Underserved Technical Assistance Project 
Your Monthly Underserved Grant
Resource Email is here!

September 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

2018 Underserved In-Person Institute 

We are excited to see those attending the Institute next month in Chicago, IL on October 9-11, 2018!

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 with a focus tailored to outreach and services. In the next week, you will be emailed a travel letter with detailed information regarding transportation, lodging, restaurant options and other pertinent information related the Institute. The agenda and materials will also be posted online soon. Keep checking our Underserved TA page for updates. 

If you have any questions regarding the Institute, please reach out to Program Coordinator, Zarena Leblanc, at zleblanc@also-chicago.org. 
Upcoming ALSO-hosted Webinar

Save the date for our webinar on November 7 at 1:00 pm CT. The presenter will be Kalimah Johnson from the SASHA Center on the topic of holistic healing practices for SA survivors.
Online Private Portal for OVW Underserved Grantees

When we announced the launch of our new online Underserved TA Project Tools and Resources public page in last month's Resource Email, we also announced the upcoming implementation of a password-protected private portal with additional resources for Underserved Grantees.

We will be sending more information on how to register and access these materials shortly. Be on the lookout for these instructions!
Grant Administration Tip

A little tip from your OVW Grant Specialist, Kara Moller: 

When corresponding with OVW, please include your grant number. This makes it easier for us to respond, and faster for you to get a response.

Also, join OVW in celebrating VAWA's recent birthday!
Non-Underserved Sponsored In-person Trainings & Webinars*


Title:  Uncover Disparity: Safety & Accountability Audit Design and Data Collection
Host: Praxis International
Date: October 2, 2018 
Time:  2:00 - 3:15 pm CDT
History, society, and people's lives are complex. The factors that reinforce or diminish safety, well-being, and risk for victims of violence against women are also complex. There is no universal victim and there is no universal offender. Yet institutions frequently impose a "one-size-fits-all" response, cutting off avenues of potential safety and support. Praxis Institutional Analysis tools seek to understand where and how and for which victims an institutional practice is problematic. This webinar will feature strategies that several communities utilized for designing and implementing projects that focused on institutional processes that produced disparate outcomes for particular marginalized communities. 

Title:  Trauma Informed Interviewing - Turning Understanding into Outcomes
Host:  End Violence Against Women International
Date: October 24, 2018
Time:  9:00 - 10:30 am PDT
T his webinar will focus on best practices for trauma informed interviewing of victims to retrieve memories of incidents that can be used by law enforcement investigators, prosecutors and civil attorneys. Topics will include a brief overview of trauma and its relationship to memory storage and recall, examples from actual cases where trauma informed interviewing produced concrete information that was used in court, information on interacting with victims who are resistant to prosecuting the batterer, strategies for helping victims construct a timeline for their narrative, and, most importantly, techniques for asking questions in a way that helps victims recall the answers .

Title:  Two Spirit LGBTQ Policies and Practices within your Tribal Transitional Housing Program
Host: Red Wind Consulting, Inc.
Date:  October 24, 2018 
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm MST
Our Two Spirit Lesbian, Gay, BI-sexual, Transgender (LGBTQ) communities are often overlooked when developing a tribal transitional housing program. Additionally, LGBTQ are often not addressed when it comes to policies and practices within our programs. This session will discuss how to create policies that are inclusive with regards to safety, protection, and non-discrimination of Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ people.
Archived Webinars

Title:  Moving Ahead Positively: Trauma-Informed Culturally-Specific Models
Host: Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence

Title:  Underserved/CSSP Access Database Crash Course (New Recording Now Available)
Host: Muskie School of Public Service (USM) 
*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.
Insightful Readings
Title: Five Ways to Make Sexual Assault Services More Accessible Using Assistive Technology 
By: Cynthia Fraser, Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs 
Approximate Reading Time: 5 minutes
Assistive technology has transformed the lives of many people with disabilities. Assistive devices and services are often essential to creating an accessible work or school environment. Assistive technology has quickly become a critical component in ensuring that sexual assault programs provide accessible services for victims of sexual violence. Here are five ways sexual assault programs can increase safety and accessibility for survivors by using assistive technology.

Title: An In-Depth Look at the Sexual Violence Curriculum for Community Health Workers/Promotoras
By: Mabel Crescioni, DrPH, JD
Approximate Reading Time:  60 minutes
The Arizona Rural Women's Health Network contracted the services of Jeannette L. Mullins for the development and design of a curriculum and training program specifically for Community Health Workers/Promotoras/Community Health Representatives to assist women victims/survivors of sexual violence. The curriculum contains six key, sexual violence issue-related learning modules and was developed based on eight core competency skill areas defined as necessary foundations for effective lay community health worker performance. 
Have Questions?

We are here to help!

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.