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Spare the Child: Documentary Screening & Discussion

Join Prevent Child Abuse – NJ (PCA-NJ) virtually for a film screening of the recently released documentary Spare the Child, which discusses the dangers of corporal punishment and reveals the lifelong impact of spanking on the child’s body, brain, and psyche. Following the screening will be a panel discussion featuring PCA-NJ board member Reverend Dr. Darrell Armstrong and Dr. Bart Klika from PCA-America about the harmful effects of spanking. 

Wed, Jul 21, Online Event (Register here)
3:00 – 4:00 PM

Introduction to Trauma and Resilience

This free two-hour virtual training facilitated by Amanda Lynch, Trauma-Informed Specialist with Greater Richmond SCAN and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond, is open to all members of the community interested in a foundational learning experience around the topics of trauma and resilience. Participants will learn to define trauma and identify different types of trauma, review the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study, and explore the impact of trauma on the brain and behavior. The training also introduces the basics of a trauma-informed approach and the science of building resilience.

Thurs, July 22, Online Event (Register here)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Virtual Hill Briefing: Maternal Mortality and Intimate Partner Violence

This event is hosted by the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse, American College of Obstetricians, March of Dimes, and Futures Without Violence in conjunction with Representative Gwen Moore.

As Congress addresses the threats to Black maternal health, it is important to also discuss the impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) on maternal mortality. The briefing will highlight the leading causes of pregnancy-associated deaths (homicide, suicide, and drug overdose) and the relationship with intimate partner violence and structural barriers to health equity. Join us to hear from leading health and advocacy experts to lift up these issues and share timely policy solutions.

Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, National Birth Equity Collaborative
Dr. Zsakeba Henderson, March of Dimes
Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health
Abigail Echo-Hawk, MA, Seattle Indian Health Board and Urban Indian Health Institute
Virginia Duplessis, MSW, Futures Without Violence
Tonya McFadden, MS, MSA, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Thurs, July 22, Online Event (Register here)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Cultivating Authentic Community Engagement

What has worked for you and not worked for you when working to increase community engagement in your organizations and why? What do you do with the information you gather from community members and how do you increase transparency and accountability around these processes? How can organizations cultivate the patience and consistency necessary for this long-term work? How can we identify our strengths and avoid duplicating efforts by building partnerships with those who already have authentic relationships with community residents? Guided by her lived and professional experience, Behavioral Health Community Organizer Tamika Daniel will share tips and strategies to address these challenges and facilitate a discussion that will help us answer these questions together.

Wed, Jul 28, Online Event (Register here)
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Racial Truth and Reconciliation Week

Virginia’s 2nd Racial Truth & Reconciliation Week, which promotes the reckoning of Virginia’s past and the reconciling of Virginia’s present. It is an awareness week that aims to implement the Racial Truth & Reconciliation Virginia mission of empowering marginalized communities in acknowledgment of truth to promote healing, reconciliation, and justice for children and families. 

Sun, Aug 22 – Sat, Aug 28, Online Event
More information here

12th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference

Select from 46 workshop opportunities from state and national experts with topics for all professional disciplines working against child abuse.  This year’s opening plenary will be  Rachael Denhollander, attorney, advocate, and educator who became known internationally as the first woman to file a police report and speak publicly against USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, one of the most prolific sexual abusers in recorded history. As a result of her activism, over 250 women came forward as survivors of Nassar’s abuse, leading to his life imprisonment. Additionally, her courageous tenacity and ongoing advocacy helped trigger a complete upheaval at both USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University where former executives and high-ranking officials face numerous criminal charges for their complicity in covering up Nassar’s abuse and lying about what they knew.

Mon Sept 13 – Wed Sept 15, Williamsburg VA
Register here