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NW Network Announces:

Winter Relationship Skills Class starting in 2015!

Join us Wednesdays January 7  – February 18, 6-8:30PM

Registration is open!  To register, click here

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Please join us for Winter Relationship Skills Class! This 7 week course explores the skills we need to build the relationships we want. Interpreters are available. If you need an interpreter we are happy to provide one; please register by Wednesday, December 24th. Location is accessible @ Calamus Auditorium at Gay City 517 E Pike St, Seattle.

Topics include: Identifying cultural norms & personal values Accountability Naming & setting boundaries Strengthening support networks and more!

Suggested donation: $90.00. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Scholarships & trades available.

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


Queer Parents Networking Dinner

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

January 8, 2014
6 – 8pm
Gay City Calamus Auditorium
517 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122

Please RSVP with food restrictions, kids names and ages to as well as registering here. Thank you!


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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