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Domestic Violence Safety Planning During COVID-19

Date: June 11, 2020

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am PST

Location: Online

We have reached capacity for this online training.  We are no longer accepting registrations.  If you have already registered, logon as soon as you can on June 11th as it will fill up and once it reaches 500 it will close.  We will be recording the webinar and will put it on our website the following week.

Course Description: Although the stay-at-home order prevents the spread of COVID-19, it is creating more potential safety risks for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Due to these unforeseen circumstances, service providers must gain an understanding of domestic violence and the specific safety risks that survivors are facing during the current health crisis. This presentation will provide some of the necessary tools to help service providers safety plan with survivors of domestic violence in consideration of the unique safety concerns during COVID-19.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the current risk factors survivors are experiencing due to COVID-19
  • Understand how to assess survivor's current safety and ability to access supportive resources
  • Discuss how to promote a survivor-focused and strengths-based approach when safety planning and escape planning with clients during COVID-19
  • Identify how to refer clients to appropriate domestic violence resources

Target Audience: Advocates, social workers, clinicians, counselors, court system personnel, survivors.

Brief Agenda: 

  • Introduction
  • Risk Factors of COVID-19
  • Safety Planning Solutions
  • Solutions Specific to Children
  • Self-Care

Presenters: Mae Bennett is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-S) with a social work bachelor’s degree from Ursuline College and a master’s degree in Applied Social Sciences (MSSA) from Case Western Reserve University.  She has over fifteen years of experience in victim advocacy, including working at a domestic violence shelter and a police department providing justice system advocacy to all victims of crime. Ms. Bennett is Manager of Domestic Violence Services at Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland where she supervises direct service staff in addition to Know Abuse, a teen dating abuse prevention program. She is EMDR trained and provides trauma specific therapy to clients. Ms. Bennett also conducts trainings and presentations to the community.

Grace Miller currently serves as a Victim Advocate with Jewish Family Service Association’s Domestic Violence Services. She currently attends Case Western Reserve University to obtain her Master’s in Applied Social Sciences. She works closely with JFSA’s Know Abuse Prevention Program through her Master’s Field Placement.

Additional Information:

A link to join the webinar will be sent after you register.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) at the event. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

Course meets qualifications for 1.5 hours of Continuing Education Units.  The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs.  CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  CEUs will be available after the webinar for a fee of $20.  If you need to cancel your CEU application, please email Kelly Flugum.

For more information, questions, or grievances please contact Kelly Flugum at

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should contact Kris Murphey at or (707) 992-0834. Requests must be received by: June 1, 2020

Produced by the California Child Abuse Training and Technical Assistance Center of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. with funding provided by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Victim Services Branch

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