Conference 2020

October 7-9, 2020

PCADV Conference: Defining and Delivering Excellence

PCADV will have our biennial statewide *VIRTUAL* conference October 7-9, 2020. The theme of the conference will be “Domestic Violence at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender”. We hope you will join us!  

The full in-person conference is postponed until October 2021. Stay tuned for more details.

Registration is now open!

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Registration is now open for the 2020 virtual conference. The registration fee is $50 for all sessions over all three days, including a Keynote Address from Karma Cottman, plenary speakers, and all workshops.

Schedule

Wednesday, October 7

9:30-10:45 a.m. 
Navigating the Medical Assistance Maze for Domestic Violence Survivors

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 
Promoting Healing and Advocacy Together

12:45-2:00 p.m. 
Reaffirming Organizational Culture in a Time of Crisis

2:15-4:15 p.m. 
Caucus-led Summit on Systemic and Structural Violence*

4:30-5:30 p.m. 
Board Member Training*

Thursday, October 8

10-11:15 a.m. 
Let’s Talk Oppression & Hold Each Other Accountable

12-1 p.m. 
Keynote Speaker: 
Karma Cottman

1:30-2:45 p.m. 
Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities and Barriers to Safety

3-4:15 p.m. 
Courageous Conversations (How do I have that tough discussion that I KNOW I have to have but …)

4:30-5:30 p.m. 
Finance Training on Federal Awards*

Friday, October 9

9:30-10:30 a.m. 
Award Presentation and Remarks by Winners

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Achieving Economic Justice Through Utility Advocacy

1-2:15 p.m. 
Incarceration is Abuse: Prison Abolition is Survivor Support

2:30-3:45 p.m. 
Domestic Violence Housing First in Pennsylvania: A Panel Discussion

*This session is part of the conference schedule but will be available for free. You do not need to register for the conference to attend this session. A separate link will be available on this site a day before the session.

Workshop Descriptions

  • Navigating the Medical Assistance Maze for Domestic Violence Survivors

    Asha Ramachandran, Esquire & James C. Lee II, Esquire, Pennsylvania Health Law Project

    Navigating the Medical Assistance Maze for Domestic Violence Survivors

    Asha Ramachandran, Esquire & James C. Lee II, Esquire, Pennsylvania Health Law Project

    Participants will (i) acquire a solid understanding of Medical Assistance eligibility criteria in Pennsylvania (ii) navigate the Medical Assistance process for domestic violence survivors (iii) identify potential resources for healthcare navigation including PHLP’s VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) program. The presentation will highlight that no survivor of domestic violence should be left without healthcare. Through policy advocacy, outreach, education, and legal representation, PHLP has changed the lives of low-income Pennsylvanians including survivors of domestic violence with securing the healthcare they deserve.  

    This presentation will target DV advocates and educate them on Medical Assistance (also known as ‘Medicaid’) programs, how they are delivered and ways to effectively navigate the healthcare system with a special focus on survivors of domestic violence. With private health insurance companies taking over as gatekeepers of the Medical Assistance programs in Pennsylvania, this timely presentation will help advocates for survivors acquire greater knowledge on how the Medical Assistance system is working and learn strategies to help clients navigate the process. PHLP through direct client representation is aware of the many difficulties survivors of domestic violence and their families endure. We will share some of those stories with the attendees to better understand the healthcare system.  

  • Promoting Healing and Advocacy Together

    Jennifer Mirel & Marcella Nyachogo, Lutheran Settlement House

    Promoting Healing and Advocacy Together

    Jennifer Mirel & Marcella Nyachogo, Lutheran Settlement House

    Dedicated to evolving intimate partner violence (IPV) survivor capacity to engage in advocacy, the Lutheran Settlement House has developed a Survivors’ Network (SN). This survivor-led group is designed to provide support and ongoing healing and empowerment through mutual support and advocacy activities. Along with local community-engaged researchers, the SN developed goals and priorities including the development of skills and opportunities for speaking and advocacy in support of others, especially through sharing their stories of IPV experience.  

    At the end of this presentation, participants will:  

    • know about an innovative survivor-led and organization-facilitated program to promote survivor healing and advocacy.  
    • be able to discuss considerations for survivor-led and agency-facilitated activities that increase survivors’ capacity for engaging in advocacy. 

