Webinars

This webinar series aims to equip advocates to respond to and support victims and survivors from communities of faith. How can advocates bridge the gap to ensure that each individual feels validated and supported? What should advocates know about each faith tradition to better meet the needs of faith-based clients? 

From March to June 2017, Safe Havens hosted and presented our first webinar series designed to equip advocates to respond to and support faith-based victims and survivors of domestic violence. The webinar series examined the intersections of faith, abuse, and various forms of oppression while looking at a wide variety of communities of faith in the US. We aimed to address a number of questions, among them: How can advocates bridge the gap between faith and local services to ensure that each individual feels validated and supported? What should advocates know about each faith tradition to help them better meet the needs of these faith-based clients? How can Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and other religious traditions act as a roadblock to healing, and how can we work to ensure that they become more of a resource for survivors? 

Religious affiliation is the most common form of organizational participation among older adults, with 50% reporting attending services weekly. Research indicates that these faith-affiliated older adults are likely to reach out to their faith communities for support if they experience abuse. Yet, too often faith leaders are not trained to respond to abuse in later life. At the same time, many victim service providers and other professionals are not trained to respond appropriately to the needs of faith-involved older victims. During this webinar, we will explore how faith can be both a barrier and a resource for older victims and how partnerships between service providers and faith leaders can strengthen wellbeing and support for older victims of abuse. We will also discuss resources and available training that could help you enhance the quality of life of older victims in your community who are faith-involved. 

2019 Safe Havens Webinar Series: What's Faith Got to Do with It? Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith 

 

This project is supported by Grant No. 2017-TA-AX-KO60 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

An Introduction to the Importance of Faith for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence

Presented by Safe Havens Interfaith Partnershi

February 14, 2019

 

This video is the first in our 2019 Webinar Series. This webinar explores and introduces the relationship the significance of faith for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Highlights include barriers victims experience and the role faith communities can play in responding to abuse.

Faith, Spirituality and Religion and their Complex Relationship to Recovery and Justice for Victims

of Sexual Violence

Presented by Marianne Winters, Safe Passage

February 28, 2019

 

This video is the second video in our 2019 Webinar Series. Highlights include defining terms, what safety planning means, and some perspectives of survivors on the road to recovery and justice.

Addressing Domestic Violence: Working with Christian Faith Leaders

Presented by Reverend Al Miles

March 14, 2019

 

This video is the third video in our 2019 Webinar Series. Highlights include Christian teachings, debunking harmful Christian-based interpretations, and the roles Christian faith leaders can take to support the victim in collaboration with professionals and domestic violence service providers.

Supporting Our Sisters through Policy, Practice, and Prayer: The Plight of Black Women

Presented by Ujima, The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community 

April 10, 2019

 

This video is the fourth video in our 2019 Webinar Series. The Boston Ujima Project is organizing neighbors, workers, business owners and investors to create a community-controlled economy in Greater Boston. Highlights include definitions, statistics, and what roles community-based programs and spiritual leaders can play.

Responding with RAHMA: Removing Roadblocks for Muslim Survivors

Presented by HEART Women & Girls

April 25, 2019

 

This video is the fifth webinar from our 2019 Webinar Series. From their website, "HEART Women & Girls promotes sexual health education and sexual violence prevention in Muslim communities through health education, advocacy, research and training." Our latest webinar series aims to equip advocates to respond to and support victims and survivors from communities of faith. 

Nuestra Fe/Nuestra Fuerza: Apoyando a las victimas y sobrevivientes latin@s de violencia domestica

Presented by Casa de Esperanza

April 30, 2019

 

This video is the sixth webinar from our 2019 Webinar Series. From their website, "Casa de Esperanza is a leader in the domestic violence movement and a national resource center for organizations working with Latin@s in the United States." Presented in Spanish, highlights of this webinar include insight on the intersection between domestic and sexual violence  along with how advocacy for victims and survivors must be informed by culture and society in Latinx communities.  

Our Faith/Our Strength: Supporting Latinx Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence

Presented by Casa de Esperanza

May 2, 2019

 

This video is the seventh webinar from our 2019 Webinar Series. From their website, "Casa de Esperanza is a leader in the domestic violence movement and a national resource center for organizations working with Latin@s in the United States." Highlights include statistics and facts about the Latin@ community in the US, examples of collaborative supports for victims and survivors, and the relationship between religion and Latinx communities. 

Domestic Abuse through a Jewish Lens: Shanda, Stereotypes and Shalom Bayit

Presented by Journey to Safety, JF&CS of Greater Boston

May 7, 2019

 

This video is the eight webinar from our 2019 Webinar Series. From their website, "Journey to Safety is the JF&CS response to domestic abuse [and] specialize in providing culturally competent and religiously sensitive services for Jewish and Russian-speaking survivors while offering free and confidential assistance to all who contact us for help, regardless of their religion, culture, or country of origin." Highlights include debunking harmful myths and ways to respond to abuse. 

