July 26, 2017

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New Resource: Serving Male-Identified Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) released guidance (PDF) earlier this month to support "advocates seeking to build capacity to recognize and respond to survivors across the gender spectrum, while honoring the gender analysis that helps us understand the root causes of violence and oppression." Historically, domestic violence programs were born from the women's liberation movement to address the needs of female survivors, who to this day, continue to disproportionately be impacted by intimate partner violence. However, it's important to remember that boys and men are also victims. Data from The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010-2012 State Report (PDF), the most recent available from the CDC, found that in the U.S. nearly 1 in 3 men (30.9%) have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in his lifetime and approximately 1 in 7 men (13.9%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in his lifetime. (Please see the  State Report for definitions of these terms.)
The idea that a male can be victimized and in need of supportive services can sometimes present a philosophical challenge based on life experiences and what we have learned through education or daily practice. The lack of knowledge and experience in serving male-identified survivors of domestic violence creates a vacuum for many who have not learned or practiced in this way. This technical package guidance considers how we can shift our thinking to a survivor-centered model in order to meet the needs of all victims/survivors. 
Providing services to male-identified survivors is also required by law. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 amended the 1994 Act by adding a grant condition that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation by recipients of certain Department of Justice funds, including institutions of higher education. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) Final Rule similarly states that "no person shall on the ground of actual or perceived sex, including gender identity, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under, any program or activity funded in whole or in part through FVPSA."
Advocates and other professionals working on and off campus may download the technical assistance guidance, Serving Male-Identified Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (PDF), to learn more about challenges to serving male-identified survivors, defining male identity, men's experience of intimate partner violence, gender inclusive service provision, building collaborations to improve support services to males, and enhancing organizational policies. NRCDV hosted a podcast in conjunction with the release of this report featuring Eric Stiles, an advocate with specialized expertise in child sexual abuse intervention and anti-sexual violence work in rural areas, to discuss male victims and offer guideposts to providing survivor-centered services. 

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Violence Prevention/De-Escalation of Emotionally Charged Situations
This August, Mourning Fox, MA, LCMHC, deputy commissioner for the Vermont Department of Mental Health, will explore the issues around why people resort to violence and the risk factors that individuals have that may make them more, or less, likely to use violence. This free webinar is part of our Campus Public Safety Online series and will take place on  Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Fox will discuss the three major predictors of violence and their impact on how responders deal with emotionally charged situations both before they happen and as they take place. He will explain the importance of building a common language to describe potentially problematic or actually problematic behaviors seen in people who are in emotionally charged states in order to improve effective communication between responders and support service providers. Our values drive the decisions we make every day. The role of these values, for both the responder and the identified subject, and their impact on relationship building and resolutions to conflict will be explored. A sampling of active listening skills and specific defusing techniques will also be incorporated into the webinar.
Space is limited and registration is now open, and required. We hope you are able to join us! 

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2017 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The University of Utah are hosting the 2017 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education (NTTX) on October 10-11, 2017 at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Higher education leaders are invited to register to participate in this event alongside federal, state, and local representatives from departments and agencies that support campus resilience.
This two-day event will include workshop sessions, a tabletop exercise, and an after-action review session on preparing participants to respond to a campus emergency. This year's event will focus on a failure in campus infrastructure caused by cyber attack. More detailed information on the specific topics for workshops and the tabletop exercise will be available closer to the event.
The 2017 NTTX seeks to provide participants with insight into planning, preparedness, and resilience best practices for the academic community. Because emergency planning involves a team of individuals from across an institution, DHS recommends a team of up to five senior leaders representing various functions (information technology, security, leadership, public safety, student life, communications, etc.) attend from each institution.  
There is no cost to attend or present at this event. Participants and presenters are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and per diem expenses. Space is limited and attendees will be confirmed by DHS on a first-come, first-served basis with consideration given to institutions demonstrating a strong commitment to sending diverse teams of 3-5 senior leaders.
Visit DHS' web page for more information on the NTTX series.  

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Emergency Management/Mass Casualty Webinar Series
Organization: The Justice Clearinghouse
Dates: Various
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Part I: Recognizing Stalking in Intimate Partner Violence Cases
Organization: Battered Women's Justice Project
Date: August 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM CT
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: URMIA Annual Conference - Launching Risk Into The Future
Organization: University Risk Management and Insurance Association, Inc.
Dates: September 23-27, 2017
Location: Orlando, FL
Fee: Registration fee

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.