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Building a Safety Net: Using FGDM to Address Family Violence


Research shows that FGDM can be a safe and effective process when issues of domestic violence are present. However, sometimes communities struggle with FGDM processes in these difficult cases. This two-day training explores issues of power in family violence; prepares coordinators to create safety measures for all participants before, during and after the family meeting; and readies community stakeholders to advance FGDM as a way to secure support and safety and end family violence.

At the end of this training participants will be able to:
  • Explain how FGDM can be used when family violence is present
  • Conduct preparation for the FGDM while also assessing for safety and the needs of all participants, especially those of the victims and offenders
  • Describe how family violence creates power imbalances in families and incorporate this understanding in family engagement strategies
  • Give examples of when it may not be safe to move forward with the conference
  • Demonstrate how to navigate the special circumstances involved with child witnesses and victim participation in FGDM to secure emotional and physical safety

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Contact us for more information about this training opportunity.