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Finding the Nexus: Linking Systems for Domestic Violence Survivors

What systems do survivors need and utilize? Where do these systems let survivors down along the path to health, justice, safety and empowerment? Who has been and continues to be left out of this conversation?

Survivors of domestic violence face innumerable barriers when accessing judicial and social service systems — with no central hub, these systems splinter into additional systems, such as shelter, housing, benefits and education. From there, it gets even more complicated: with offices and organizations that are disjointed, siloed, not easily accessible and/or conveniently located, not inclusive, and unable to effectively collaborate and communicate between and among themselves. 

This one-day conference will explore the many barriers domestic violence survivors face, as well as potential solutions to bridging the gaps and linking the systems. Speakers and attendees represent multiple disciplines and sectors, including the judiciary, lawyer, academics, advocates, health care providers, social workers, politicians, faith leaders, policymakers and survivors. Each panel will provide an opportunity for dialogue and meaningful engagement by speakers and attendees, with a goal of actionable steps, including future working groups, technical assistance development, policy recommendations and trainings. 

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 8:00am to 5:00pm

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