited English proficiency. He provides an overview of interpretation services, identifies best practices related to working with interpreters, and offers suggestions for finding qualified interpreters. Cannon also discusses the technical assistance that API provides to OVW grantees on this topic.
- Working with Interpreters: Practice Considerations for Visitation Centers
October 3, 2012
Presenters: Cannon Han with the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence
This is the second webinar in the two-part series on Limited English Proficiency. Building on his previous webinar, Cannon Han with the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence identifies considerations for providing interpretation services for individuals with limited English proficiency in the supervised visitation setting, and discusses lessons learned. He also explores how technology might be used to meet the need for interpreters.
- Center Design and Site Selection
September 18, 2012
Presenters: Ona Foster and Johnny Rice II with the Vera Institute of Justice
The location and design of your site is critical in providing safety and meeting the core values embedded in the Guiding Principles. Ona Foster and Johnny Rice II with the Vera Institute discuss a range of issues to consider when evaluating, selecting, or preparing a site for visits and exchanges, and share lessons learned from the field.
- Collaboration Building and Community Assessment
May 1, 2012
Presenters: Ona Foster and Jannette Brickman with the Vera Institute of Justice
This webinar focuses on the steps communities can take to position themselves to create/enhance policies and procedures that address the post-separation safety and other needs of victims and children in their communities. The webinar discusses different ways in which collaborative members, both the core partners and consulting committee, can contribute to the development/revision of policies and procedures and will also offer suggestions for cross training to ensure all collaborative partners have the information they need to contribute in a meaningful way. Finally, the presenters discuss the community assessment, a required activity of the development phase, and offer tips and recommendations for checking in with your community.
- Creating and Enhancing Mission and Vision Statements
May 22, 2012
Presenters: Ona Foster and Anneliese Brown with the Vera Institute of Justice
Mission and vision statements help communicate to the larger community your purpose, goals, and how you will achieve both. They also guide the work of your consulting community, including the development of policies and procedures and decisions you make once you begin implementing. This webinar is designed to support grantee communities in the process of discussing, crafting, and/or revising mission and vision statements. It highlights the purpose of mission and vision statements and discusses important elements of both.
- Crafting and Revising Policies and Procedures: An Introduction
June 19, 2012
Presenters: Jannette Brickman and Anneliese Brown with the Vera Institute of Justice
This webinar discusses creating and revising supervised visitation and exchange policies that account for safety of victims and children. Presenters provide an overview of the key areas around which to develop policies and highlight important considerations when drafting/revising policies. They also ground participants in the difference between policies and procedures and give an overview of structural elements of both.
- Grant Program Orientation
December 19, 2012
Presenters: Michelle Dodge and Ginger Baran with the Office on Violence Against Women and Ona Foster with the Vera Institute of Justice
Created for the core partners of the new class of 2012 Development grantees, this webinar grounds participants in the basic requirements of OVW’s Supervised Visitation Grant Program. OVW and Vera staff give an overview of the parameters of the grant program, describe the technical assistance available to grantees, and answer grantees’ questions.
- Meeting Your Grant Requirements
September 12, 2012
Presenter: Ginger Baran with the Office on Violence Against Women and Ona Foster with the Vera Institute of Justice
On this webinar, Ginger Baran with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides an overview of the OVW approval process, including important elements of the required deliverables, how to submit, and the factors OVW takes into consideration while reviewing grantees' materials. Ona Foster discusses the Vera Institute's role in supporting grantees in developing the deliverables for submission to OVW. Ginger also responds to commonly asked questions.