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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 Natalie Phillips, 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
    August Advocate's Group Meeting
    St. Francis Hospital , Indianapolis Indiana
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

    Join us at St. Francis South as Caroline Fisher RN, CEN, SANE-A Center of Hope presents on Forensic Exams and gives us a tour of the Center of Hope. Registration is required for this event. Please contact Natalie Phillips at nphillips@dvnconnect.org if you have any questions.

    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Problem-Solving Series: Part 1 08.04.2016
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Problem-Solving Series: Making the Criminal System Work Better for Victims

    Part 1: Prosecution 101: Vital Lessons for Advocates
    Thursday, August 4, 2016 / 1:00-2:30 CT

    Content: The prosecutor plays a central role in a well-functioning coordinated community response to domestic violence, however many people outside of the prosecutor’s office, including advocates and victims, may have an inaccurate perception of that role and its limitations. In this webinar, domestic violence program executive director Mary Ingham will discuss the role of the community-based advocate working within the criminal system, and how advocates can work with victims to ensure that their needs are being addressed, while also keeping victims’ expectations of the criminal process reasonable. Mary Ingham, along with former prosecutor Sandi Tibbetts Murphy will share the ethical duties and other responsibilities of prosecutors and how those guide the ways in which prosecutors do their work.

    Presenters: Mary Ingham, Executive Director, Crisis Intervention Service, Mason City, IA and Sandra Tibbetts Murphy, Legal & Policy Advisor, BWJP

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    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Problem-Solving Series: Part 2 08.11.2016
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Problem-Solving Series

    Part 2: Bringing the Prosecution into Your CCR Team
    Thursday, August 11, 2016 / 1:00-2:30 CT

    Content: As one of the central players in the criminal justice system response to domestic violence and other gender-based crimes, the prosecutor wields a great deal of power and when the person who occupies that role lacks an understanding of domestic violence, the impact can be deep and wide. In part two of the series, Mary Ingham and Sandi Tibbetts Murphy will discuss the challenges that arise when the prosecutor is not on board with the goals of the coordinated community response and provide possible solutions for practitioners to consider. They will also examine how a well-functioning multi-agency response can play a vital role in mitigating this challenge and the ongoing role of the advocacy agency in maintaining positive relationships.

    Presenters: Mary Ingham, Executive Director, Crisis Intervention Service, Mason City, IA and Sandra Tibbetts Murphy, Legal & Policy Advisor, BWJP

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    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control in Abusive Relationships, Part 3: Practice and Program Implementation 08.16.2016
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

    Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control in Abusive Relationships, Part 3: Practice and Program Implementation
    Tuesday, August 16th / 12:00-1:30 pm Pacific Time

    Content: Part 3 in a 3 part series on “Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control in Abusive Relationships”, this session continues to offer opportunities to engage in skill building and practice with the Northwest Network’s assessment tool. Using real-life examples, role-play observation and hands-on exercises, participants will deepen their understanding and build capacity to conduct assessments. This session will also address the myriad considerations for implementation, including documentation, intake policy best practices and organizational considerations relevant for programs who are interested in increasing their competency in serving LGBTQ survivors and integrating a broader practice of assessment into their service delivery.

    Presenters: Amarinthia Torres and Kristin Tucker, the Northwest Network

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    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Sexual Assault by Law Enforcement 08.18.2016
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Sexual Assault by Law Enforcement
    Thursday, August 18, 2016 / 1:00-2:30 CT

    Content: Attorney Ritchie will share her research on sexual violence by police officers. She introduced the field to her work at the White House Summit, “The United State of Women: The Movement,” in June. Through research conducted as a Soros Justice Fellow, Ritchie determined that 52 percent of 35 police departments surveyed in the U.S. do not have a policy addressing or preventing sexual violence by police officers, despite the issuance of a 2011 guidance on the subject by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Even policies that do exist are limited in scope and application – some consist of a single line noting that on-duty sexual misconduct is prohibited, but fail to define misconduct or the administrative or legal consequences thereof. Ritchie, Franklin and Liger will discuss the needs of survivors of police sexual violence, service provider response to this particular form of violence, and policy, program, legal and legislative responses.

    Presenters: Andrea Ritchie is a 2014 Soros Justice Fellow and police misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, litigation, organizing and advocacy on profiling, policing, and physical and sexual violence by law enforcement agents against women, girls and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color in over the past two decades. A nationally recognized expert and sought after commentator on policing issues, she has testified before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the White House Council on Women and Girls, and the Prison Rape Elimination Commission.

    Additional faculty will include Grace Franklin and Candace Liger, founders of Oklahoma City Artists for Justice, a grassroots group who organized around the case of Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Hotlzclaw, tried for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black girls and women in 2015, convicted, and sentenced to 267 years in prison.

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    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Full Faith and Credit 101 08.24.2016
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Full Faith and Credit 101
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016 / 1:00-2:30 CT

    Content: This webinar provides a general overview of the Full Faith and Credit Provision of the Violence Against Women Act (18 U.S.C. 2265 et al), and also discusses how protection order enforcement affects specific disciplines. The webinar will allow participants to identify how protection order enforcement works, as well as providing information on specific types of protection orders and situations that require enforcement.

