Innovation on Demand: Strategies for Addressing Family Violence During COVID-19

Join our Virtual Dialogue Series!

Are you a domestic violence professional, child and family trauma therapist, child welfare professional, educator, community leader, or other professional struggling to connect with families experiencing violence during the pandemic? Are you finding new ways to work with adult or child survivors of family violence, or with people who use violence and coercion? Have you been thinking about how we can change and improve our work- now and in the future? Please join our three-part virtual dialogue series, Innovation on Demand: Strategies for Addressing Family Violence During COVID-19.


Part 1: Implementing Culturally-Responsive and Trauma-Informed Telehealth Services and Family-Centered Practice During COVID-19

Date: Monday, May 4th, 12-1:30pm PST / 3-4:30pm EST

In Part 1, presenters will share how they offer virtual services with families impacted by domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will discuss equity and safety issues in telehealth counseling. They will share what it takes to create safer virtual environments with children and adult survivors of domestic violence and abusive partners.

Recording, transcript, and resources are available here.

Presenters: Neena McConnico, Child Witness to Violence Project | Lisa Nitsch, House of Ruth | Jessica Nunan, Caminar Latino


Part 2: Advancing Collaboration during COVID-19 to Protect Children and Families 

Date: Thursday, May 14th, 12-1:30pm PST / 3-4:30pm EST

In Part 2, presenters share new ways they are working with community partners when there are concerns about family violence. The webinar will focus on partnerships between child welfare and domestic violence professionals, including during child welfare screening and investigation. The presenters will talk about why collaboration is important to effectively help families experiencing domestic violence when there are safety concerns.

Recording, transcript, and resources are available here.

Presenters: Nelly Bonilla, A Safe Place | Sue Hubert, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families | Eloise Sepeda, SAFE Alliance | Cydney Smith, West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence


Part 3: Well-being as a Pathway to Safety 

Date: Wednesday, May 20th, 12-1:30pm PST / 3-4:30pm EST

In this virtual session, we will share how current shifts in practice can improve future efforts to prevent and respond to family violence and inequities of care. Reducing a family’s stress and making family wellbeing a priority can help families be safer. Presenters will discuss how communities can move beyond surveillance and monitoring to build resilience and strengthen families. Presenters will also share best practices for trauma-informed telehealth and virtual services.

Recording, transcript, and resources are available here.

Presenters: Juan Carlos Areán, Futures Without Violence | Lisa James, Futures Without Violence | Kiersten Stewart, Futures Without Violence | Tien Ung, Futures Without Violence

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Closed captioning will be provided. These events will be recorded and posted on the Futures Without Violence website,

These webinars are funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, Grant #90CA1850-01, and Grant Number 90EV0434-01-00 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The content of these webinars does not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the funder, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products or organizations imply endorsement by the US Department of Health and Human Services.