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Tell Congress to Fund the Services Survivors Need
You may remember that at the beginning of 2013 we had a tremendous victory when Congress passed a strong VAWA reauthorization. As we start 2014, that success is being undermined by the sequester and by funding cuts that are rolling back our progress and jeopardizing the safety of victims.
Please take a minute to call on Congress to fund domestic violence programs and services at the full amount that Congress set for them when it passed the funding legislation. Members need to hear that too many programs lack the resources they need to provide basic, essential services, and too many victims are left with nowhere to turn.
FACT: In one 24-hour period, U.S. domestic violence programs provided services to 64,324 victims and their children. However, on that same day, over 10,470 requests for services went unmet due to a lack of funding and resources. This unconscionable gap must be remedied, and we urge you to take action now.
Victims and their children need emergency shelter, crisis intervention, protection orders, legal advice, advocacy, and other supportive services. At their most vulnerable time -- leaving a violent situation, seeking help -- it is unacceptable that victims of abuse are turned away because of budget cuts.
Please send a message to your Members of Congress urging them to support full funding for VAWA and the other critical programs that address domestic violence.
Voting Guide for Advocates and Survivors
This guide is meant to help advocates assist their clients with the voting process. With recent law changes and court decisions, even the basics of how to cast a ballot can be very confusing The guide covers voter registeration, ID requirements and determining where to vote.
Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Harassment of LGBTQ People
This webinar is about policies to promote inclusion of both LGBTQ clients and employees. After viewing the webinar, participants will be able to list the types of policies that support an environment free of harassment and bullying of LGBTQ people, describe ways to assist staff in understanding and following the policies, and list the elements of a plan to monitor claims, address them seriously, and document their corrective action(s).
VIEW AND LISTEN. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.
The series is provided by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Domestic Abuse Program, and presented by Molly Herrmann, statewide training consultant and member of the End Domestic Abuse WI and WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault LGBTQ Committee. Services Act (FVPSA) federal requirements. Webinar 3 is Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment of LGBTQ People.
The series offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on organization practices and culture, and to build bridges between existing knowledge and skills and innovative, emerging practices, while also meeting the DCF training requirement.
All staff of DCF domestic violence programs receiving FVPSA funding must view each webinar live (February and March 2015) or recorded.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
When you have completed the recorded webinar, download the certificate below. It can be completed electronically or by hand and printed. Handouts are also available for download.