    Presenters: Millicent Shaw Phipps, Managing Attorney and Sarah Henry, Attorney Advisor, National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit

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    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Problem-Solving Series: Part 3 09.01.2016
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Problem-Solving Series

    Part 3: When the Victim is Arrested: Seeking a Just Response
    Thursday, September 1, 2016 / 1:00-2:30 CT

    Content: In the third part of this prosecution series, Mary Ingham, Cindene Pezzell, Quetita Cavero, and Sandra Tibbetts Murphy will co-lead a discussion on victims of ongoing coercive control who have been arrested as a direct or indirect result of their experiences of being abused. This discussion will explore many of the common ways that victims of battering end up being arrested, the unique challenges they face in the criminal legal system as defendants, and the additional risks victim-defendants face as a result of being charged, convicted, and/or incarcerated. They will discuss ways that prosecutors can evaluate and handle cases involving victim-defendants. They will also explore some concrete advocacy strategies that may help improve outcomes for victims of domestic violence who have been charged with crimes including: how to balance existing relationships between the prosecutor and the advocacy program; the significance of building relationships with defense attorneys and other non-traditional partners; and how programs can build defense-based advocacy into their existing work.

    Presenters: Mary Ingham, Executive Director, Crisis Intervention Service, Mason City, IA, Sandra Tibbetts Murphy, Legal & Policy Advisor, BWJP, Cindene Pezzell, Legal Coordinator, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, and Quetita Cavero, Esq., Staff Attorney, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women.

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    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    September Advocate's Meeting
    The Julian Center , Indianapolis IN
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Join Raio Krishnayya from the Center for Victims and Human Rights as he discusses protective orders, advanced issues with protective orders, divorce issues, and more. Registration is required for this event. Please contact Natalie Phillips at nphillips@dvnconnect.org for more information.


    8:15 am - 4:00 pm
    Healing the Shame of Male Survivors of Sexual Victimization
    The Marott , Indianapolis IN
    8:15 am - 4:00 pm

    It is estimated that 1 in 6 males will be a victim of sexual abuse/assault before the age of 18. As is common with sexual assualt statistics, this number is likely to be low.  Although males are recognized as being victims of this heinous crime, conversations and services primarily focus on female victimization.  This training is designed for sexual assault advocates, social workers, clinical social workers, counselors, or other professionals who are seeking deatailed information on working with male survivors of all forms of sexual trauma.

    TRAINING BY:  Howard Fradkin, Ph.D., LICDC of MaleSurvivor. Dr. Fradkin has counseled over 1000 male survivors in individual, couples, group psychotherapy and weekend workshops over the course of his 28 year career as a Psychologist. As Co-Chairperson of the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery, Howard has directed 34 Weekends of Recovery since 2001 for over 600 men. Dr. Fradkin has also supervised and trained hundreds of professional colleagues on the topic of psychotherapy with male survivors of sexual abuse.

    Dr. Fradkin was one of the founding board members of MaleSurvivor, and currently serves as an Advisory Board Member. In 2010, Dr. Fradkin delivered the keynote address at the International MaleSurvivor Conference in New York City. He also served as President of MaleSurvivor and served on the Board of Directors for 6 years prior to developing the Weekends of Recovery program.

    In November, 2010, Dr. Fradkin was invited and honored to speak as an expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”.

    ABOUT MALESURVIVOR: MaleSurvivor has been a leader in the fight to improve the resources and support available to male survivors of all forms of sexual abuse in the US and around the globe. We are a community built upon a unique foundation of respect and mutual partnership between survivors themselves and the professionals who work with them.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ICESA is honored to welcome a very special keynote speaker to Indiana. Phil Saviano is a Boston clergy abuse survivor, activist, and whistleblower. He went public about his childhood abuse in late 1992, far ahead of the curve. His 1993 sex abuse lawsuit provided evidence to him that bishops in four states had protected his abuser. In 1996, determined to maintain his right to speak freely, he became the first Massachusetts plaintiff to successfully settle a case with no terms of confidentiality. His August 2001 meeting with the Boston Globe Spotlight Team is recreated in the Academy Award-winning movie, “Spotlight.”

    SPECIAL EVENT NOTE:  A screening of the Academy Award – winning movie, “Spotlight” is being arranged for Wednesday, September 14, 2016.  Details to follow.

    HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS: ICESA has arranged hotel accomodations for two (2) nights – 9/14/16 & 9/15/16 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites City Centre located at 410 S. Missouri Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225. Please be advised that the training on 9/15/16 is NOT at the hotel. The room rate is $114.00 per night plus tax. You can make reservations by calling the hotel directly at 317-822-6400, and requesting the ICESA block. Please note that you will need to make your reservations by the cutoff date of August 15th. 

    HOTEL PARKING:  Parking is available at the hotel for $14/per day.


    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    October Advocate's Meeting 10.04.2016
    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    The 26th Annual Commemoration event to honor those that have lost their lives to domestic violence.