Leveraging Relationships: The Role of the Advocate in Tracking System Response

Time: 5:00 am – 6:15 am ChST

Provided by: Praxis International, Technical Assistance on the Blueprint for Safety

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A comprehensive criminal legal system response to domestic violence crimes designed to stop violence, reduce harm, and save lives.


Tuesday, August 21, 2018             2:00 - 3:15 pm Central

Leveraging Relationships: 
The Role of the Advocate in Tracking System Response
Over the past four decades of system reform efforts in the criminal legal system, advocates have recognized the importance of developing relationships with system partners. Many advocacy programs have worked diligently to overcome difficult history with judges, prosecutors, law enforcement or others. The more we have learned about practitioner's experiences with responding to domestic violence crimes the more we have come to understand the demands of their jobs and identified common goals.
Although some collective goals have been achieved because of these relationships, the values and goals of advocates and system practitioners are not always aligned. Bringing problematic responses and outcomes to the attention of our system partners, while preserving and respecting those relationships, can be a difficult task. Attend our upcoming webinar to hear from two community-based advocates who have taken on this challenging work. Guest presenters (bios below) will talk about:
  • The unique and vital role community-based advocates take on as outside observers of how the criminal legal system responds to domestic violence.
  • How to maintain partnerships with system practitioners even when giving voice to the negative or harmful experiences of survivors with system intervention.
  • Strategies for overcoming challenges and succeeding in improving practitioners' responses and victims' experiences with criminal legal system intervention.
Please email blueprint@praxisinternational.org to share any challenges you are currently facing in your system reform work that you would like to receive feedback on during the webinar.

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  Presenter bios 
Rose Thelen is a Technical Assistance Partner for Praxis International, providing training and technical assistance to rural grantees and Advocacy Learning Center participants on CCRs, child protection reform, and other institutional advocacy efforts.  Recently, Rose coordinated a child protection assessment project, utilizing Praxis newest assessment tool. With Praxis, she also authored Make the Call, a resource for advocates in a CCR.  Rose co-founded the Gender Violence Institute in 1993. In that capacity she coordinated a 10-county project to develop protocols among advocacy programs, law enforcement, and County Attorney's offices and a multi-jurisdictional Tribal/ County CCR with the MN Chippewa Tribe. She also participated in the St. Paul Praxis Safety and Accountability Audit, which resulted in the Blueprint for Safety. Prior to 1995, Rose was a shelter advocate; founded and coordinated a CCR; served as Legislative Coordinator for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW).  Rose trains domestically and internationally on CCR methodologies, law enforcement investigations, individual and systems advocacy, batterers and battered women's groups, the overlap of child welfare and domestic violence and organizational development for social justice.  Rose served as a Wright County  Commissioner and is now a township supervisor.
Bree Adams Bill is an advocate, Blueprint for Safety Coordinator, and Program Director at the Saint Paul and Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project. She has worked with battered women for over twenty years. As a community-based, domestic abuse, legal advocate, Bree has been instrumental in sustaining a Coordinated Community Response Team in partnership with the criminal legal system in St. Paul/Ramsey County to ensure victims of battering receive the responses and services they need and deserve. Through her advocacy experience and knowledge of the criminal legal system, Bree participated in the development and enhancement of the St. Paul Blueprint for Safety and the creation of its companion piece, The Distinct and Vital Role of a Legal and System Advocate. She facilitates focus groups of women to ensure victim/survivor experiences remain at the forefront of any response designed to serve them and incorporates such when training locally, statewide and nationally. She serves on numerous committees addressing victim-centered services, unintended consequences of the criminal and family legal system. For three years, Bree was the Coordinator for the IN-CIRCLED Project, a batterer intervention program for highly dangerous, repeat offenders. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a focus on community intervention and prevention.
  Blueprint resources 
A step-by-step resource to becoming a Blueprint for Safety community, the Guide lays out the phases, processes, and key people needed to do Blueprint work.
A companion document to The Saint Paul Blueprint for Safety designed to be used by communities that want to adapt the Blueprint to their 
local setting.
Current and past Blueprint newsletters highlighting Blueprint communities and tips for using the Blueprint.
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