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Tips on Preparing Yourself to Have Deep Conversations with Your Children

From the DECIMOS NO MÁS campaign

Be patient
Sometimes it can take a while for children to ask their question or tell a story. This may be because they're still young or because they find it difficult asking you about a sensitive subject. Try to resist the temptation to tell them to get to the point or hurry things along. By listening patiently, you allow your children to think and prepare their thoughts at their own pace, and you communicate that they're worthy of your time.

Don't interrupt your children when they're telling you a story or asking a question. Wait until they come to a full stop of at least five seconds (you can count in your head!), then ask a follow-up question before giving your opinion. Ask them, for example, "What else?" or "What makes you say that?"

Click here for more tips on preparing yourself to talk to your children
David and Goliath

By Malcolm Gladwell

"David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants"  challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, suffer from a disability, lose a parent, attend a mediocre school, or endure any number of other apparent setbacks.

Domestic Violence and Housing Consortium develops needs assessment

Deadline for completion: July 21
Assessment should take 10-15 minutes

The National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH), in collaboration with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), and Collaborative Solutions, Inc (CS),  also known as the Domestic Violence and Housing Consortium TA Team and other local, state and national stakeholders,  developed this Safe Housing Needs Assessment to gather input from victim service providers, community service providers, coalitions and continuums of care.
This assessment is the first of its kind aimed at simultaneously reaching the domestic and sexual violence field, as well as the homeless and housing field. The assessment seeks to identify specific barriers preventing collaboration across these fields, as well as promising practices. As a key stakeholder in this historic assessment, your participation will directly change the awareness, understanding and collaboration that is essential in meeting the needs of the field. Your responses will determine the results to help us provide organizations and communities with the tools, strategies and support necessary to improve coordination between domestic violence/sexual assault service providers and homeless and housing service providers, so that survivors and their children can ultimately avoid homelessness and live free from violence.
*If you have sub grantees and this survey is more appropriate for them, please forward*
Click here to complete the needs assessment
For questions, contact Larisa Kofman, Director, National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH) at lkofman@dashdc.org

November 13-14, 2017
Miami, FL

Application for attendance due: August 1, 2017
**This event is currently pending OVW approval .  Please do not make any travel arrangements. 

The Center for Court Innovation and Florida's 11th Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence Division are holding an open house at the courthouse in Miami, Florida on November 13-14, 2017. The 1.5-day open house will include:
  • presentations and workshops by national experts on language access
  • panels featuring the local Miami-Dade County stakeholders
  • the unique opportunity to observe the domestic violence court
As attendees, you will have the opportunity to view the court's operations, meet the judge and staff, network with peers, and work with your team to enhance the language access services available for domestic violence litigants in your community. 

Agenda includes:
  • Setting the Stage: Language Access Services in Miami-Dade County
  • Court Observation
  • Responding to the Unique Needs of Litigants in Domestic Violence Cases
  • Domestic Violence and Access Points to Justice
  • Language Access in Practice Beyond the Courthouse
  • Team Action Planning
Space is limited. Sites may request to send up to 4 people. The ideal team will include a judge who hears domestic violence cases, a court administrator who is responsible for the court's language access or interpreter program, and other court-related stakeholders such as a domestic violence advocate or civil legal services attorney. 

Please submit 1 application per team by the deadline (even if you are still awaiting approval internally). 

The open house is free, but all travel expenses are paid for out of your jurisdiction's grant and not by the Center for Court Innovation. Please inquire with your grant manager/fiscal team for information regarding reimbursement.

Click here to apply for attendance

Domestic and sexual violence organizations may hesitate to participate in legislative advocacy due to concerns about or limited understanding of the restrictions on 501(c)(3) nonprofits' lobbying activities. While some activities, such as endorsing or opposing particular candidates for public office, are strictly prohibited, Congress specifically created rules that permit nonprofit organizations to engage in lobbying, as long as it does not constitute a "substantial part" of the organization's activities. Additionally, nonprofits can also participate in other advocacy focused on influencing public policy, described in more detail in this collection.

This collection is designed to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations interested in participating in legislative advocacy. Resources include materials describing the specific federal regulations limiting lobbying activities of 501(c)(3) nonprofits; details on the ways in which these organizations  can participate in lobbying activities; specific information on legislative advocacy for domestic and sexual violence organizations; and useful advocacy tools and tips.
Please note that this collection is intended to provide general information on these topics and does not constitute legal advice.

