Praxis International is the comprehensive technical assistance provider on advocacy and operates the Advocacy Learning Center (ALC). The goal of the ALC is to strengthen the core activities, skills, principles, and knowledge used by advocates working in all areas of violence against women. To learn more about Praxis, visit https://praxisinternational.org/advocacy-learning-center/

Publications

Compensation Consideration for Self-Advocates Receiving Government Benefits

Vera Institute of Justice

Vera’s Center on Victimization and Safety believes that people with disabilities and Deaf people are experts in their own experiences. One way to ensure that the perspectives of people with disabilities and Deaf people are incorporated into the movement to end violence against people with disabilities is to make sure that they are meaningfully involved in the work and valued for their expertise. However, there are specific considerations organizations should think about when compensating self-advocates. Vera developed this tip sheet to provide basic information on some government means-tested benefit programs for people with disabilities, and to explain the potential effects that receiving compensation may have on these benefits. The tip sheet also guides readers to additional resources for people with disabilities and their advocates.

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Resource Guide for Advocates and Attorneys on Interpretation Services for Domestic Violence Victims

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

The Interpretation Resource Guide is a collection of information, tips, tools, and resources on working with interpreters to ensure language access in domestic violence agencies. The resource guide covers language access rights & laws, interpretation, finding, qualifying & working with interpreters and, tools & resources.

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Rural Domestic and Sexual Abuse Program Advocates: Making a Difference in the Lives of Older Survivors of Abuse

National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life

This publication provides rural domestic and sexual abuse service providers with a variety of tools, strategies, and resources to effectively respond to the unique challenges of abuse in later life cases. The first section of this booklet provides an overview of abuse in later life. The remainder offers ideas and perspectives for serving older victims, including suggestions on tailoring services in domestic and sexual violence programs to better meet the needs of this population and a discussion on how communities can work together to respond to abuse in later life.

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Full Faith and Credit for Protection Orders: Assisting Survivors with Enforcement Across Jurisdictional Lines

Battered Women's Justice Project

This guide for advocates provides information on the full faith and credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act, 18 U.S.C. §2265, enforcement and registration of protection orders, and tips to help survivors on relocation, safety planning, risk assessment, and firearms removal.

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Guidebook on Consumer and Economic Civil Legal Advocacy for Survivors

Center for Survivor Agency and Justice

The purpose of this Guidebook is to offer concrete consumer and economic civil legal remedies, as well as nonlegal advocacy strategies, through the lens of survivor centered advocacy that is rooted in the experiences of survivors who are living in poverty. This Guidebook was authored and developed in collaboration with advocates and attorneys across the country who hold unique expertise at the intersection of consumer law, economic advocacy, and domestic violence. Chapters feature a range of consumer and economic civil legal issues, including credit reporting and repair, discriminatory credit, and identity theft, debt collections and defense; navigating student loans, bankruptcy and foreclosure, federal tax advocacy, economic relief in civil protection orders; economic issues in family law; barriers in civil court, rights and protections in housing and employment; and advocacy for survivors with criminal records.

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Webinars

Succession Planning within Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Organizations, Part 2

October 3, 2019

Futures Without Violence

This webinar showcases the experience of succession planning and the on-boarding of an executive director in an organization that services survivors of gender-based violence.

Survivor-Defined Success Webinar

October 24, 2019

Kelsey Sanders, Sara Hardesty, Joyce Bilyeu, and Jennica Lawford

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, four members of the National VOICES Chapter, spoke about survivor-defined success in Family Justice Centers.

Violence Against Women - It's a Men's Issue

May 29, 2013

Jackson Katz, Ph.D.

Domestic violence and sexual assault are often called “women’s issues”. Jackson Katz points out, in this TEDTalk, that these are intrinsically men’s issues and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A call for use all, women and men, to speak up and out about unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.

Centering Older Survivors in Your Work

October 22, 2019

Presented by: NCALL National Resource Center on Abuse in Later Life Presenters: Juanita Davis, NCALL Associate Director and Lisa Furr, NCALL Program Manager

To commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) presented this webinar to enhance understanding of the unique barriers older survivors face when dealing with abuse.

Other Tools/Resources

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (APIGBV)

APIGBV operates the Interpretation Technical Assistance and Resource Center (ITARC), which works to improve system responses to limited English proficient (LEP) victims by providing technical assistance and training on the development and implementation of language accessible services. Technical assistance and training includes, but is not limited to: civil rights compliance and language access planning; interpreting for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; and building pools of qualified interpreters through workshops on interpretation ethics and skills building.

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Futures Without Violence (FUTURES)

FUTURES provides the Institute for Leadership and Education Development (I-LED), which offers hands-on workshops and technical assistance to help OVW grantees to improve the organization, quality, and consistency of education and training programs. FUTURES also provides the Supporting Organizational Sustainability to Address Violence Against Women Institute (SOS Institute), which offers resources, technical assistance support, and an interactive, multi-day training to help OVW grantees, partner organizations, and community-based organizations enhance their programming organizational infrastructure and capacity.

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Vera Institute of Justice (Vera)

Vera is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for recipients of OVW’s Education, Training, and Enhanced Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities Grants. Vera also provides technical assistance and training to increase the capacity and desire of OVW grantees to effectively respond to violence against people with disabilities and Deaf people and operates the Disability and Deaf National Resource Center.

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Alliance for HOPE International

Alliance for HOPE International houses the Family Justice Center Alliance (FJCA), which serves as a technical assistance provider for OVW-funded Family Justice Centers. The FJCA also serves as a clearinghouse, research center, and national affiliation organization for Family Justice Centers and other multi-agency models that serve victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse, and/or human trafficking.

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Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence (Alliance)

The Alliance is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for Tribal Coalitions. The Alliance provides education, peer consultation, standardization of practice, and resource referral to Tribal Coalitions and others to enhance their abilities to ensure a coordinated community approach to ending violence (domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking) against American Indian and Alaska Native Women.

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National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

NCALL is the comprehensive technical assistance provider for OVW’s Enhancing Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program. NCALL provides training and services that address elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, involving victims who are 50 years of age or older.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family Violence Prevention and Services

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program administers the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.

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Office for Victims of Crime

OVC, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice, oversees programs and grants for service providers and other professionals who assist victims of crime.

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Office on Violence Against Women

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) provides federal leadership in developing the national capacity to reduce violence against women and administer justice for and strengthen services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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