  • Reaffirming Organizational Culture in a Time of Crisis 

    Jim Rowell, Rising Sun Consultants

    Reaffirming Organizational Culture in a Time of Crisis 

    Jim Rowell, Rising Sun Consultants

    A crisis has a tendency to test the strength of an organization’s culture. It also reveals the weaknesses in an organization’s culture. During this workshop, we will address what culture is, how to reaffirm your culture, and the impact your organization’s culture has during a time of crisis. We will discuss the concept of what a values-based culture is and how to develop one. This workshop will look at several risks or stumbling blocks that organizational cultures face.

  • Caucus-led Summit on Systemic and Structural Violence

    Caucus-led Summit on Systemic and Structural Violence

    In this session, participants will discuss the history of law enforcement and the legal system in the U.S. as it pertains to the marginalization of survivor interaction. There will be breakout room discussions, as well as whole-group reflections, looking at the Structural Violence Wheel.
    The session will conclude with a look at how to move forward as an individual by connecting the history with the system we live within.
    Resources will be included.

    Link to join

  • Let’s Talk Oppression & Hold Each Other Accountable

    Jackie Strohm & Tatiana Piper, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

    Let’s Talk Oppression & Hold Each Other Accountable

    Jackie Strohm & Tatiana Piper, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

    In our daily lives, we consciously and unconsciously witness or perpetrate violence towards people who identify at the margins. During this workshop, we’ll explore how gender-based violence and forms of oppression are inadvertently intertwined. This workshop will provide tools to give and receive feedback in the workplace and with allied professionals. Participants will practice how to engage in difficult conversations to hold each other accountable when we cause harm. 

     Objectives: 

    1. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to compare gender-based violence to multiple forms of oppression. 
    1. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to demonstrate how to give and receive feedback. 
    1. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to apply methods of accountability within the workplace. 

  • Keynote Speaker

    Karma Cottman

    Keynote Speaker

    Karma Cottman

    Karma Cottman has over 20 years of experience in the field of violence against women. A diverse leader, Ms. Cottman is an expert in grassroots organizing and local, statewide, and national policy advocacy. She joined the DC Coalition as Executive Director in 2010, and in 2014 she launched Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community.

    Prior to her time with DCCADV, Ms. Cottman was employed at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) as the Vice President of Policy and Emerging Issues. Since 1994, Ms. Cottman has worked with numerous national partners to address emerging issues in domestic violence service provision and sits on several national committees.

  • Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities and Barriers to Safety

    Brenda Nogales & Agnieszka Grochowska, Shared Safety

    Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities and Barriers to Safety

    Brenda Nogales & Agnieszka Grochowska, Shared Safety

    This presentation will review: 1) Legal options available to immigrant survivors, 2) Barriers to Safety and 3) Safety planning. By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to: 

    • Learn the different barriers that prevent immigrant survivors from escaping abusive situations. 
    • How to prepare a safety planning for immigrant survivors.  
    • Immigration legal options available to immigrant survivors.  
    • Importance of culturally responsive services and language access. 

  • Presentation of Awards

    Presentation of Awards

    This session will feature a presentation of the Innovator and Luminary awards. The award winners will then be given time to address the audience.  

  • Achieving Economic Justice through Utility Advocacy

    Elizabeth Marx & Ria Pereira, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project

    Achieving Economic Justice through Utility Advocacy

    Elizabeth Marx & Ria Pereira, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project

    In this interactive session, participants will engage with presenters to spotlight a pervasive economic issue for survivors: utility debt. Participants will gain a baseline understanding of economic abuse and the wide-reaching effects of such abuse on survivors’ lives. The discussion will turn to the unique difficulties survivors face in establishing and maintaining utility services. Participants will learn how to assist survivors to resolve utility debt and best practices for utility advocacy.  

     After attending this session, participants will be able to:  

    • Employ new techniques and strategies to identify and address economic abuse in its various forms.  
    • Recognize and understand the unique obstacles to survivors establishing and maintaining affordable utility services.  
    • Identify and be able to utilize the special legal protections and assistance programs available to survivors. 
    • Leverage existing resources to provide new avenues for obtaining relief for survivors. 

    5 minutes: Introductions/Icebreaker  

    15 minutes: Overview of Economic Abuse This segment of the presentation will give all participants a baseline knowledge of economic abuse and a greater understanding of the far-reaching effects of domestic violence on survivors’ economic security. We intend to adjust the timing for this portion of the training based on the assessed knowledge of participants.  

    30 minutes: Spotlight on Utilities and Economic Remedies This segment will focus on the unique challenges survivors face in establishing and maintaining utility services. Presenters will provide a brief substantive lesson about utility debt. Presenters will then discuss the multitude of remedies that PULP uses to assist survivors. Participants will gain an understanding of the special legal protections and assistance programs that are available to survivors who face insecurity maintaining or establishing affordable utility services.  

