March 2017
MNADV Coalition Connection
Working with Sign Language Interpreters Tip Sheet 
Vera Institute of Justice Center on Victimization and Safety
The new Tip Sheet provides information on how to find, select, and evaluate sign language interpreters for your in-person events. 

This collection includes resources on the intersection of domestic and sexual violence and reproductive justice and information on federal and state policies surrounding the issue.

Office for Victims of Crime 
The purpose of the training is to strengthen awareness of polyvictimization in later life and to provide knowledge and skills of professionals to address the needs of survivors. 
Webinar: Trafficking of Persons with Disabilities
National Crime Victim Law Institute
Tuesday, March 7 at 12:00 pm

Webinar: Safety and Justice Challenge
National Center for Victims of Crime
Tuesday, March 7 at 2:00 pm

Webinar: Help Them Help You-Tips and Strategies for Working with Local Government on Local Immigrant Integration Initiatives
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
Wednesday, March 8 at 1:00 pm

Webinar: Helping Law Enforcement Respond to Elder Abuse Quickly
Department of Justice's Elder Justice Initiative
Wednesday, March 8, at 2:00 pm

Webinar: Crash Course: Working With Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled and Hard of Hearing Survivors
Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment (DOVE)
Thursday, March 9 at 12:00 pm

Webinar: Understanding the Legal Framework - Federal and Case Law Impacting DV and SA Organizations around Disabilities
Vera Institute of Justice 
Tuesday, March 14 at 2:00 pm

Webinar: Best Practices for Conducting Participant Satisfaction Surveys
New York State Coalition Against DV
Tuesday, March 16 at 10:00 am

Webinar: Racial Justice for Advocates - Part 2
South Carolina Coalition Against DV and SA
Friday, March 17 at 10:00 am

Webinar: Best Practices for Conducting Participant Satisfaction Surveys (Repeat)
New York State Coalition Against DV
Thursday, March 18 at 2:00 pm

Webinar: Military Response to Enforcing Military and Civilian Protection Orders
Battered Women's Justice Project
Monday, March 20 at 2:00 pm 

Webinar: Public Health Approach to Preventing Human Trafficking
Thursday, March 23 at 2:00 pm

Webinar: Race Equity Approaches to Domestic and Sexual Violence - A Research and  Community Lawyering Perspective
Center for Survivor Agency & Justice
Thursday, March 23 at 1:00 pm

Webinar: Meeting the Needs of Justice-Involved Women- Specialized Court Responses to Victim-Defendants
Center for Court Innovation 
Thursday, March 30 at 3:00 pm
Twitter rolls out more anti-harassment measures - like automating Twitter jail

7 TED Talks Fighting to End the Silence Around Abuse

Real Talk About Relationship Expectations
Love is Respect

Women's History Is Happening Right Now
Huffington Post

Mississippi Still Won't Make Domestic Abuse Grounds for Divorce 
US News

This Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims' Pets Could Save Women's Lives
New York Magazine 

Looking to work in the field? 
Office Operations Manager

Managing Attorney
Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) at MCASA

Bilingual Legal Advocate
Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) at MCASA

Bilingual Office Administrator

Tahirih Justice Center

Social Services Program Manager 
Tahirih Justice Center

Policy Specialist (PT)
Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Director of Government Relations
National Network to End Domestic Violence

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

February 21
Strategies and Practices for Providing Meaningful Language Access for Domestic Violence Survivors
(Montgomery County)

February 23
High Danger Safety Planning (Baltimore County)

Committees & Meetings

February 17-March 3
Maryland Health Care Coalition Against Domestic Violence Meeting 

Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force's Foreign Nationals Committee Meeting

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

Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force's Victim Services Committee

Statewide LAP Coordinators' Meeting

Baltimore County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team Meeting

Sexual Violence Prevention Project Data Subcommittee Meeting

Less Than a Month Until 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!
MNADV is Hiring!
Office Operations Manager 

MNADV is seeking an experienced, detail-oriented, and reliable professional to support the Executive Director and organization's staff. The Office Operations Manager is responsible for cultivating a professional and productive office environment.

