January 2017
MNADV Coalition Connection
Have you seen us around? Here's what we've been up to this past month!
MNADV Trainings 

November 30
Serving Transgender Survivors of IPV in Shelter (Montgomery County)

December 5
Cultural Competency and Empathy (Howard County)

December 13
Resiliency & Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (Anne Arundel County)

December 20
Serving LGBTQ Survivors of IPV (Carroll County)

January 11
Day 1 of MNADV's 5-day Comprehensive IPV Training (Prince George's County)

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

Committees & Meetings


Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition (IDVC) Meeting 


Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force's Victim Services Committee Meeting


NeShante and Chloe Davis Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force Meeting 


Maryland Health Care Coalition Against Domestic Violence Meeting 

Strategic Planning Initiative, State Board of Victim Services Conference Call 

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

Baltimore County DVFRT Meeting 

Frederick County DVFRT Meeting

Governor's Family Violence Council Meeting

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Sexual Violence Prevention Planning Committee Meeting

National Stalking Awareness Month Website
Whether you are planning your first or 14th observation of #NSAM you will find a variety of resources to assist you in your efforts. You can download videos, fact sheets, guides, posters, artwork for buttons and magnets, events ideas, and media tools; take an interactive quiz; plan a training on stalking; and plan your outreach for National Stalking Awareness Month.
A Q&A for domestic violence and sexual assault (DV/SA) victim advocates and attorneys who are serving immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. 
This unique publication presents the results of in-depth interviews with 20 gender-integrated shelters, providing a thought-provoking roadmap for shelters wanting to serve all those in need, including male, transgender, and non-binary residents alongside non-trans women survivors. 
Addressing Substance Abuse When Responding to Survivors of Human Trafficking
Office for Victims of Crime
January 27 at 1:00 pm

Technology-Facilitated Stalking
JWI National Alliance to End Domestic Violence
January 30 at 12:00 pm

Using Jurisdictional Statutes to Assist Domestic Violence Survivors: Beyond the Basics
Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women
February 16 at 11:30 am

"There's No One I Can Trust" Rethinking Mandatory Reporting Practices Webinar
National LGBTQ Institute on IPV
February 21 at 3:00 pm

Trauma-Informed: What It Means for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Office on Violence Against Women  

Protecting Victim Privacy While Increasing Law Enforcement Transparency: Finding the Balance with Police Data Initiatives
NNEDV SafetyNet Blog 

Many Mass Shooters Have A History of Domestic Violence - It's Time to Pay Attention

Why Stalking Is So Harmful, & What You Can Do About It
Self Magazine 
Looking to work in the field? Check out new job postings below, and keep an eye on the Career Page on our website! 
Domestic Violence Crisis Worker
Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland

Victim Advocate
HopeWorks of Howard County

Grants and Development Assistant
National Network to End Domestic Violence

Group Facilitator in the Gateway Project
House of Ruth Maryland

Human Trafficking Policy Project Attorney/Analyst
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Annual DV Memorial Service

Join the MNADV, community members, and leaders throughout Maryland at our 29th Annual Memorial Service as we remember those whose lives were taken as a result of domestic violence, bring awareness to the problem of domestic violence in Maryland, and propose legislative changes to support survivors.
Registration Open for 7K Run to Remember on April 1st!
The Maryland State's Attorneys' Association presents the 4th Annual 7K Run to Remember at Centennial Park on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8 am. The charity run/walk will benefit the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence and coincides with National Crime Victims' Rights Week. 

Saturday, April 1 
8:00 a.m.
Centennial Lake
Ellicott City, MD
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.

Last Thursday, The Hill reported that the Trump Administration is considering cutting federal spending, including gutting all funding for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  VAWA was passed with bipartisan support to improve the law enforcement response to violence against women and create specialized victim services. VAWA has been incredibly effective in saving lives and money.
Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence rely on federally-funded direct services such as shelter, rape crisis services, legal assistance, direct counseling, and more. We urge you to act now to protect VAWA funding from these and any other proposed cuts.

This month, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A repeal would threaten the healthcare of countless people across our country but victims of domestic violence would face particularly harm. 

