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 2013 – February 2014

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
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.

Jan
23
Thu
Children Exposed to Violence: When Domestic Violence Meets Child Abuse @ DCFS Regional Office
Jan 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Feb
9
Sun
Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop @ Doubletree New Orleans
Feb 9 @ 8:00 am – Feb 12 @ 5:00 pm

To register: http://njidv.org/education-opportunities/ejs-dv.html

The workshop will address the topics described below, using hypothetical case problems, role-play exercises, small group discussions, faculty demonstrations, and a working lunch. This highly interactive format enables judges from different jurisdictions and levels of experience to learn from one another.

Who should attend:

All state and tribal court judges and judicial officers (commissioners, referee, etc.) nationwide are eligible to attend the workshops, but priority will be given to judges from jurisdictions currently receiving one of the following OVW Grants: (1) Grants to Encourage Arrest, (2) STOP Violence Against Indian Women Grants, (3) Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant Program, or (4) Court Training and Improvement Program. Priority is also given to OVW funded agencies jurisdictions that send more than one judge. Local OVW funded and some courts might cover their judges’ travel and per diem costs. All participants are responsible for their own travel and per diem costs.

Victim & Perpetrator Behavior 3.5 Hours This segment will help participants understand the motivations and behaviors of perpetrators and adult and child victims.

Fact-Finding 3.5 Hours Participants will learn how to apply an understanding of domestic violence to judicial fact-finding and identify evidentiary issues that are of primary concern for judges.

Access to Justice and Judge’s Role in Community Response to Domestic Violence 3.5 Hours This segment focuses on identifying and overcoming barriers to achieving justice in domestic violence cases by focusing on the judge as a leader in the justice system and in a coordinated community response to domestic violence.

Fairness and Culture Issues in Domestic Violence Cases 3.25 Hours Participants will formulate definitions of culture and cultural competence, discuss the dynamics of difference, and identify ways in which culture is relevant in the courtroom.

Decision-Making Skills and Enforcement 3.25 Hours This segment focuses on how judges can apply the law in their jurisdictions to the facts in cases involving domestic violence, and how they can effectively enhance compliance with their orders.

Practical Courtroom Exercises 3 Hours Participants will move among five breakout rooms to participate in a series of practical courtroom exercises designed to help them identify issues involving domestic violence.