October 4, 2018
Practicing self-care is important in these challenging times. Encourage your advocates to ask themselves and survivors: What do I need right now? Do any small thing that can bring you joy to themselves – talking with a friend, spending time outside, or slow breathing with movement, or ground themselves through meditation. Another grounding exercise for your advocates or survivors is to name five things you can see in a room, four things you can hear in the room, three things you can touch or feel, two things you can smell and one good quality about yourself.
It is also helpful to gather as a staff to acknowledge the cultural moment and to share concerns. As a program in your community, this is also an important opportunity to share tips with your local media for both survivors on the importance of self-compassion and suggestions for parents in talking to their children.
Finally, taking action to change the direction of our country can be affirming.
Please call Senator Crapo (202-224-6142) and Senator Risch (202-224-2752) today. Share that you believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and a no vote on Judge Kavanaugh is the only way forward. Survivors deserve better. Our country deserves better.
We believe Christine Blasey Ford. We believe Deborah Ramirez.
We believe Julie Swetnick. We’ve always believed Anita Hill.
Tomorrow, the Senate is expected to take a procedural vote (cloture) to move forward on the vote to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The final vote on his nomination is expected early Saturday evening. Everyone is predicting is will be very close.
While no one from the public has access to the FBI investigation, we know the White House failed to instruct the FBI to interview additional witnesses including Dr. Blasey Ford, Julie Swetnick, and Kavanaugh himself. We are not satisfied with this investigation. However, we do know that Brett Kavanaugh does not have the character or temperament to be our next Supreme Court Justice.
But even before allegations of sexual misconduct came to light, we had joined the National Task Force to End Sexual Violence (NTF) in opposing Kavanaugh based on his record on a range of issues including healthcare and reproductive rights.
Brett Kavanaugh is not the judge our nation needs.
We deserve leaders we can respect.
Call your Senators and tell them to vote no on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Senators Manchin (D-WV), Moore Capito (R-WV), Collins (R-ME), Murkowski (R-AK), and Flake (R-AZ) especially need to hear from advocates and survivors!
Call senators now and Friday at: 202-224-3121
Join us on twitter: @endsxlviolence
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Ebony will be in the gallery during key votes this weekend to represent us as we’re all
standing up for survivors across the nation!
Thank you for all you’re doing to support survivors and end sexual violence!
Terri Poore, MSW
National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is working to gather surveys from domestic violence programs across the United States and territories to create a one-day snapshot of the services provided to survivors and their children. The information from this Census is used to highlight state-specific needs and barriers and informs our work with our policy makers to ensure that national funding is recognizing the needs of programs such as yours.
Thank you to all of you who have already submitted your data. For those who have not yet submitted- it’s not too late!
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As a reminder, we would like to highlight the availability of SASP emergency assistance funds. These funds are allocated to provide support to individuals impacted by sexual assault.
Funds may be accessed by our member programs: those who receive SASP funds, as-well-as program members who do not currently receive SASP funds.
We also know that many victims of sexual assault interact with agencies working with individuals with disabilities, with culturally specific agencies or with LGBTQ organizations. These organizations may reach out to you looking for support and resources, please know that organizations who are not member programs, may also access these funds when looking to provide emergency support to individuals impacted by sexual assault.
Emergency assistance requests may be made directly to, Lacey. Each request will be evaluated to determine that it fits within the SASP priority areas and eligibility requirements. After approval, reimbursement will be made directly to the provider for the individual.
Emergency assistance may include, but is not limited to: counseling, medical assistance, rental or employment assistance, civil legal assistance or other approved expenses related to the victimization.
If you have any questions regarding the SASP Emergency Assistance Funds, please contact Lacey.
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Webinar: Generational Poverty and Domestic Violence Survivors Webinar
Thursday, November 1, 2018
3:00 – 4:30 PM ET | 2:00 – 3:30 PM CT | 1:00 – 2:30 PM MT | 12:00 – 1:30 PM PT
The Transitional Housing Team at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, in partnership with the Center for Survivor Agency & Justice, is excited to announce the upcoming Generational Poverty and Domestic Violence Survivors Webinar.
This webinar will introduce the intersection between generational poverty and domestic violence, and highlight unique challenges and barriers faced by survivors who are also experiencing poverty. Presenters will discuss the findings from CSAJ’s Racial and Economic Equity for Survivor’s Project, along with other research and innovative practices, and how it can be used to enhance survivor centered economic advocacy. Presenters will also engage attendees in exploring needs and exchanging innovative practices to address the ways bias and inequity show up in our work and as survivors navigate safety.
A Coordinated Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence
Sponsored by the Bannock County Domestic Violence Court
Thursday, November 15th, 2018 & Friday, November 16th, 2018
8:45 AM – 4:45 PM. Registration opens at 8:00 AM on both days.
The Red Lion Hotel
1555 Pocatello Creek Rd
Pocatello, ID 83201
Who should attend this free two-day training event: Judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, attorneys, victim witness coordinators, victim advocates, probation officers, treatment providers, evaluators, mental health providers, health care professionals, social workers, students and anyone who supports a coordinated community response to intimate partner violence.
All training hours of the conference have been approved for Idaho Supreme Court Domestic Assault and Battery Evaluators. POST, Idaho State Bar CLE, and Counselor credits are pending. A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of each day.