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Expanding Community Collaborations to Promote Resiliency in Children Exposed to Family Violence (2.0)

This training focuses on the recommendations from the Senate Bill 434 Task Force on the Intersections of Domestic Violence, Child Maltreatment and Child Exposure to Domestic Violence. It will explore how your program can build and strengthen community collaborations around these intersecting issues in your region. It will focus on national and statewide models and best practices for building resiliency and connection between survivors of family violence and their children, for strengthening advocacy for survivors of family violence and their children within the CPS system, and through avenues for working with perpetrators of family violence who are parents.

Interagency Collaborations: A Holistic Community Response to Domestic Violence (2.0)

This training focuses on how programs can build and strengthen community alliances within the criminal and civil judicial systems. It focuses on national and statewide models and best practices for building resilient connections between agencies to strengthen advocacy for survivors throughout the community and promote victim safety. This training also offers an opportunity to discuss creative ways to overcome potential obstacles specific to your community.

Immigrants’ Access to Economic Options (1.5)

This training outlines federal and state law in terms of immigrants’ access to public benefits, including benefits and services available to all individuals, regardless of their status. The workshop also highlights various programs and options that are available and strategizes creative opportunities to explore as advocates work with immigrant survivors towards gaining economic stability.

Advocating Within the CPS System (1.5)

This training equips advocates with the information they need to support survivors and their children involved in the child welfare system.  It focuses on facilitating stronger working relationships between DFPS and family violence programs, reviews resources to support advocates working with survivor clients and highlights the changes within DFPS that aim to produce better outcomes for children and families. 

Economic Options for Survivors (1.5)

This training details the various economic resources and protections available to survivors of family violence, sexual assault and stalking. In addition, it will include information on public benefits, unemployment compensation, housing remedies, utility waivers and child support. The training also explores various creative ways for survivors to gain more financial stability such as economic education and tax returns. TCFV staff can tailor this training to emphasize the areas of greatest interest and need.

Incorporating Financial Literacy into Advocacy with Survivors (1.0)

This training highlights the importance of weaving financial literacy/education and economic advocacy into advocates’ every day work with survivors. The Allstate “Moving Ahead Through Money Management” curriculum will be introduced as well as opportunities throughout the year for advocates to learn more about financial issues critical to survivors’ safety.

TCFV is also able to provide longer, in depth train the trainer session on the various modules of the Allstate Curriculum as requested.

Legislative Update (1.5)

This training summarizes several of the important legislative developments relating to family violence from the most current Texas Legislative Session.

Legislative Advocacy (1)

This training provides an overview of the legislative process in Texas and covers the basics of legislative advocacy including simplified tips for lobbying as a non-profit organization and differentiating the ways in which advocates can effectively educate and inform policy makers on the issues critical to programs and survivors outside of the scope of lobbying. Presenters review the different types of laws created at the federal versus state levels and discuss the differences between law and policy, as well as interject ways to influence systems and practices outside of the legislative realm.

Protective Orders (1.5)

This interactive training provides participants with information about the laws, policies and practicalities of working with protective orders. Participants will gain knowledge about the purpose and terms of protective orders and the importance of a coordinated community response to support survivors. Topics include comparing protective and restraining orders, types of relief available, enforcement, foreign protective orders, the intersection of protective orders and firearms, and the role of protective orders in family law cases.

Immigration Remedies for Survivors (1.5)

This training provides participants with basic information with multiple remedies potentially available to the clients they serve, including VAWA self-petitioning, U-Visas (crime victims’ visas) and T-Visa (trafficking visas), as well as offer a general overview of immigrants’ rights and strategies for advocacy within the immigration system.

Using Advocates as Expert Witnesses (1.0)

This training provides tools for attorneys and advocates to work collaboratively to offer expert witness testimony in family violence cases.  Participants who are advocates will learn how to serve as expert witness to explain victim behavior and the unique nature of this crime, while civil attorneys and prosecutors will learn how to use advocates in this capacity to bolster their cases and support victims. 

Unauthorized Practice of Law (1.0)

This training helps legal advocates differentiate their role of assisting clients in navigating the civil and criminal justice systems from providing legal advice. Preventing accusations of Unauthorized Practice of Law is crucial to avoiding liability concerns, maintaining positive relationships with legal system officials and providing the best possible advocacy for survivors.

Texas Laws Affecting Family Violence (2.0)

This training provides a basic understanding of civil and criminal laws pertaining to family violence. Legal options for survivors and best practice justice system responses are discussed, as are updates on family violence-related laws. This training is appropriate for advocates or a collaborative audience.