Training and Event Calendar

This event calendar is provided as a service to our members and the public. An event may be cancelled at any time. Please confirm the event with the sponsor prior to making travel plans. To submit an event, please contact us.

October – December 2013

Oct
3
Thu
Hope in the Light of Day: A Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemoration @ Downtown RiverMarket
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The Family Justice Center of Ouachita Parish is hosting a Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemoration.  This year’s theme, “Hope in the Light of Day”, highlights the Coordinated Community Response efforts of the Ouachita Parish SAFE Task Force as it strives to promote victim safety and batterer accountability.  Open to the public. Domestic violence literature is available including DV Fact Sheets, brochures, and DV Handbooks.

Oct
9
Wed
Presenting the Domestic Violence Case: Best Practices in Prosecution Charging Decisions @ Webinar
Oct 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

NOTE: Registration is limited to OVW grantees.

From a careful evaluation of the history, context, and severity of violence to forfeiture for wrongdoing determinations to guidelines for victim engagement, the Domestic Violence Best Practice Assessment Guides detail best practices in prosecution charging decisions in cases involving battering. Join us for this webinar training to learn more about current best practices and how to assess and improve your community’s prosecution responses to battering.

For more information: http://www.praxisinternational.org/praxis_training.aspx

To register: https://bwjp.ilinc.com/perl/ilinc/lms/register.pl?activity_id=hykzxms&user_id=

Oct
10
Thu
Intimate Partner Violence: Risk, Danger, Military Personnel, and Veterans @ BWJP Webinar
Oct 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP) is pleased to announce a webinar on the current use of risk assessment tools in the criminal justice and advocacy response to intimate partner violence (IPV) cases. There will also be a specific discussion about IPV cases involving military personnel and veteran perpetrators. How often do you hear people say there is a higher rate of IPV and a higher incidence of lethal IPV among the military and veteran populations? Is this true? Are military and veteran-related cases of IPV more dangerous? Is there a relationship between military and/or combat experience and the level of risk and danger? Are there different risk factors for lethality and re-offense when a perpetrator has served in the military and had combat experience? Do advocates and other providers need to use different models and risk and danger assessment tools/instruments when working with the military and veteran populations?

For more information and to register: http://conferences.bwjp.org/webconferencedetail.aspx?confid=350

Oct
11
Fri
Identifying, Investigating, and Prosecuting Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Strangulation Cases @ Tulane University School of Law
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Specialized experts in the identification, investigation, and documenta­tion of strangulation in intimate partner violence cases will cover the following:

  Findings from a study of 300 misdemeanor strangulation cases

Resources and handouts from the Training Institute

Understanding the lethality of strangulation

Identifying the signs and symptoms of strangulation cases

Anatomy and medical aspects in surviving and non-surviving vic­tims

Investigating and documenting a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Strangulation case for prosecution

NO COST TO ATTEND!

 

REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 25, 2013

 

CLE & CEU Credit approval is pending!

 

Oct
30
Wed
Purple Balloon Release: A DVAM High School Event @ TBA
Oct 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“Purple Balloon Release” is the culminating event for the Dollars for Domestic Violence fundraiser for high school students within Ouachita Parish. The high school raising the most funds releases the Purple Balloons at their campus. This event is hosted each October by the Family Justice Center of Ouachita Parish.

“Dollars for Domestic Violence” is an awareness fundraiser for high school students within Ouachita Parish. Students purchase domestic violence ribbon cards for one dollar to Say No to Domestic Violence. Students pledge to help raise awareness of domestic and teen dating violence.

Oct
31
Thu
Pennies for Peace Live Butterfly Release: A DVAM Elementary School Event @ TBA
Oct 31 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The LIVE BUTTERFLY RELEASE is the culminating event for the winners of the Pennies for Peace elementary school domestic violence awareness and fundraising project. The winning school will release live butterflies followed by a pizza party for the winning class in honor of safe families. This event is hosted each October by the Family Justice Center of Ouachita Parish.

