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  NW Network Announces:


Registration for the Spring RSC Series has CLOSED.

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Thank you for all the amazing Relationship Skills inquiries!

Our spring course is FULL! We have opened up a waiting list that will also serve as a way to receive updates about the next full Relationship Skill Class Series.

There is also an exciting way to remain connected with the Network this spring. We would love your voice on queer relationships to be heard.  There will be more details to follow soon. For now, signing up for the spring wait-list/fall-series-fast-track will also serve as a way to stay current on how your input can help us improve the Relationship Skills Series.

The fall dates are TBA for tentative scheduling in August/September.

Classes will start on Monday May 4th and end on June 22nd. There will be no class on Monday May 25th in honor of Memorial Day.  Classes run from 6 – 8:30PM. 

For more information, accessibility questions or to register, contact Edric at: or 206.568.7777 



Relationship Skills Booster Class!

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Can’t wait ’til the Spring to get skills that boost your relationships?  The NW Network has you covered! Join us for two special RSC sessions exploring Non-Monogamous & Poly amorous relationships.

Come one, come all regardless of relationship status or relationship history!
Topics Include: Negotiation, Handling Jealousy, Setting Boundaries, Staying Connected
When: Mondays April 13th and April 20th 6:00 – 8:30pm
Where: Gay City Calamus Auditorium – 517 E Pike St Seattle WA 98122

Registration: Please register here: by April 1st
Cost: Suggested donation $40. No one will be turned away for
lack of funds.
Interpreters are available by request!

Want to take the whole seven week series? We are still accepting registrants for the Spring: Click here!

For more information, accessibility questions, or for help registering contact Edric at 206-568-7777 or

Queer Parents Networking Dinner

Join us for Queer Parents Networking Dinner of the 2014 – 2015 school year! Dinner and childcare will be provided.

April 9, 2014
6 – 8pm
iLEAP: 4649 Sunnyside Ave N #400, Seattle, WA 98103

Please RSVP with food restrictions, kids names and ages to Thank you!

[Webinars: May 2015]

 Webinars Open to All 

Thriving While Healing: Skills-based Support fot LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence

Tuesday, May 12th 2015 – 12 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific

To register, click here:

This webinar will discuss highlights and lessons learned from the NW Network’s unique, strengths-based sexual assault support group, Thriving While Healing: Finding Joy, Resilience and Support in the Aftermath of Sexual Assault. This all-gender support group, specifically oriented to LGBTQ survivors offers skills, education, and tools to name and confront the silence, isolation, and shame which so many survivors experience, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Themes and interactive activities from the group such as cultivating resilience, normalizing the process of healing, trigger planning, positive sexuality, and self-trust will be discussed during this webinar.

This project was sponsored by Grant No. 2009-UW-AX-0028 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Presented by Amarinthia Torres

Q-Lab – Supporting LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Dating Violence

Tuesday, May 26th 2015 – 12 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific

To register, click here:

Queer Collaborations (Q-Lab) provides full spectrum support, integrating innovative prevention and intervention strategies for LGBTQ youth survivors of violence, while addressing the underlying conditions that create health and safety disparities for youth experiencing violence.  Highlighting lessons learned and recommendations from Q-Lab, this webinar will look at the strengths and challenges of our domestic violence movement’s responses to serving young people experiencing violence.  We will focus specifically on barriers to working with youth under the age of 18, LGBTQ youth, and explore how domestic and sexual violence movements can meet the unique needs of youth survivors.

Presented by Shannon Perez-Darby


[Webinars: March- April 2015]

 Webinars Open to All 

Name, Frame, & Respond – Interrupting Homophobia, Transphobia & Heterosexism

Tuesday, March 24th – 12 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific time

You have the policy, now what?  This interactive webinar will prepare participants to name, frame, and respond to oppressive or concerning comments and actions, and incidents of harassment in anti-violence programs. Participants will respond to scenarios that address both overt and covert homophobia & transphobia, as well as role-playing through real-life situations generated by workers in the field. Content will focus on scenarios specific to both SA and DV advocacy. *A sense of humor and willingness to learn is highly suggested!

