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NW Network Announces:

The 2015 Winter Relationship Skills Class is FULL!

Registration for our Spring 2015 class is open early!  To register, click here.

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The Spring Relationship Skills Class will be here before we know it! This series will be held  on Mondays starting on May 4th and end on June 15th. Classes run from 6 – 8:30PM. 

Location is accessible @ Calamus Auditorium at Gay City 517 E Pike St, Seattle.

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 April 15th.

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: edric@nwnetwork.org 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 info@nwnetwork.org as well as registering here. Thank you!

 


[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

https://bwjp.ilinc.com/register/mjvxrsj

“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


Shelter(ing) Part 2

Tuesday, January 27th — 12 pm – 1:30 pm PST

 https://bwjp.ilinc.com/register/cxwjmkj

Based on the popularity of the first webinar conversation on Shelter(ing), we’ve created a space to continue our discussion on critical issues, including understanding the experience LGBTQ survivors have in communal emergency shelters, and what it has looked like for 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, PhD, Northwest Network

 


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

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

https://bwjp.ilinc.com/register/jrtwsys

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

https://bwjp.ilinc.com/register/rkrpyxj

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.


 Shelter(ing)

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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