Pennies for Peace is an elementary school awareness project in which schools compete using purple piggy banks  to collect coins to help local children and their families in Northeast Louisiana receive domestic violence services.  Age-appropriate materials are provided for parents to review with students at home.  Teachers and counselors are provided with resource and referral information. This event provides a positive experience in addressing a community problem that affects many children. Special recognition of winning school /class plus a $100.00 gift card drawing in which all participating schools are eligible to win.

Nov
13
Wed
What is “Community Assessment” and How Can it Benefit My Community? @ Webinar
Nov 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A goal of many OVW grantees is to change institutional practices that give rise to poor outcomes for survivors of violence against women. Praxis International offers methods and tools for activists and representatives from institutions that process “cases” to move toward approaches that reform the ongoing work routines that ultimately shape case outcomes. The tools avoid blaming individuals for failing to protect victims. A Community Assessment emphasizes understanding how work is organized in ways that impede attention to victim safety and well-being and to offender accountability. Practitioners and advocates work side by side to analyze policies, case files, and the steps in case processing in order to identify concrete points of change.  This webinar will provide an overview of the tools available and how they might benefit your community’s efforts to improve responses to violence against women.

For more information: http://www.praxisinternational.org/praxis_training.aspx

To register: https://bwjp.ilinc.com/perl/ilinc/lms/register.pl?activity_id=hykzxxs&user_id=

Dec
3
Tue
Williams v. Illinois and Forensic Evidence: The Bleeding Edge of Crawford @ Webinar
Dec 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Presented by Teresa M. Garvey

The application of Crawford principles in the context of forensic evidence continues to plague the criminal justice system. The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Williams v. Illinois did not provide the guidance prosecutors had hoped for with regard to satisfying Sixth Amendment confrontation requirements in cases involving forensic evidence, where multiple analysts may be involved or where examining experts are no longer available to testify. The Williams decision raises more questions than it answers about when and how an expert may testify to conclusions based upon the opinions or work of other (non-testifying) experts or technicians.
This webinar will provide a review of the relevant case law, and will explore how trial prosecutors can present a case involving forensic testing that involves a multitude of technicians and experts. It will also address Williams’ impact on “cold cases,” in which original experts who performed autopsies and other forensic examinations and testing are no longer available for trial. This webinar will provide practical suggestions to trial prosecutors who must balance limited resources against the need to secure convictions that will withstand confrontation challenges on appeal.
Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, lab personnel, medical professionals, and judges are encouraged to view the recording.

For more information and to register: http://www.aequitasresource.org/trainingDetail.cfm?id=103

Dec
4
Wed
Developing Partnerships with Community-Based Service Providers – Part II @ Just Detention International Webinar
Dec 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Just Detention International, in collaboration with the National PREA Resource Center, presents Part II of a two-part webinar series on how to include victim service providers in a facility’s sexual abuse prevention and response efforts. In this webinar, the PREA Coordinator for the Bexar County Jail and the Director of Crisis Intervention for the Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio will discuss their collaboration to provide services for jail inmates. They will review their memorandum of understanding and provide guidance on navigating difficult issues, including confidentiality and the different guidelines and responsibilities for corrections agencies and service providers. Other experts will discuss additional roles that community-based organizations can play in PREA implementation.

For more information and to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/652498932655440130

Dec
9
Mon
Murder/Suicide and the role of Mental Health in Workplace Violence Prevention @ Webinar
Dec 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Are murderers and perpetrators of murder/suicide (terrorists) crazy?  Can we actually prevent the next violent attack or are we relegated to responding/reacting to violence? After Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School before taking his own life, in just the past week a 14-year-old boy murdered a beloved teacher in Massachusetts and a 12-year-old boy shoots and kills a beloved teacher in Nevada.  The Navy Yard shooter, Aaron Alexis, shot and killed 12 people before he was killed (suicide by cop?).
The most lethal of all aggressors, perpetrators of murder/suicide, are increasing at an alarming rate.  Are we creating a society of sociopaths?  We have lived under the illusion that mental health assessment, profiling and even threat assessment can reliably prevent the next shooting but history has told a different story.

Speaker:
John D. Byrnes, Founder and CEO of the Center for Aggression Management will address these questions and offer reliable prevention solutions.  John D. Byrnes has over 4,700 Linkedin Security and Law Enforcement Connections with over 2,900 endorsements.

To register: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/813493327