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City of Gaithersburg Coalition of Providers Meeting

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Gaithersburg Arts Barn

311 Kent Square Road

Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are hosting a special presentation by Ayana Wallace
of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) -

"She's Too Strong!: Understanding the Intersections of Misogynoir, Domestic Violence, and Victimization.

The focus of this workshop is to examine the ways in which historical trauma and institutionalized racism have impacted Black women. Because Black women live intersectional lives, advocates must come to understand how their intersecting identities and intersecting forms of oppression shape not only how they see themselves but also how they engage with systems; including, law enforcement, domestic violence service providers, child protective services, and community-based organizations. Black women, due to misogynoir, have continued to be marginalized and victimized not only on an individual or community level but at an institutional level as well. By challenging the stereotypes and discourse applied to Black womanhood; identifying the unique challenges to identifying and intervening with Black victims; and exploring how to actively engage victims in culturally specific and relevant safety planning, advocates will be able to better support, uplift, and empower Black survivors.

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how historical trauma and institutionalized racism have impacted African American women
  2. Understand challenges to identifying and intervening with victims in the African American/Black community
  3. List the ways in which advocates can change the narrative surrounding Black womanhood and in turn support and uplift victims
  4. Engage victims in culturally specific and culturally relevant safety planning and help seeking strategies

Who Should Attend?

Any professional that works directly with domestic violence survivors, their children, or abusers:

  • Domestic Violence Service Providers (Shelter Staff, Advocates, Therapists, Abuser Intervention Staff)
  • Government Social Service Employees (Adult Protective Services, Child Welfare, DHS, Supervised Visitation, Juvenile Services)
  • Law Enforcement (Patrol, Supervisors, Probation/Parole, Corrections)
  • Legal/Court (Attorneys, Victim-Witness Specialists, Judges, Clerks)
  • Education (K-12, Campus Disciplinary, Title IX, Faculty)
  • Community-Based (Substance Use Professionals, Immigration, Transitional Housing)
  • Health Care (Nurses, Physicians, Community Health Advocates, Mental Health Providers)
  • Faith/Religious Leaders

FAQs:

Are Social Work CEUs available?

Yes! 2.5 Category 1 Social Work CEUs are available.

How much are Social Work CEU’s?

Social Work CEUs are free if you are an Individual Member of MNADV, or you work or volunteer for an organization that is a Member of MNADV. The cost is $15 for non-members. Please bring payment via check or exact cash to the training. Learn more about the benefits of MNADV Membership here.

When will I receive my Certificate of Attendance or Social Work CEU?

We will make every effort to email you your CEU certificate within 2 weeks of the training. Please email Ayana Wallace at awallace@mnadv.org with questions.

I lost my CEU or Certificate. Can you re-send it?

Yes. Please email Ayana Wallace at awallace@mnadv.org.

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