February 2017
MNADV Coalition Connection
The Internet & Intimate Partner Violence: Technology Changes, Abuse Doesn't
While more traditional tactics of physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse still occur, technology - the Internet, devices, and applications - is now another tool for abusers.
In an effort to combat the often rampant abuse on its platform, Twitter announced four new safety features this month.

Department of Justice
The Department of Justice is working to decrease the barriers to reporting instances of law enforcement sexual misconduct by educating advocates about the federal government's jurisdiction, and encouraging you to work with victims to report instances of law enforcement sexual misconduct. Read the DOJ's new report for moreinformation, and how to make a report.
Organizing and Developing a Batterers Intervention Program 
Battered Women's Justice Project
Tuesday, February 21 at 3:00 pm

Indigenous Healing - Mind, Body, Spirit
National Indigenous Women's Resource Center
Wednesday, February 22 at 4:00 pm

Immigrant Access to Federally-Funded Housing
National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project
Wednesday, February 22 at 2:00 pm

Identifying and Ending Gender Bias in Our Agencies Review
Battered Women's Justice Project
Thursday, February 23 at 3:00 pm

Teens Helping Teens: Empowering Young People to Support Each Other
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Thursday, February 23 at 4:00 pm

What could happen if the Violence Against Women Act is Defunded?
Urban Institute

Setting Boundaries in Relationships
Break the Cycle 

When Surviving Childhood Means Killing Your Father
Huffington Post

Joking About #FreeMelania Sheds A Painful Light On Domestic Abuse

How a Survivor's Race and Economic Circumstances Can Impact their Access to Services
National Latin@ Network

Looking to work in the field? 
Center for Abused Persons

Clinical Research Specialist 
Maryland Human Trafficking Initiative 

Bilingual Crisis Intervention Advocate
YWCA Annapolis & Anne Arundel County

Social Services Coordinator
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Human Trafficking Coordinator
HopeWorks of Howard County

Domestic Violence Crisis Worker
Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland

Victim Advocate
HopeWorks of Howard County

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

January 25
LAP Presentation at the National OVW Improving Criminal Justice Responses Grantee Orientation Conference (DC)

January 26
High Danger Safety Planning (Prince George's County)

January 28
Trauma Reactions (Calvert County)

February 4
Domestic Violence Dynamics (Baltimore City)

February 6
Addiction & Trauma: Substance Use in the Context of DV and SA (Howard County)

Committees & Meetings

January 26 - February 16

Statewide LAP Coordinators' Meeting

Maryland Shelter Director's Meeting 


Maryland Hospital-Based LAP Advisory Council Meeting 


Women's Legislative Briefing (WLB)  


Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women Briefing  


Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force's Trauma-Informed Care Committee Meeting 


Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW) Reception & Briefing

Carroll County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team Meeting

National LAP Advisory Council Meeting

Maryland Health Care Coalition Against Domestic Violence Meeting 

Baltimore County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team Meeting

NeShante and Chloe Davis Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force Meeting 

2017 Domestic Violence Memorial Service Recap
Thank you to everyone who attended MNADV's Annual Domestic Violence Memorial Service on February 13. It was a moving, powerful service that remembered and honored those whose lives were lost due to domestic violence. 

Watch a short news clip about the event from CBS13-WJZ:
Maryland Domestic Violence Homicide Statistics Released
Last week we released 2015-2016 Domestic Violence Fatality Statistics, including victims of intimate partner violence, other individuals who died in domestic violence-related situations, and abusers who committed suicide or were killed.

55 individuals died in Maryland: 34 intimate partner victims, 13 abusers, and 8 others. 

32 involved the use of a gun.

There were at least 47 children left behind.

Click on an image to enlarge, or download the full fact sheet here.

MNADV Condemns ICE Detention of Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence
In El Paso, TX, a victim of domestic violence was seeking an order of protection from her abusive boyfriend when she was arrested in court by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, acting on a tip regarding her whereabouts.

The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV), along with our sister coalitions and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), condemn ICE's actions, and warns that the implications could be deadly for victims of domestic violence who are undocumented and fear reporting abuse.

Legislative Corner
The MNADV monitors all bills related to domestic violence or which impact domestic violence victims or abusers to ensure support for beneficial initiatives and opposition to detrimental ones.
Want more information about how you can get involved in legislative advocacy? Sign up for our Legislative Action Alerts! 
Self-Care Resources
Self Care is an unbelievably important part of our work.

Here at MNADV, we want to make sure that professionals working with survivors are taking care of themselves, so we decided to highlight some resources. 

Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care  An online learning module for advocates from the Office of Victims of Crime

21-Day Self-Care Challenge
Move to End Violence 

#EmpowermentPlaylist on Youtube
National Network to End Domestic Violence

Coloring Pages from NNEDV 



How do you practice self-care? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook

Registration Open for the 7K Run to Remember Benefiting MNADV! 
The Maryland State's Attorneys' Association presents the Fourth Annual 7k Run to Remember at beautiful Centennial Park on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at 8:00am.  The charity run/walk will benefit the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence and coincides with National Crime Victims' Rights Week. 

The race length (4.3 miles) represents one-k for every day of observance or remembrance.  There is a 1 mile walk as well.  Register by March 17th to guarantee yourself a premium race shirt!
Does Your Organization Work with Individuals with HIV?

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is looking to gather information from organizations that work with survivors of domestic violence and/or individuals living with HIV. Please assist us by completing this brief questionnaire. It should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. 
Welcome Hiba! 
Hiba Ahmed
Project Specialist
Hiba is MNADV's new Project Specialist and will be responsible for coordinating domestic violence training activities for professional audiences, and various other administrative tasks that aim towards the elimination of domestic violence in Maryland. Always driven by the conviction that every human warrants the right to love, health, and security, she graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2015 with bachelor's degrees in English Language & Literature, as well as Family Science. She has previously worked in organizations aimed to fight for vulnerable populations including refugees and victims of human trafficking. However, domestic violence initiatives hold a special role in her heart and she is absolutely excited to learn on this journey with her new team! Hiba is obsessed with all animals, traveling, snowboarding, reading, watching Korean dramas, and long naps with the people she loves.
In Solidarity, 
Project Coordinator for
Communications & Training