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EVAWI International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Reimagining Justice
April 19, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - April 21, 2022 @ 8:00 PM EDT
The 2022 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Reimagining Justice is only three months away! It’s been nearly two years since we last gathered in-person, and we can’t wait to see everyone.
Our annual conferences focus on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking and elder abuse. We consistently bring together law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, health care professionals, faith community members, educators, researchers and others in this three-day conference highlighting promising practices and emerging issues to effectively respond to these crimes in all of our communities.
Improve your skills by learning about the latest topics and best-practices from dynamic, highly respected experts in the field.
Try out the newest products and technology from our conference exhibitors, while networking among criminal justice and community professionals.
Refuel your passion to make a difference for victims of gender-based violence and use that energy to implement change in your own community.
Join us in honoring our annual Visionary, Professional Impact, and Media Excellence award recipients.
With 3 full days of training offering 6 general sessions, a choice of 72 workshops and over 100 presenters, you are sure to learn something you can apply on the job. You can also anticipate countless opportunities to meet, rejuvenate and share ideas with other colleagues.
Sheri Kurdakul is the Founder of EBinRA, Inc. dba VictimsVoice and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Formerly, she was the Managing Partner of Holistic Business Solutions, a small business, and nonprofit consulting firm. As a survivor of child abuse and domestic violence, she has devoted herself to ensuring victims of discrimination, harassment, and abuse are heard, believed, and able to seek legal justice. She resides in Central New Jersey with her husband and daughter, as well as a myriad of adopted furry family members.
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CONFERENCE DAY 2: Sheri will also present, “The Unreported: How Data Beyond Reported Incidents Can Drive Measurable Change” on Wednesday, April 20 from 4:45 – 6:00 PM PST.
Most domestic violence and sexual assault go unreported. The “National Domestic Violence Prosecution Best Practices Guide” (2017) found that nationwide in the US, 80% of all the cases that were reported, were dismissed largely due to a lack of evidence. We know that victims suffer multiple incidents of domestic violence before they make their first call for help and that they leave and return to an abusive relationship an average of seven times before they leave for good. What we have is a huge void in the actual specifics of what is really taking place in these abusive environments.
Attendees will look at a sample of data from a tool used by victims to document in (close to) real-time the specifics of what is happening to them and explore how this information can help law enforcement, community leaders, healthcare providers, victim advocates, prosecutors, and law makers design and implement more effective responses, programs, procedures, and legal policies that better serve survivors. The presenter will show how data transparency can support collaborative efforts in sharing best practices across entities and regions and holding these programs and those in authoritative position to a high ethical standard.
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CONFERENCE DAY 3: Sheri will co-present, “Seek Then Speak: Technology Designed to Increase Reporting and Access to Services” with Kim Lonsway, PhD and Director of Research at EVAWI on Thursday, April 21 from 10:15 – 11:45 AM PST.
Research indicates that only 1 in 5 victims of forcible rape will report the crime, precluding law enforcement from holding offenders accountable and decreasing the likelihood that survivors will connect with supportive services. To increase access to reporting, EVAWI partnered with VictimsVoice to create a new self-guided, online interviewing tool for sexual assault victims. First, survivors and their support people are offered information about sexual assault victimization and various options for reporting to police and accessing services (SEEK). If they choose, survivors can then begin the process of reporting to police by providing information in response to trauma-informed interview prompts (SPEAK). The tool generates a PDF the survivor can: (1) save on their own device, (2) print, (3) email directly to the police department, or (4) provide to a sexual assault advocacy center to submit anonymously on the survivor’s behalf. If survivors are not yet ready to share their information but want to save it, they can also upload it to the VictimsVoice tool, where it will be securely stored until they are ready to release it. Survivors can access this second-generation of SEEK THEN SPEAK from any digital device, in 100 different languages, reducing barriers of language and accessibility.
Theses sessions and more can be found on the conference website – CLICK HERE for the agenda.
Virtual Conference: $545
Payment received or postmarked by*:
by December 31, 2021: $595 by March 7, 2022: $645
- by April 18, 2022: $695
- After April 18, 2022: $720
Optional Pre-Conference (in-person only): $175
*Postmarked: If paying by check, you can avoid an increase in registration price by mailing your payment on or before the registration cutoff date listed above.
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