PreventConnect is pleased to share its 2014 series of web conferences. As PreventConnect‘s Ashley Maier and Prevention Institute‘s Annie Lyles explain in the introductory video below, this year’s web conferences focus on the theme, Joining our fellow travelers: Practical applications for expanding the impact of sexual & domestic violence prevention efforts. Web conferences in this series focus on better understanding how sexual and domestic violence preventionists work with all the people in our community, including looking at policies, institutional practices, and reaching new audiences.  Watch the message from Annie Lyles and Ashley Maier below to learn more about the series.

screen capture of Annie Lyles and Ashley Maier sitting side by side with as the captionJoining our fellow travelers:
Practical applications for expanding the impact of
sexual & domestic violence prevention efforts

Web Conferences
11 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Time
(2 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern)

  • March 25: Foundations in Prevention (in collaboration with Prevention Institute)  - Register now!
    • Interested in preventing sexual and domestic violence in your community? Want to engage in a discussion about the underlying causes of sexual and domestic violence and understand how to effectively address these root causes? Join Prevention Institute’s Annie Lyles along with special guests for this introductory web conference reviewing the fundamentals of a public health approach to preventing violence. Highlighting promising, innovative practices, they will discuss how to use the Spectrum of Prevention to create comprehensive strategies to address this complex issue.  This web conference will also focus on five norms that make sexual and domestic violence more likely to occur and share strategies to effectively shift norms and prevent violence.
  • March 26: Intimate Partner Violence in the United States – 2010: Implications for Prevention
  • April 24: Growing Our Impact: Moving from individual awareness building to community norms change strategies as a part of sexual and domestic violence prevention efforts (in collaboration with Prevention Institute)
  • May 21: Public Sector Partnerships: The role of local government in sexual and domestic violence prevention initiatives (in collaboration with Prevention Institute)
  • June 26: All Communities are Not Created Equal:  Advancing health equity goals to enhance sexual and domestic violence prevention efforts (in collaboration with Prevention Institute)
  • September 17: Shifting our Goal from Individual Knowledge Change to a Community Mobilized for Norms Change: What does it take to move from a skills building focus to practice and policy change success?(in collaboration with Prevention Institute)

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
11 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Time
(2 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern)

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In February 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report, Intimate Partner Violence in the United States — 2010, describing the prevalence and context of intimate partner violence(IPV) victimization using data from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). Findings discuss IPV victimization, frequency, severity, patterns, need for services, and impacts to more fully convey this public health burden.  In the web conference, CDC’s Matt Breiding will describe the findings of the report. We will then explore the implications for prevention of domestic violence, sexual violence and dating violence.

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Power in PreventionWeb Conference: Child Sexual Abuse and Disabilities

Thursday, January 16, 2014
11am Pacific Time, 2pm Eastern Time

This web conference is full. Please sign up for the wait list for this session.

Although children with disabilities are three times more likely to be sexually abused, these children have not garnered the same attention of policy makers, the media or community organization. There is also an alarming lack of primary prevention programs available to this population. In this important web conference, the speakers will provide insights into this emerging issue as well as some innovative programs and collaborations.

Part of the Ending Child Sexual Abuse web conference series.

Hosts: Joan Tabachnick and Cordelia Anderson

Cost: Free

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of the impact that disabilities may have in increasing the risk for sexual abuse.
  • Identify three barriers to implementing policies to enhance a child’s safety within an organization.
  • Articulate three actions you can take to ensure a child’s safety if she or he has a disability.


  • Slides will be posted on the day of the web conference.
  • A recording link will be available after the web conference.


Sandra Harrell, Project Director, Vera Institute of Justice’s Accessing Safety Initiative

Sandra Harrell

The Vera Institute of Justice’s Accessing Safety Initiative is a federally funded program that helps communities across the United States improve their response to women with disabilities and Deaf women who have experiences domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking. During her tenure at Vera, Sandra Harrell has worked closely with the 50 communities, helping them build multi-disciplinary collaborations to ensure that survivors with disabilities get the support they need. She has also delivered trainings on violence against women with disabilities at multiple venues across the country, co-authored reports on the topic, coordinated roundtables and meetings to expand the field, and most recently Sandra has expanded her work through a project with the Ms Foundation for Women focusing on sexual abuse of children with disabilities.

Keith Jones, President and CEO, SoulTouchin’ Experiences

Keith Jones

As an African American community activist and entrepreneur with cerebral palsy. As a strong advocate for independent quality living in the community, Keith Jones has participated actively in various issues that face people with disabilities. These areas include, but are not limited to housing, education, and voting access. Mr. Jones is also extremely active in multi-cultural, cross-disability education and outreach efforts and has performed trainings (including train the trainer) with the purpose of strengthening outreach efforts to provide services and information to people with disabilities. Mr. Jones works to not only educate the disability community about enhanced community living, but also the community at large. Mr. Jones holds a strong desire to get the disability community more involved in the issues that concern their own lives. Mr. Jones provides outreach support in relationship to the arts and independent living skills. Mr. Jones has been recognized for his emerging leadership by the state of Massachusetts and President’s Commission for Employment for People with Disabilities. Also, Mr. Jones is the Disability Law Center’s 2011 Individual Leadership Award.

Meg Stone, Executive Director, IMPACT Boston and Project Director IMPACT:Ability

Meg Stone

IMPACT Boston is an abuse prevention and self-defense training organization. In that capacity, Meg Stone serves as the Project Director of IMPACT:Ability, an abuse prevention program focused on people with disabilities that is supported by a matching grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In this capacity she leads the organizational abuse prevention efforts of Triangle, a Boston-area disability service and advocacy organization. Meg has led IMPACT Boston since 2005 and in that time she has led the development of abuse and violence prevention and risk reduction programs in schools, homeless shelters, disability service agencies, and domestic violence organizations. Meg has over 20 years experience in domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy which includes family court advocacy, training emergency department nurses to document domestic violence, and working the night shift in an emergency shelter.

safesport handbook coverWhile the headlines in newspapers highlight horrific cases of child sexual abuse in youth serving organizations, after a #PowerInPrevention Ending Child Sexual Abuse web conference last October I felt hopeful learning about the opportunities that these organizations can take to advance the work to end child sexual abuse.

By having organizations create an environment where child sexual abuse is a topic that can be discussed, where people are seen as approachable about this topic and there are strong guidelines in place, youth serving organizations can be in the front lines in efforts to prevent child sexual abuse. Jetta Bernier of the Enough Abuse campaign in Massachusetts and Malia Arlington of the United States Olympic Committee shared resources to assist youth service organizations in preventing child sexual abuse. For example, check out the SafeSport toolkit that includes resources, templates, and standards to create effective policies.  Several years ago the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-serving Organizations: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures.  In the September 2013 issue of the Prevention Researcher, #PowerInPrevention co-host Joan Tabachnick wrote Creating Organizational Policies to Prevent Sexual Abuse.

CSA Web conference Series_7_3_13The web conference, Power of Organizational Practices: Innovations to Keep Kids Safer, was third session of a the most recent series of web conferences sponsored by the Ms. Foundation for Women and CALCASA’s national project PreventConnect.  You can listen to the following podcasts summarizing the web conference.

This web conference followed up a previous web conference held in 2012 titled After Sandusky: What we have learned to prevent child sexual abuse in youth-serving organizations.

Click here for more information about this series and sign up here for announcements for future web conferences.

Youth serving organizations take the lead to prevent child sexual abuse