Presented by Kristin Tucker and Amarinthia Torres

Shelter(ing) Part 2

Tuesday, April 7th – 12 – 1:30 pm Pacific time
In our first discussion of Shelter(ing), we uncovered many important questions!  Many participants were very concerned about the experience LGBTQ survivors have in communal emergency shelters, and intrigued by discussion about several programs who have changed their emergency housing  and advocacy models to be more trauma sensitive, culturally competent, and, in some cases cost effective as well.  In this webinar, we will explore more fully what our work can look like when we see “shelter” as a verb, instead of a noun, how programs have made these changes, and the difference it has made for them in terms of providing services to LGBTQ folks (and other groups who may be challenged by communal shelter).

Presented by Margaret Hobart and Connie Burk

 Let’s Talk About Sex: Sex-Positive Advocacy for Survivors of Sexual & Domestic Violence

Tuesday, April 14th – 12 pm – 1:30 pm

In honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month, join us for a dynamic, interactive session exploring what it means to re-envision the way we provide support and understand healing for survivors of sexual & domestic violence. In this session, we will examine our personal and movement values as they relate to sex, sexual violence and what it means to heal from trauma; build our self-awareness and individual skills to provide grounded, holistic services to survivors of violence; and increase organizational capacity to provide services & engage communities around sexual violence in a sex-positive context. Come prepared to have some real talk about sex, healing and the possibilities for our movement to move beyond simply addressing harm and towards a vision of embodied sexual lives for all survivors.
Presented by Kristin Tucker & Amarinthia Torres


Accountable Communities

Tuesday, April 28th – 12 pm – 1:30 pm

We know that relationships exist within the context of other relationships, especially in small communities. Centering LGBTQ communities this webinar will focus on addressing community based responses to domestic and sexual violence.  This webinar is designed to surface illicit tensions around, transformative justice, community accountability and other community based strategies for addressing violence while looking at how we can come together to create the conditions to support loving equitable relationships.
Presented by Shannon Perez-Darby and Connie Burk

[Webinars: January – February 2015]

 Webinars Open to All 

Setting the Frame: Building Blocks for Domestic Violence Advocacy in LGBTQ Communities

Tuesday, January 13th from 12pm to 1:30pm PST

“Setting the Frame” is a must have for any advocate looking to increase their capacity to support LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence. This workshop will establish a strong foundation for the rest of the NW Network 2015 webinar series and include basic information like decoding the LGBTQ “alphabet soup” as well as advanced analysis for understanding the unique and crosscutting issues facing LGBTQ survivors.

Presented by Connie Burk, Executive Director, Northwest Network

*Nothing’s Neutral, Part 2: Feminist Programs Welcoming Survivors of All Genders*

Tuesday, February 10th — 12 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific time

A gender neutral analysis of intimate partner violence, abuse, sexual assault, rape and stalking will not result in more support for LGBTQ survivors.Instead, a robust gender analysis is needed.This webinar will advance our call to action for feminist-centered anti-violence programs to welcome all survivors with meaningful support, debunk barriers to gender-integrated services, and build on understandings of sexism’s role in gender violence.This webinar will make a call for men who have survived rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence, stalking and similar harms to build common cause with feminist anti-violence programs and to seek movement leadership from women and gender-queer people. Presented by Connie Burk, Executive Director, Northwest Network


Moving Beyond the Wheel: Understanding Domestic Violence in LGBTQ Communities

Tuesday, February 17th — 12 pm – 1:30 pm Pacific time

This webinar will center the importance of building awareness of the context of LGBTQ people’s lives as a key component in supporting creative, effective advocacy with LGBTQ survivors. Through story sharing and examples, we will expand our understanding of the strengths, vulnerabilities and barriers LGBTQ survivors face in navigating systems and communities, as well as addressing the unique considerations for safety planning and advocacy rooted in the lived experiences of LGBTQ survivors.

Presented by Kristin Tucker, Northwest Network


National LGBTQ Access Webinar Series

The 2013 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) re-authorization, championed by a national coalition of grassroots anti-violence programs, LGBTQ groups, Tribal leaders and Immigrant rights groups, marked the first ever federal legislation to protect sexual orientation and gender identity and created important new protections for Native American and immigrant survivors.