Belief as Asset: Supporting GLBTQ Victims and

Survivors of Faith

Presented by Dr. Nancy Nienhuis

May 22, 2019

 

This video is the last in our 2019 Webinar Series. Dr. Nienhuis highlights the many barriers GLBTQ victims and survivors experience, particularly in faith communties. In addition, this webinar overviews general definitions and the role faith could play in the journey for GLBTQ victim or survivor. 

 

2017 Safe Havens Webinar Series: 

Supporting Victims & Survivors of Faith

A Webinar Series for Advocates

This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K033, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Supporting Victims & Survivors of Faith: Why Faith Matters

April 2017

 

"Why Faith Matters" is the first of a webinar series presented by Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence. The webinar series, entitled Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: A Webinar Series for Advocates, aims to equip domestic violence advocates to respond to and support victims/survivors from communities of faith. This webinar specifically addresses the importance of faith for some victims and ways that faith can be both a barrier and a resource.

Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: Jewish Women Victims and Survivors

April 2017

 

"Supporting Jewish Women Victims and Survivors" is part of the webinar series. The webinar series, entitled Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: A Webinar Series for Advocates, aims to equip domestic violence advocates to respond to and support victims/survivors from communities of faith. This webinar, presented by Deborah Rosenbloom of Jewish Women International specifically addresses how domestic violence advocates can better support Jewish victims.

Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: Muslim Victims and Survivors

May 2017

 

"Supporting Muslim Victims and Survivors" is the third in a series of webinars. The webinar series, entitled "Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: A Webinar Series for Advocates," aims to equip domestic violence advocates to respond to and support victims/survivors from communities of faith. This webinar, presented by Salma Abugideiri of Peaceful Families Project, explores what advocates need to know about Muslim traditions and American Muslims to better support Muslim victims.

Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: Christian Victims and Survivors

May 2017

 

"Responding to Christian Victims" is the fourth in a series of webinars.. The webinar series, entitled "Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: A Webinar Series for Advocates," aims to equip domestic violence advocates to respond to and support victims/survivors from communities of faith. This webinar, presented by Safe Havens staff, explores what advocates need to know about the Christian tradition and Christian Americans to better support Christian victims of domestic violence.

Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: African-American Victims and Survivors

May 2017

 

"African American Victims and Survivors" is the fifth in a series of webinars. The webinar series, entitled "Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: A Webinar Series for Advocates," aims to equip domestic violence advocates to respond to and support victims/survivors from communities of faith. This webinar, presented by Reverend Traci Jackson Antoine and Dr. La Donna Combs, specifically addresses how domestic violence advocates can better support African American victims who are faithful.

Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: Working with Survivors of Clergy Abuse

June 2017

 

"Working with Survivors of Clergy Abuse" is the sixth in a series of webinars. The webinar series, entitled "Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: A Webinar Series for Advocates," aims to equip domestic violence advocates to respond to and support faith-based victims and survivors of abuse. This webinar, presented by Sarah Rieth and FaithTrust Institute, explores what advocates need to know about abuse by spiritual leaders and how to best support victims of this abuse.

Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: Supporting Latin@ Victims and Survivors

June 2017

 

"Supporting Latin@ Victims and Survivors" is the seventh in a series of webinars. The webinar series, entitled "Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: A Webinar Series for Advocates," aims to equip domestic violence advocates to respond to and support victims/survivors from communities of faith. This webinar, presented by Pierre Berastain of Casa de Esperanza, explores what advocates need to know about Latin@ traditions, and the intersections of oppression, historical trauma, and religion that will facilitate better support of Latin@ victims and survivors.

Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: Elder Abuse

and Faith

June 2017

 

"Elder Abuse and Faith" is the final webinar in the 2017 webinar series, entitled "Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: A Webinar Series for Advocates," aims to equip domestic violence advocates to respond to and support victims/survivors from communities of faith. This webinar explores what advocates need to know about aging in America, the specificities of elder abuse, and the intersections of elder abuse and faith to give an introduction to and facilitate better support for victims of elder abuse.

Elder Abuse Webinars

 

Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: Elder Abuse

and Faith

June 2017

 

"Elder Abuse and Faith" is the final webinar in the 2017 webinar series, entitled "Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith: A Webinar Series for Advocates," aims to equip domestic violence advocates to respond to and support victims/survivors from communities of faith. This webinar explores what advocates need to know about aging in America, the specificities of elder abuse, and the intersections of elder abuse and faith to give an introduction to and facilitate better support for victims of elder abuse.

Pursuing Respect and Justice for Faith-Engaged Older Victims of Abuse 

 

December 2016

Presented by Bonnie Brandl, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life; Anne Marie Hunter, Executive Director, Safe Havens

 

Religious affiliation is the most common form of organizational participation among older adults, with 50% reporting attending services weekly. Research indicates that these faith-affiliated older adults are likely to reach out to their faith communities for support if they experience abuse. Yet, too often faith leaders are not trained to respond to abuse in later life. At the same time, many victim service providers and other professionals are not trained to respond appropriately to the needs of faith-involved older victims. During this webinar, we will explore how faith can be both a barrier and a resource for older victims and how partnerships between service providers and faith leaders can strengthen wellbeing and support for older victims of abuse. We will also discuss resources and available training that could help you enhance the quality of life of older victims in your community who are faith-involved. 

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