|VIOLENCE, ABUSE, AND TRAUMA CONFERENCE
The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (www.ivatcenters.org), in collaboration with the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (www.npscoalition.org), is announcing that registration opens in May for 23rd International Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma Across the Lifespan. The conference will occur September 6th to 9th, 2018 at The Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine in San Diego, California. This year’s conference theme is Voices Against Violence: Breaking Through the Silence. There will be workshops on school violence, intimate partner violence, adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and trauma, sexual harassment and assault, bullying, human trafficking, gang related violence, criminal justice, and much more.
The day before the conference (September 5th), The National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) will be hosting the annual NPEIV Forum composed of professionals, advocates and survivors in the fields of violence, abuse and trauma. This meeting is held each year to advance an action-based mandate for the reduction and eradication of violence
Conference website: http://www.ivatcenters.org/
CompStat as a Resource
A group with a goal of helping safer communities flourish by providing information and education about crime-fighting technologies has suggested a regard for an academic resource out of the University of Cincinnati. This resource explains the value of CompStat as a major component of police departments and the future of predictive policing to decrease crime rates. The guide can be found at: http://cjonline.uc.edu/resources/infographics/the-future-of-policing-with-compstat/
CALIFORNIA JAIL PROGRAM ASSOCIATION
The California Jail Programs Association (CJPA) is the only organization that addresses the multiple challenges of inmate programming and custodial services in California. The membership is made up of both sworn and non-sworn professionals in corrections, program management, educational, vocational, psych-social services, recreation, pastoral care and behavioral health, from both large and small county jails. CJPA members understand the unique aspects of jail programming and services. The goal of CJPA is to rapidly share information, review best practices and evidence based modalities in program delivery.
The CJPA puts on quarterly conferences. For more information go to their website: http://www.cjpa.org/
ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE PROJECT (AVP)
AVP CA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit registered organization. It is funded by donations as well as sliding-scale contributions from participants in community workshops. Prisoners with AVP experience also contribute a significant amount. There are AVP councils around the state, which you can find listed here. The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) facilitates participants’ capacity to positively transform relationships by practicing affirmation, communication, conflict resolution and community building. All AVP facilitators and participants volunteer their time.
AVP was founded in 1975 at Greenhaven Prison in New York State after the Attica prison riots when inmates, local Quakers and other community members collaborated on a curriculum to teach non-violence that was influenced by the Civil Rights movement’s goal to build Beloved Community. From that origin AVP has now spread to 33 states and 45 countries.
Although workshops had been taking place in California since the mid-1980’s, AVP California was formed in 2004 to respond to the call by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to significantly increase the number of workshops in California prisons. That required increased coordination, outreach, and recruitment of new facilitators across the state. AVP is currently in 22 of the 36 prisons throughout the state of California. In 2015, AVP California facilitated 393 workshops in 20 state prisons, 3 jails, 2 probation facilities, and 58 community settings. The number of facilitators inside prison increased by 18 percent, from 543 to 636, while the number of community facilitators increased by just over 23 percent, from 163 to 198. avpcalifornia.org