    30 Minutes: Leveraging Strategies/ Group discussion. This section will discuss ways in which domestic violence advocates might leverage existing resources to advocate on behalf of survivors facing barriers to establishing and maintaining utility services. Participants will then be asked to join in a brainstorming session to identify new ways that advocates can assist a survivor in achieving utility security and affordability.  

    10 minutes: Question/Answer.

  • Incarceration is Abuse: Prison Abolition is Survivor Support

    Richie Schulz & Toby Fraser, Lutheran Settlement House

    Incarceration is Abuse: Prison Abolition is Survivor Support

    Richie Schulz & Toby Fraser, Lutheran Settlement House

    As many as 94% of some women’s prison populations have a history of physical or sexual abuse before being incarcerated and over 65% over women who are incarcerated are women of color. Recent national cases like Marissa Alexander and Cyntoia Brown have illuminated the ways in which survivors of violence have been criminalized for survival. How did we get here?  

    In 2003 Angela Davis published “Are Prisons Obsolete?” demanding activists, and anti-violence advocates to critically assess whether our movements’ reliance on the criminal justice system as the primary way to keep us safe was an effective strategy in working to end abuse. If not prisons, what other creative interventions do we have?  

    In this workshop, we’ll explore prison abolition as a different framework for ending violence and abuse. We’ll unpack the ways in which white supremacy and carceral feminism have silenced women of color in our movement, and develop practical steps on how we can move forward as a movement in ways that divest from the prison industrial complex and work to end abuse through an intersectional framework.  

    This workshop will explore the basic components of prison abolition and transformative justice, as well as how this intersects with supporting survivors of domestic violence. Participants will leave with: A basic understanding of what prison abolition is and how this framework offers a way forward for supporting all survivors of domestic violence. Be able to identify how white supremacy and carceral feminism in the mainstream anti-violence movement has criminalized survivors, particularly black and brown women. Skills and concrete steps on how to practice intersectionality in our advocacy work.

  • DV Housing First in PA

    Maria Williams (facilitator), Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    DV Housing First in PA

    Maria Williams (facilitator), Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    In Pennsylvania, we want to make sure that no one has to choose between staying with an abusive partner or become homeless.  In this workshop, you will learn about the DV Housing First philosophy, how it used across services – from shelter to permanent housing.  Hear from DV programs across the state about how DVHF works for them:  how services changed, what the impact has been, and what they learned along the way. 

  • Courageous Conversations (How do I have that tough discussion that I KNOW I have to have but…)

    Karen Young, HR Resolutions

    Courageous Conversations (How do I have that tough discussion that I KNOW I have to have but…)

    Karen Young, HR Resolutions

    This presentation will talk about defining and delivering excellence through employee communication. Objectives include understanding why we do not have deliberate conversations, why it’s important to have those conversations, and how to incorporate all that you’ve learned.  

  • Finance Presentation on Federal Awards

    Finance Presentation on Federal Awards

    This presentation covers the following:  

    • Defining Federal awards 
    • Allowable vs. Unallowable costs 
    • Direct vs. Indirect costs 
    • Other cost requirements  
    • Procurement requirements 
    • Contractor vs. Subrecipient 
    • Subrecipient requirements 
    • Single Audit Thresholds and Requirements  

     

    Link to join

  • Bonus: Executive Director Board Member training

    Xan Blake, Blake Partnerships, blakepartnership.com

    Bonus: Executive Director Board Member training

    Xan Blake, Blake Partnerships, blakepartnership.com

    This presentation will be delivered by Xan Blake of Blake Partnerships, who has worked with PCADV as a board strategic planning consultant.

    Link to join

Keynote Speaker: Karma Cottman

Karma Cottman has over 20 years of experience in the field of violence against women. A diverse leader, Ms. Cottman is an expert in grassroots organizing and local, statewide, and national policy advocacy. She joined the DC Coalition as Executive Director in 2010, and in 2014 she launched Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community. Prior to her time with DCCADV, Ms. Cottman was employed at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) as the Vice President of Policy and Emerging Issues. Since 1994, Ms. Cottman has worked with numerous national partners to address emerging issues in domestic violence service provision and sits on several national committees.

2018 Conference Snapshot

  • 3 DAYS

  • 200+ ATTENDEES

  • 26+ WORKSHOPS

Conference Sponsors

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 PCADV Conference, please contact Jennifer Beittel at jbeittel@pcadv.org or 717.545.6400.

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