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    What Does It Mean To Be A Partner?

    We invite you to join our community partnership in the work to end domestic violence, at no cost to you or your organization. What does it mean to be a partner in the Network?  As a partner you will:

    • receive the Domestic Violence Network’s bi-monthly newsletter, Network News,

    • have an open invitation to join fellow Advocates in networking and resource sharing at monthly Advocate Group meetings,

    • have an open invitation for your entire staff to attend professional development trainings throughout the year,

    • join our e-mail list and receive the latest updates on issues around domestic violence, events, opportunities for engagement and needs of the community and the Network,

    • have continued access to available resources (e.g., Power of Images banners, printed literature and resources),

    • have access to shared information about the latest activities in local legislation,

    • have access to local domestic violence data and analysis to use for your specific needs such as grant proposals or outcome development,

    • have access to victim assistance funds as available, and

    • have a voice, input and involvement during all stages of the development and execution of the next Community Wide Plan to End Domestic Violence.


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    Advocates Group

    The Domestic Violence Network’s Advocates Group is a network of individuals from social service organizations, law enforcement agencies, judiciaries, prosecutors’ offices, health care institutions, faith-based organizations, and other stakeholders that share a concern about domestic violence in Central Indiana and interact with victims, survivors and/or perpetrators of domestic violence.

    The Domestic Violence Network facilitates monthly Advocates Group meetings to foster networking among community members working to end domestic violence, to share community resources and to provide opportunities for professional development. The Domestic Violence Network works to host the Advocates Group meetings at a new location each month to help familiarize participants with the facilities and services of partner organizations throughout Central Indiana. For more information about the Advocates Group, please contact Mary-Margaret Sweeney, Training Services Manager.

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    Indiana Says NO MORE

    Indiana Says NO MORE is a local version of the national NO MORE campaign developed to radically increase awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. The cornerstone of Indiana Says NO MORE is a powerful Public Service Announcement that features multiple individuals from our community – men, women, young, and old – looking into the eyes of the viewer and declaring that “Indiana Says No More: Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.” You can view the PSA, pledge your support or become a campaign partner by visiting www.IndianaSaysNoMore.com.

    Power of Images

    In 2009, families of domestic violence homicide victims, domestic violence service providers, Vision3 Creative and the Domestic Violence Network came together to create Power of Images, a community-wide project to heighten public awareness and understanding about domestic violence in Central Indiana.

    To honor the memory and capture the impact of the deaths of 12 individuals from Central Indiana who have died as a result of domestic violence, 12 banners were designed that include images of each Honoree and a comment, quote, or summarized statement to capture the essence of the lost loved one’s life and impact of his/her death on the family, friends, and community.

    Individually, the Power of Images banners humanize the issue of domestic violence, appeal to broad audiences, and are appropriate to display in a variety of settings. Together, their message is a powerful means of raising awareness and encouraging community action to end domestic violence. View all of the Power of Images videos on DVN’s YouTube page.

    Annual Commemoration Ceremony

    Each October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Network hosts an Annual Commemoration Ceremony to celebrate survivors of domestic violence and honor those who have lost their lives to abuse in Marion, Hamilton, Madison, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks and Boone Counties.

    Shattering the Silence

    In 2002, WTHR’s Community Affair Director Angela Cain began an inspiring Shattering the Silence campaign to increase awareness about domestic violence in our community. Through Angela’s informational and compassionate programming, Shattering the Silence has played an invaluable role in helping Hoosiers to gain awareness of the devastating effects of domestic violence and how to reach out for help. Throughout the first ten years of the Shattering the Silence campaign, local emergency shelters and domestic violence service providers have received growing support for their work and calls to Central Indiana’s domestic violence help line at 211 have increased, allowing more victims and their children to gain access to safe shelter and crucial support services.  Learn more about how you can Shatter the Silence on domestic abuse.

    Date/Time Event
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
    November Advocate's Meeting
    Coburn Place , Indianapolis IN
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

    Join us at Coburn Place Safe Haven for a training on transitional house. Registration is required. Please contact Natalie Phillips at nphillips@dvnconnect.org for more information. Please note: There are special parking instructions for this training. Please read the registration information carefully.

    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Family Law Survival Kit: Tipping the scales in favor of domestic violence survivors who have mental health concerns 11.01.2016
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    November 1st, 2016 / 2:00-3:30 pm EST

    It is all too common for perpetrators of domestic violence to emotionally harm their partners and then to use the depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. that they caused as justification for taking away survivors’ children. Too often survivors have to navigate a complex family law process without legal representation and without support. The Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project in King County, WA created Family Law Toolkits for domestic violence advocates, attorneys, mental health service providers, and survivors. These tools enable survivors of domestic violence, particularly those with mental health concerns, to access the information, resources, and support they need to navigate the family law system successfully, and to protect themselves and their children from further harm. The scales of justice have not been balanced; we are tipping them by joining together. During this webinar, we will introduce the Family Law Toolkits, discuss why they are needed, and how to utilize them to improve outcomes for adults and children who have experienced domestic violence. We will also be sharing our new, free templates that you can use to adapt our tools for the needs of your community.

    Learn more and register now!

    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    Spotlight on Communities of Promise: Accessing Safety in Hennepin County 11.15.2016
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    November 15th, 2016 / 2:00-3:30 pm EST

    Accessing Safety in Hennepin County is a collaboration between The Arc Greater Twin Cities (The Arc) and the Sexual Violence Center (SVC). The purpose of Accessing Safety in Hennepin County is to make The Arc and SVC safe places for people with developmental disabilities who are victims of sexual violence. During this webinar, learn more about the work of Accessing Safety in Hennepin County and their work to make the services at both organizations empowering for victims of sexual violence with developmental disabilities so that they have the skills and resources they need to heal. You will learn about their needs assessment process conducted in the summer of 2015 and the development of a strategic plan that outlines five initiatives to improve services. The webinar will include a history of this collaboration, why they choose to work together to support victim/survivors with disabilities, and the ways in which both organizations have benefited from a formal collaboration including tools that were developed as a result of the collaborations work.

    Learn more and register now!

    9:00 am - 11:00 am
    December Advocate's Meeting 12.06.2016
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

    Join us for the end of the year Wrap-Up and Evaluation! Registration is required!