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Reducing Gender Bias in Sexual Assault Response and Investigation
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Provided by: End Violence Against Women International
Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time: 2:00 am ChST

Course Description
Systematic, thorough, and impartial law enforcement investigations must seek to avoid drawing on gender-based stereotypes and attitudes at every step of the process. This is why the US Department of Justice (DOJ) published groundbreaking guidance for law enforcement in 2015, entitled, Identifying and Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.
In this webinar, we will explore the phenomenon of gender bias, both explicit (conscious) and implicit (unconscious), and the resulting stereotypes and attitudes that can influence the professional response to, and investigation of, sexual assault. Many of the same principles apply to cases of intimate partner violence and other gender-based violence.
We will begin by introducing the concept of implicit bias, and then address key questions about how gender bias can disadvantage (or advantage) either the victim or suspect. For example, we will examine the relationship between gender bias and victim selection at the time of the sexual assault, as well as victim blaming afterward. We will also evaluate how gender bias plays a critical role in the designation of false reports in cases of sexual assault, and consider the intersection of gender bias and victim recantations. Parallels will be drawn to other types of gender-based violence.

Learning Objectives
As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to: 
  • Define the concept of implicit bias, and explore how gender bias can influence law enforcement responses and investigations of sexual assault.
  • Examine the relationship between gender bias and victim selection, victim blaming, false reports, and victim recantations in sexual assault cases. 
  • Describe policies and practices that can help to avoid gender bias and increase our opportunities to identify, arrest, and prosecute perpetrators of sexual assault.
  • Explore parallels with intimate partner violence and other gender-based crimes.

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, it will be available as a recording in our webinar archive shortly after the event.
Ensuring Meaningful Access to Limited English Proficient Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Webinar Series -- Part III: Developing an Effective Language Access Plan
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Provided by: National Latin@ Network
Date: September 19, 2018
Time: 2:00 am – 3:00 am ChST

Session III of the series will engage participants in a process of critical thinking and planning that will support organizations/agencies in developing an effective language access plan. In order to carry out effective safety planning and provide critical information to assist ALL survivors in making informed choices, it is imperative to ensure meaningful access to services and available options for survivors with limited English proficiency. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, all organizations that receive federal funding must take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Join us as we discuss concrete steps for developing an effective language access plan.

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Serving Both Sides: Navigating Domestic Violence Against Service Users
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Provided by: VERA Center on Victimization and Safety
Date: September 19, 2018
Time: 3:00 am – 4:30 am ChST

Many disability providers have an explicit commitment to serve all people with a disability in their community, no matter what.  At the same time, they are increasingly aware of the likelihood of domestic violence within their communities, the complexities of domestic violence, and the unique dynamics that domestic violence creates, particularly when both parties are users of their organization's services. On any given day, a disability service provider could be serving both parties in a domestic violence situation. Because of this, disability providers may be grappling with how to uphold their commitment to serve all while also ensuring that victims feel safe receiving services from their organization. This webinar will begin to explore the importance of policies to ensure effective and safe services for all people served as well as some important considerations when developing such a policy at your organization. 
Back to School: Youth Leadership as Violence Prevention Work
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Provided by: Northwest Network
Date: September 19, 2018
Time: 4:00 am – 5:30 am ChST

As the traditional school year starts for many young people, this webinar will focus on tools to support youth leadership for youth outside of that system. While the goal for webinar participants is to build skills to support youth self-determination and leadership broadly, our data and experience pulls largely from experiences with homeless and unstably housed youth. Both in practice and policy, these skills are critical in prevention work with young people and their support networks.

This webinar will 1) unpack the impacts of adultism on youth and how it affects experiences of violence and 2) walk through organizational tools for supporting youth self-determination and organizational input.

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