Click here to access this special collection
Webinar  Responding to Violence Against Communities of Color/ Immigrant Communities

Thursday, July 27, 2017
10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

In this webinar, presenters from the National Latin@ Network and partner organizations will examine trends of violent or oppressive events against communities of color. How can we respond creatively and effectively to ensure our communities remain safe places? Presenters will share case studies from their individual communities and explain how they have organized to resist, respond, or redress acts that create an imbalance in the places we work, live, and worship.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be better able to:
  • Examine the rise of violent events against communities of color by employing an anti-oppression framework,
  • Understand the many ways that communities can organize to respond to acts of oppression,
  • Develop strategies for community engagement in the contexts of current acts of violence.
Heidi Notario, Director of Implementation and Social Change, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network

Click here to register for this webinar
Webinar  Preparing You for #DVAM2017

Wednesday, July 26
2:00 - 3:30pm ET

DVAM is only four months away! This webinar offers tools and guidance for programs of all sizes and individuals across the nation on how they can take part in raising awareness of domestic violence - even on a shoestring budget and with very little time. Local organizations will share the key to successful events, the challenges they encountered and the lessons they learned along the way.

Click here to register for this webinar
Transition House: Bilingual (Spanish) Resident Services Coordinator (Case Manager)

  • Coordinates holistic support services with residents of the Shelter and STEP Programs.
  • Conducts intakes, assesses and addresses residents' needs, provides comprehensive advocacy, coordinates referrals, and tracks client progress. 
  • Initiates contact and serves as liaison with many community-based social service, counseling, health care, housing and legal services programs to provide appropriate resources.
  • Accompanies residents to court dates, benefits hearings, housing hearings, and other essential appointments to advocate as appropriate. 
  • Prepares case reports and participates in weekly case reviews with STEP and Emergency Shelter teams. 
  • Participates in regular supervision.
  • Identifies and develops opportunities for residents and their children to engage in skill building programs to support their success as they overcome trauma and regain independence.
  • Takes part in professional development opportunities. 
  • Assists with crisis intervention/resolution. 
  • Works closely with all staff to coordinate a continuum of services to residents. Provides translation assistance as appropriate.
Children's Charter Trauma Clinic: Bilingual Spanish Speaking Clinician (PT or FT)

Children's Charter Trauma Clinic, the largest provider of Psychological trauma services in MA to children and families, is seeking a Part Time or Full TimeBilingual Spanish Speaking ClinicianLicense eligible or licensed clinical social worker or psychologist for a part-time hourly (22 hours/wk) or full-time salaried position with benefits. Position is to provide clinic based outpatient individual and family treatment, in Spanish.  A full-time position, will include In-Home Therapy.  Must be fluent in written and spoken Spanish, knowledgeable regarding Latin American culture and experienced working with documented and undocumented immigrant populations.  Applicants should have a minimum of two years experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families who have experienced trauma including sexual and physical abuse and intimate partner violence. This position requires flexible hours to accommodate school and work schedules, and must include at least one after school/evening for part-time and two for full-time. The clinician will attend weekly team meetings, and act as a liaison to community agencies. The clinician will receive at least one and up to two hours of individual supervision. 

Now accepting submissions

We welcome submissions on a number of topics pertaining to domestic violence, family violence, and gender-based violence. These topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Gender-based violence intervention and prevention programs that are culturally specific
  • Working with Latin@ youth
  • Working with immigrant Latin@s
  • Health care and gender-based violence
  • LGBTQ Latin@ communities
  • Children and domestic violence
  • Building Latin@ leadership in Latin@ communities
  • Elder abuse
We also welcome photography, video, resources, and other digital material that organizations or people wish to share with our network.

If you're interested in submitting a blog post,  click here to email Rebecca De Leon, Communications and Marketing Coordinator


The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities is a network of individuals and organizations committed to improving the health and well-being of Latin@ communities. The National Latin@ Network is led by Casa de Esperanza, a national Latina organization whose mission is to mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence. The National Latin@Network for Healthy Families and Communities builds on Casa de Esperanza´s experience working in local communities to support families, end domestic violence, and increase meaningful access to services for Latina@s and incorporates a research center, public policy initiative, and training.

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