April 2017
MNADV Coalition Connection
New Hotline for American Indian Survivors of Domestic Violence
Native survivors of domestic and dating violence can use the nation's first crisis line dedicated for tribal communities. The StrongHearts Native Helpline seeks to offer culturally relevant, safe and confidential resources. The first region of service is Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Callers outside the three-state area can call StrongHearts as the helpline develops its services.

Defining Trauma-Informed Services
To understand how the concept of a trauma-informed approach is both viewed and applied in addressing domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking, the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) commissioned a project to capture the national landscape of understanding about trauma-informed policies and practices for OVW stakeholders.

A National Survey Shines Light on the Nature and Scope of Teen Dating Violence
The National Survey of Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence is the first to provide a comprehensive, national portrait of teen dating violence with detailed measurements of both those who perpetratesuch violence, and who has been victimized.

To  make sure that domestic violence advocates are ready to respond to contacts made by immigration officials, this resource walks front line advocates through what to do should ICE contact them looking for an individual.  

These outreach flyers let survivors in the community know that domestic violence programs exist and offer free and confidential services and will not report undocumented individuals to ICE. If you would like assistance customizing these posters for your program, please reach out to Jess Staskal for assistance.  

This 5-part curriculum developed by the National Network to End Domestic Violence strengthens survivor and advocates' understanding of finances, helping survivors of domestic violence move from short-term safety to long-term security. 
Webinar: Avoiding Detention and Removal for VAWA and U-Visa Survivors
Tuesday, April 25 at 2:00 pm 

Webinar: Tort Suits and Financial Compensation for Domestic Violence Survivors
Battered Women's Justice Center
Tuesday, April 25 at 2:00 pm

Webinar: Thriving While Healing - Skills-based Support for LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence
The NW Network 
Tuesday, April 25 at 3:00 pm

Webinar: Protecting Victims and Communities from Firearms in Domestic Violence Cases - Collaborative Strategies 
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Wednesday, April 26 at 2:00 pm 

Webinar: Rebuilding Financially After Domestic Violence 
National Coalition Against DV
Thursday, April 27 at 11:00 am

Webinar: Centering Our Work on Historically Marginalized Communities
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women 
Tuesday, May 2 at 3:00 pm 

Webinar: Interviewing Perpetrators for Fatality Reviews
National DV Fatality Review Initiative
Tuesday, May 2 at 3:00 pm

Webinar Series for Child Welfare Professionals: DV in the Dependency System
Resource Center on DV: Child Protection and Custody 
Wednesday, May 3 at 12:30 pm
Thursday, May 4 at 2:00 pm
Thursday, May 11 at 2:00 pm

Webinar: What Advocates Need to Know About Law Enforcement's Role in a CCR
Battered Women's Justice Center
Thursday, May 4 at 3:00 pm

Webinar: Where Do We Go From Here? Unfinished Business in the DV Criminal Justice System 
Battered Women's Justice Center
Tuesday, May 9 at 3:00 pm

Advanced Custody Litigation Institute: Representing Victims of DV in Custody Cases
American Bar Association
Washington, DC
Tuesday, May 9 - Friday, May 12 

V-Step: Northern Regional Victim Services 2-Day Training
Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland at the University of Baltimore 
Harford County
Monday, May 15 - Tuesday, May 16

Webinar: Why Opposing Hyper-Incarcerations Should Be Central to the Work of the Anti-Domestic Violence Movement
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
Tuesday, May 16 at 3:00 pm

Webinar: Using the National Crime Information Center to Spread the Word About Protection Orders
Battered Women's Justice Center
Wednesday, May 17 at 2:00 pm

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National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Twitter announces new safety features in latest effort to protect users
National Network to End Domestic Violence

The latest San Bernardino shooting reveals a far more common form of terror; a rage-filled man taking his wife's life
The Huffington Post 

Rape costs survivors stress, trust, sleep, and about $122,000
USA Today 

Looking to work in the field? 
Shelter Monitor
Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County

Chief Operating Officer
Araminta Freedom Initiative

Director of Advocacy

HopeWorks of Howard County

DV Abuser Invervention Facilitator (PT) 
My Covenant Place

Direct Representation Attorney
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) 

Have you seen us around? Here's what we've been up to this past month!
MNADV Trainings 

March 3
Substance Use and Domestic Violence 
(Baltimore County)

March 6
Cultural Competency and Empathy
(Howard County) 

March 20 and 23
DV Dynamics and Advocacy Best Practices 
(Baltimore County) 

March 23
Lethality Assessment Program 201 Curriculum for Law Enforcement Officers
(Baltimore County)

April 4-5
Advanced Abuser Intervention Program Practices 
(Baltimore City)

Committees & Meetings
Maryland Health Care Coalition Against Domestic Violence Meeting 

Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force's Victim Services Committee Meeting

Prince George's County LAP Regional Meeting 

DHMH Sexual Violence Prevention Project Meeting

GOCCP Family Violence Council Meeting 

GOCCP Maryland Crime Victims' Rights Conference

NeShante and Chloe Davis Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force

Cecil County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team Meeting

7K Run to Remember
Thank you to everyone who came out to support us at the 7K Run to Remember on April 1. We especially want to thank the Maryland State's Attorney's Association for hosting the event! 
MNADV Needs Your Feedback on Our Website!
MNADV is currently in the process of updating our website to reflect the needs of victims/survivors in Maryland and the professionals that serve them. 

