08 Feb Save the Date: Ending Violence Without Violence (Syracuse, NY)
Community-Centered Approaches to Sexual Violence Prevention and Intervention
At DoubleTree by Hilton
3601 Carrier Parkway, East Syracuse, NY 13057
Presented by the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Seven Dancers Coalition, and Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action / Contact: Chelsea R. Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ending Violence Without Violence 2020 Conference
The mainstream anti-sexual violence movement has largely relied on criminal legal and legislative strategies to prevent and respond to sexual violence. But the traditional criminal legal system does not always offer healing or justice for all survivors, nor does it prevent violence or offer adequate paths to accountability for people who have done harm. Instead, our reliance on the criminal legal system has isolated the anti-sexual violence movement from other social justice movements. Encounters with the criminal legal system can re-traumatize survivors of sexual violence, and reporting sexual violence in this system can also bring survivors into conflict with the law. It is essential that we develop knowledge and skills in community-based approaches to ensure that we can most effectively support all survivors and end sexual violence without perpetuating violence.
The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Seven Dancers Coalition, and Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action Project, present a statewide conference, titled “Ending Violence Without Violence: Community-Centered Approaches to Sexual Violence Prevention and Intervention,” on June 4–6, 2020. This conference will provide a space for survivors, advocates, counselors, victim assistance programs, allied organizations, and community members across New York State and Haudenosaunee Country to develop the knowledge, skills, and courage to implement community-centered practices to prevent and respond to harm and sexual violence.
- Learn about community-based alternatives to the criminal legal system to effectively support all survivors of sexual violence.
- Acquire an in-depth understanding about restorative justice, transformative justice, and community accountability frameworks through concrete examples of community-based approaches to violence intervention.
- Build skills in using community-based practices in the context of sexual violence prevention and intervention.
- Develop the knowledge and skills to nourish and sustain communities that can prevent sexual violence, respond to harm, and heal trauma.
- Participants will gain an understanding of community-centered practices that can be used in their communities, including within workplaces, schools, and the criminal legal system.
Schedule, speaker information, registration, and hotel reservation information to come. Sign up to receive updates about the 2020 conference here.
Call for Proposals
The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, in partnership with Seven Dancers Coalition and the Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action Project, is seeking workshop proposals for this conference. Learn how to submit a proposal here.
A pre-conference institute will be held on June 3, 2020. Participants of the pre-conference institute will learn about community-centered approaches to violence prevention and intervention as practiced by Seven Dancers Coalition, the Indigenous anti-violence coalition in New York and Haudenosaunee Country.
The conference will also feature three concurrent institutes, each consisting of several workshops, from which to choose.
Implementing Community-Centered Practices
Participants will learn about different ways to respond to harm and interpersonal violence outside the criminal legal system, including restorative justice, transformative justice, and community accountability models. Participants will learn skills and techniques required to successfully implement community-centered approaches to preventing and responding to sexual violence.
Preventing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse
Participants will learn about how community-centered practices have been used to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse, including supporting children and families in the aftermath of sexual abuse, as well as supporting adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
Interrupting Criminalization and Incarceration
Participants will learn about established and emerging policies and practices that encourage a shift away from punitive justice and toward healing and accountability. Participants will learn about the unintended consequences of institutions and proceedings within the criminal legal system, including sex offender registries and the criminalization and incarceration of survivors of interpersonal violence. Participants will also develop strategies to provide support to formerly and currently incarcerated survivors of sexual violence.