Best Practices for Supporting Frontline Violence Intervention Workers: For many frontline workers, violence intervention work is often their first form of professional employment. The brief highlights some strategies that programs can employ to ensure that staff receive the training and support they need to adjust to demands of the job and develop the knowledge and skills needed to be successful. Certifications and other forms of skill development that can increase professional development and career growth are also highlighted.
Keys to Collaboration between Hospital-based Violence Intervention and Cure Violence programs: By any measure, community violence is an epidemic in the United States. The Healing Justice Alliance was formed to spread awareness of effective strategies to reduce violence using a health approach and to help communities seeking to implement best practices. A collaboration of Youth ALIVE!, Cure Violence, Berkeley Media Studies Group and the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP), our partnership encompasses affiliated programs in over 80 cities, including those implementing the models of hospital-based violence intervention (HVIP) and those following the Cure Violence (CV) strategy of Violence Interruption and Street Outreach. Both of these program models have been the subject of research that demonstrate their effectiveness. Both program models utilize a health approach.
HJA Communications Toolkit: Tools For Changing the Narrative About Male Survivors of Violence: Because no one organization can change the narrative around trauma on its own, we are committed to working together to help each demonstration site hone its own core communications practices. With this approach in mind, this toolkit was compiled to help organizations of all different sizes and strategic aims identify and achieve their communications goals.
Reaching out to Male Survivors of Violence: This brief was developed to provide outreach and engagement best practices for agencies, community-based organizations, and other entities that are working with male survivors of violence. Currently, the victim services field is not addressing the needs of boys and men of color, who are experiencing violence at alarming rates and are not being connected to the services that they need. Through interviews with hospital-based violence intervention programs, school-based health centers, and community-based organizations, this brief offers recommendations for working with male survivors of violence, and how to create an effective continuum of care and support for this hard to reach population.
From Trauma to Trust: Police and Community Collaborative Approach: For the past four years, Equal Justice USA has facilitated conversations with police and community members in Newark, NJ through Trauma to Trust, a 16-hour training with a goal of fostering mutual understanding between police and community through the lens of trauma. Police and community understand the impacts of historical trauma on Black and Brown communities today, officer trauma, and strategizing trauma-informed community and police responses to violence. EJUSA’s team will discuss its training as part of a larger approach that involves training, capacity building, organizing, and advocacy to foster healing and reduce the harm of violence.
Healing through Leadership: Providing peer-based support for male survivors of violence. (Password: EndViolence1): This webinar will highlight three U.S. Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime, Supporting Male Survivors of Violence sites that are piloting new methods of engaging young men of color impacted by violence. Because of their own past violent victimization, male survivors of violence are uniquely positioned to connect with other survivors of violence with similar lived experiences, to help change their trajectories through a peer-based relationship. By providing leadership, training, and support, these programs are changing the narrative of young men of color by creating opportunities for them to be healers and helpers. Attendees will learn about these programs’ successes, lessons learned, and strategies for supporting positive physical, emotional and behavioral health needs of these young men and empowering their capacities to be leaders in their community.
Young Men of Color & Violent Victimization: Shifting the Narrative, Centering their Experiences. (Password: EndViolence1): (Rashaad Porter, Vera Institute of Justice, January 10, 2019). In this webinar, the Vera team will present the methods and findings from a community-based participatory action research study in New York City focused on young men of color’s help-seeking behaviors after experiencing violence. Specifically, they will present on the recruitment and training of the community researchers; community outreach and participant recruitment; the interview protocol; and the collaborative analysis approach. Click here to download presentation.
Newsworthiness, what makes your story about violence attractive to reporters? (Password: EndViolence1): (Fernando Quintero, Berkley Media Studies Group, November 14, 2018). Hosted by Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG), this webinar will focus on incorporating the elements of newsworthiness into pitches for stories, and media events, with a specific focus on writing opinion pieces.
Violent Injury Case Reviews: Creating Systems Change (Password: EndViolence1): This Healing Justice Alliance webinar features programs that have successfully implemented a Nonfatal Violent Injury Review Panel as a means to increase interagency collaboration and respond to the needs of youth who are violently injured. This model serves as a best practice guide for how systems can work more effectively to prevent violent reinjury and provide a coordinated continuum of care to support youth and their families.
Introducing the HJA "Communicating about Violence and Trauma" Toolkit (Password: EndViolence1): Berkeley Media Studies Group will deliver a webinar introducing a new toolkit to strengthen strategic communications efforts around trauma and violence. The toolkit includes two parts: part 1 focuses on general tools to develop powerful messages based on a strategic communications strategy. Part 2 introduces specific tools for engaging with the media. The webinar will introduce concepts such as the elements of newsworthiness, which are important when pitching a story to reporters. Whether your organization is experienced working with the media or just getting started, this webinar will offer useful guidelines for framing messages that inform key stakeholders and the broader public about the public health approach to violence prevention.