As a result, the anti-violence movement is poised to provide historic leadership as the first field in any sector to implement federal statute protections for sexual orientation and gender identity nationwide.

As part of its National Training and Technical Assistance Initiative, the NW Network will provide a 12-part, 6 month (July – Dec 2014) webinar series to advance inclusive, accessible, non-stigmatizing services to LGBTQ survivors. In addition, strategy sessions will be convened for state administrators and state coalition staff.  The series will assist providers and policy makers to incorporate the needs of LGBTQ survivors across their programming.

[Webinars: September-December]

 Webinars Open to All 

FVPSA State Administrators Q&A/Strategy Session 1: 

Open to State Administrators & Coalition Staff

Tuesday, October 14th: 12–1:30 pm Pacific (3-4:30 pm Eastern)

To Register, click here

Assessing Coercive Control Part 3: Practice Makes Perfect

Tuesday, October 21st12–1:30 pm Pacific (3-4:30 pm Eastern)

To Register, click here  

Part 3 in a 3 part series on “Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control in Abusive Relationships”, this session continues to offer opportunities to engage in skill building and practice with the Northwest Network’s assessment tool.  Using real-life examples, role-play observation and hands-on exercises, participants will deepen their understanding and build capacity to conduct assessments. This session will also address the myriad considerations for implementation, including documentation, intake policy best practices and organizational considerations relevant for programs who are interested in increasing their competency in serving LGBTQ survivors and integrating a broader practice of assessment into their service delivery.

Participation in “Assessing Patterns of Coercive Control in Abusive Relationships: A Basic Skill for LGBT DV Advocacy” webinars  1 & 2 highly encouraged.


Tuesday, November 4th- 12-1:30pm Pacific (3-4:30pm Eastern)

To Register, click here  

The built environment of communal living DV shelter facilities and the ramifications that come from accommodating those physical structures (screening, sex-segregation, staffing demands, policing of resident behaviors in communal living etc) create profound barriers to LGBTQ access to services. This webinar will push programs to re-think traditional approaches to communal emergency shelter and offer new concepts for the physical shelter environment as well as emerging best practices for “sheltering’.

FVPSA State Administrators Q&A/Strategy Session 2  

Open to State Administrators & Coalition Staff

Monday, November 10th: 12–1:30 pm Pacific (3-4:30 pm Eastern)

To Register, click here

It Takes A Village, People: Advocacy Tools for Working with Survivors Friends & Families  

Tuesday, November 18th-12-1:30pm Pacific (3-4:30pm Eastern)

To Register, click here

Most survivors of domestic violence reach out to a friend or family member long before they attempt to access a social service agency for support, but friends and family may not know how to help a loved one who is being battered.   This webinar will walk participants through the It Takes A Village People Toolkit and show advocates how to apply advocacy skills to help diverse  survivors  break isolation, strengthen social connectedness and increase safety.

Proceed: LGBTQ Legal Issues for DV Advocates 

Tuesday, December 2nd-12-1:30pm Pacific (3-4:30pm Eastern)

To Register, click here 

This webinar will assist advocates working with LGBTQ survivors who are engaged in criminal and civil legal processes related to the abuse they’ve experienced.  This session will support advocates to increase their skills in identifying the different criminal and civil legal remedies available to LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  “Engaging the Legal System” will also provide tools to navigate the legal system, strategies to recognize and respond to the barriers LGBTQ survivors face and practical tips to ensure effective, creative legal advocacy specific to LGBTQ-survivors’ needs and experiences.

Community Advocacy Strategies

Tuesday, December 16th-12-1:30pm Pacific (3-4:30pm Eastern)

To Register, click here

How do current and historic experiences of oppression impact how diverse LGBTQ survivors navigate the systems so often engaged by survivors of violence? How can we support survivors to decrease isolation, reconnect with friends and community while navigating shared spaces with people who have caused them harm? In what ways can we expand and re-imagine traditional safety planning to include an awareness of the strengths, challenges, assets and vulnerabilities of LGBTQ individuals and communities? Join us for an interactive, practical exploration of culturally responsive advocacy, safety and support planning when working with LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

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