Underserved Technical Assistance Project 
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August 2018
This product of the ALSO Underserved TA Project is designed for Underserved grantees to provide them with regular and concise information including resources, training opportunities, open solicitations and more.

Happy Resource & Opportunity Finding!
Your Underserved TA Team

NEW: TA Website for OVW Underserved Grantees

We at ALSO are excited to announce the launch of our new online Underserved TA Project Tools and Resources page! This extensive list of resources, selected in collaboration with  the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), has been compiled with the purpose of supporting Underserved Grantees in their work.

We hope that you will find this new Underserved TA product helpful in supporting and strengthening your work. This will be a hub of centralized resources including archived webinars,  new tips, announcements, and more. Please let us know if you know of any additional and relevant resources that you would like us to consider adding to this page

But there's more! 
A password protected online portal for Underserved grantees access only (opposed to the public Underserved Tools & Resources page) will be available soon. Keep an eye for this announcement in the coming weeks.
Underserved-Sponsored/ALSO Hosted In-person Trainings & Webinars

2018 Underserved In-Person Institute
When: October 9-11, 2018 (2 ½ days)
Who should attend: 2016 and 2017 grantees of the Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations Program

T he U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), in partnership with the the Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO) will host  the  2018 Underserved In-Person  Institute  in  Chicago, IL  on October 9-11, 2018.
The focus of this in-person Institute, tailored to Underserved grantees, is outreach and services. Please take this into consideration when determining who from your grant project should attend.

Everyone who plans to attend the Institute must complete the registration in order to confirm participation even if you previously completed the pre-registration. 
Projects will be able to send up to two members from their and/or partner organization.
Registration closes on
Tuesday, August 21, 2018.

This meeting is mandatory for 2016 and 2017 grantees. If your organization is unable to attend, please contact your OVW Grant Manager Kara Moller at Kara.Moller@usdoj.gov.
Non-Underserved Sponsored In-person Trainings & Webinars*


Title: It's My Prerogative: Consent and Healthy Sexuality for People with Disabilities
Host: Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute of Justice
Date:  August 21, 2018
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST
This webinar will review the need for sexuality education for people with disabilities, issues around consent to sex for people with disabilities, how to talk to people with disabilities about consent, and resources for discussing sexuality with people with disabilities with the ultimate goal of promoting safe and autonomous sexual relationships. Save the date for the second webinar in the series on September 18, 2018.

Title: Surviving & Thriving: Supporting Teens After Sexual Abuse
Host: Resource Sharing Project Rural Training & Technical Assistance
Date: August 21, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm PST
Teens are at a much higher risk of sexual violence than adult members of the community yet often are the least empowered to seek the services they need. This rural webinar will provide an opportunity for rural advocacy agencies to come together and learn about best practices in support teen sexual assault survivors. Topics will include outreach to rural teens, accommodations in services, holistic practices, and working with the parents and guardians of teen survivors.

Title: Think. Rethink: Mandatory Reporting Practices
Host: Northwest Network
Date:  August 21, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm PST
Results of a recent survey indicate mandated reporting impacts domestic violence survivors, and most often that impact is detrimental. 50% of survivors in the survey said the mandatory report made things "much worse." Youth under 18 and trans* and gender variant people were especially impacted - almost half said that they had avoided seeking support for fear that they would be reported. Youth and especially LGBTQ youth are not talking to trusted adults about their relationships because of fear of being reported. In this webinar, we will unpack the impact of mandatory reporting on help seeking and identify practical strategies advocates can use to decrease negative consequences of reporting and increase survivor safety and self-determination.

Title: Immigrant Survivors of Domestic/Sexual Violence in Your Courtroom: Family Court and Civil Protection Order Cases
Host: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Date: August 27, 2018 
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm PST
This webinar for judicial officials will provide an overview of how immigration issues related to domestic violence intersect with civil proceedings. At the end of this webinar, participants will be better able to: explain the dynamics of immigration-related abuse; examine how immigration issues may impact judicial proceedings related to DV/SA, including the U visa certification process; assess how criminal and civil findings intersect with an immigration matter.
This webinar is pending OVW Approval. 
Contact Alicia Lord at 
alord@ncjfcj.org for more information. 