Healing in Color: Lifting the voices of BMoC to develop START, the Screening and Tool for Awareness and Relief (Password: EndViolence1): Under an initiative to develop understanding and practical tools to address trauma and violence in the lives of young men of color, researchers from Youth ALIVE! and Drexel University conducted 4 focus groups with male gunshot wound survivors and then conducted 69 individual interviews. Regarding these young men as experts in their own lives and their communities, we have summarized their wisdom and insights, and proposed approaches that will help systems that touch the lives of these young men to deliver more human and more effective care and intervention for trauma and its manifestations. In this webinar we will summarize these findings by: exploring the persistent nature of the trauma that boys and men of color (BMoC) face, sharing how BMoC perceive their treatment and care, describing an intervention tool to screen for and address trauma. The webinar is led by John Rich, MD, MPH (Drexel University, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice), Anne Marks, MPP (Youth ALIVE!) and Daniel Roman (Youth ALIVE!)
Impact of state and local level policies on violence prevention efforts: sustaining and leveraging the health approach (November 8, 2017) (Password: EndViolence1): This HJA webinar features representatives from the Prevention Institute, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and YouthAlive! as they unpack state and local level strategies to systematize the health approach to violence prevention. Prevention Institute will discuss the national landscape including why it is imperative and possible for states to take a leadership role to embed this work across sectors. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence will highlight key aspects of a recently released report which analyzes 4 states who are funding work and seeing results. YouthAlive! Will then discuss outside the box strategies that community’s are using to gain buy-in through financial resources as well as political will to support ongoing work to prevent violence.
Planning for Successful Communications Campaigns (September 13, 2017) (Password: EndViolence1): Effective communications campaigns play a key role in efforts to create safer communities and trauma-informed systems. We often spend hours attempting to find the “right” messages or talking points. Although it may appear counter-intuitive, effective communications do not begin with a good message. Rather, they flow out of an well-defined strategy. In this webinar, Berkeley Media Studies group will lift up examples of effective communications campaigns being conducted in the field to illustrate the key steps of developing a communications plan. We will also share a practical tool advocates and practitioners can use to guide their efforts. By the end of the session, participants will be better equipped to take on the daunting challenge of implementing a strategic communications plan, and to do so with confidence.
Opportunity Knocks-Obtaining VOCA Funding for Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (July 12, 107) (Password: EndViolence1): This 90-minute webinar is designed to familiarize HVIP groups with the exciting funding opportunities presented by the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and to provide an overview of how HVIPs can apply for VOCA assistance grants. The presentation will feature first-hand accounts from a program that has successfully obtained VOCA assistance grant funding for a number of years, as well as a group that is currently in the midst of the application process. A detailed overview of the VOCA landscape will be provided by Latrina Kelly-James of Equal Justice USA and Mike McLively of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Topics will include: 1) An overview of VOCA and important background; 2) Why HVIPs are a good fit for VOCA assistance grants; 3) An overview of basic requirements and the application process; 4) The technical tools and resources needed to prepare a successful application. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and will leave the session with a much better idea of the concrete next-steps needed to access this promising funding source.
Building Healthy Masculinity: Gender as Wellness (May 10, 2017) (Password: EndViolence1): This webinar will explore a groundbreaking new approach to working with boys of color that drives healthy new masculinity and academic achievement. We will explore definitions of manhood, perceptions of masculinity, and the multiple identities boys and men of color have. The Brown Boi Project will discuss how to create safe and inclusive spaces, provide culturally relevant and competent services, and engage in discussions about masculinity and gender identity. Topics include healthy masculinity, gender transformative learning, engaging GBT boys of color, social emotional learning, and rites of passage.h to working
The U Visa: Immigration Relief for Survivors of Crime (March 8, 2017) (Password: EndViolence1):This webinar will an overview of U nonimmigrant status (the "U visa") which provides a path to a green card for certain immigrant survivors of crime. The webinar will discuss general U visa eligibility, the benefits of getting a U visa, and screening tips.
Outreach Strategies to Reduce Community Violence (November 9, 2016) (Password: EndViolence1): Working with High-Risk Individuals: In this session you will learn evidence-based strategies for working with high-risk individuals to reduce their risk of involvement in community violence. The webinar will be presented by R. Brent Decker, Chief Program Officer, and Ricardo “Cobe” Williams, National Coordinator, from Cure Violence.
Performing Power: Trauma, Control, and the Pressures of Masculinity (September 14, 2016) (Password: EndViolence1): This webinar delves into the way people, particularly men, internalize beliefs around gender and how the pressures of performing masculinity interact with feelings of self-esteem, shame, control, and coping with trauma. Connections between masculinity and violence will be explored, including strategies for creating safe and healing spaces for all people that acknowledge intersectional identities, struggle, and resilience.
Inequities of Violence (May 11, 2016) (Password: EndViolence1):The Burns Institute will provide an analysis of the inequities of violence and explain how to eliminate racial and ethnic disparity by building a community-centered response to youthful misbehavior that is equitable and restorative. Their approach is unique and based on the belief innovation comes from the bottom and influences those at the top. That’s why they work with decision makers at the local level to affect change that transforms juvenile justice systems near and far. Join the Burns Institute to learn more about the inequities of violence and how to successfully address these and provide high-risk youth with a safer, healthier future.