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NFHTA Forum | Violence Against Women Act, Part 1: Understanding Survivors' Experiences

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Date:

October 19, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Location:

Online

Description


"Over time, the movement has learned that, yes, while domestic violence shelters are important, while strengthening the role of law enforcement is important, at the end of the day, there's so many important facets to this work, and one of the most critical issues is access to safe and affordable housing, and it's really making sure that we're addressing these issues of economic security, and making sure that survivors have options to live with safety."

Rosie Hidalgo, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor on Gender-Based Violence, White House Gender Policy Council

In March 2022, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022 ("VAWA 2022") was signed into law, which amended and strengthened VAWA's housing protections for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. VAWA 2022 further gave HUD new enforcement authority, beginning October 1, 2022. This forum series will help participants understand key information related to implementing the housing provisions of the VAWA.

This multi-forum series will enrich attendees' understandings related to the dynamics of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; provide an overview of VAWA 2022's housing provisions that grants HUD new enforcement authority; and highlight common housing scenarios that survivors experience.

The National Fair Housing Academy (NFHTA) hosted a forum that increased participants understanding of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking from the diverse perspectives of survivors. Survivors' experiences with and responses to violence are informed by their backgrounds and unique circumstances. Using first-person narratives, an intersectional lens, and current research on trauma and mental health, the forum established a foundation upon which participants built their own knowledge and cultural competencies when working with survivors. It further offered resources and best practices. Ultimately, forum attendees are better informed and equipped to conduct their work with survivors and to share knowledge and resources with others in their organizations and agencies. Over 1313 fair housing partners joined the conversation.

The follow up forum on this topic, "Violence Against Women Act, Part 2: Legal Protections for Survivors" was held in January 2023.

Overview

  1. Welcome from moderator, Cashauna Hill, Executive Director at the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
  2. Opening remarks by Rosie Hidalgo, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor on Gender-Based Violence, White House Gender Policy Council
  3. Opening remarks by Demetria McCain, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD
  4. Opening remarks by Karlo Ng, Director on Gender Based Violence Prevention and Equity, Office of the Secretary, HUD
  5. Conversation with Pamela Crenshaw, Gender-Based Violence Survivor and Advocate with Lived Experience
  6. Introduction of panelists:
    • Umi Hankins, Training Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Victim Services
    • Condencia Brade, Managing Director, MBinti Strategies & Strategic Director, National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault
    • Cristina Cortes, Survivor Services Program Manager, Los Angeles City Community Investment for Families Department
  7. Presentation and discussion by panelists on:
    • The trauma that survivors of domestic violence navigate
    • The impact of "isms" and ability of survivors to access safe housing
    • The context of trauma for survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault
    • The importance of understanding the needs of individuals experiencing violence
  8. Question and answer session with the panelists, Karlo Ng, and Hannah Morgan, Trial Attorney at HUD, moderated by Ms. Hill

A video of the forum has been posted on this page, along with a transcript of the conversation and a robust resources list for your continued reference.

Learning Objectives

This multi-forum series consists of two parts. Part 1 focused on the following learning objectives:

  • Understanding the basic dynamics of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking using an intersectional lens
  • Understanding the unique needs of those experiencing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and how to support survivors

Audience

This forum is targeted toward HUD-funded fair housing organizations (i.e., FHIP and FHAP professionals), fair housing partners (e.g., legal service providers and civil rights advocates), and others in housing, advocacy, survivor services, mental health services, and law enforcement.

Materials


Biden-Harris Administration Remarks


Rosie Hidalgo Bio

Rosie Hidalgo

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor on Gender-Based Violence
White House Gender Policy Council

HUD Leadership Remarks


Demetria McCain Bio

Demetria McCain

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, HUD
Karlo Ng Bio

Karlo Ng

Director on Gender-based Violence Prevention and Equity
Office of the Secretary, HUD

Survivor Advocate


This forum will feature the perspective of Pamela Crenshaw, a gender-based violence survivor advocate with lived experience.

Live Roundtable


Cashauna Hill Bio

Cashauna Hill

Executive Director
Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center

Moderator

Umi Hankins Bio

Umi Hankins

Training Director
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Victim Services

Panelist

Condencia Brade Bio

Condencia Brade

Managing Director, MBinti Strategies
Strategic Director, National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault

Panelist

Cristina Cortes Bio

Cristina Cortes

Survivor Services Program Manager
Los Angeles City Community Investment for Families Department

Panelist

Hannah Gordon Bio

Hannah Gordon

Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of General Counsel - Office of Fair Housing, Compliance

Panelist

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