If the ACA is repealed, insurance companies will be able to charge victims of domestic violence more, simply because they have experienced abuse. The ACA also provides autonomy to victims of domestic violence, enabling them to have insurance options beyond their abusive spouse's insurance plan. Additionally, the ACA has helped promote screening of domestic violence by health professionals, helping survivors access early help and support. Contact your Congressional delegation to urge them to fight the repeal of the ACA.
Sunday, January 29 from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm. 
The purpose of the Briefing is to inform the residents of our state about legislative proposals before local, state, and national legislative bodies that address issues of specific concern to women.  More information about the Briefing Here .
Staffing Changes at MNADV
Several MNADV staff members are moving on this winter, including Amy Johnson, our Assistant Executive Director, Amanda Wilson, our LAP Co-Director, Erin Boguski, our Director of Training and Services, and Tara Pavao, our Office Operations Manager.  Amy and Amanda will continue to provide their expertise in a consulting capacity but are taking more time for their families. Tara will be moving back to her home state of Massachusetts, and Erin will be staying in the field as the newest addition to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) team. We wish all of our outgoing staff members the best and will miss them, but we have some great new staff  members joining as well! 
Ayana Wallace
Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) Manager 
Ayana is MNADV's new LAP Manager. She will be responsible for managing several national sites that are in the process of implementing the LAP within their jurisdiction. Ayana graduated in 2012 from Dickinson College with her Bachelor's degree in Women's and Gender Studies and minors in English, History, and Creative Writing. She went on to obtain her Master's degree in Women's and Gender Studies from Towson University in 2014. While completing her Master's program, she interned at the House of Ruth Maryland, and upon graduation began working as a Client Case Coordinator at the Betty Ann Krahnke Center. Ayana considers herself to be a womanist and has a passion for animal rights.

Kristine Chapman
Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) Manager 
Kristine will support the day-to-day operations of the LAP program, providing training and technical assistance to sites interested in and already implementing the LAP, and coordinating logistics with jurisdictions approved for training.  Kristine was previously the Director of Community Engagement for The Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence, Kansas, the Director of Volunteers at Headquarters Counseling Center (the suicide prevention lifeline center for Kansas), and a 911 dispatcher for seven years.  She has a Bachelor's in Emergency Management with a minor in Public Safety Telecommunications. Kristine loves to travel with her partner, grow veggies and flowers, and have adventures with her niece and nephew. 

Jess Staskal
Project Coordinator for Communications & Training
Jess will be assisting with the development of publications, coordinating branding and messaging, maintaining MNADV's social and digital media presence, and helping to educate the public about domestic violence. She will also be coordinating, developing and training at MNADV's 5-day Comprehensive IPV Training as well as several other workshops, conferences, webinars, and events throughout Maryland.  Jess graduated in 2013 from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, and minors in Women's Studies and Anthropology. She was previously the Program Coordinator at the National Stalking Resource Center, and the Communications Specialist at the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project. Jess lives with her partner and cat and is obsessed with carbs, politics, reading, bad reality tv, feminism and funny cat gifs. 

Maria Franco-Rahman
Project Coordinator of Special Populations
Maria will be responsible for building and expanding the response and quality of services to survivors of domestic violence with a focus on communities of color, immigrants, the LGBTQIA community, faith communities, substance abuse treatment providers and abuser intervention facilitators throughout Maryland. As Project Coordinator, she will coordinate, develop, and provide trainings as well as offer technical assistance and participate in collaborative working groups. Maria's work in the anti-violence against women movement for nearly a decade has been sustained by dreams of a loving, violent-free world where healing and liberation resounds. Her previous work has included direct service to undocumented domestic violence survivors in her role as the Residential Program Manager at a culturally specific transitional shelter in Los Angeles as well as coordinating and providing holistic healing interventions to both survivors and service providers through her work at Joyful Heart Foundation. She studied at Loyola Marymount University where she earned a B.A in Urban Studies and Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. She is a Los Angeles native and proud Chicana work daily to honor her ancestors.
In Solidarity, 
Project Coordinator for
Communications & Training