We'd like feedback on our website before we begin! The short, six-question survey shouldn't take more than five minutes to complete. 

Before completing the survey, please take a few minutes to check out our website.  Take notice of the content, layout, features, and usability. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Jess Staskal, Project Manager for Communications and Training.
Upcoming MNADV Trainings
Assessing Risk and Safety Planning in Civil 
Protective Orders: Strategies for Enhancing 
Safety for Self-Represented Litigants
This practical and interactive training for attorneys, victim witness assistants, and legal advocates will explore how you can better serve self-represented domestic violence litigants. Faculty will describe the social science behind lethality and risk assessment and procedural justice and offer concrete tools and suggestions for court-based risk assessment in an effort to enhance safety and access to justice for self-represented litigants.

3 Chances to catch this training! 
Tuesday June 13, 2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Carroll County 
Tuesday June 13, 2017
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Carroll County
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Calvert County 
Maryland 2017 Legislative Final Report 
We are very pleased with the outcome of this year's Maryland General Assembly Session. We are proud of the collaborative work we do with members, advocates, partners, allies, and legislators to ensure these outcomes. We are particularly appreciative of the advocates who worked on the bills and testified at hearings.

Bills Supported by MNADV that were passed by the 2017 General Assembly
HB 498/SB 562
Health Care Decisions Act - Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision Making - Disqualified Individuals
HB 294/SB 224
Conviction of a Disqualifying Crime - Probation Before Judgment - Second Degree Assault
HB 293/SB 274
Family Law - Divorce - Domestic Violence Order
HB 429/SB 217
Criminal Law - Sex Offenses - Physical Resistance
HB 1163/SB 976
Criminal Procedure - Conditional Release - Electronic Monitoring (Amber's Law)
HB 1/SB 230
Labor and Employment - Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Many thanks to everyone who contacted their legislators and made your voices heard! 
Free Haircuts for Survivors through Share-A-Haircut
For each Hair Cuttery haircut purchased in Maryland on May 1 and May 2, 2017, one FREE haircut certificate will be mailed directly to specific local programs to provide haircuts for domestic violence victims and their children.

Haircuts purchased in Maryland on those dates will result in an equal number of free haircut certificates, which will be mailed directly to specific local programs in mid-May, and are valid through July 26, 2017. In 2016, Hair Cuttery donated more than 55,000 free haircut certificates to survivors across the country. 

There are dozens of Hair Cuttery locations in Maryland. Find one near you.
National DV Hotline & LoveIsRespect Release NEW Maryland State Data
The National Domestic Violence Hotline and LoveIsRespect released their 2016 State Reports, showing the number of calls, texts, and chats they received about domestic violence.

In 2016, the National Domestic Violence Hotline documented 3,235 contacts from Maryland. The state ranks 17th in terms of contact volume to The Hotline. An overwhelming majority of the victims and survivors (93%) said they were experiencing emotional and verbal abuse, as well as physical abuse (65%), economic/financial abuse (22%) and sexual abuse (9%).  Their top concerns were shelter, legal advocacy, and individual counseling. 34% of callers disclosed that there were children involved in the situation.

In 2016, LoveIsRespect documented 431 contacts from Maryland, a 31% increase from 2015. The state ranks 15th in terms of contact volume. An overwhelming majority of the victims and survivors (92%) said they were experiencing emotional and verbal abuse, as well as physical abuse (56%), and sexual abuse (19%). Their top concerns were shelter, legal advocacy, and individual counseling.
Survey on the Impact of Federal Policies on Immigrant Survivors 
Together the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), Casa de Esperanza, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV), Tahirih Justice Center, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) have developed a survey for advocates and attorneys to better understand the impact of recent changes in immigration policy on survivors. They hope to be able to use the data to inform their policy work and media responses. The survey will close on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
MNADV In The News 
The Pikesville Patch 

The Baltimore Sun

CBS Baltimore

Cedar Rapids Gazette 
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
There's still time to get involved in SAAM! 

The SAAM 2017 campaign is Engaging New Voices. The focus will be on involving coaches, faith leaders, parents, Greek Life, and bystanders with preventing sexual assault. Many groups know about sexual assault and believe it is a problem, but they don't know how they can help.

The SAAM 2017 campaign toolkit provides resources on engaging new voices to talk about preventing sexual assault. This is a toolkit for advocates, campus personnel, students, and allies. These materials can be used to engage the entire community to take action to end sexual assault.
NNEDV Urges Rejection of Proposed Federal Budget Cuts 
In March, the President released the framework for his proposed FY18 budget (known as the skinny budget), with a more detailed budget to be released in May. The proposed framework, though scarce on details, includes proposed topline cuts that could impact programs that serve survivors, such as the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA). Additionally, the budget calls for the elimination of key programs that are critical to victims of domestic violence, and reductions in other important programs.

The skinny budget framework proposes a topline cut of 18% to programs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and a 4% cut to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). 

In Solidarity, 
Project Manager for
Communications & Training