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 advocates 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 March 14, 2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Carroll County Public Safety Training Center
50 Kate Wagner Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Tuesday March 14, 2017
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Carroll County Public Safety Training Center
50 Kate Wagner Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Calvert County Library - Fairview Branch - Large Meeting Room
8120 Southern Maryland Blvd
Owings, MD 20736
Improving our Response: EMERGE Advanced Training for Abuser Intervention Group Facilitators
MNADV presents a two-day training dedicated to improving and refining experienced abuser intervention program group facilitator's skills. This training is designed for facilitators who consider a "power and control" approach to working with abusers as central to their understanding of how to intervene with abusers.

Tuesday April 4, 2017 through Wednesday, April 5, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Jewish Community Center Board Room 5721 Park Heights Ave. Baltimore, MD 21215

Nuts and Bolts of Filing a U-Visa Petition for Domestic Violence Survivors 
MNADV, along with the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County and the Women's Law Center of Maryland are pleased to present a training for attorneys and legal staff working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence on U-Visas.   In this interactive training for attorneys and legal staff working with immigrant survivors, participants will learn about the basics of drafting U-Visas, and what to expect throughout the legal process.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
10:00 am -1:00 pm

YWCAAAC Conference Room
1517 Ritchie Highway, Suite 201
Arnold, MD 21012

Resources for Working with Immigrant Survivors
In light of recent events, we wanted to include resources for professionals working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence:
  • MNADV's Statement on Providing Victim Services to Undocumented Survivors
  • Letter to DHS and ICE on the impact of executive actions on survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, which MNADV has signed on to.
  • An upcoming training MNADV is co-sponsoring on U-Visas.


Protections for Immigrant Victims Infographic

Department of Homeland Security (January 2017) 

Immigration Options for Victims of Crimes Brochure
US Department of Citizenship and Immigrant Services 

An Advocate's Guide to Immigrant Survivors' Rights and Protections
National Immigrant Women's Law Project (NIWAP)

Eligibility Screening Questions for Victims Who May Qualify for Immigration Protective Relief
National Immigrant Women's Law Project (NIWAP)

Comparison Chart of U Visa, T Visa, VAWA Self-Petition, SIJS, and DACA
National Immigrant Women's Law Project (NIWAP) and the State Justice Institute 

Three Prongs of VAWA Confidentiality: What Advocates and Attorneys Can Do to Protect Immigrant Victims
National Immigrant Women's Law Project (NIWAP) and the State Justice Institute 

Multilingual Materials and Brochures for Victims and Advocates
National Immigrant Women's Law Project (NIWAP)

Know Your Rights Red Cards
Immigrant Legal Resource Center

GOCCP Updates
2017 Governor's Victim Assistance Award Nominations Open!

There are three awards that will be presented, The Mahoney, Gleim, and Roper Awards, to individuals located in both the public and private sector that have demonstrated outstanding performance in providing services and support to Maryland's victims of crime during the 2016 calendar year (January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016). 

Please take a minute to think of anyone that you have worked with that has done great work in the field of victim services in 2016. The below link contains the descriptions of the awards, nomination criteria and who the nominations should be submitted to. The nominations must be received by Friday, March 10, 2017. 

Save the Date - MD Crime Victim's Rights Conference

The Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention, in partnership with the Maryland State Board of Victim Services is hosting the 2nd Annual Maryland Crime Victims' Rights Conference

Friday, April 7, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location to be determined
Registration will open in early March
Administrative Transfer of VINE/VPO

As of January 3, 2017, administrative oversight of the Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) and VINE Protective Order (VPO) programs have been transferred from the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention to the Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services. For inquiries regarding the VINE or VPO programs or to request brochures, please contact:

Stanley Lofton
Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services
In Solidarity, 
Project Coordinator for
Communications & Training