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Prisoner Re-Entry and Tracking Revocation and New Charges

In the Case of Domestic Violence

Training for Parole and Community Supervision in the state of Michigan to support the use and validation of the DVPSQ This webcast discusses the Domestic Violence Problem Solving Questionnaire (DVPSQ) an assessment tool being developed by Dr. Lance Becker and Dr. Oliver J. Williams, for the purpose of determining whether men who are coming out of prison, (regardless of the reason their were sent) are in High, Medium, or Low risk of domestic violence once they return to their community. During the next eighteen months this assessment tool is being validated in the state of Michigan in specific counties. While they are in prison, men will be given the DVPSQ to record their responses to specific questions.

The intersection of Spirituality, Religion and Intimate Partner Violence in the African American Community

Spirituality and religion are critical elements in the lives of many African Americans. The Black Church is often central to the community and is in a key position to help address intimate partner violence. This webcast provides an overview of intimate partner violence within the African American community, the response of the Black Church has exhibited generally to date, and the role the Black Church can play in attending to the problem with specific recommendations provided.

Domestic Violence & People of Color with Disabilities

Presented By: Dr. Elizabeth Lightfoot Director, PhD Program & Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota Dr. Oliver J. Williams Executive Director, IDVAAC, University of Minnesota Professor, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota

The domestic violence field has historically not been inclusive of people with disabilities. This intersection becomes even more complex when people with disabilities are victims of color. This webcast will frame the complexities and realities of this intersection and provide thinking points for those serving this unique population.

Original Airing: July 15, 2009

Domestic Violence and Prisoner Reentry: The Minnesota Experience

Presented By: Farris Bell, John Staloch, Dr. Oliver J. Williams

Across the country, more than 650,000 people are released from state and federal correctional institutions each year. Many of these individuals are African American men who have families awaiting their return; some with former or current partners that they have abused. Minnesota has taken this issue seriously, implementing a project on a state level to assess needs and meet the challenges of prisoners and service providers. This webcast will provide an overview of the Minnesota experience. Presenters will discuss the intersection of domestic violence and prisoner reentry and highlight considerations for policy and practice as it relates to the criminal justice system, victim advocacy programs and community-based organizations working with offenders and victims in Minnesota.

Original Airing: May 8, 2009

Prisoner Reentry & Domestic Violence: Supporting Battered Women Whose Partners are on Community Supervision or Parole

Presented By: Ashley Brown, Shelia Hankins, Joleen Jones, and Oliver J. Williams, PhD

When men are sent to prison many people forget that most return back to the communities and families they left. Each year over 650,000 men are released from prison back to the community. Although intimate partner violence may not be the reason for their incarceration, it is often the reason for their parole revocation and the charge for returning to prison. In reentry planning, female partners, particularly battered women, have few supports connecting them to safety, services, and support when he returns. Domestic violence advocates are critical to assisting battered women who previously or still maintain a relationship with these men. This presentation will focus on what domestic violence advocates and battered women in this situation have relayed about how help is defined and what should be done to identify and assist them in the context of intimate partner violence.

Original Airing: November 21, 2008

Domestic Violence and Prisoner Reentry: Experiences of African American Women and Men Webcast

Original Airing: June 12, 2008

Community Insights into Domestic Violence in the African American Community

Presented By: Esther J. Jenkins, PhD, Linner Ward Griffin, EdD, and Oliver J. Williams, PhD

In an effort to increase understanding of the perceptions of African Americans toward domestic violence, the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community established the Community Insights Project. This national project focuses on securing information from individuals who maintain an insider-specific understanding of the causes and consequences of domestic violence and identifying what they consider to be effective solutions in preventing domestic violence in African American communities. Presenters will highlight findings of community assessments that have occurred across the country and discuss how the information can be used to shape and inform grassroots mobilization efforts to address domestic violence among African Americans in California.

Original Airing: April 25, 2008

Exploring Linguistic Accessibility Conference Call training and Discussion


Presented By: Wendy Jones, Tracee Parker

This call is an opportunity for grantees to both learn and discuss how they are meeting the language needs of clients as valued by Guiding Principle II of the Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program. This conference call will explore how communities are creating linguistically accessible and appropriate services and frame principles and lessons learned. Conference call participants will also hear from one supervised visitation and exchange center about their approaches and efforts around this issue.

Original Airing: February 25, 2008

Cultural Competency: What Does That Mean for Me?

Presented By: Debi Cain & Ona Foster

Cultural competency, cultural relevancy, and cultural humility have become buzzwords for organizations in creating workplaces that promote diversity, reduce racism, and address the complex needs of a multi-cultural clientele. Presenters will discuss their experiences in addressing cultural competency including organization and self-analysis, staff development and creating safe spaces for tough conversations. They will also frame how these issues impact the delivery of supervised visitation and exchange services.

Original Airing: August 17, 2007

Working with Native Families

Presented By: Vicki Ybanez & Jeremy NeVilles-Sorrel

While some tribes are working on establishing or expanding their visitation services for families experiencing domestic violence, the reality is that resources are still too few and many Native families needing supervised visitation services are being served by non-tribal visitation providers. This training will explore considerations for Safe Havens grantees that work with Native American clients, including framing issues that impact families such as oppression, poverty, and racism. Additionally, grantees will have the opportunity to learn and discuss engagement strategies, cultural considerations, and service delivery.

Original Airing: July 13, 2007

Cultural Competence, African Americans and Domestic Violence

Presented By: Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, PhD, MSW and Oliver J. Williams, PhD

This Web cast will provide an overview of cultural and societal influences that impact disparities related to domestic violence in the African American community and resulting implications for policy and practice for domestic violence providers, child welfare workers, and social service professionals.

Original Airing:  September 12, 2006