Title: Ensuring Meaningful Access to Limited English Proficient Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence Webinar Series | Understanding Culture and Language: A Foundation for Providing Culturally Responsive Services
Host: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities
Date: August 31, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm CST
Session I of the series will engage participants in learning to recognize and respect individual cultural differences regarding language and communication as important to working in a sensitive and effective manner with survivors with limited English proficiency. Ensuring meaningful access to limited En glish proficient (LEP) survivors of domestic and sexual violence means recognizing how gender bias and cultural identity may prevent access to services. This webinar will examine the challenges LEP survivors encounter while seeking to access services because of limited culturally and linguistically responsive systems of help. This is part one of a three part webinar series.

Title: Coordinating a Community Response CCR in a Rural Area One Programs Experience
Host: Praxis International
Date:  September 26, 2018
Time: 2:00 - 3:15pm CST
Most CCR models have been developed and implemented in urban and non-rural communities. As a result, advocacy programs often grapple with how to adapt these efforts to account for rural realities. This webinar features Daryl Chanthus, ED of Wo/Men's Resource and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP), Jackson, TN to discuss how in 2017 their program began to address rural obstacles, capitalize on rural assets, and strengthen their CCR efforts to ultimately improve cooperative advocacy, and law enforcement and court response, to domestic violence in their four rural Tennessee counties.

Title: Responding to Me Too: How Employers Can Build a Framework to Address Sexual Harassment and Violence in the Workplace
Host: Futures Without Violence 
Date: August 30, 2018
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PST
In the wake of the #MeToo movement many employers are reconsidering their responsibilities and reviewing their policies on harassment in the workplace. To help employers develop and strengthen policies that better prevent and appropriately respond to the full spectrum of gender-based violence from sexual harassment to domestic violence, Futures Without Violence's Workplaces Respond team is hosting a webinar on the key policy elements and strategies employers can pursue to foster safer and more productive workplaces.

In-Person Trainings/Events

Title : International Conference on Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence and Increasing Access
Host: End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)
Location: San Diego, CA
Dates: April 22 - 24, 2019
EVAWI's annual conferences focus on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking and elder abuse. They consistently bring together law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, health care professionals, faith community members, educators, researchers and others in this three day conference highlighting promising practices and emerging issues to effectively respond to these crimes in all of our communities.
Registration Starts: September 3rd, 2018
*To use OVW grant funds for any training & technical assistance opportunities, you must send an email to your OVW Program Manager, Kara Moller, at Kara.Moller@usdoj.gov to request approval. ALSO Underserved TA Project webinars and in-person trainings (including New Grantee Orientation) do not need prior approval.
Grantee Spotlight    

This month we're excited to shine  the light on  HEART Women and Girls! 

Grantee spotlight photos and information provided by HEART Women and Girls.

HEART is a nonprofit agency that promotes sexual health and  sexual violence awareness in Muslim communities through health  education, advocacy, research and training. Their work is culturally-sensitive and developmentally appropriate for the audiences that they serve. HEART provides health education, advocacy, and training through in-person workshops, one-on-one work with survivors, mainstream professionals, and Muslim leaders to more  effectively serve the needs of Muslim communities.
HEART has been hard at work this year hosting 47 workshops and trainings that have reached over 1100 people in person and an additional 1200 people through the Facebook Live feature. Additionally, HEART has produced a number of virtual publications and tools including a Power and Control wheel that specifically addresses sexual violence in the Muslim community, and a resource called Responding with Rahma (mercy) which is a guide developed for community members to help their loved ones following a sexual assault disclosure.
Additionally, HEART has been featured in Teen Vogue and on 
NPR  Weekend Edition  for their amazing work and their efforts to destigmatize sex education and sexual health in the Muslim community.
Insightful Reading
Intersectional Stigma and Late-Life Intimate-Partner and Sexual Violence: How Social Workers Can Bolster Safety and Healing for Older Survivors

By: Cailin Crockett, Bergen Cooper, Bonnie Brandl

"As society becomes more receptive to hearing victims' stories, and less willing to excuse abuse, more survivors of intimate-partner and sexual violence (of all ages) will come forward.

Older women must grapple with the contrast between the secrecy surrounding these crimes characteristic of their generation and the increasing openness of today's discourse. Whether an older survivor has been living with the effects of pain from an abusive relationship or assault that occurred decades-or days-earlier, do not discount the empowerment and healing that can come from listening to her story."

Have Questions?

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For questions about grant administration: Contact your OVW Grant Manager Kara Moller at Kara.Moller@usdoj.gov.
For technical assistance support related to substantive and programmatic issues: Contact your ALSO Underserved TA team at underservedtaproject@also-chicaog.org  
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This project is supported by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K034 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, Department of Justice.